Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad
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This is a German style cucumber salad and sounds delicious. Greek yogurt can be used in place of the sour cream but when doing this, leave out the lemon juice, or make the sour cream using labneh. I made this on 20 Aug 2017 and it is delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Creamy Cucumber Salad
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This is a German style cucumber salad and sounds delicious. Greek yogurt can be used in place of the sour cream but when doing this, leave out the lemon juice, or make the sour cream using labneh. I made this on 20 Aug 2017 and it is delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the sour cream, you can substitute Greek yogurt but omit the lemon juice. You can also make make the sour cream using labneh, shortcut for that is in the Recipe Notes section below.
  2. For the salt, you can make the dressing with the salt included but the salad will need to be consumed just after making or within just a few hours as the salt will cause the cucumbers to weep. An alternative is to salt the cucumber slices in a sieve and let them set for an hour, gently squeeze out remaining moisture, then proceed as directed, which will result in crispy cucumbers for 2-3 days with the dressing. This photo is of the cucumbers salted and draining.
  3. Using a small bowl, add the sour cream (or Greek yogurt), lemon juice only if using sour cream, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix and refrigerate until needed. Best results if you mix the dressing into the vegetables just before serving. If using the salted cucumber method, omit the salt in the dressing mixture.
  4. Place the cucumber and onion in a bowl, add the dressing and mix and serve then or within 2-3 hours, keeping the salad refrigerated until use.
  5. If using the salted cucumbers, mix in the dressing and refrigerate until use, store leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days. I used salted cucumbers so everything is mixed and goes into the fridge to chill. I also added the julienned carrot for a bit of color.
  6. Serve as a side as is or on a bed of lettuce for a nice presentation and a light meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

Inspired by the recipe Creamy Cucumber Salad from Natasha's Kitchen.

Lebanese Lentils, Rice and Caramelized Onions (Mujadara)

Lebanese Lentils, Rice and Caramelized Onions (Mujadara)
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This recipe was recommend from a good friend, and I received a bag of brown lentils as well from my good friend. I am looking forward to making this dish. I will use this as a side for say some ribs or chicken.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Lebanese Lentils, Rice and Caramelized Onions (Mujadara)
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This recipe was recommend from a good friend, and I received a bag of brown lentils as well from my good friend. I am looking forward to making this dish. I will use this as a side for say some ribs or chicken.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the sorted and rinsed lentils into a medium saucepan and fill with enough cold water to cover the lentils by about 1 inch. Bring to a boil over medium high heat then reduce to a simmer and cook until the lentils are tender but not mushy, about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. As the lentils are cooking, heat a large skillet over medium high heat with the oil. Allow the oil to warm for a minute, then drop in the cumin seeds and cracked peppercorns and cook, shaking the pan once in a while until the cumin seeds darken a touch, about 1 minute.
  3. Then to the skillet add the onions, sprinkle with a dash of salt and cook until they turn dark caramel brown, stirring often. This will take about 15 minutes. Splash the onions with a little water if they stick to the bottom of the pan. You will know they are done both by their deep chestnut color and by the slight crispiness developing on some of the onions. Using a slotted spoon or spatula, remove about half of the onions to a paper towel lined plate, these are for garnish later.
  4. In the skillet, sprinkle in the ground cumin, cayenne, and then add the cinnamon stick, saute about 1 minute. Add the rice and cook, stirring often but gently until some rice grains start to brown. Add the cooked lentils, 3 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of sea salt and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer, cover and cook 30 minutes. The water should be completely evaporated and rice should be tender. If there is still too much water in the skillet, put the lid back on and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat, keep the lid on, and allow the rice to steam undisturbed for about 5 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts, if using, in a small skillet over medium-low heat, shaking often, about 5 minutes.
  7. Taste the rice for seasoning. Serve with the reserved caramelized onions, toasted pine nuts, if using, and a little squeeze of lemon juice. Serve with cold yogurt as an additional side.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I find lentils in Thailand, I do think they are available in Phuket at Villa Market.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Fish & Shrimp Soup (Ukha)

Fish & Shrimp Soup (Ukha)
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Sounds good, and is good! This is Russian soup with a light broth. I used 3 Pangasius fillets (Shark Catfish) and small White shrimp. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Fish & Shrimp Soup (Ukha)
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Sounds good, and is good! This is Russian soup with a light broth. I used 3 Pangasius fillets (Shark Catfish) and small White shrimp. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the water, stock, and salt to a large pot and put on high heat and add the potatoes. Bring to a boil and reduce to a high simmer for 10 minutes. Then add the carrots and reduce to a simmer for another 10 minutes.
  2. While the potatoes and carrots are cooking, heat a large pan with a splash of olive oil and saute the onion and celery until softened and starting to brown, then add this to the pot.
  3. Add the shrimp to the pot. I used small White shrimp from a local farm, you can use any type of shrimp or prawn you like. I measured the weight after the head, shell, and tails were removed.
  4. Add the fish to the pot. I used 3 Pangasius (Shark Catfish) fillets, you can use any whitefish you like, Tilapia and Sea Perch (Barramundi) would also work well, keep in mind, boneless and skinless.
  5. Add the bay leaves, Mrs. Dash seasoning, parsley, pepper, and if using the optional Straw mushrooms, just slice those in half lengthwise and add those to the pot as well.
  6. Cook on a high simmer for about 10-15 minutes to cook the mushrooms, important, skim off any foam on the surface to give a clear broth. Taste and season with additional salt if needed, serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for the whitefish (Pangasius) and about 150 Baht for the shrimp. Even though the celery is import, only 2 or 3 stalks are used so that is low cost. For 8 servings, this is about 74 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Mrs. Dash Seasoning.

Inspired by the recipe Fish and Shrimp Soup (Ukha) from Natasha's Kitchen.

Beef Kebab Marinade

Beef Kebab Marinade
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This sounds like a wonderful marinade for beef kebabs but think of chicken and pork. The tenderizing component of this marinade is the vinegar.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Beef Kebab Marinade
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This sounds like a wonderful marinade for beef kebabs but think of chicken and pork. The tenderizing component of this marinade is the vinegar.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Mix together all the ingredients, place your cuts of beef, pork, or chicken in a zip lock bag, pour in the marinade and squeeze out the air and seal.
  2. Refrigerate at least for 8 hours to tenderize the meat, overnight for best flavor.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by the recipe Grilled Steak Kebabs from Natasha's Kitchen.

Sardine & Olive Sandwich

Sardine & Olive Sandwich
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Just a few olives are used, but this does sound really good. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Sardine & Olive Sandwich
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Just a few olives are used, but this does sound really good. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: sandwich
Instructions
  1. Drain the oil from the tin and retain, mash the sardines in a small bowl, add the oil from tin as needed for your correct consistency. Mix in the olives and shallot.
  2. Place lettuce leaves on a slice of bread or toast, top with cucumber slices, then top with the sardine mixture.
  3. Serve open faced or with the second slice of bread or toast on top.
Recipe Notes

If using tinned sardines in olive oil, figure about 59 Baht/tin/1 sandwich. This would cost about $1.73 per sandwich, if you make two sandwiches, this would be about 87 Baht per sandwich, reasonable and healthy.

From the Ayam website, original recipe is here.

Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cakes
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This not only sounds really good, it is good! I have not had salmon patties (cakes) in many years, made these on 11 Aug 2017, outstanding. This can be an appetizer, or for me, a main dish with a side vegetable.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Salmon Cakes
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This not only sounds really good, it is good! I have not had salmon patties (cakes) in many years, made these on 11 Aug 2017, outstanding. This can be an appetizer, or for me, a main dish with a side vegetable.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the salmon, you can use a 500 gram fillet, use 4-5 smaller fillets, use leftover cooked salmon, or even canned salmon, well drained and the approximate weight stated. The salmon has to be cooked and flaked, you can bake or steam the fillets, up to you. Season with garlic salt and black pepper before cooking, if baking, brush with olive oil as well. Let the salmon cool to room temperature. Then flake the salmon with two forks and remove and discard the skin and any bones, depending on the cut you use.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat a tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of butter and the onion and bell pepper. Cook until softened and starting to turn golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes then remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, and the salmon, bread crumbs, eggs, mayo, Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, and parsley. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the onion and bell pepper, and mix that in then form into 13-14 patties. You can use either large tablespoons of the mixture or use an ice cream scoop. Flatten the portion out and form into about 1/2 inch thick patties.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a large non stick skillet over medium heat and once butter is done sizzling, add half of the salmon cakes and fry for 3 to 4 min per side or until golden brown. If salmon cakes brown too quickly, reduce heat. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Add remaining oil and butter and repeat cooking remaining salmon cakes.
  6. Serve with a tartar sauce or dipping sauces of your preference.
Recipe Notes

Four 140 gram fillets is 96 Baht each and is 560 grams. For 4 servings, this is about $2.82 per serving. High cost for Thailand, should be much less in the US or where fresh or even canned salmon is available. Great flavor and would be great for visiting friends and family.

Inspired by the recipe Salmon Cakes (Salmon Patties) from Natasha's Kitchen.

Roasted Beets & Sauteed Beet Greens

Roasted Beets & Sauteed Beet Greens
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This is a 2 for 1 side dish, roasted beets and the greens, excellent way to use the entire vegetable. I can only buy beets in Tesco, they have already been topped, so no greens for me, but that is going to change as I just bought beet seeds and I will be grown my own soon.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Roasted Beets & Sauteed Beet Greens
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This is a 2 for 1 side dish, roasted beets and the greens, excellent way to use the entire vegetable. I can only buy beets in Tesco, they have already been topped, so no greens for me, but that is going to change as I just bought beet seeds and I will be grown my own soon.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Wash the beets thoroughly, leaving the skins on, and remove the greens about 1 inch above the beet. Place the beets in a small baking dish and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until a knife can easily slide into the largest beet. Time will vary with the age and size of the beets. You can also just boil the boils until knife tender.
  3. Once the beets are done, cut the stem end off, and peel them under running tap water. Slice the beets and add to a serving bowl.
  4. Rinse the greens, removing any large stems, and set aside.
  5. When the beets are almost done, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium low heat. Add the garlic and onion, and cook for a minute to just soften. Tear the greens into 2 to 3 inch pieces and add them to the skillet. Cook and stir until greens are wilted and tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve the greens as is, and the roasted slice beets with either tossed with the red wine vinegar or just butter and salt and pepper.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Green Beans & Mushrooms

Green Beans & Mushrooms
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This sounds like a wonderful side dish. Takes a bit longer than most green bean recipes as you will need to steam some items and saute other items. For those viewers not in Asia, a long bean is just a green bean but can be 1-3 feet long. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Green Beans & Mushrooms
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This sounds like a wonderful side dish. Takes a bit longer than most green bean recipes as you will need to steam some items and saute other items. For those viewers not in Asia, a long bean is just a green bean but can be 1-3 feet long. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut the carrots into 1 inch pieces, then cut each piece into strips about equal in diameter to the beans.
  2. Steam the long (green) beans for about 3-5 minutes until tender to the bite, depending on how crisp and tender you like the beans. Remove and set aside.
  3. Steam the carrots for about 3-8 minutes, depending on the size and how crisp and tender you like carrots. Remove and set aside.
  4. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat, Saute the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent, add the mushrooms and cook until almost tender, cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 minutes, stir in the carrots and green beans, salt, seasoned salt, and white pepper. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to heat everything through.
  5. Serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Seasoned Salt.

Variants: Substitute daikon for the carrot. Add 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary or thyme, or both.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Bleu Cheese Bacon Mac & Cheese

Bleu Cheese Bacon Mac & Cheese
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Bacon and Bleu cheese, and mac, I think we have a winner here! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Bleu Cheese Bacon Mac & Cheese
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Bacon and Bleu cheese, and mac, I think we have a winner here! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk, egg, salt, pepper, and cayenne until combined then set aside.
  2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until just tender, drain, and return to pot and add the butter and reduce the temp to low, toss the pasta until the butter is melted. Pour in the milk mixture and stir until well mixed. Raise the heat to medium, stirring occasionally for about 3 to 5 minutes or until the sauce comes to a simmer.
  3. Remove the pot from heat and stir in both cheeses until melted and mixed in, then stir in the bacon.
  4. Serve, garnish additional bacon and Bleu cheese if desired.
Recipe Notes

Bacon would cost about 150 Baht, the Bleu cheese about 150 Baht, and the Cheddar about 90 Baht. For 3 servings, this is about $3.82 per serving, not a cheap meal but sounds really good for a once in a while treat.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Crab Mac & Cheese

Crab Mac & Cheese
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This sounds absolutely delicious. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Crab Mac & Cheese
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This sounds absolutely delicious. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until just tender, drain well and return to the pot.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt the butter. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until fragrant and softened, about 3 minutes. Add flour and whisk until combined and golden brown, about 1 minute. Add milk and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Simmer 2 minutes, until sauce is thickened and smooth.
  3. Stir in 1/2 of the white cheddar and mozzarella until melted then remove from heat.
  4. Add the sauce and crab meat to the pot with cooked pasta and stir until completely combined. Pour into a large baking dish, sprinkle with the remaining Cheddar and parsley and bake until bubbly, about 20 minutes.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I get a price on 500 grams of lump crab meat. I will say fair cost for now.

Variant: I will play around with this also using imitation crab which would be a cost saver as well.

Adapted from an internet recipe.