Cardamom Bread (Bread Machine)

Cardamom Bread (Bread Machine)
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A friend of mine mentioned to me Cardamom Bread and that inspired me to research this and I came up with this. I made this on 17 Dec 2017, and wow is it good! This is a keeper.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 hour, or so
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 hour, or so
Cardamom Bread (Bread Machine)
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A friend of mine mentioned to me Cardamom Bread and that inspired me to research this and I came up with this. I made this on 17 Dec 2017, and wow is it good! This is a keeper.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 hour, or so
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 hour, or so
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Add the ingredients to your bread machine in the order listed.
  2. Set the bread machine to Regular Bread, 1 1/2 pound loaf, light crust, and start.
  3. When the cycle is completed, remove the pan from the bread machine and remove the loaf to a rack to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Slice, butter, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Dumpling Egg Soup II

Dumpling Egg Soup II
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This is another version of the original soup, with the main ingredients being the potato, eggs, dumplings (wontons), and broth. For this version, the type of eggs was changed and I added Vietnamese sausage. This recipe is assuming you have dumplings (or wontons) ready made or already homemade and on hand, and hard boiled eggs on hand as well.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Dumpling Egg Soup II
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This is another version of the original soup, with the main ingredients being the potato, eggs, dumplings (wontons), and broth. For this version, the type of eggs was changed and I added Vietnamese sausage. This recipe is assuming you have dumplings (or wontons) ready made or already homemade and on hand, and hard boiled eggs on hand as well.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the broth to a small sauce pan and add the potato and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until the potatoes are almost fork tender, 8-10 minutes or so.
  2. Just when the potatoes are almost fork tender, add the eggs and Vietnamese sausage. Let this simmer for another 5-10 minutes or so to finish cooking the potatoes and to heat the eggs and sausage through. Vietnamese sausage is already cooked when you buy it, here you just need to heat it through.
  3. For the dumplings or wontons, you can do this two ways. You can pan fry them first then add to the broth, or for raw wontons, you can just add to the broth when you add the eggs and let them cook that way.
  4. When the potato is tender, season with salt and white pepper to taste and stir in some chopped coriander.
  5. Ladle into bowls with plenty of broth, sprinkle some of the coriander on the top and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs, Vegetable Wontons.

Inspired by the original recipe provided courtesy of good friend, Drew Padilla.
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Basic Applesauce (Slow Cooker)

Basic Applesauce (Slow Cooker)
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I have never made applesauce before so I researched and found this, basically peeled, cored, and sliced apples and cooked with a bit of water, and if desired, sugar and salt as well. I made this on 14 Dec 2017, and wow is this better than from a jar, which is not available here. I have changed this up to a slow cooker recipe, which is perfect for the controlled heat.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Basic Applesauce (Slow Cooker)
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I have never made applesauce before so I researched and found this, basically peeled, cored, and sliced apples and cooked with a bit of water, and if desired, sugar and salt as well. I made this on 14 Dec 2017, and wow is this better than from a jar, which is not available here. I have changed this up to a slow cooker recipe, which is perfect for the controlled heat.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the water and a pinch of salt to your slow cooker and set to High setting.
  2. Peel, core, cut the apples in quarters, and slice. Put the apple slices in the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook until the apples are soft. Stir about every 15 minutes, after 30 to 45 minutes, mash with a potato masher. Add sugar if desired depending on how sweet you would like this. Cook to melt the sugar in and cook down to a sauce.
  4. Cook for another 30 minutes on Low setting, and you have the best tasting applesauce ever. Serve as a dessert or use as an ingredient in baking.
Recipe Notes

Low cost, and easy.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Vegetable Wontons

Vegetable Wontons
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These are the Chinese type of wantons that use a small square wrapper that is about 3 inches by 3 inches. These can be fried or just dropped into a broth and cooked that way, each method will be listed below. And these freeze well also.
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Vegetable Wontons
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These are the Chinese type of wantons that use a small square wrapper that is about 3 inches by 3 inches. These can be fried or just dropped into a broth and cooked that way, each method will be listed below. And these freeze well also.
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: wontons
Instructions
  1. The reason for the cabbage and carrot to be shredded then minced is any long pieces will tear the wonton wrapper, and no one likes a torn wonton 😉
  2. Once the vegetables are prepped, set a small bowl of water near the filling, and line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment.
  3. Pick up a wrapper, these are floured so they are much easier to work with than spring roll wrappers, and place on one hand with one corner pointing away from you, and one corner pointing towards you. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of filling in the center of the wrapper.
  4. Dip a finger in the water and run along a edge from the corner farthest from you to the next corner, dip your finger in water again and now run along the other edge farthest from you.
  5. Now take the corner closest to you and fold in half, that corner going to the corner farthest from you, to make a triangle, then use your fingers to seal the two edges. There, you just made a wonton 🙂
  6. Place the wonton on the parchment paper, and repeat the steps for the remaining wrappers. It goes fairly fast once you get the hang of how much filling, which is very small.
To Fry Wontons
  1. Heat about 1 inch of oil in a heavy pan, when the oil is hot, add wontons but do not overcrowd them. Cook for a minute or two on each side until golden and crispy, remove to paper towels to drain. Continue with more wontons as desired. Serve with a dipping sauce of choice if desired.
To use Wontons in a Broth
  1. Heat a broth of choice in a sauce pan, about 3 cups, chicken is a common broth used. Simmer a few fresh made wontons at a time, don't over crowd the pot, when they float to the top, they are done. Place some spinach leaves in a bowl, place wontons in the bowl, ladle some hot broth in which will cook the spinach and top with some chopped spring onion.
To Freeze Wontons
  1. Place a single layer of wontons on a sheet with parchment paper and place in the freezer for about 10 minutes, when good and firm, place wontons in a zip lock bag, use within 1 month.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Garlic Butter Rice (Rice Cooker)

Garlic Butter Rice (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds wonderful, and a rice cooker is used so you can concentrate on preparing the main dish, even better.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Garlic Butter Rice (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds wonderful, and a rice cooker is used so you can concentrate on preparing the main dish, even better.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the first 5 ingredients in your rice cooker and mix evenly. Add the water. Set the cooker to the Cook setting.
  2. When the cooker switches to warm, fluff the rice with a spoon and taste, season with just a pinch of salt if needed. Serve as a side with any main dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

______ & Gravy

______ & Gravy
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You fill in the blank with a meat of choice, can be leftovers or bought purposely for this recipe. I like simple dishes that come together quickly, and can be changed numerous ways. This is a base recipe that you can can tailor to make your own specialty. This can be a side dish over rice, or a main dish over pasta, mashed potatoes, or biscuits.
Servings
2-3 servings
Servings
2-3 servings
______ & Gravy
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You fill in the blank with a meat of choice, can be leftovers or bought purposely for this recipe. I like simple dishes that come together quickly, and can be changed numerous ways. This is a base recipe that you can can tailor to make your own specialty. This can be a side dish over rice, or a main dish over pasta, mashed potatoes, or biscuits.
Servings
2-3 servings
Servings
2-3 servings
Ingredients
For the Concept
  • 500-700 grams meat
  • 2 cups gravy OR make from a shortcut
  • 100-200 grams pasta rice or mashed potatoes or biscuits
For Seasoning
For Additional Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Meats - Pick One
  1. Think simple items that are cooked or can be cooked up quick. Chicken Hearts, Chicken Livers, Chicken Gizzards, Sausage, leftover roast chicken, leftover beef pot roast, leftover pork loin.
  2. Cook fresh meats in a non stick skillet with a splash of olive oil along with a diced onion and several cloves of mined garlic and mushrooms if using those. Drain and set aside.
  3. For leftover meats, cube or shred, your preference. Saute a diced onion and several cloves of garlic in a non stick pan with a splash of olive oil. When the onion is translucent, add mushroom if using, then add the cubed or shredded leftover meat and saute until heated through. Drain and set aside.
  4. For sausage, bulk or sliced would work well with a milk gravy.
For the Gravy - Pick One
  1. Gravy can be from a homemade mix, from a gravy packet, or from the drippings in the pan when using fresh meats. I use packets or from a homemade mix. Your choice.
  2. Chicken giblets and leftovers obviously pair up with chicken gravy. Beef with beef gravy, and pork with pork or chicken gravy. Sausage would pair nicely with a milk gravy.
  3. For 2-3 servings, go with 2 cups of gravy, either 2 packets, 2 cups worth from a homemade mix, or you can make in the pan with the drippings.
  4. Once the gravy is made, add the cooked or heated up meat of choice.
For the Seasoning
  1. After the meat of choice is added to the gravy and mixed, taste and add salt and pepper as desired. For the chicken giblets, sage and celery seed works very well, for two cups of gravy I used 1/2 teaspoon of sage and 1/4 teaspoon of celery seed.
  2. White pepper can be used in place of black pepper. Any herbs of choice can be used, like rosemary, thyme, parsley, coriander. Totally up to your preference.
For Serving - Pick One
  1. Rice, small amount for a side dish or a large amount for a main dish.
  2. Pasta, can be spaghetti, egg noodles, fettuccine, macaroni, small shells, spirals, totally your preference.
  3. Potatoes, mashed would be my first choice, boiled and fried potatoes also work.
  4. Biscuits, think milk gravy with sausage. And additional option for this would be a fried egg or two on top.
Recipe Notes

Cost is dependent on if you are using fresh meats specifically for this dish or using leftovers.

Shortcut: Gravy Mix.

Based on making Chicken Hearts & Gravy, Lee Thayer.
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Chicken Hearts & Gravy

Chicken Hearts & Gravy
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I like chicken hearts, and this is a simple and easy meal to put together. I made this on 12 Dec 2017 as a way to use up some chicken hearts I had in the freezer, and this gives me an idea for a base recipe for leftovers as well. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Chicken Hearts & Gravy
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I like chicken hearts, and this is a simple and easy meal to put together. I made this on 12 Dec 2017 as a way to use up some chicken hearts I had in the freezer, and this gives me an idea for a base recipe for leftovers as well. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, heat the oil and add the chicken hearts and saute for a few minutes, they release a lot of fat was well (additional flavor), add the onion and garlic, and saute until the onion is translucent and hearts cooked through. Drain the hearts.
  2. While the hearts are cooking. In a small sauce pan prepare the chicken gravy according to the packet instructions, this is normally 2 packets to make 2 cups. Once the gravy is made, add the drained hearts and stir in, season with the sage, celery seed, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In another small sauce pan, cook the pasta in boiling water until tender, then drain.
  4. Place some noodles on a plate and ladle on the gravy, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for the chicken hearts. For 2 servings, this is about 74 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Gravy Mix.

I just winged this and it turned out great, Lee Thayer.
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Corn Soup with Quail Eggs

Corn Soup with Quail Eggs
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This is a Filipino soup, and it sounds delicious, and quick to prepare dish. This is from a good friend is very authentic. This can be a breakfast, lunch, or light dinner. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Corn Soup with Quail Eggs
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This is a Filipino soup, and it sounds delicious, and quick to prepare dish. This is from a good friend is very authentic. This can be a breakfast, lunch, or light dinner. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a medium size pot, add the water and broth and bring to a boil then add the creamed corn, stir, and allow to come to a boil again then reduce to a simmer and cover, stir often and cook for 15 minutes. Add water as needed.
  2. Add the spring onion and season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 2 minutes. Pour in the cornstarch and water mix (slurry) and simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Crack in the chicken egg and stir, some people like it clumpy, some like it less clumpy like egg drop soup, your preference. Add the quail eggs, cover, turn off the heat and leave on the burner. Let this sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir and then transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided by Panlasang Pinoy and the link to this recipe is here.
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Pizza Pasta

Pizza Pasta
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This sounds really good, and is an original recipe from a friend, I look forward to making this. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Pizza Pasta
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This sounds really good, and is an original recipe from a friend, I look forward to making this. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C (425 F).
  2. Heat a pot of salted water to a boil, then add the pasta and cook that until just tender, drain well (let cool for a few minutes before adding to a Pyrex dish) pour into a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. While the water is heating for the pasta, heat a large non stick pan and add the sausage and break it with a spatula as you cook it, add some chopped up pepperoni slice if want and add to the pan as well, as much as you like. When cooked through, do not drain, just pour into the baking dish and mix with the pasta until "all the pasta is coated with the yummy meatiness." (Author's words, very cool!)
  4. Add the pasta sauce and mix together, now add the pizza cheese blend and mix that in. Once mixed, smooth out the top evenly, top with Mozzarella, then a layer of pepperoni slices.
  5. Bake until bubbly, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove and let rest for a few minutes, you have a bubbly dish of cheese lava, you are just cooling it a bit before serving.
  6. Serve. Garlic bread would be a great side dish.
Recipe Notes

The sausage if you make yourself, about 45 Baht. The cheeses will cost about 175 Baht for the pizza cheese blend, and 140 Baht for the Mozzarella. For 6 servings, this is about $1.77 per serving.

Shortcuts: Italian Sausage, Pasta Sauce.

Variants: 1. Easy, anything you like on a pizza. The author, Amy, says diced green bell pepper and sliced mushrooms is a very good addition. 2. To make this leaner, use chicken sausage.

Original recipe and photo, provided by good friend, Amy Weckerly Shanks, and the original recipe is here.

White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken)

White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken)
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This is a Cantonese poached chicken that is served cold with a Spring Onion & Ginger Oil dipping sauce. The 'White' part of the name comes from meaning plain, as in minimal ingredients. The 'Cut' part comes from meaning the while chicken is simply cut into pieces with a cleaver, not separated at the joints like in the western part of the world. This sounds absolutely delicious for a lunch or light dinner.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken)
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This is a Cantonese poached chicken that is served cold with a Spring Onion & Ginger Oil dipping sauce. The 'White' part of the name comes from meaning plain, as in minimal ingredients. The 'Cut' part comes from meaning the while chicken is simply cut into pieces with a cleaver, not separated at the joints like in the western part of the world. This sounds absolutely delicious for a lunch or light dinner.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken
For the Spring Onion & Ginger Oil Dipping Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Remove the head and feet from the chicken, rinse it inside and out and place in a large pot. Add the spring onion, ginger, peppercorns, and cooking wine.
  2. Add water to the pot to just cover the chicken. Bring to a boil and hold that for 8 minutes (a few minutes longer if you have a larger chicken), then turn off heat, leave on the burner, and cover for 20 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl fill with cold water and ice, remove the chicken from the pot, set the pot and broth aside, and place in the ice water and soak for several minutes, turning it often to ensure the chicken is completely cooled. Remove and drain residual water, place on a cutting board and brush the skin with sesame oil.
  4. To cut the chicken, use of a large cleaver is highly recommended as the weight of the knife is helpful. The chicken has to be completely cooled in order to cut to get smooth edges. Basically remove the legs at the thigh joint, then cut each thigh from the leg, then cut each leg in half. Remove the wings and separate each wing at the joints. Cut the remaining chicken in half, cut each half into large pieces.
For the Spring Onion & Ginger Oil Dipping Sauce
  1. In a small heat proof bowl, mix together the ginger, chopped spring onion greens. and coriander.
  2. Heat the oil in a small saucepan or wok, and the spring onion whites when the oil is hot and saute until the whites are just starting to brown and they are aromatic.
  3. Pour the hot oil into the bowl with the other ingredients and mix. Add two tablespoons of broth from the pot the chicken was in. Season with a pinch of salt or to taste and mix well.
  4. Serve the dipping sauce as a side for the chicken, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I cannot really remember what a whole chicken in the market costs, I think 150 or 200 Baht. Going with 200 Baht, 2 servings is about $2.95 per serving, which I think may be on the high side. I will verify price and servings when I make this.

This recipe for White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken) is from China Sichuan Food.