Square Pumpkin Pie
Square Pumpkin Pie
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Rectangle pie really, as this uses a 9x13 baking dish. Pumpkin pie was requested by the family for a wedding party and since I only have one pie dish, I opted to go with a 9x13 pan and modified my other pumpkin pie recipe to make this work. This is from scratch recipe, meaning you will make the filling and the crust, so this does take time but well worth it.
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Square Pumpkin Pie
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Rectangle pie really, as this uses a 9x13 baking dish. Pumpkin pie was requested by the family for a wedding party and since I only have one pie dish, I opted to go with a 9x13 pan and modified my other pumpkin pie recipe to make this work. This is from scratch recipe, meaning you will make the filling and the crust, so this does take time but well worth it.
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Ingredients
For the Crust
For the Filling
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First thing we need to do is steam the pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin into quarters, then cut each quarter into chunks, no need to peel, it is much easier when it has been steamed. Place the chunks in a steamer (I use my rice cooker with a steamer tray) and once the water is boiling, steam for about 15 minutes or so until the pumpkin is fork tender, work in batches if needed depending on the size of your steamer. Once the pumpkin is steamed, remove to a bowl and let cool.
  2. Now we make the crust, make sure you have a large work surface to do the rolling on.
  3. Add the flour and salt to a mixing bowl and mix together, then add the shredded cold butter and cut into the flour with a large sturdy fork until it has the consistency of bread crumbs.
  4. Now add about 4 tablespoons of cold water and mix together with a large sturdy spoon, keep adding water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough forms a nice ball, if too sticky, add flour as needed.
  5. Transfer the dough onto your floured work surface, rub your rolling pin with flour, sprinkle some flour on the dough and roll it out very large, about 1/8 inch thick, you want it larger than 9x13 due to the sides of the dish as well.
  6. Once rolled, roll it up on the pin and unroll it over the dish, gently pushing down and helping it in to cover the bottom and sides. If the side split and break off, no worries, just add them back to the sides and press together the seams. Trim off the excess dough from the edges. Place the dish in the fridge. (You can take the excess dough and roll it back out, cut into strips and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and bake those if you like.)
  7. Preheat your oven to 230 C (450 F). And take the baking dish out of the fridge and set on the counter, very important if you are using Pyrex so you do not do a major temp change.
  8. Now to make the filling. Take the cooled chunks of pumpkin and peel all the skin off using a pairing knife, very easy to do, toss each cleaned piece into a medium sized pot. When all are cleaned and in the pot, use a potato masher and mash the pumpkin.
  9. Add the rest of the Filling ingredients to the mashed pumpkin, mash a few more times then mix with a large spoon.
  10. Pour the filling into the baking dish and spread evenly, dish will be about 3/4 full. Place dish in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  11. Lower temp to 160 C (325 F) and continue to bake until set, use a toothpick to check, this takes 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  12. Once the filling is set, leave the pie in the oven and turn off the heat and let the pie set for 30-40 minutes (this gives a firm texture to the pie).
  13. Remove the pie to a rack on the counter and let completely cool. Then place in the fridge until chilled.
  14. Serve with whipped topping and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from a combination of my pumpkin pie recipe and and internet recipe.

Fresh Beets (Pressure Cooker)
Fresh Beets (Pressure Cooker)
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I really like beets but they can take some time just boiling on the stove top, so here is a way to reduce time, have more flavorful and nutritious beets, and reduce the amount of energy used, which for me is propane. I use a large 9 quart stove top pressure cooker and will use the steamer tray as well. Follow all safety precautions for your pressure cooker.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
8-15 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
8-15 minutes
Fresh Beets (Pressure Cooker)
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I really like beets but they can take some time just boiling on the stove top, so here is a way to reduce time, have more flavorful and nutritious beets, and reduce the amount of energy used, which for me is propane. I use a large 9 quart stove top pressure cooker and will use the steamer tray as well. Follow all safety precautions for your pressure cooker.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
8-15 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
8-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. The amount of water used is not increased with more beets, the main thing to keep in mind is do not fill the cooker more than 2/3 full.
  2. Wash the beets but do not peel them, if they have greens attached, cut them off about an inch from the beet. I buy beets at Tesco and have weighed them at 145 to 250 grams (5 to 9 ounces) each. These would be considered medium to large.
  3. Place the steamer tray in the cooker, add the water, and add the beets.
  4. Add the cover and lock in place, place weight on top. Bring up the pot on high heat until the jiggler (the weight) starts to move and vent pressure, then lower the temp to low or medium low to maintain the jiggler movement and pressure venting. Now start timing for 12 minutes. If using small beets, time for 8 minutes.
  5. When the time has passed, turn off the heat and move the pot to an unused burner and allow the pressure to release naturally.
  6. Open, remove beets (the beets should be able to be easily pierced with a fork), allow to cool, then peel and slice or dice as desired for what ever dish you are adding them to or for a simple side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Baked Whitefish
Baked Whitefish
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I made this in 22 April 2018 and oh my, it is delicious! Any boneless whitefish fillets can be used, such as tilapia, barramundi, pangasius, ocean perch, haddock, cod, etc.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Baked Whitefish
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I made this in 22 April 2018 and oh my, it is delicious! Any boneless whitefish fillets can be used, such as tilapia, barramundi, pangasius, ocean perch, haddock, cod, etc.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and lightly grease with butter a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Rinse the fillets then pat them dry, arrange fillets in the baking dish and season with the salt and lemon pepper.
  3. In the small sauce pan you melted the butter in, mix in the lemon/lime juice, and the garlic. Brush this over the fillets in the baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle the fish with the parsley, rosemary, and paprika.
  5. Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 35 minutes or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Just using Pangasius from Tesco at 86 Baht/kilo, for 4 servings, this is about 67 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Fresh Corn I (Pressure Cooker)
Fresh Corn I (Pressure Cooker)
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I like corn on the cob, and when I was growing, that was a favorite! Our family could put down some corn! This recipe uses milk and butter for more flavor infusing into the corn. This makes delicious corn! Follow all safety precautions for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 ears of corn 2 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Servings Prep Time
6-8 ears of corn 2 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Fresh Corn I (Pressure Cooker)
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I like corn on the cob, and when I was growing, that was a favorite! Our family could put down some corn! This recipe uses milk and butter for more flavor infusing into the corn. This makes delicious corn! Follow all safety precautions for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 ears of corn 2 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Servings Prep Time
6-8 ears of corn 2 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Ingredients
Servings: ears of corn
Instructions
  1. Add the milk, water, sugar, and salt to your pressure cooker and stir to mix, add the butter and place the corn in as well making two layers that are crossed.
  2. Place the lid on the cooker and lock, place on high heat to bring to full pressure as indicated by the jiggler moving and venting pressure. Lower heat to maintain full pressure. Start timing for 1 minute.
  3. When 1 minute has passed, turn off the heat and move the cooker to an unused burner to cool and release pressure on its own. When the lock has dropped and zero pressure remains in the vessel, open and serve corn as a side dish, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches (Slow Cooker)
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches (Slow Cooker)
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In keeping with my theme of making things from scratch, plenty of shortcuts here if you wish to use those for cost savings.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches (Slow Cooker)
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In keeping with my theme of making things from scratch, plenty of shortcuts here if you wish to use those for cost savings.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: sandwich
Instructions
  1. For tender and juicy pork, use of a pressure cooker is highly recommended. There is a link in Recipe Notes for how I prepare pork shoulder/butt. Amount of pork is up to you, when I make this I use 1 1/2 kilos (3 lbs).
  2. After the pork is cooked, place on a cutting board and use two forks to shred it, then place the pork in your slow cooker and set to Low setting.
  3. Add BBQ sauce as needed to coat all the shredded pork. Leave the pork on Low for about 30 minutes to heat everything through.
  4. When the pulled pork is good and hot, lay out a slice of rye bread, then add a slice of onion, as thick as you like it, add some pickle slices.
  5. Scoop on some hot BBQ pulled pork, top that with sliced Provolone, as many slices as you like. Top with another slice of rye and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost, well under $1 per sandwich.

Shortcuts: Pork Shoulder/Butt (Pressure Cooker), Light Rye Bread, Fridge Pickles, BBQ Sauce.

Variants. 1. Use a cheese of your choice. 2. Use lettuce in place of the onion or in addition to the onion. 3. Leave out the pickles or replace with hot peppers. 4. Use sandwich rolls in place of rye bread, or use any bread you like.

Common type of sandwich.

Pork Shoulder/Butt (Pressure Cooker)
Pork Shoulder/Butt (Pressure Cooker)
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This produces fork tender and very juicy pork. No set quantity of pork shoulder/butt is needed, but observe the rule of NOT overfilling your pressure cooker more than 2/3 full. If meat is above the water, perfectly fine, you are cooking with heat and pressure, not boiling. Follow all safety precautions with your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
32 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
32 minutes
Pork Shoulder/Butt (Pressure Cooker)
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This produces fork tender and very juicy pork. No set quantity of pork shoulder/butt is needed, but observe the rule of NOT overfilling your pressure cooker more than 2/3 full. If meat is above the water, perfectly fine, you are cooking with heat and pressure, not boiling. Follow all safety precautions with your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
32 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
32 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. The amount of pork shoulder/butt is not really important, I used 1 1/2 kilos but I also have a 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) pressure cooker. Main thing is the pressure cooker (for smaller pressure cookers) is no more than 2/3 full.
  2. Trim off any large thick pieces of fat, add the pork to your pressure cooker. Add about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water to the pressure.
  3. Place the lid on and lock, bring to high heat. When the jiggler starts moving and releasing pressure, turn the heat down but maintain the pressure release and jiggler moving (indicating full pressure). Start timing for 33 minutes.
  4. When 33 minutes have passed on full pressure, turn of the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner to allow a natural release of pressure.
  5. When the pressure is released and it is safe to open your pressure cooker, go ahead and open, use the pork as needed in other recipes. Don't forget to try a piece first 🙂
Recipe Notes

For pork shoulder, figure about 100 Baht/kilo. For 1 1/2 kilo, six servings, this is about 78 cents per serving. If you can source the pork locally, you could save even more.

Adapted from using pressure cooker times on the internet.

Pork Dim Sum
Pork Dim Sum
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Dim Sum is Chinese in origin, Cantonese, basically open faced wontons that are steamed not fried. There is 1,000s of types of dim sum. This is a very common type here in Thailand that is sold in the open markets.
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
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Dim Sum is Chinese in origin, Cantonese, basically open faced wontons that are steamed not fried. There is 1,000s of types of dim sum. This is a very common type here in Thailand that is sold in the open markets.
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dim sum
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the olive oil.
  2. Place a wonton skin on your work surface, add a small spoonful of the meat mixture into the center of the skin. Bunch up the sides and pick up the dim sum and shape so that it is cylindrical with the top open, and pack the pork in with a spoon as well. Set aside and repeat with the remaining skins.
  3. Heat your steamer (I use a rice cooker with a steamer tray) and lightly spray or rub the tray or steamer basket with olive oil. Place some dim sum in the steamer tray leaving space between them. Cover with a lid and steam for 8-10 minutes. You are steaming them, no need to worry about burning them 😉
  4. Remove the cooked dim sum to a plate, and repeat to cook the remaining dim sum.
  5. Serve with soy sauce for dipping if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost when served as an appetizer.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Steamed Eggs (Rice Cooker)
Steamed Eggs (Rice Cooker)
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I found this recipe on a friend's web site and decided to give this a try. I use a small rice cooker (1 liter) with a steamer tray, a steamer basket in a pot works equally as well. The size of the steamer basket, how many eggs, size of the eggs, if eggs are layered, and even elevation will play a role in the time to get perfect hard cooked eggs.
Servings Prep Time
8 eggs 1 minute
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 eggs 1 minute
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Steamed Eggs (Rice Cooker)
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I found this recipe on a friend's web site and decided to give this a try. I use a small rice cooker (1 liter) with a steamer tray, a steamer basket in a pot works equally as well. The size of the steamer basket, how many eggs, size of the eggs, if eggs are layered, and even elevation will play a role in the time to get perfect hard cooked eggs.
Servings Prep Time
8 eggs 1 minute
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 eggs 1 minute
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: eggs
Instructions
  1. Add about 1 to inches of water to your rice cooker insert and add the steamer tray and cover, if using a pot with a steamer basket, add the basket then add water to where it just touches the bottom of the steamer basket then cover. Turn the rice cooker to Cook setting and for a pot, turn to medium to high heat. Get the water boiling and making steam.
  2. Add the eggs to the steamer tray once the water is boiling, for a pot, remove from heat, add the eggs then put back on the heat. For a pot, just use the heat needed to maintain a gentle boil.
  3. Set your timer for 6 minutes for soft cooked and 10 minutes for hard cooked with a slightly soft yolk center, or 12-15 minutes for fully cooked through yolks. (I used 15 minutes and the eggs were perfect). If you are using two layers of eggs, increase the time by 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Place a large bowl in the sink and turn on the water, when the time is up on the eggs, transfer the eggs with a slotted spoon into the water in the sink, keep the water running into the bowl for 5 to 10 minutes to cool the eggs.
  5. When the eggs are cooled, take each egg and crack all over and return to the water. Once all eggs are cracked, start peeling them, rinse off any shell fragments, place in another bowl, cover, and refrigerate until used.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for How to Steam Hard Boiled Eggs is from Simply Recipes.

Fried Bologna Sandwich
Fried Bologna Sandwich
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I made these last night, have not had one in 12 years or so, true comfort food. Bologna is here, mainly just eaten as a snack item straight from the fridge. My wife very much enjoyed these. I did not make anything that is not here, just prepared it in a way the Thais are not accustomed to, the family really likes it when I use common items to make a "new" dish they have not had before. This is a nothing more than a guide, not a recipe. Keep in mind, Thai bologna is smaller diameter than in the US.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Fried Bologna Sandwich
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I made these last night, have not had one in 12 years or so, true comfort food. Bologna is here, mainly just eaten as a snack item straight from the fridge. My wife very much enjoyed these. I did not make anything that is not here, just prepared it in a way the Thais are not accustomed to, the family really likes it when I use common items to make a "new" dish they have not had before. This is a nothing more than a guide, not a recipe. Keep in mind, Thai bologna is smaller diameter than in the US.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Ingredients
Optional Items
Servings: sandwich
Instructions
  1. In a non stick pan, heat a tiny amount of olive oil and add the bologna slices, fry for a minute or two each side or until the edges are starting to brown.
  2. Spread mayo on each slice of bread, add some lettuce to one slice, add the bologna slices on top of the lettuce, then add some cheese on top of the bologna. Top with the other slice of bread.
  3. Cut in half and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

A pack of 10 slices of bologna will cost about 79 Baht, for 2 sandwiches (2 servings), this is about $1.25 per serving. Other items used are minimal.

Commonly made sandwich.

Chicken Giblets
Chicken Giblets
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A alternative to just plain fried giblets. For this recipe, a mix of hearts and gizzards is fine along with liver if you like, but if using livers, add those later during the cooking as they take less time to cook. I look forward to making this.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Chicken Giblets
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A alternative to just plain fried giblets. For this recipe, a mix of hearts and gizzards is fine along with liver if you like, but if using livers, add those later during the cooking as they take less time to cook. I look forward to making this.
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. In a large non stick pan, heat a splash of olive oil then add the hearts and or gizzards and fry until just browned. If using liver in addition to hearts and or gizzards, add them just when the other items are browning up, this is because the liver cooks faster, and you do not want to over cook the liver.
  2. When everything is browned, stir in the cumin, clove, paprika, bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the onion and garlic, stir that in and fry for 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce to heat to low and stir in the wine or stock and simmer on low until the giblets are cooked through.
  5. Serve with rice, pasta, or potatoes.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. In place of the white wine or chicken stock, use an equal amount of heavy cream.

Adapted from an internet recipe.