Drunk Monkey Garlic & Mushroom Pork Chops

Drunk Monkey Garlic & Mushroom Pork Chops
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This is from a good friend and I trust her recipes, and this is delicious, I made this on 14 Oct 2017. The red wine imparts a nice flavor in the chops and the sauce. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Drunk Monkey Garlic & Mushroom Pork Chops
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This is from a good friend and I trust her recipes, and this is delicious, I made this on 14 Oct 2017. The red wine imparts a nice flavor in the chops and the sauce. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. You can use standard bone in or boneless pork chops this. I used 4 thick cut (1 1/2 to 2 inches thick, 350 to 430 grams each) boneless loin chops, read the Variant listed below if you want to use these.
  2. Place the pork chops in your slow cooker, top the chops with the mushrooms and garlic.
  3. Mix together the wine and soup, pour over the chops. (This photo is from about an hour into cooking.)
  4. Cover and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours. Check for tenderness at 6 hours, if tender they are ready to be served, if not tender to your liking, continue cooking and keep checking every hour. Serve with mashed potatoes and a vegetable for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

For the pork chops I used, the thick cut loin chops, 4 of them were 200 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $1.47 per serving.

Shortcut: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Variant: Use thick cut boneless loin chops or any chops thicker than 1 inch, if you want to use these, first, pound each chop with a needle tenderizer, two, you may need to extend the cooking time for tender chops but you do risk drying them out as well, so keep checking tenderness from 6 hours on.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here. You have to scroll down to find this recipe.
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Damn Good Taco Soup

Damn Good Taco Soup
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This comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure. Several shortcuts to use for cost savings as well as preparing dried beans. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Damn Good Taco Soup
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This comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure. Several shortcuts to use for cost savings as well as preparing dried beans. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef in a medium sized pot, drain the fat, then add the water and the taco seasoning and mix together.
  2. Drain and rinse the canned beans and if using those, add beans to the pot, plus the corn, tomatoes, chilies, ranch dressing and stir everything together.
  3. Adjust the soup to your desired consistency with tomato juice. Simmer until hot and everything is heated through.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the beef. For 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning, Ranch Dressing Mix, Fried Corn.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Collins.
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Indonesian Style Prawn & Quail Egg Curry

Indonesian Style Prawn & Quail Egg Curry
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This sounds really good, I like a good curry, prawn, and quail eggs, sounds like a win win to me. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Indonesian Style Prawn & Quail Egg Curry
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This sounds really good, I like a good curry, prawn, and quail eggs, sounds like a win win to me. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large non stick pan on medium heat a splash of olive oil, then add the onion, garlic, and ginger, cook until onion is soft but not brown, then add the chili, fish sauce, and lemongrass, cook, stirring for a minute or two, then add the coconut milk, stock, sugar, and stir.
  2. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil and reduce to medium heat, let mixture reduce by about 40%. Once reduced, stir in the prawn and Bok Choi.
  3. Stir gently until the prawn is cooked through and pink, and the Bok Choi is wilted. Maybe 2-3 minutes. Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. Stir in the quail eggs, allow to warm for a minute or two, then pour into a serving bowl, garnish with spring onion, with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I buy some large prawn here in the village. This is probably Fair priced.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Braised Shrimp & Quail Eggs (Tôm Kho Trứng Cút)

Braised Shrimp & Quail Eggs (Tôm Kho Trứng Cút)
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This is a Vietnamese dish and sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Braised Shrimp & Quail Eggs (Tôm Kho Trứng Cút)
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This is a Vietnamese dish and sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare the cleaned shrimp by placing in a bowl and sprinkling on the salt and pepper, mix together and let sit for 30 minutes in the fridge.
  2. Now for this step, annatto seed oil (provides the red/orange color and mild taste) was stated, I have never seen that here, so improvising this: heat 2-3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pan (wok preferred or a wok-pan, which is my preference) and to the oil add just a tiny pinch of turmeric and paprika, that should provide the color but not change the flavor of the dish.
  3. When the oil is hot, add the onion and stir fry until it is fragrant, then add the shrimp and stir fry 3-4 minutes, season with the fish sauce, sugar, and coconut water, stir well to combine. Cook until it reaches a boil then reduce the heat to a low simmer and continue for 5 more minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the quail eggs and gently stir those in and continue to cook to heat those through, stir often. Watch the liquid level, if nearly dry, add just a bit more hot water, maybe a tablespoon or two. If you would like a little spiciness, add a bit of chili powder and stir that in.
  5. Continue cooking until the sauce is thick, stirring often, remove from heat.
  6. Plate with cooked rice on the side and garnish with chopped spring onion and coriander.
Recipe Notes

Go with about 75 Baht for the shrimp, the quail eggs are local bough so about 15 Baht for those, for 2 servings, this is about $1.33 per serving.

Provided by Vietnamese Food and the link to this recipe is here.
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Mushroom Rice II

Mushroom Rice II
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Sounds very nice and would be a great change up from everyday white rice. This can be a side, or a main dish for a light meal. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Mushroom Rice II
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Sounds very nice and would be a great change up from everyday white rice. This can be a side, or a main dish for a light meal. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Quickly rinse then slice the mushrooms, not too thin though. If using Shiitake, remove the stems and just use the caps.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pot over medium high heat, when hot, add half of the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper as desired and cook until browned, stirring often, then remove from the pot and set aside.
  3. Same pot, add another 1 tablespoon of oil plus butter. When the butter is melted add the garlic and onions, cook for about 30 seconds then add the remaining mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes or until lightly browned and the bottom of the pot is brown as well, don't worry about that, that is flavor we are going to use.
  4. Add a splash of the stock to the pot and scrape up the brown from the bottom, when the bottom is clean and the brown bits are mixed into the liquid, add the rice and mix in, then add the rest of the stock.
  5. Cover the pot with a lid and bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes or until there is no liquid, til the pot to verify this.
  6. Remove from the stove, have the already cooked mushrooms and the spring onion ready, quickly remove the lid, dump in the cooked mushroom then the spring onion, and place the lid back on and let this sit for 10 minutes.
  7. Fluff rice with a spoon, and optionally stir in more butter if desired. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this next time I get a load of mushrooms. I will say fair cost for now. This should be 4 servings as a main dish for a light meal, and 8 servings as a side dish.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Japanese Curry with Shrimp

Japanese Curry with Shrimp
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For Japanese curry, you cannot go wrong with the packaged Golden Curry brand, it is exceptional. This is the recipe from the package. If you have never used this before, when you take it out of the package, it looks like a chocolate bar. No salt is needed in this dish, there is plenty in the curry. I made this on 7 Oct 2017 and outstanding as expected.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Japanese Curry with Shrimp
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For Japanese curry, you cannot go wrong with the packaged Golden Curry brand, it is exceptional. This is the recipe from the package. If you have never used this before, when you take it out of the package, it looks like a chocolate bar. No salt is needed in this dish, there is plenty in the curry. I made this on 7 Oct 2017 and outstanding as expected.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First thing to do is to saute the shrimp, heat a splash of olive oil and two tablespoons of butter in a large non stick skillet and add the shrimp, I used medium size whites, these are not deveined.
  2. Stir often as the shrimp start turning pink.
  3. When all the shrimp are pink, remove the pan from the stove (this is sitting on my counter top) and remove the shrimp to a bowl or plate.
  4. Prepare the vegetables. I used one each, onion, potato, and a carrot. Good way to dice potatoes and carrots, use a french fry cutter, cut the vegetables into strips then chop with a knife to dice.
  5. Using the same pan, discard the liquid, heat another two tablespoons of butter then add the onion until softened and starting to brown, then add the rest of the vegetables and the water. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer and cover, stirring occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender, then add the shrimp back to the pan and let the shrimp warm through for a few minutes. Remove the pan from heat.
  6. Stir in the curry paste block and stir until it is dissolved and mixed in. Return to heat and gently simmer for another 5 minutes. I also added hard boiled quail eggs.
  7. This is the only brand of Japanese Curry I use, Golden Curry and is what I am using here.
  8. And no kidding, it looks like a chocolate bar. This 100 grams of curry paste, it is solid not a paste you are familiar with. Golden curry comes in 100 gram and 200 gram packages.
  9. Serve with rice. For the rice I used a yellow Saffron rice. Delicious!
Recipe Notes

The Japanese curry is 80 Baht/100 grams. The shrimp is local sourced, not from Tesco, is 75 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about $1.14 per serving.

Variants: 1. Serve with hot cooked pasta. 2. Top with chopped spring onions when serving. 3. Add hard boiled quail eggs when serving.

From the package, I received a package from the US, the instructions are in English and Japanese, for the import here to Thailand, the instructions are only in Japanese.

Creamy Skillet Chicken

Creamy Skillet Chicken
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Sounds delicious, on my to cook list. This recipe comes together fast so you will want all your ingredients ready.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Creamy Skillet Chicken
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Sounds delicious, on my to cook list. This recipe comes together fast so you will want all your ingredients ready.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the egg noodles in a pot of salted water until tender, drain, keep warm. Toss occasionally to prevent them from sticking.
  2. Add the flour to a shallow dish, season with salt and pepper as desired. Coat each piece of chicken with the flour on both sides, shake off the excess and set aside.
  3. In a large heavy bottomed non stick pan, heat 3 tablespoons of oil, when hot, add the chicken and cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Just let them cook, no need to fiddle with them. Turn them over and cook the other side until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  4. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the same pan and add the mushrooms and cook stirring once in a while until they just start to brown and release their liquid, about 5 minutes then add the garlic and stir until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Now add the Cream cheese and stir until melted, then stir in the cream and milk and season with salt and pepper as desired. Add the chicken back to the pan, cover and simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. Turn the chicken over and simmer for another 7 to 10 minutes or until juices run clear. Place the warm egg noodles, heat them again if needed, on a serving tray or in a baking dish. Place the chicken on top of the noodles.
  6. Add the spinach to the same pan, cover until wilted, about 5-6 minutes, stir and mix into the sauce and season with salt and pepper as desired. Pour the sauce over the chicken and noodles, serve with a vegetable on the side.
Recipe Notes

Figure 70 Baht for 4 chicken breasts, and about 75 Baht for the Cream cheese. For 4 servings, this is about $1.07 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Sausage & Bean Casserole

Sausage & Bean Casserole
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious! I was hooked when sausage was mentioned. This a flexible recipe, if you don't have Spanish Chorizo, go with more pork sausage, don't have a yellow bell pepper but you have a green one, go with that, see, easy as that. On my to cook list. You can make the baked beans yourself but will another day to the process. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Sausage & Bean Casserole
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious! I was hooked when sausage was mentioned. This a flexible recipe, if you don't have Spanish Chorizo, go with more pork sausage, don't have a yellow bell pepper but you have a green one, go with that, see, easy as that. On my to cook list. You can make the baked beans yourself but will another day to the process. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. In a large oven proof pot, heat the olive oil, when hot, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes then the celery and bell peppers and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Then add the sausages and cook for 5 minutes then stir in the garlic, paprika, cumin, and thyme.
  3. Add the wine, about a quarter bottle, tomatoes and beans. Stir, then cover and place in the oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Serve with mashed or boiled potatoes and a vegetable.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I buy sausage again. I will base the price on pork sausage only and not chorizo. I will say fair value for now.

Shortcut: Baked Beans.

Provided by Mick at Mick's Feckin Cook Book and the link to this recipe is here.
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Ground Beef Pizza

Ground Beef Pizza
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Sounds really good and is a change up from the thick (think lots of fillings) pizzas that I normally make. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
18-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
18-20 minutes
Ground Beef Pizza
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Sounds really good and is a change up from the thick (think lots of fillings) pizzas that I normally make. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
18-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
18-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add the warm water and sugar and stir to dissolve the sugar, then sprinkle in the yeast and stir in until that is dissolved. Let this stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix together the flour and salt then mix in the oil. When 5 minutes have passed, add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture and stir to form a soft dough. Turn out dough onto a floured work surface and kneed for about 5 minutes until dough is soft and elastic.
  3. Shape dough into a ball and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet, flatten lightly. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  4. While the dough is rising, cook the ground beef in a non stick skillet and break it up as it cooks, season with salt pepper as desired. Drain then add the pasta sauce to the ground beef and mix together.
  5. Heat your oven to 250 C. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts, pat each one into about a 7 inch circle. Should be able to put 2 on each baking sheet.
  6. Top each pizza with 1/4 of the meat sauce, then 1/4 of the Mozzarella. Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. Remove from oven, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  7. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 170 Baht for the Mozzarella cheese, the beef about 50 Baht for 250 grams. For 6 servings, this is about $1.08 per serving, depending on the toppings you wish to add, this will increase the cost per serving.

Variants: 1. Add toppings of your choice, such as sliced bell pepper, onion, cooked bacon, cooked Italian sausage, chopped spring onion, slice green olives, pepperoni, etc. 2. Change the Mozzarella to a different cheese, like a 4 blend cheese.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Swiss & Bacon Potato Casserole

Swiss & Bacon Potato Casserole
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Sounds great, lot of options here as well. I made this on 5 Oct 2017, and certainly a Go-To potato dish now! The family and I loved this.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 15 minutes
Cook Time
60-75 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 15 minutes
Cook Time
60-75 minutes
Swiss & Bacon Potato Casserole
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Sounds great, lot of options here as well. I made this on 5 Oct 2017, and certainly a Go-To potato dish now! The family and I loved this.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 15 minutes
Cook Time
60-75 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 15 minutes
Cook Time
60-75 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Grease a 8x8 baking dish with butter.
  2. Thee potatoes sliced with a mandolin.
  3. Onion diced, cheese shredded (I use blocks and shred myself), bacon cooked and chopped, and the flour.
  4. Mix together the onion, cheese, bacon, flour, then season as desired with salt and pepper.
  5. Spread 1/3 of the potatoes on the bottom of the baking dish, then spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture over the potatoes. Repeat the layers two more times, cheese mixture will be last.
  6. Mix together the cream and milk and pour over the top of the casserole.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  8. Remove from oven, let rest for a few minutes, serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 180 Baht for the cheese, and the bacon, can get that for around 100 Baht. For 6 side dish servings, this is about $1.37 per serving, not a cheap side dish but sounds really good with the Swiss cheese, good for a once in a while side dish for sure.

Variants: 1. Change the bacon to cubed ham or cooked and diced chicken. 2. Add diced green bell pepper, change the onion to chopped spring onion.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.