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.

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.

Russian Style Crab Salad (Крабовый Салат)

Russian Style Crab Salad (Крабовый Салат)
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This recipe uses imitation crab, aka crab sticks, but if you wish to use real crab, feel free. I personally like imitation crab so I will be using that. And this is the first recipe I have listed with the Russian text in the title as well, very cool I think. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Russian Style Crab Salad (Крабовый Салат)
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This recipe uses imitation crab, aka crab sticks, but if you wish to use real crab, feel free. I personally like imitation crab so I will be using that. And this is the first recipe I have listed with the Russian text in the title as well, very cool I think. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add the imitation crab, eggs, onion, corn, mayo, and horseradish sauce and mix together.
  2. Add the peas and gently fold in, this keeps them from getting mushy. Store in the fridge for several hours before serving.
Recipe Notes

Crab stick prices vary widely, from 90 to 270 Baht/500 grams, not sure of the taste or quality as I have only bought Tesco brand at 94 Baht/450 gram package and the taste is quite good, for 750 grams, figure about 150 Baht. For 8 servings, this is about 52 cents per serving.

Variants: When I make this I will certainly follow the recipe as written, after that I will play around with frozen peas and corn.

Inspired by the recipe Russian Style Crab Salad (Крабовый Салат) from Natasha's Kitchen.

Crab Salad with Cucumber & Tomato

Crab Salad with Cucumber & Tomato
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This recipe uses imitation crab, aka crab sticks, but if you wish to use real crab, feel free. I personally like imitation crab so I will be using this. This is a use what you have recipe, and I will say, wow, this is good! I made this on 8 August 2017. The amounts listed are approximate, use what you have, I used a bit more imitation crab, but probably less spring onion.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Crab Salad with Cucumber & Tomato
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This recipe uses imitation crab, aka crab sticks, but if you wish to use real crab, feel free. I personally like imitation crab so I will be using this. This is a use what you have recipe, and I will say, wow, this is good! I made this on 8 August 2017. The amounts listed are approximate, use what you have, I used a bit more imitation crab, but probably less spring onion.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare the imitation crab by chopping and shredding. No kidding, use your hands like you would mix a meat loaf! Place in a bowl with all the remaining prepared vegetables and mix together.
  2. Add the mayo and mix to coat everything, use more mayo as needed. Store in the fridge for several hours to chill before serving.
Recipe Notes

Crab stick prices vary widely, from 90 to 270 Baht/500 grams, not sure of the taste or quality as I have only bought Tesco brand at 94 Baht/450 gram package and the taste is quite good. For 6 servings, this is about 46 cents per serving.

Inspired by the recipe Crab Salad with Cucumber and Tomato from Natasha's Kitchen.

Mexican Chorizo

Mexican Chorizo
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Mexican Chorizo is the wet type of sausage, that is mainly used in bulk form, commonly mixed with eggs, potatoes, chilies, tacos, etc. This will keep in the fridge for several weeks. This is a base recipe that you can use and tailor the spices to your preference.
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Mexican Chorizo
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Mexican Chorizo is the wet type of sausage, that is mainly used in bulk form, commonly mixed with eggs, potatoes, chilies, tacos, etc. This will keep in the fridge for several weeks. This is a base recipe that you can use and tailor the spices to your preference.
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: grams of Chorizo
Instructions
  1. You can use either minced pork from the store, or as I like to do, is grind my own, as you can control the fat content of meat. I will use pork shoulder when I make this. If grinding your own, use the medium plate or the coarse (wagon wheel) plate.
  2. Add the coarse ground pork to a large bowl, add all other ingredients and mix well, use your hands to ensure a good mixing. You may need to increase the amount of vinegar.
  3. Pack into a large jar or ceramic bowl, cover and store in the fridge for up to several weeks. Best to sit overnight in the fridge before the first use.
  4. To use, just scoop some out and cook with scrambled eggs, diced potatoes, etc.
Recipe Notes

Pork will cost about 75 Baht for 750 grams. This can be added to various dishes so 750 grams will last for say 6-10 dishes. Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Stuffed Peppers with Polenta & Sausage

Stuffed Peppers with Polenta & Sausage
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This sounds really good, nice use of the polenta. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Stuffed Peppers with Polenta & Sausage
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This sounds really good, nice use of the polenta. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Microwave the bell peppers on High for 2 minutes to soften slightly. Cut bell peppers in half, lengthwise. Remove seeds and membranes, leave the stem intact for visual purpose.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage to skillet and cook 4 minutes, stirring to break into small pieces. Add onion to skillet, stirring occasionally, until sausage is cooked and onion is tender, about 3 minutes. Remove sausage mixture from pan.
  3. Add cornmeal to the same skillet cook 1 minute, stirring constantly then add broth, milk, and 3/4 teaspoon of the salt, bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Stir in parsley, sausage, and half of the cheese. Divide mixture evenly among bell pepper halves. Place side by side on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is browned and the peppers are tender.
  5. While the peppers are cooking, whisk the olive oil, vinegar, black pepper, and remaining salt in a medium bowl, add the tomatoes and basil, toss to coat. Serve over peppers with bread or a salad on the side for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

For the sausage, this is based on making it yourself (takes just minutes) and would only cost about 40 Baht. Figure about 60 Baht for the cheese. For 6 servings, this is about 49 cents per serving.

Variant: Use 3 links of Italian sausage, hot or mild, remove the casing and break up when you cook them.

Shortcut: Italian Sausage.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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