Curry Fish Balls
Curry Fish Balls
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This sounds very good, and uses a packaged curry from Japan that is exceptional in flavor, Japanese curry tastes neither like Thai or Indian curries. Fish balls (think of small meatballs but made from fish) are very common and for folks in the US, these are readily available at most Asian markets. Curried fish balls are very common in China (and I did receive this recipe from a friend in China). This can be a snack or side dish. If I was a betting man, you could increase the number of ball and make a main dish over rice for two people. On my to prepare list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Curry Fish Balls
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This sounds very good, and uses a packaged curry from Japan that is exceptional in flavor, Japanese curry tastes neither like Thai or Indian curries. Fish balls (think of small meatballs but made from fish) are very common and for folks in the US, these are readily available at most Asian markets. Curried fish balls are very common in China (and I did receive this recipe from a friend in China). This can be a snack or side dish. If I was a betting man, you could increase the number of ball and make a main dish over rice for two people. On my to prepare list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, heat the oil and when hot, saute the onion until soft.
  2. Pour in the stock and add the curry (yes, it does look like a candy bar). Move the curry around until dissolved and mixed in with the onion and stock.
  3. Add the coconut milk and stir in, then add the fish balls. Simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and the curry will thicken.
  5. Serve as is for a side dish or snack, or over rice with the curry as a main dish. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Curry Fish Balls is from China Sichuan Food.

Mexican Deviled Eggs
Mexican Deviled Eggs
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I like hard boiled eggs and I love deviled eggs, so this sounds really good. On my to make list. Although this is low cost, there is shortcuts for even greater savings. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-16 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-16 servings 15 minutes
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I like hard boiled eggs and I love deviled eggs, so this sounds really good. On my to make list. Although this is low cost, there is shortcuts for even greater savings. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-16 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-16 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut the cooled and peeled eggs in half, remove the yolks to a medium mixing bowl and place the whites on a serving tray or plate.
  2. Mash the yolks with a fork then add the cheese, mayo, sour cream, chives (or spring onion), just 1 1/2 teaspoons of the taco seasoning. Mix together.
  3. Spoon or pipe the mixture into the egg whites.
  4. Dust lightly with the remaining taco seasoning and sprinkle lightly with cilantro. Chill in the fridge until you serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs, Perfect Hard Boiled Duck Eggs, Taco Seasoning Mix, Sour Cream.

Variant: 1. Use hard boiled quail eggs for tiny versions of this recipe.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Tuna Salad
Tuna Salad
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This recipe comes from a good friend, and she has never been wrong with a recipe, this is certainly on my to make list, I can see some very sandwiches with this recipe.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
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This recipe comes from a good friend, and she has never been wrong with a recipe, this is certainly on my to make list, I can see some very sandwiches with this recipe.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Core and chop the apple. I use an apple corer and slicer that removes the core and makes 8 slices. I took each slice, slice it again lengthwise, then chopped. Add the lime or lemon juice at this time to prevent the chopped pieces from turning brown.
  2. Toast the nuts, your choice of almonds or walnuts, these are optional. Omit for any health concerns.
  3. Drain the tuna well or prepare fresh cooked tuna and let that drain after you have removed the bones and flaked it. If using fresh tuna, use 2 cups or 2 1/2 cups. Three cans of tuna (140 grams each), the onion, and apple with lime juice ready for mixing.
  4. Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix to combine, taste and adjust mayo, pepper, and lemon/lime juice to your liking. Mixed and ready to chill, no nuts or avocado used this time.
  5. Cover and chill for a few hours, serve in sandwiches or as a dip.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 42 Baht per average size can of tuna, for 8 servings, this is about 66 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Tuna.

Variant: 1. Replace the tuna with 2 cups of cooked, chopped chicken. 2. Use a red onion in place of the brown onion. 3. Use a Fuji apple in place of the Granny Smith apple.

This recipe for Tuna Salad is from Natasha's Kitchen.

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, add all the ingredients except the olive oil and wonton wrappers.
  2. Use your hands to mix or a large sturdy spoon, it mixes together easily.
  3. 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. (I have not perfect how to pack these correctly, yet.)
  4. 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 😉
  5. Remove the cooked dim sum to a plate, and repeat to cook the remaining dim sum.
  6. Serve with soy sauce for dipping if desired as an appetizer, side dish, or main dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Egg Salad on Saltines
Egg Salad on Saltines
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This is from a good friend, and is so simple, it is brilliant. You need 3 items, egg salad of your choosing, saltine crackers, and cherry tomatoes. I normally make a sandwich from egg salad and serve deviled eggs as appetizers, this simplifies the appetizer problem to a lighter and less filling appetizer (or you could be like me and make a bunch of these and call it a meal). No quantities or servings stated as this is a make what you need recipe, more of a guide than a recipe really. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
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This is from a good friend, and is so simple, it is brilliant. You need 3 items, egg salad of your choosing, saltine crackers, and cherry tomatoes. I normally make a sandwich from egg salad and serve deviled eggs as appetizers, this simplifies the appetizer problem to a lighter and less filling appetizer (or you could be like me and make a bunch of these and call it a meal). No quantities or servings stated as this is a make what you need recipe, more of a guide than a recipe really. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Prepare your own favorite egg salad or prepare from my shortcut, I have several that would work really well and expand your ex salad experience (listed below), or your choice to use a store bought egg salad.
  2. Place a good spoonful of chilled egg salad on a saltine cracker, stick half or quarter of a cherry tomato in the egg salad. Arrange on a tray, serve as an appetizer.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Basic Egg Salad, Egg Salad with Capers & Dill, Mushroom & Egg Salad, Mediterranean Egg Salad.

Variants: 1. For the Basic Egg Salad, add half of a pickle slice instead of the tomato. 2. For the Egg salad with capers and dill, add a sprinkling of fresh chopped dill and a half of pickle slice. 3. For the Mediterranean Egg Salad, use the tomato half or quarter and some fresh dill.

Inspired by a good friend, Kristi Fancher Brown.
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Pinwheels
Pinwheels
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This comes from a friend and sounds absolutely delicious. This is a base recipe, make with what you have on hand to make a few or many.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
Prep Time
15 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
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This comes from a friend and sounds absolutely delicious. This is a base recipe, make with what you have on hand to make a few or many.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
Prep Time
15 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Lat out a tortilla, spread on some cream cheese, drizzle some Ranch dressing, sprinkle some spring onion and bell peppers. Can also layer on deli ham, turkey, and or smoked turkey as desired.
  2. Roll the tortilla up and secure with 1 or 2 toothpicks and place covered in the fridge for at least an hour.
  3. Remove, slice about 3/4 to 1 inch thick, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Recipe and photo provided by Kevin Barnett and his original recipe is here.
United States.

Beef Taquitos
Beef Taquitos
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These sound really good, I have not had taquitos in 30 years. On my to make list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
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These sound really good, I have not had taquitos in 30 years. On my to make list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
To Serve, as desired
Servings: taquitos
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, cook the ground beef and break up with a spatula as you cook, when no longer pink, drain the fat then add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is soft.
  2. Add the cumin, chilies, and tomato sauce to the pan and mix in, simmer on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a large, flat pan, cast iron would be perfect, heat a little oil and warm each tortilla for a minute or two on each side, this makes them very soft so you can roll them.
  4. Lay a tortilla on your work surface and add some beef filling at about the point mid way between the edge and the center, make a line of filling across the tortilla.
  5. Roll the tortilla tightly, goal is a nice cigar sized taquito. Repeat this for each tortilla.
  6. Heat about 1/3 inch of oil in pan, when the oil is hot, quickly fry the taquitos to brown them, light golden color is the goal, about 1 minute each.
  7. Serve with dipping sauces as you desire, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole would be great choices.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Tomato Sauce, Salsa, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Juliana.
United States.

Thung Thong, Thai Crispy Dumplings
Thung Thong, Thai Crispy Dumplings
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These are Thai dumplings, also known as Golden Purses. These sound absolutely delicious. These can be made with pork or chicken.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
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These are Thai dumplings, also known as Golden Purses. These sound absolutely delicious. These can be made with pork or chicken.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Aromatic Paste
Servings: dumplings
Instructions
To Make the Aromatic Paste
  1. Grind together the garlic, pepper, and cilantro with a mortar and pestle until a smooth paste. Set aside 1 table of the paste for the dumplings, the remaining can be frozen for up to a month.
For the Dumplings
  1. Heat a large non stick pan with 1 tablespoon of oil on high heat. When hot, ad the sliced spring onion white parts, aromatic paste, and the diced mushrooms, stir often and cook until the spring onion is softened. Add the pork, soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and water chestnuts (if using). Break the ground pork up as it cooks with your spatula, until cooked through and no liquid remains in the pan. Set the pan aside, this is the dumpling filling, and allow this to cool to room temperature.
  2. When the filling has cooled. Heat a small pot of water, about half full, to boiling. When the pot is boiling set out a bowl with ice water near the the pot. Add the spring onion green parts to the boiling water and blanch for 30 seconds, keep them submerged in the water as well. After 30 seconds, remove them to the ice water to cool them. Remove from the ice water and pat dry, then cut each green piece in half lengthwise, these are the ties for the Golden Purses.
  3. Open the refrigerated wonton wrappers and place on a plate, place one wonton wrapper on a work surface, keeping remaining wrappers covered with a towel to prevent them from drying out.
  4. Depending on the size of your wrappers, place between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of the wrapper. wet the 4 edges of the wrapper with water on your fingertip, draw up all the sides and pinch together at the top, so that it looks like a little bag an the bottom is rounded. Use a piece of the spring onion green and tie that around the top of the dumpling, and knot that. Trim the ends of the green.
  5. Repeat with the remaining wontons.
  6. Heat about 2-3 inches of cooking oil in a large pot, when the oil is hot, add a few dumplings at a time with a slotted spoon and fry until golden brown, remove with the slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, continue to fry remaining dumplings.
  7. Allow dumplings to cool for a few minutes, serve with a sweet chili sauce or plum sauce for dipping.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe was inspired by good friend, Daniela Dalaa Payerl.
Thailand.

Recipe here is courtesy Tara's Multicultural Table and her recipe is here.
United States.

Crab Rangoon
Crab Rangoon
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To clear things up, this is not Chinese in origin, this is American, but does sound really good, as I love Cream cheese and crab, but I will use imitation crab for starters, easier to get and lower cost.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
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To clear things up, this is not Chinese in origin, this is American, but does sound really good, as I love Cream cheese and crab, but I will use imitation crab for starters, easier to get and lower cost.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: wontons
Instructions
  1. For the crab, you can use canned (drained), fresh picked, or even imitation. If using imitation, just cut each crab stick into 1/4 inch pieces and use your hands to break them apart, very easy and will be the first way I prepare this.
  2. In a small bowl, add the Cream cheese, crab, spring onion, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix until combined.
  3. Lay out a wonton wrapper, place about 1 teaspoon of filling in the center. Base this on the size of your wontons. The wrappers I use are about 3 inches on each side.
  4. Wet your finger in a small bowl of water and run it across the 4 edges, need to dip your finger in water a few times doing this.
  5. Now, pull up two opposite corners and press them together to seal the top,
  6. Now bring up the other two corners and seal them at the top and press together the 4 seams to seal them as well. Place the wonton on a sheet of parchment.
  7. Repeat for the remaining wontons.
To Deep Fry
  1. Heat about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of cooking oil in a large deep pan or a heavy pot. You want the oil hot but not smoking. Your preference on the oil, rice bran oil would be a good choice.
  2. Carefully place the wontons in the hot oil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, do not overload the pan, until nice and golden brown. Remove wontons to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining wontons. My wife is cooking the wontons on the left, I am cooking some fish on the right.
To Bake
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C (425 F)
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. and arrange wontons in an orderly fashion. Spray with cooking oil, a oil mister would be perfect for this, for folks in the US, feel free to use a cooking spray of your choice.
  3. Another option is to lightly, and I mean lightly, brush each wonton with oil. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Keep in mind baked will not be as crispy as the deep fried, but just as good in flavor.
  4. Serve with dipping sauces of your choice.
  5. I served these as a side with some fish and long beans I cooked.
Recipe Notes

The Cream cheese will cost about 60 Baht/125 grams. The imitation crab will cost about 50 Baht/140 grams. (When I buy fresh crab, I will price this once I pick 140 grams.) Figure 6 servings (3 each 6 people for appetizers), this is about 54 cents per serving.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
United States.

Gulai with Boiled Eggs
Gulai with Boiled Eggs
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This is an Indonesian egg curry recipe from a good friend. Gulai Telur is when chicken eggs are used, and Gulai Telur Itik when duck eggs are used. This sounds very good and on my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
3-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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This is an Indonesian egg curry recipe from a good friend. Gulai Telur is when chicken eggs are used, and Gulai Telur Itik when duck eggs are used. This sounds very good and on my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
3-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the eggs, hard boil them your favorite way but cut back on the time by 1 minute or so for a creamier yolk, if that is not desired, just hard boil the eggs as you prefer. Peel the eggs after they are cooked. If using 4 eggs, go with the lesser amount of coconut milk, if using 6 eggs, use the larger amount of coconut milk.
  2. In a pot, add the stock and coconut milk and bring to a boil.
  3. While the stock is heating. place the onion, garlic, sambal oelek (or one chili), tamarind, ginger, galangal, and turmeric in a mortar and mash with the pestle until you have a paste. You can also use a blender if you like.
  4. Once the stock is at a boil, add the mixture from the mortar to the pot along with the eggs. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Serve as an appetizer or with rice for a main dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Sambal Oelek.

Variant: 1. Add a slice or two of ginger to the stock when heating that for an additional flavor.

This recipe for Gulai with Boiled Eggs is from Pisang Susu.
Netherlands.