Minestrone Soup (Pressure Cooker)
Minestrone Soup (Pressure Cooker)
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Sounds very tasty, and will be since the beans are cooked in the pressure cooker, meaning more flavor. On my to cook list. I will be using my 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) stove top pressure cooker. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes on pressure
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes on pressure
Minestrone Soup (Pressure Cooker)
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Sounds very tasty, and will be since the beans are cooked in the pressure cooker, meaning more flavor. On my to cook list. I will be using my 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) stove top pressure cooker. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes on pressure
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes on pressure
Ingredients
For USE AFTER Pressure Cooking
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in your pressure cooker with the lid off, then add the onion, carrot, and celery. Cook to just soften them. Add the rosemary, sage, and bay leaf. Cook for about 1 minute.
  2. Add the soaked and drained chickpeas and water. Place the top on the cooker and lock the lid, place the weight (jiggler) on top. Turn the heat up to high until the jigglar starts moving and venting pressure, start timing for 13 minutes. (For those using electric pressure cookers, set your time for 18 minutes on high pressure.)
  3. When the time is up, turn off the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner and allow the pressure to release naturally, about 10 minutes. (For those with electric models, turn off the keep warm setting or unplug the cooker, pressure should be released in about 20-30 minutes.)
  4. When indications show you the pressure is released, open the pressure cooker. Remove the stems of the herbs if using fresh, and remove the bay leaf. Pour in the 3 cups of water, salt, and pepper as desired.
  5. Bring the cooker to a boil, without the lid, then add the pasta, and cook, without the lid, until the pasta is tender.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Pressure Cooked Minestrone Soup is inspired by Hip Pressure Cooking.

Chive Pancake
Chive Pancake
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I cannot remember the last time I had pancakes, and with a good amount of chives, these sound especially delicious. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Chive Pancake
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I cannot remember the last time I had pancakes, and with a good amount of chives, these sound especially delicious. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the flour and eggs, add the water slowly while mixing to ensure a well mixed batter.
  2. Add the salt and chives and mix those in.
  3. Heat the oil in a non stick pan, when hot, pour in 1/3 of the batter and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side then remove from the pan, repeating the steps for two more pancakes.
  4. Serve with soy sauce for dipping and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by the recipe Chive Pancake from Spice the Plate.

Steamed Egg with Dried Shrimp & Mushrooms
Steamed Egg with Dried Shrimp & Mushrooms
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This is an upgraded version of the classic Chinese steamed egg (水蒸蛋) from a good friend, and sounds very good.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Steamed Egg with Dried Shrimp & Mushrooms
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This is an upgraded version of the classic Chinese steamed egg (水蒸蛋) from a good friend, and sounds very good.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs and water and mix well.
  2. Add the shrimp if using, the carrot, and mushrooms and mix those in. Pour the mixture into two small heatproof dishes.
  3. Place the dishes in a steamer (your preferred preference for steaming) and bring up the heat to high. When the water is boiling, steam covered for 7-8 minutes or until the egg is set. Remove the cover and steam for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove the dishes, add a dash or two of sesame oil to each dish and sprinkle with the sliced spring onion.
  5. Serve and enjoy. This can be a nice breakfast, a light lunch, or a light dinner with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by the recipe Steamed Egg with Dried Shrimp and Mushroom from Spice the Plate.

Thai Style Hotdogs
Thai Style Hotdogs
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Thais love hotdogs, they have as many brands of hotdogs as they do brands of canned fish and rice. Now 90% of the Thai hotdogs are pure rubbish, but there is a few very good brands out there. Hotdogs are nothing more than sausages, however with modern processing and the poor choices of fillers and casings, the consistency in taste is quite lacking. For those in Thailand and the rest of the world, use good quality beef or chicken hotdogs. Thais do not eat hotdogs with a bun or bread, they are either grilled on a stick or deep fried.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Thai Style Hotdogs
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Thais love hotdogs, they have as many brands of hotdogs as they do brands of canned fish and rice. Now 90% of the Thai hotdogs are pure rubbish, but there is a few very good brands out there. Hotdogs are nothing more than sausages, however with modern processing and the poor choices of fillers and casings, the consistency in taste is quite lacking. For those in Thailand and the rest of the world, use good quality beef or chicken hotdogs. Thais do not eat hotdogs with a bun or bread, they are either grilled on a stick or deep fried.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut each hotdog into 3 equal pieces, then cut an X in each end, about 1/4 inch deep.
  2. Heat the lard or oil in a large deep pan, you are going to shallow fry them. When the lard is hot but not smoking, carefully add the hotdogs, fry for about a minute or when starting to brown up and get crispy, then using tongs, turn each one over and fry another 30 seconds or so then remove to paper towels to drain.
  3. Serve with sweet chili sauce for dipping.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Thai Style Hotdogs is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Thai Sweet Sausage
Thai Sweet Sausage
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This is the Thai version of Chinese Sausage. This is a mildly sweet, air dried sausage, and is not cured, and needs to be fully cooked before eating. Two ways to dry this will be explained.
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This is the Thai version of Chinese Sausage. This is a mildly sweet, air dried sausage, and is not cured, and needs to be fully cooked before eating. Two ways to dry this will be explained.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. If using hog casings packed in salt, you will need to soak and rinse them following the suppliers instructions. If using dry hog casing, set them aside until needed, the just need a minute or two in water and can be used. You can also use collagen casings if you prefer.
  2. Add everything to a mixing bowl, except the sausage casings, mix together well using your hands. Cover and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  3. Prepare your casings and using your preferred method, stuff the casings. Tie into about 6 to 8 inch links.
For Air Drying
  1. Wrap the sausage in parchment paper and leave in the hot sun for 3 days to dry out (like on a window ledge, but out of reach of cats or dogs.) When dried out and firm, store in a sealed bag in the fridge.
For Oven Drying
  1. Place the sausage on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and place in a 80 C (175 F) oven for 3-4 hours or until the sausage is firm. When dried out and firm, store in a sealed bag in the fridge.
To Cook
  1. The sausage will be quite firm. If to your going to use is a stir fry, best to steam the sausage for about 5-10 minutes to soften it up.
  2. You can also just place on rice in your rice cooker and cook the rice as normal, this will lightly flavor the rice and cooks the sausage through for a light meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

 This recipe for Thai Sweet Sausage is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Northern Thai Sausage (Sai Oua) II
Northern Thai Sausage (Sai Oua) II
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As the name implies, this is a Thai sausage from Northern Thailand, the Chiang Mai region. I have enjoyed this many times, and have made it using a spice packet which is very easy, but for those wishing to do this without the packet, here you go. This version uses common ingredients. You will need casings and string.
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As the name implies, this is a Thai sausage from Northern Thailand, the Chiang Mai region. I have enjoyed this many times, and have made it using a spice packet which is very easy, but for those wishing to do this without the packet, here you go. This version uses common ingredients. You will need casings and string.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. For the pork, ground pork from the store is ok to use. For a fattier pork mix, grind your own using pork belly or a mix of pork belly and pork shoulder. A fattier pork mix is perfect for this sausage.
  2. If using hog casings packed in salt, you will need to soak and rinse them following the suppliers instructions. If using dry hog casing, set them aside until needed, the just need a minute or two in water and can be used. You can also use collagen casings if you prefer.
  3. Add the galangal, lemongrass, garlic, coriander roots, and lime leaves to a blender, and finely chop. You are not looking to make a paste, just chip fine. If using a mortar and pestle, grind with the pestle until mixed, again, no need for a paste.
  4. Place the ground pork, chili paste, and the blender or mortar contents in a large mixing bowl and using your hands, mix completely.
  5. Stuff the casings as you prefer. Tie into about 8 inch links.
  6. Grill or bake until cooked through.
  7. Slice, serve with fresh cucumber, cabbage, or lettuce.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Red Curried Sausage is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Isaan Sausage (Sai Krok) II
Isaan Sausage (Sai Krok) II
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This type of sausage originates in the northeastern area of Thailand, the Isaan region, and Laos and is very popular throughout the north as well. This is a mild sausage, good garlic and black pepper taste. You can ferment this at room temp for 2-3 days or if you are not comfortable doing that, you can store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Fermentation is not necessary to do, feel free to simple prepare these and grill and there is a few ways to do that as well. This version uses common ingredients. You will need casings and string.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
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This type of sausage originates in the northeastern area of Thailand, the Isaan region, and Laos and is very popular throughout the north as well. This is a mild sausage, good garlic and black pepper taste. You can ferment this at room temp for 2-3 days or if you are not comfortable doing that, you can store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Fermentation is not necessary to do, feel free to simple prepare these and grill and there is a few ways to do that as well. This version uses common ingredients. You will need casings and string.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the pork, you can use ground pork, but if you are grinding yourself, pork shoulder, or preferred would be pork belly minus the skin. Use the wagon plate (coarse plate) for a nice mince.
  2. If using hog casings packed in salt, you will need to soak and rinse them following the suppliers instructions. If using dry hog casing, set them aside until needed, the just need a minute or two in water and can be used. You can also use collagen casings if you prefer.
  3. Peel the garlic and mince well.
  4. Add the ground pork, minced garlic, rice, salt, and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, get in there and mix well.
  5. Using the method of your choice, stuff the sausage casings. Once stuffed, use sting tie off the sausage into 1 1/2 inch links. Do not twist the links, just use the string and tie, tightly.
  6. Once everything is tied tightly, you can either cook now, or leave to ferment for a few days. The fermentation happens with the salt and rice.
  7. To ferment, use the fridge, there is less chance of spoilage of the pork. Place the sausage in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap, place in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  8. The fermenting is not really needed, you can prepare the sausage and grill the same day, no harm.
  9. You can taste the sausage mixture and adjust as needed by first pan frying a small amount or microwaving a small amount.
To Cook on a Charcoal Grill
  1. After you have lit your charcoal, and get a nice bed of coals, cover the grill with foil, place the sausage on the foil and cook until cooked through and juices run clear.
To Cook in an Oven
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Steam the sausages in a steamer until nearly cooked through. Use any steaming method you prefer.
  3. Place the sausage on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until nicely browned, then turn them over and bake for another 5 minutes or until nicely browned all over.
  4. Remove to a plate and cut them apart where the strings are tied (remove the bits of string as well).
  5. Serve with fresh sliced cucumber, celery, lettuce or cabbage, and chilies. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Ground pork will cost about 85 Baht/800 grams. For 6 servings, this is about 45 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Scrambled Eggs with Spinach & Parmesan
Scrambled Eggs with Spinach & Parmesan
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Sounds like an easy and quick dish for breakfast, lunch, or light dinner. On my to cook list and I will sort out the fresh to frozen spinach as well.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
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Sounds like an easy and quick dish for breakfast, lunch, or light dinner. On my to cook list and I will sort out the fresh to frozen spinach as well.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Crack the eggs into a small, season with salt and black pepper as desired, whisk and set aside.
  2. In a non stick pan, heat the oil, then add the spinach and cook until wilted, mixing often. about 1 minutes.
  3. Pour in the whisked eggs and stir to mix in, cook for a bout 1 minute, stir occasionally until the eggs are just set.
  4. Stir in the cheese, and when mixed, transfer to a plate and sprinkle with red pepper flakes as desired.
  5. Enjoy with some toast on the side if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sumac Fried Eggs
Sumac Fried Eggs
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This sounds good, and as I understand it, Lebanese in origin. Now before you run out and gather sumac from a bush in your yard, DO NOT do this! Buy sumac dried from a Middle Eastern market, not all sumac is the same, much in the US is poisonous (there is my disclaimer), USE ONLY store bought dried sumac. On my to cook list and soon. This is presented in two ways, the first way is sumac at the end, the second way is to flavor the oil with sumac, please let me know your comments.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Sumac Fried Eggs
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This sounds good, and as I understand it, Lebanese in origin. Now before you run out and gather sumac from a bush in your yard, DO NOT do this! Buy sumac dried from a Middle Eastern market, not all sumac is the same, much in the US is poisonous (there is my disclaimer), USE ONLY store bought dried sumac. On my to cook list and soon. This is presented in two ways, the first way is sumac at the end, the second way is to flavor the oil with sumac, please let me know your comments.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
First Method
  1. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan on medium heat, when hot, add the chili and garlic, saute, stirring often, until the chili is soft and the garlic browned, do not over cook the garlic are it will result in a bitter taste. Remove the garlic and chili leaving the oil in the pan.
  2. Crack eggs into the pan and season with sea salt to your liking. Gently move the move the eggs around with your spatula, the goal is sunny side up, firm whites, but browned and crispy sides and bottom. The yolk should be runny. You may need to cook these in batches, 2 eggs at a time.
  3. Place one to two eggs on a plate, sprinkle with the garlic and chili mixture, and a light pinch of sumac.
  4. Serve with sides of your choice, rice would be good.
Second Method
  1. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan on medium heat, when hot, add a tiny pinch of sumac, then the chili and garlic, saute, stirring often, until the chili is soft and the garlic browned, do not over cook the garlic are it will result in a bitter taste. Remove the garlic and chili leaving the oil in the pan.
  2. Crack eggs into the pan and season with sea salt to your liking, and just a tiny pinch of sumac. Gently move the move the eggs around with your spatula, the goal is sunny side up, firm whites, but browned and crispy sides and bottom. The yolk should be runny. You may need to cook these in batches, 2 eggs at a time.
  3. Place one to two eggs on a plate, sprinkle with the garlic and chili mixture, and a tiny pinch of sumac as desired.
  4. Serve with sides of your choice, rice would be good.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta
Creamy Mushroom Pasta
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This is a simple and basic dish, made with what you have, how much of what you would like to use. Easily tailored to make this your own creation, or to change it each time you prepare it.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Creamy Mushroom Pasta
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This is a simple and basic dish, made with what you have, how much of what you would like to use. Easily tailored to make this your own creation, or to change it each time you prepare it.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a large non stick pan, about 2-4 tablespoons would be nice. When melted, add the sliced mushrooms and saute them until nicely browned.
  2. While the mushrooms are cooking, cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water. Cook until the pasta is just tender, then drain.
  3. When the mushrooms are browned, add the pasta and mix that in. Then add a big generous amount of Parmesan and mix that in.
  4. Plate, top with additional Parmesan as desired and some fresh chopped chives for garnish. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.