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.

Chicken Chorba
Chicken Chorba
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This is Moroccan in origin and popular across North Africa. Simple ingredients and sounds delicious! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
Chicken Chorba
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This is Moroccan in origin and popular across North Africa. Simple ingredients and sounds delicious! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the dry chickpeas, 150 grams (5 oz), soak overnight then drain. For canned chickpeas, use a 400 gram (14 oz) can, drained.
  2. In a large pot, heat the oil on medium high heat, when hot, add the onion, turmeric, saffron, salt, pepper, and chicken, and give the pot a stir. Cook the chicken for 8-10 minutes, stirring the chicken once in a while, this is to just brown the chicken a bit, not trying to cook them through.
  3. Add the chickpeas and water and bring to a boil then reduce to a low simmer. Cover the pot and let simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the grated tomatoes and tomato paste to the pot and stir in. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer for 15 minutes to blend that in.
  5. Stir in the broken spaghetti and parsley and let simmer until the spaghetti is tender.
  6. Ladle into bowls, garnish with parsley if desired, and serve.
Recipe Notes

Chicken wing sticks (the drumettes) cost about 66 Baht/kilo. The chickpeas, canned are 69 Baht. When I get dry chickpeas I will do a price comparison between canned and dry. For 6 servings, this is about 71 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe. 

Japanese Curry (Pressure Cooker) (カレーライス)
Japanese Curry (Pressure Cooker) (カレーライス)
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This, sounds incredibly good! A Japanese curry roux is used, brand is up to you, Golden Curry, Vermont House, House, etc. I will be using medium spicy Golden Curry which is excellent. I will be using my large 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) stove top pressure cooker for this. I will also state the times for using a electric model (6 quart or above). Follow the safety procedures for your model of pressure cooker at all times.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Japanese Curry (Pressure Cooker) (カレーライス)
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This, sounds incredibly good! A Japanese curry roux is used, brand is up to you, Golden Curry, Vermont House, House, etc. I will be using medium spicy Golden Curry which is excellent. I will be using my large 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) stove top pressure cooker for this. I will also state the times for using a electric model (6 quart or above). Follow the safety procedures for your model of pressure cooker at all times.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the peeled and quartered potatoes in a bowl of water to remove some of the starch. Keep them in the water until they are needed.
  2. To chop the carrots, this is pretty cool. Cut a piece of the carrot off at an angle, then rotate the carrot 1/4 turn, cut another piece off at an angle, repeat the turning and cutting. This makes for bite size pieces and the technique is Japanese in origin, called Rangiri.
  3. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Once everything is prepped, we are ready to start.
  4. Place your stove top pressure cooker on a burner on medium heat, lid off, and add the cooking oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion, garlic, and ginger. Saute for just a minute or two until the garlic and ginger is fragrant.
  5. Add the chicken to the cooker and mix around to coat the pieces with some of the oil.
  6. Drain the potatoes and add those and the carrots to the cooker, mix everything together.
  7. Pour in the stock and stir into the mixture, it is not necessary to have everything covered with stock.
  8. Japanese curry comes in 110 gram and 240 gram packages, it looks very much like a chocolate bar. Use either 2 small packages or 1 large package. Open the foil seals and break the sections into the pieces as indicated by the packaging. For Golden Curry, large pack, you will use the entire pack, it is in two sections, and each section has 4 pieces, so 8 pieces total.
  9. Place the curry cubes on the top of the cooker contents, do not mix these in, but you can push down into the stock.
  10. Now place the lid and jiggler on the cooker and lock the lid. Bring the temp to high. Once the jiggler starts moving and venting pressure, start your timer for 5 minutes. (For those using an electric type pressure cooker, select meat/stew setting and change the time for 15 minutes and press start.)
  11. When the time has has passed, remove from heat to an unused burner to allow a natural release, about 10-15 minutes. (For the electric models, turn off the keep warm function and do with a steam release or allow a natural release.)
  12. When it is safe to remove the lid, remove that, and stir in the ketchup, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. Place the cooker, no lid, on low heat and simmer the curry for about 5 minutes, making sure all the curry blocks are dissolved and mixed in.
  13. To serve, spoon rice into half a bowl, and ladle in some curry on the other side. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Pressure Cooker Japanese Curry inspired by Just One Cookbook.

Mushroom Stir Fry
Mushroom Stir Fry
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A good stir fry needs at least 2 things, good fresh vegetables and a sauce. For this recipe, ingredients and even the types used are up to you, but the mushrooms are key here, and for this I am using fresh Straw and Oyster mushrooms and fresh vegetables. So with Mushroom Stir Fry, we are going to use mushroom sauce, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. The ingredients listed is exactly what I used for this dish, feel free to change the amounts as desired.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Mushroom Stir Fry
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A good stir fry needs at least 2 things, good fresh vegetables and a sauce. For this recipe, ingredients and even the types used are up to you, but the mushrooms are key here, and for this I am using fresh Straw and Oyster mushrooms and fresh vegetables. So with Mushroom Stir Fry, we are going to use mushroom sauce, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. The ingredients listed is exactly what I used for this dish, feel free to change the amounts as desired.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prep all the veggies and put them in bowls according to cook time needed. Sauces and peppers are also line up on the counter for ready use. First item to cook will be the carrots, then the peas and cauliflower, then lastly the mushrooms.
  2. Heat a non stick pan with a tablespoon or two of oil. When hot, add the carrot and stir fry for about 5 minutes or so until they are starting to soften. Then add the peas, cauliflower, a few dashes of soy sauce, mushroom sauce, and season with black and white pepper as desired. Stir fry for about 5 minutes or so. Add about 1/4 cup of water to help steam them and let them cook for a few more minutes, stirring often to soften them up.
  3. Add the mushrooms, and other dash or so of soy sauce, mushroom sauce, and season with black and white peppers as desired. Stir everything together to mix the sauces in and let the mushrooms cook down, stirring often, as they release water.
  4. When the mushrooms have cooked down and nearly all the water is cooked off, taste and adjust seasoning with a dash or so of oyster sauce and peppers as desired and mix together.
  5. Serve as a side with a meat dish or simple with rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Common Asian method for cooking vegetables, nothing new here.

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.

Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters
Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters
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Excellent dish that goes together quickly. Perfect use for oyster meat, and you can use any fresh mushrooms you prefer.
Servings
4-6 servings
Servings
4-6 servings
Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters
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Excellent dish that goes together quickly. Perfect use for oyster meat, and you can use any fresh mushrooms you prefer.
Servings
4-6 servings
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix together the rice flour, corn starch and water to make a slurry. Set aside.
  2. Place the well drained oyster meat in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs and mix together well.
  3. Mushrooms, coriander, and garlic all prepped. I used 75 grams of Shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced, and coriander in place of the spring onion.
  4. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan then add the garlic and fry until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. To the pan, add the mushrooms and oysters and stir in the flour slurry, stir to remove any lumps.
  6. When the mixture is lump free, add the soy sauce, sugar, white pepper, and spring onions, cook, stirring often, for about 30 seconds to a minute. Remove from heat.
  7. Serve with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

I buy oysters from local fishermen for 50 Baht/pint. This is low cost. If sourcing from Tesco, you might be over $1 per serving. I will verify the Tesco cost.

This recipe for Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Hotdog & Spring Onion Chili Salad
Hotdog & Spring Onion Chili Salad
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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. This is a typical side/snack served with beer in the evening. Serve with rice for a complete meal.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Hotdog & Spring Onion Chili Salad
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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. This is a typical side/snack served with beer in the evening. Serve with rice for a complete meal.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a medium size pot half full of water to boiling, then add the hotdog slices. Cook for 2 minutes to heat them through, drain, and place in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add to the mixing bowl the onion, spring onion, coriander, and chilies. Mix together.
  3. To the mixing bowl, add the fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar. Toss to combine.
  4. Serve on a large plate (family style) and sprinkle the mint over the top.
  5. Serve as a side dish with evening drinks, or with rice for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Hotdog & Spring Onion Chili Salad is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

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.
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.
Ingredients
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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.