Fish Chowder II

Fish Chowder II
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Another good sounding fish chowder recipe. On my to cook list for sure. Fish can be Pangasius, Sea Perch, Bass, Grouper, Tilapia, etc. Clam juice may be a bit of a stretch for me to find where I live, so if no clam juice, use fish stock, or 1/2 cup chicken stock + 1/2 cup water + 2 teaspoons fish sauce for each cup of clam juice needed.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Fish Chowder II
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Another good sounding fish chowder recipe. On my to cook list for sure. Fish can be Pangasius, Sea Perch, Bass, Grouper, Tilapia, etc. Clam juice may be a bit of a stretch for me to find where I live, so if no clam juice, use fish stock, or 1/2 cup chicken stock + 1/2 cup water + 2 teaspoons fish sauce for each cup of clam juice needed.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat oil and butter in a large pot on medium heat, when hot, add onions and saute until softened, not browned, about 3 to 5 minutes. Then add the wine and increase heat and reduce the liquid by half.
  2. Add the clam juice, potatoes, Old Bay seasoning, bay leaf, thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If the potatoes are not quite covered with liquid, add just enough water so they are covered. Bring to just a boil then reduce heat to a low simmer, cover, and cook until the potatoes are just fork tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. In another small pot, heat the cream until steamy but do not boil it. Stir in the fish then the cream into the large pot, and cook uncovered until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, maybe 10 minutes or so, stir occasionally.
  4. When the fish is cooked through, remove from heat and stir in the parsley.
  5. Can serve at this point but if you let this sit for 30 minutes or so, covered, then heat to just steaming over low heat, the flavors will blend much more for a more flavorful chowder.
  6. Serve with bread or oyster crackers (which I am going to make as well soon).
Recipe Notes

For the fish, if you went with Pangasius, this is about 128 Baht/1 kilo. For 6 servings, this is about 63 cents per serving.

Variants: This recipe screams of variants. 1. Add shrimp, oyster meat, scallops. Remember to adjust cooking times to account for add ins. 2. Add mushrooms. 3. In place of Old Bay Seasoning, add a pinch of paprika and cayenne pepper.

This recipe for Fish Chowder is from Simply Recipes.

Pork Chop Soup

Pork Chop Soup
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Sounds great. This calls for bone in chops (more flavor) but I will test this with boneless loin.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Pork Chop Soup
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Sounds great. This calls for bone in chops (more flavor) but I will test this with boneless loin.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. To a large pot, add the first 11 ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour, uncovered. Remove the chops and set aside to cool.
  2. Remove 3/4 cup of broth from the pot then whisk the flour into the broth you removed. Set aside. When the chops have cooled, remove and discard any bones and fat then chop the meat into bite size pieces.
  3. To the pot, add the 5 vegetables at the end of the ingredient list and add the chopped pork as well. Stir and bring to a boil and stir in the flour mixture you set aside earlier. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the bay leaf, and optionally, you can gently mash some of the potatoes to make a thicker soup. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 100 Baht for pork loin (boneless chops). For 8 servings, this is about 40 cents per serving. When I price bone in chops I will update pricing here.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Taquería-Style Pickled Jalapeños and Carrots

Taquería-Style Pickled Jalapeños and Carrots
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These sound wonderful for tacos or burritos. I am currently waiting on some jalapeno peppers to grow.
Servings Prep Time
2 pints 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 pints 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Taquería-Style Pickled Jalapeños and Carrots
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These sound wonderful for tacos or burritos. I am currently waiting on some jalapeno peppers to grow.
Servings Prep Time
2 pints 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 pints 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: pints
Instructions
  1. Heat a splash of olive oil in a large non stick pan, then add the onion and garlic, saute for a few minutes, then add the peppers, carrots, oregano, peppercorns, and bay leaf. Saute for just a few minutes.
  2. Add the vinegar, water, and sea salt. Bring to boil the reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally or until the peppers turn to an army green color.
  3. Fill each jar with the pepper and carrot mixture, top up the jar with the brine. Cool to room temperature, cover and store in the fridge. Can be used after a few hours but wait for a day or two for the flavor to develop.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

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

Beef & Potato Stew

Beef & Potato Stew
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Sounds really good. I also list a shortcut on tenderizing beef if you are using a tough cut of beef. And there is a Variant listed as well that sounds like a nice change.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
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Sounds really good. I also list a shortcut on tenderizing beef if you are using a tough cut of beef. And there is a Variant listed as well that sounds like a nice change.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a non stick pan. While that is heating, place the flour in a large bowl add season with salt and pepper to taste, mix in the beef to coat. When the oil is hot, add the beef to the pan in batches to brown all sides, not cooking it through just browning it a bit. Place browned beef in your slow cooker.
  2. Once all the beef is browned and in the slow cooker, pour in the stock, diced tomatoes (these can be canned or fresh), Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and stir, then add the potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, oregano, garlic, and bay leaf.
  3. Stir to mix then cover and set the slow cooker to Low setting and cook for 8 hours.
  4. Whisk together the cornstarch and water, pour into the slow cooker and stir to mix into the stew, cover the pot and set to High setting for another 30 minutes to an hour to thicken the stew.
  5. Serve with biscuits or bread.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 300 Baht for the beef. For 6 servings this is about #1.47 per serving.

Shortcut: Tenderize Beef with Tomatoes.

Variant: 1. Instead of adding potatoes to the stew at the beginning, serve the stew over mashed potatoes. To do this, increase the stock used by a cup to allow a soupier stew that will go well with mashed potatoes.

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

Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder
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This is delicious, and very easy to make, and very versatile. I made this on 16 Nov 2017 and substituted oyster meat for clams, which turned out perfect. The Thai family loved this.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Clam Chowder
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This is delicious, and very easy to make, and very versatile. I made this on 16 Nov 2017 and substituted oyster meat for clams, which turned out perfect. The Thai family loved this.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. The recipe calls for canned clams, chopped, with juice, not baby clams. If you have the chopped clams available in your location, very good. What I am going to do is use the small oyster meat available at Tesco here first. This is the oyster meat available at Tesco. These containers will be on ice with the fresh fish. Pour the oysters and liquid (no need to chop them as they will shrink when cooked) in a measuring cup, the amount of liquid is between 3/4 and 1 cup, I poured the liquid out to make is just 3/4 cup, and I used 3 containers for 2 1/4 cups of oysters and liquid.
  2. Heat a large pot on medium heat and add the bacon, cook until crispy, remove the bacon to a plate with paper towels to drain, set aside. Pour out the fat but leave 3 tablespoons in the the pot.
  3. Same pot, add the carrot, onion, and celery and cook on medium heat until the vegetables are starting to brown and soften, stir often. Mix in the flour and stir continuously for 1 minute, then add the broth, clams and their juice, bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, thyme, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil.
  4. Prep the potatoes now, diced, skin on or off is up to you. Add the potatoes to the soup and stir in the milk and cream, once boiling, reduce to a light simmer and cover, simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes or so.
  5. Once the potatoes are tender, taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking, serve with bacon and cilantro sprinkled on top of each bowl.
Recipe Notes

I used 3 containers of oyster meat with liquid, 45 Baht per container, so 135 Baht for oysters. For 8 servings, this is about 50 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Use oyster meat in place of chopped clams for the chowder base. 2. Add peeled and deveined shrimp, crab, imitation crab, whitefish, or mushrooms.

This recipe for Clam Chowder is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Boiled Potatoes with Butter

Boiled Potatoes with Butter
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Basic recipe but sounds very good. On my to cook list, sounds like a perfect side dish, and I like boiled potatoes, this would be pretty flavorful. New potatoes would be the small round ones, I will just use good clean potatoes they stock at Tesco once in a while.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Boiled Potatoes with Butter
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Basic recipe but sounds very good. On my to cook list, sounds like a perfect side dish, and I like boiled potatoes, this would be pretty flavorful. New potatoes would be the small round ones, I will just use good clean potatoes they stock at Tesco once in a while.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the potatoes, garlic (no kidding, just cut the head in half and toss in), bay leaf, and peppercorns in a pot add water to cover by about an inch and season generously with salt,. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to a simmer and cook the potatoes until fork tender, about 5 to 8 minutes depending on their size, may be 10-15 minutes for local potatoes.
  2. Drain the potatoes and discard the bay leaf, garlic, and peppercorns. For large potatoes, cut in half. Toss with the butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: Cut the potatoes in half and soak in water with the garlic, peppercorns, bay leaf, and salt for a few hours, then cook.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Polish Hunter’s Stew

Polish Hunter's Stew
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This, sounds very good! I can locate sauerkraut in other provinces so this is on my to cook list for sure. The kielbasa is here in Makro called Spicy Smoked Sausage and it is good!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
Polish Hunter's Stew
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This, sounds very good! I can locate sauerkraut in other provinces so this is on my to cook list for sure. The kielbasa is here in Makro called Spicy Smoked Sausage and it is good!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add cabbage and sauerkraut to a large pot, add 2 cups of water, and heat on medium heat, boil cabbage and sauerkraut for 10-15 minutes, until the cabbage is tender. Remove from heat and set aside, do not drain.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large non stick skillet over medium heat and cook the pork belly for 6 to 8 minutes, stir often. Add sausage, onion, and garlic and cook until sausage is lightly browned, the pork belly will be cooked through later.
  3. Add the sausage mixture to the sauerkraut pot, and add the vinegar, bay leaf, tomato paste. Bring to a gentle simmer and let cook, uncovered, for 45-90 minutes, until desired thickness is reached. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I find sauerkraut where I live. I will say right now, fair priced.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Russian Mushroom & Potato Soup

Russian Mushroom & Potato Soup
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This is delicious either as the creamy or non-creamy version depending on your preference. I made this on 7 Sep 2017, both versions tested and family approved.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Russian Mushroom & Potato Soup
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This is delicious either as the creamy or non-creamy version depending on your preference. I made this on 7 Sep 2017, both versions tested and family approved.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
To make the Creamy Version, you need this
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot on medium heat, melt the butter then add the spring onion and carrots and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Then add the broth, salt, pepper, dill, and bay leaf. Add the potatoes and cover the pot and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Potatoes should be tender but still firm.
  3. In a large non stick skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the mushrooms. (I used Shiitake Mushrooms.)
  4. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes to brown them up, then add the mushrooms to the soup pot.
  5. At this point you can serve for the non-creamy version, or continue on for the creamy version.
For the Creamy Version
  1. In a small bowl, mix the milk, whipping cream, and flour until good and smooth.
  2. Slowly stir the flour mixture into the soup and increase heat to a gentle boil and the soup will thicken. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Company Potatoes

Company Potatoes
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Sounds really good, and comes from a highly respected Chef. I am looking forward to preparing these. The recipe stated here makes a lot, so you may want to scale this back to test it out. I will use regular potatoes from Tesco to prepare this, no Yukon potatoes here.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Company Potatoes
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Sounds really good, and comes from a highly respected Chef. I am looking forward to preparing these. The recipe stated here makes a lot, so you may want to scale this back to test it out. I will use regular potatoes from Tesco to prepare this, no Yukon potatoes here.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut potatoes into 1 inch pieces, add to a large pot and cover with warm water to cover by an inch. Sprinkle in the salt, add the bay leaf, and bring to a boil. Cook partially covered for 15 minutes or until tender and easily stabbed with a fork.
  2. When potatoes are tender, drain and place in a large heat proof mixing bowl, then drizzle on the butter and toss to coat. Season with salt to taste then add the parsley and toss to mix together.
  3. Just prior to serving, toss again to mix in the butter at the bottom of the bowl. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Company Potatoes is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Yellow Rice II (Rice Cooker)

Yellow Rice II (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds like a good change up from plain white rice, on my to make list.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Yellow Rice II (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds like a good change up from plain white rice, on my to make list.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice 2 or 3 times, drain, and place in the rice cooker pot. Add the spices and stock, stir then cover and switch the cooker to the Cook setting.
  2. When the cooker switches to Warm, open, remove the bay leaf and garlic cloves, stir in the butter, cover for an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Serve as a side dish with chicken or fish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.