Basic Shrimp Stock
Basic Shrimp Stock
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Taking only a few minutes on the stove, this is a great stock to use in recipes calling for clam juice or to and more depth of flavor to seafood soups and stews. The amount of stock is based on how many shrimp heads, shells, and tail you have on hand.
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
15 minutes
Basic Shrimp Stock
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Taking only a few minutes on the stove, this is a great stock to use in recipes calling for clam juice or to and more depth of flavor to seafood soups and stews. The amount of stock is based on how many shrimp heads, shells, and tail you have on hand.
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Place everything in a pot and add water to just cover the shrimp parts.
  2. Simmer for about 15 minutes, you are looking for a light orange color.
  3. Pour the stock through a fine mesh strainer and it is ready to use, or you can freeze for later use.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Toast the shells in the oven prior to putting in the pot of water. 2. Lobster and crab shells also make a nice stock, with or without the shrimp shells.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Kung Pao Mushroom
Kung Pao Mushroom
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This sounds really good and is from a good friend in China. This is Szechuan in nature, and the sauce can be used to make many variants, such as with tofu, fish, sweet potato, or shrimp. King Oyster mushrooms are used in this dish.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
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This sounds really good and is from a good friend in China. This is Szechuan in nature, and the sauce can be used to make many variants, such as with tofu, fish, sweet potato, or shrimp. King Oyster mushrooms are used in this dish.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Stir Fry Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Trim off the root ends of the mushrooms and give them a rinse. Dice the mushrooms into say, 1/2 inch pieces
  2. Mix together the Sauce in a bowl, set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan or wok on low heat, when hot, add the chilies, garlic, spring onion, and peppercorns, saute until fragrant.
  4. Add the mushroom and cook until they are soft and tender.
  5. Stir in the Sauce and continue to cook until the sauce thickens, about 1 minute,
  6. Add the toasted peanuts, give a big stir and mix everything together, transfer to a serving dish.
  7. Serve over steamed rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Kung Pao Mushroom is from China Sichuan Food.

Jalapenos en Escabeche
Jalapenos en Escabeche
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Spanish for pickled jalapenos 🙂 Heavy on the garlic, these sound really good. This is a fridge version, no need for canning these. On my to make list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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Spanish for pickled jalapenos 🙂 Heavy on the garlic, these sound really good. This is a fridge version, no need for canning these. On my to make list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: quarts
Instructions
  1. Sterilize two quart jars, you wont be canning these but you need them clean.
  2. Slice off the stem and pointy ends of the peppers, slice peppers into rings and place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a sauce pan, add the water, sugar, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, and vinegar and bring brine to a boil.
  4. While the brine is heating, toss the carrot, garlic, onion, and olive oil with the jalapenos, then place mixture into 2 quart jars.
  5. Once the brine is boiling, remove the bay leaves and place one into each jar. Pour the hot brine into the quart jars.
  6. Leave jars on the counter, with no lids to cool to room temperature, then add the lids and place in the fridge for at least 1 week, 2 weeks is better to allow the flavors to really blend.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Leave the peppers whole after cutting off the stem and point end, can make two rows in a quart jar.

Adopted from a internet recipe.

Homemade Smoked Bacon
Homemade Smoked Bacon
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This comes from a good friend and this recipe sounds spot on! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours, or so 5-8 days
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours, or so 5-8 days
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This comes from a good friend and this recipe sounds spot on! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours, or so 5-8 days
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours, or so 5-8 days
Ingredients
Special Equipment Needed
Servings: Lot of bacon
Instructions
  1. Rinse off the slab of pork belly and pat dry.
  2. Mix together the salt, sugar, and pink salt. Sprinkle generously over all sides of the pork belly, then gently shake off the excess. Place the belly into a non-reactive dish (stainless steel, ceramic, glass, or plastic) or a large zip lock bag.
  3. Blitz the jalapenos with 1-2 tablespoons of their liquid (pickling juice) in a food processor or blender.
  4. Pour the blitzed jalapenos into a small bowl and add the garlic, bay leaves, and peppercorns, mix together then pour onto the pork belly, coat all sides with the mixture.
  5. Place in the fridge for 5 to 8 days. Turn the pork belly over every other day. The meat is ready once it is reasonably firm when pressed. Remove the belly and rinse off the cure with cool water. Pat dry, place on an oiled rack and return to the refrigerator to dry uncovered, overnight.
  6. Heat your smoker to 65 to 85 C (150 to 180 F) using apple and oak wood chips or any mix you prefer.
  7. Place the pork belly slab in the smoker. The bacon is ready once it reaches 65 C (150 F) internal temperature - usually in about 3 hours.
  8. Remove the bacon and allow to cool to room temp. Remove skin, slice to your preference, thick or thin, freeze in portions you commonly use.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I can get a slab of pork belly in that weight. I will say Low cost for now.

Shortcut: Jalapeños in Escabeche.

Variants: 1. Use honey and brown sugar and omit the jalapenos. 2. Add cracked black pepper to all sides before smoking.

Recipe and photo provided by good friend, Susie Whitman and her recipe is here.
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Pickled Red Onion
Pickled Red Onion
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This sounds excellent, can be used on burgers, salads, tacos, sandwiches, anywhere you would use raw red onion. This also keeps well for up to 6 months in the fridge. On my to make list.
Servings Prep Time
1 pint jar 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 pint jar 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Pickled Red Onion
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This sounds excellent, can be used on burgers, salads, tacos, sandwiches, anywhere you would use raw red onion. This also keeps well for up to 6 months in the fridge. On my to make list.
Servings Prep Time
1 pint jar 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 pint jar 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: pint jar
Instructions
  1. Place the onion slices in a clean pint jar (I use mason jars as well as reused olive and mayo jars for this purpose). Add the peppercorns and garlic.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the vinegar, sugar, and salt, bring to a boil then remove from heat and turn off the burner. This photo is right after I added the sugar and salt, when it is boiled, it will be as clear as water.
  3. Pour the mixture into the jar, and cover the onions, push the onions back down into the liquid if needed. Allow the jar to cool to room temperature, then cover and place in the fridge.
  4. Let sit in the fridge for 1-2 days then use as you would raw red onions. This will keep in the fridge for up to 6 months.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Whole Chicken (Pressure Cooker)
Whole Chicken (Pressure Cooker)
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Think of boiling a whole chicken, very common in Asia, I am going to use my pressure cooker and will add some items to make broth for use in another recipe. The chicken can be thawed or frozen, just add more time if frozen. The time is based on a 2 kilo (4 lb) chicken, if your chicken is larger, increase the time slightly, if your chicken is smaller, decrease the time slightly. Follow your pressure cooker safety requirements.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Whole Chicken (Pressure Cooker)
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Think of boiling a whole chicken, very common in Asia, I am going to use my pressure cooker and will add some items to make broth for use in another recipe. The chicken can be thawed or frozen, just add more time if frozen. The time is based on a 2 kilo (4 lb) chicken, if your chicken is larger, increase the time slightly, if your chicken is smaller, decrease the time slightly. Follow your pressure cooker safety requirements.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Remove the giblets from the cavity, for those in Asia (for a local fresh chicken, remove the head and feet if you like but not required) and rinse the chicken inside and out, place in your slow cooker. (This chicken I used is 2.2 kilos, head and feet attached, feet are tucked into the cavity, I also use a 9 1/2 quart pressure cooker.)
  2. Add the water, onions, carrots, celery, and peppercorns.
  3. For variant and to add a western taste to this chicken, we also added about 5 or 6 stalks of lemongrass. For those that are unfamiliar with using lemongrass in cooking, the texture ranks right up there very coarse wood shavings, this is not an item that remains in a dish, so the best way to add this when a dish is cooked, is to beat the stalks flat (this releases the fragrant oils in it) and tie into an overhand knot (this prevents the stalks from separating). When you are done cooking, just spoon out the knotted bundle.
  4. Cover and lock the lid. Heat on high heat until the jiggler releases pressure and starts moving, reduce heat to low to keep the jiggler moving. Now start timing.
  5. For a FROZEN chicken, time for 30 minutes. (The chicken I used here was frozen and 2.2 kilos so I timed for 32 minutes.). When the time is complete, remove the cooker from heat and set on an unused burner to do a natural release, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. For a THAWED chicken, time for 20 minutes. When the time is complete, remove the cooker from heat and set on an unused burner to do a natural release, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. After the natural pressure release, open lid on the cooker. Check out that clear broth, perfect!
  8. Very carefully lift the chicken out, I used two large wide spoons to do this, one wing disintegrated into the broth, the legs fell off after I set on a plate.
  9. Serve with a dipping sauce.
Recipe Notes

The chicken I used was 2.2 kilo and we paid 143 Baht. For 4 servings, this is $1.08 per serving. The bonus is you get 2 quarts of broth to use in other recipes.

Variants: 1. Add lemongrass, ginger, or vegetables as you desire.

Adapted from using pressure cooker times on the internet.

Pork Rib Curry
Pork Rib Curry
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My wife makes most of the Thai dishes here at the house, and certainly all the ones that use shrimp paste. My wife made this on 8 Feb 2018 for the family, served 4, twice.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
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My wife makes most of the Thai dishes here at the house, and certainly all the ones that use shrimp paste. My wife made this on 8 Feb 2018 for the family, served 4, twice.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of water and add the shallots and peppercorns.
  2. When the water is boiling, add the pork ribs. Here is the ribs used.
  3. And into the pot.
  4. Now get your chili and shrimp paste out and ready. Shrimp paste on the left, chili paste on the right.
  5. And wash the basil and get that ready.
  6. When the meat is tender, about 30 minutes to an hour, mix in the chili and shrimp pastes. and let simmer / low boil for another 30 minutes.
  7. Then add the basil and let that wilt down, takes just a minute or so.
  8. Stir the basil into the curry and let it simmer for a few more minutes.
  9. Ready to serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

I will estimate 120 Baht for the ribs. For 6 servings, this is about 59 cents per serving.

Family recipe by my wife, Rrayada Thayer.
Thailand.

Chicken Stock (Pressure Cooker)
Chicken Stock (Pressure Cooker)
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Instead of taking 3-4 hours to make a chicken stock simmering on the stove top, I am going to use my stove top pressure cooker, only about an hour and makes a more flavorful stock due to the high pressure and temp. If you can get some chicken feet, add those as they are collagen rich. Follow all safety precautions for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Chicken Stock (Pressure Cooker)
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Instead of taking 3-4 hours to make a chicken stock simmering on the stove top, I am going to use my stove top pressure cooker, only about an hour and makes a more flavorful stock due to the high pressure and temp. If you can get some chicken feet, add those as they are collagen rich. Follow all safety precautions for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: quarts
Instructions
  1. For the carcasses, feel free to chop them down in size a bit to layer them into the pressure cooker. You can use wings, backs, breasts, raw bones, cooked bones, really up to you. Rinsed.
  2. Add the rinsed carcasses to your pressure cooker. Carcasses at Tesco are legs and wings removed, neck attached, plenty of fat attached, perfect.
  3. Add all other ingredients and pour in 2 quarts (8 cups) of water to the cooker BUT make sure you do not go above the max fill for your size of cooker, it is ok if a few chicken parts poke above the water.
  4. Place cooker on high heat until the jiggler is making noise and spinning then reduce the heat to maintain the jiggler moving and making noise. Start your timer now and cook for 30 minutes.
  5. At the 30 minute mark, turn off the heat and move to an unused burner and let the pressure release naturally, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Once the pressure has released, open the lid, skim off any fat, strain the stock. Use in a recipe after or you can refrigerate the stock for several days.
  7. This was after a few days in the fridge, the fat solidifies on top, and was skimmed off, ready for use.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Crock Pot Chicken Adobo
Crock Pot Chicken Adobo
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Now I am not a fan of adobo, in the Navy, on the 4 ships I served on, adobo was on the menu every week, sometimes twice a week, and sometimes twice a day. This is the first adobo recipe on my site, and I will try this as well, as it has been many years since I have eaten adobo. Edited on 9 May 2018 to include peppercorns and bay leaves. I made this on 9 May 2018, and I was pleasantly surprised, very delicious.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 hours
Crock Pot Chicken Adobo
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Now I am not a fan of adobo, in the Navy, on the 4 ships I served on, adobo was on the menu every week, sometimes twice a week, and sometimes twice a day. This is the first adobo recipe on my site, and I will try this as well, as it has been many years since I have eaten adobo. Edited on 9 May 2018 to include peppercorns and bay leaves. I made this on 9 May 2018, and I was pleasantly surprised, very delicious.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, onion, peppercorns, and bay leaves to your slow cooker.
  2. Slice the chicken into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces, add to the slow cooker and mix to coat all the chicken. (This photo shows I used the Variant and went with skinless, bone in, fat trimmed whole thighs.)
  3. Cover and turn on your slow cooker to the Low setting for 5 to 6 hours. Check for tenderness and doneness at the 5 hour mark.
  4. To thicken the sauce slightly, 30 minutes before serving, set the slow cooker to the High setting, stir, and leave the cover tilted to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.
  5. Remove the bay leaves, serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 60 Baht for the chicken. For 6 servings, this is about 30 cents per serving.

Variant: 1. Use whole bone in, skinless, fat trimmed, thighs in place of boneless thighs.

Recipe provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here.
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Whitefish Poached in Court Bouillon
Whitefish Poached in Court Bouillon
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Now the name, Court Bouillon sounds very upscale, as a good friend explains it, "court bouillon is 'an aromatic liquid in which meat, fish, and various vegetables are cooked,' in other words, fancy salted water!" This does sound good and is actually a 2 for 1 dish, the fish, and the potatoes for a side. I made this on 6 Feb 2018, excellent.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Whitefish Poached in Court Bouillon
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Now the name, Court Bouillon sounds very upscale, as a good friend explains it, "court bouillon is 'an aromatic liquid in which meat, fish, and various vegetables are cooked,' in other words, fancy salted water!" This does sound good and is actually a 2 for 1 dish, the fish, and the potatoes for a side. I made this on 6 Feb 2018, excellent.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Poached Fish
For the Potato Side Dish
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut your fish fillets in half to make more manageable sizes, this makes them so much easier to lift out of the water after they are poached. Good fillets would be Pangasius and Barramundi.
  2. In a large pot, add the water, salt, garlic, bay leaves, and olive oil. Bring to a boil and hold for about 3-4 minutes to blend the flavors.
  3. Place the fillets in the boiling water and return to a boil for about 2-3 minutes or until just cooked through. Use a slotted spatula to remove the fish to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Let the fish rest for about 5 minutes before serving, or go ahead and make the optional potatoes.
For the Potatoes
  1. Bring the water to a boil that was used to cook the fish, add just a pinch, and I mean a small pinch, most expensive spice in the world no less, of saffron in the pot. Saffron is for the color and just a hint of flavor. If no saffron, add an even smaller pinch of turmeric, this is for color mainly and just a smidgen of taste.
  2. When boiling, add the cubed potatoes, these can be skin on or skin off, up to your preference, into the water. Cook for about 15 minutes or until fork tender.
  3. Drain potatoes, plate with the fish, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

For the fish, go with about 130 Baht/1 kilo of Pangasius fillets. For 4 servings, this is about 96 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. After fish is added to the water, add shrimp, mussel meat, or lump crab.

This recipe for Cod Poached in Court Bouillon is from Simply Recipes.