Spätzle
Spätzle
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This is a German dish, sort of a mix between a soft egg noodle and a dumpling, cooked in simmering water or stock then fried. Commonly served with a meaty stew or gravy.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2-5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2-5 minutes
Spätzle
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This is a German dish, sort of a mix between a soft egg noodle and a dumpling, cooked in simmering water or stock then fried. Commonly served with a meaty stew or gravy.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2-5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2-5 minutes
Ingredients
Special Item - not required, but helps
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, pepper, and nutmeg and whisk to combine.
  2. Beat the eggs. Add half the eggs and half of the milk to the flour mixture and mix, then add the remaining eggs and milk, and mix until smooth.
  3. Fill a medium sized pot half full with water or even chicken stock, Heat to simmering.
  4. Using a spätzle maker, place over the pot and add dough to the hopper and slide back and forth to allow the dough to fall through the holes into the simmering water, don't overcrowd the pot. (If you do not have one, you can use a flat grater with large holes or even a large holed sieve and use a rubber spatula to press the dough through).
  5. Let the spätzle cook until it floats to the top of the water, use a large slotted spoon to remove and place them in ice water to cool them and then place in a colander to drain. Repeat with remaining dough.
  6. Once all the dough is cooked in the water, heat a large non stick skillet 2 or 3 tablespoons of butter, add the spätzle and fry, turning often, until starting to crisp up.
  7. Serve as a side with a meaty dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Fry in bacon fat and 5-6 slices of chopped bacon. 2. Fry some onion and garlic until soft and the onion is softened, add the spätzle and mix in, then add 1-2 cups Swiss cheese, there, you just made Käsespätzle, the German version of mac and cheese.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Mushroom & Garlic Rolls (Bread Machine)
Mushroom & Garlic Rolls (Bread Machine)
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These sound really good, on my to cook list. I have rewrote this to use a bread machine for the mixing and kneeding. This recipe involves a bread machine, some sauteing, and the rolls will be baked in your oven.
Servings Prep Time
10 rolls 1 hour or so
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 rolls 1 hour or so
Cook Time
20 minutes
Mushroom & Garlic Rolls (Bread Machine)
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These sound really good, on my to cook list. I have rewrote this to use a bread machine for the mixing and kneeding. This recipe involves a bread machine, some sauteing, and the rolls will be baked in your oven.
Servings Prep Time
10 rolls 1 hour or so
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 rolls 1 hour or so
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Rolls
For the Filling
Servings: rolls
Instructions
  1. Place the Roll ingredients into your bread machine in the order listed, set the bread machine to Dough setting and let it run through the cycle.
  2. While the dough is getting worked over by the bread machine, heat a pan on medium heat with a splash of olive oil. When the pan is hot, add the mushrooms and about 1/3 of the garlic. Saute for about 10 minutes to evaporate the moisture released and to brown them up a bit.
  3. Remove the mushrooms to a mixing bowl and mix in the remaining garlic. Let this sit to cool. When the mushrooms are cooled, mix in the parsley, butter, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. When the dough cycle is complete, turn out the dough to a flowered surface and punch it down to release any air. Flour a rolling pin and roll out the dough to about 12 inches (30 cm) by 4 inches (10 cm), smallest side towards you. Trim the edges to make it roughly straight lines, not looking for perfection here, just straighten up shorter ends.
  5. Take the mushroom mixture and spread onto to the dough. cut the dough horizontally into 10 strips (you are going to make short strips, not long ones). Each strip should be about 3/4 to 1 inch wide (2-3 cm).
  6. Roll each strip and place on its side in a baking dish.
  7. Cover the dish with a towel and let it proof for about 20 minutes. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F).
  8. Remove the towel and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and with a brush, use the butter in the bottom of the pan and brush the tops of the rolls. If no butter is left, just melt 1-2 tablespoons and use that.
  9. Serve as a snack or a side.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Tuna & Rice
Tuna & Rice
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This recipe has me interested, I will write this using fresh tuna and cooked mainly in a rice cooker, no need to cook the rice the stove top way. You will use your rice cooker primarily for this dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
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This recipe has me interested, I will write this using fresh tuna and cooked mainly in a rice cooker, no need to cook the rice the stove top way. You will use your rice cooker primarily for this dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onion and saute for about 3 minutes until it is soft and translucent.
  2. Add the rice and stir to coat with oil and the rice grains are glassy, about 1 minute.
  3. Pour the contents of the pan into your rice cooker. Add the chicken stock and turn the cooker on and let it runs the full cycle.
  4. About 10 minutes into the cook cycle, fold in the peas and corn then cover again and continue to cook to complete the cook cycle.
  5. Drain the tuna, this can be canned or fresh cooked, and flake with a fork. Fold in the tuna and parsley into the rice, cover and let sit for 5 minutes on Warm setting on the rice cooker.
  6. Serve, this can be a hearty side dish or a main meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Fresh Tuna.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Beef Stroganoff (Pressure Cooker)
Beef Stroganoff (Pressure Cooker)
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This is fast and delicious, this is an Americanized version of Stroganoff, very much like a stew really. I made this on 30 Dec 2017 for dinner, very well liked by the family as well. This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Follow all safety precautions for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Beef Stroganoff (Pressure Cooker)
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This is fast and delicious, this is an Americanized version of Stroganoff, very much like a stew really. I made this on 30 Dec 2017 for dinner, very well liked by the family as well. This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Follow all safety precautions for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Season the beef on all sides with salt and pepper to your liking. Heat a splash of olive oil in your pressure cooker on medium heat and add the beef and cook to brown on all sides.
  2. When the beef is mostly browned, add the onion and saute until softened and starting to brown, then add the wine, mustard, and flour. Simmer until reduced a bit, about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and carrot.
  3. Place the lid on the cooker (without the weight) and place to the locked position, then add the weight, and turn the heat to high.
  4. When the jiggler (the weight) starts moving, turn heat to low but maintain it hot enough to keep the jiggler moving. This is when you start timing, and for this dish, 18 minutes.
  5. My pressure cooker has a lid lock, meaning the lid cannot be opened when under pressure. The round pin in that circle in the lid is a gravity pin, when there is zero pressure in the pot, the pin is dropped and allows steam to escape while the pressure in increasing.
  6. When pressure builds inside the cooker, it forces the pin up and locks/prevents the lid from being removed, and is an indicator that vessel is pressurized at this point.
  7. At 18 minutes, turn the heat off and move the cooker to an unused burner and allow a natural release of pressure, meaning just let the pot sit and cool, takes about 10 to 15 minutes. If you have a lid lock, that will drop when the pressure is zero inside the pot.
  8. When it is safe to open the pot, remove the lid and stir in the cream cheese. Place the lid back on and lock it in place, return to high heat to bring the pot up to full pressure again, this goes much fast now since the contents are hot. When the jiggler starts to move indication full pressure, reduce the heat to low to maintain high pressure for 4 minutes.
  9. When 4 minutes have passed, turn the heat off and move the cooker to an unused burn and allow a natural release of pressure, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  10. When safe to open, remove the lid and give the stroganoff a stir.
  11. Serve with mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 200 Baht for 750 grams. For 4 servings, this is about $1.47 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Shrimp Spaghetti Carbonara
Shrimp Spaghetti Carbonara
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I made this last night for dinner, 20 Dec 2017, but not worthy of a photo since the eggs did scramble. The flavor was excellent, just not a nice presentation so I will certainly be making this again, one to get the technique mastered to mix in the egg and cheese, and two, to get photos.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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I made this last night for dinner, 20 Dec 2017, but not worthy of a photo since the eggs did scramble. The flavor was excellent, just not a nice presentation so I will certainly be making this again, one to get the technique mastered to mix in the egg and cheese, and two, to get photos.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil then cook the spaghetti until just tender. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water, leave the spaghetti in the pot and set aside.
  2. While the water is getting hot for the spaghetti, in a mixing bowl mix together the cheese, eggs, and yolks with a fork or whisk. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Set this aside and finish up the spaghetti 😉
  3. Heat a large non stick skillet on medium heat and when hot, add the bacon and cook until crispy then remove to a bowl, leaving the fat in the pan. and add 1/4 cup of the pasta water you reserved.
  4. Add the shrimp to the pan and season with salt and pepper as desired. Cook until the shrimp are all pink, turn often.
  5. Now drain the pasta and add to the pan with the shrimp, use tongs to combine the shrimp and pasta. Once mixed well, toss the parsley into the pasta.
  6. Working quickly, now stir in the egg and cheese mixture and use tongs to quickly toss to coat the spaghetti, double fist two sets of tongs, work fast to prevent the egg from scrambling. Add additional pasta water as needed to make a creamy sauce. Just before serving, toss the bacon in.
  7. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with additional parsley, cheese, and pepper.
Recipe Notes

Large white shrimp from Tesco will cost about 150 Baht/500 grams. The cheese about 170 Baht. Bacon prices vary greatly, on average, figure about 150 Baht/250 grams. For 4 servings, this is about $3.46 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Easy Fish Pie
Easy Fish Pie
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Sounds wonderful, on my to cook list! This is very rewritten to make is user friendly. This recipe assumes you have hard boiled eggs (chicken or duck), and mashed potatoes already prepared.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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Sounds wonderful, on my to cook list! This is very rewritten to make is user friendly. This recipe assumes you have hard boiled eggs (chicken or duck), and mashed potatoes already prepared.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Get out a deep dish Pyrex pie dish or a 7x11 baking dish, I will verify when I make this.
  2. To poach the fish, heat a non stick pan and add the milk, onion, bay leaves, and cloves. Heat to just before a boil, add the fish and simmer until the fish is cooked through and flakes with a fork, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the fish to a plate, strain the milk mixture and pour into a bowl, discard the contents of the strainer.
  4. Flake the fish into large pieces into the baking dish, Add the shrimp and arrange the quartered eggs on the top. Sprinkle the parsley on the top.
  5. To make the sauce, melt half of the butter in a small pan, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring, then remove from heat. Stir in the reserved milk to get a smooth sauce. Return the pot to heat and bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes, stirring continuously, until it coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat, season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  6. Pour the sauce over the fish. Top the pie with mashed potatoes, push the mash right up to the edges to seal, fluff the top with a fork then sprinkle on the cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes then let rest for 5 minutes, serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for the whitefish, Pangasius, and about 200 Baht for salmon. For the cheese, figure about 90 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $2.50 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Fish with Lemon, Butter & Caper Sauce
Fish with Lemon, Butter & Caper Sauce
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Sounds really good, use any whitefish you like as well as other fish. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Fish with Lemon, Butter & Caper Sauce
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Sounds really good, use any whitefish you like as well as other fish. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a shallow dish mix together the flour, salt, and pepper. Coat the fillets in flour and shake off the excess.
  2. Melt half the butter in a large non stick pan on medium high heat. Cook the fillets in batches, to your liking. Just brown, flip, brown the other side, remove to serving plates.
  3. When the fillets are all done, same hot pan, add the remaining butter, lemon or lime juice, zest, capers, and parsley. Stir and heat for one minute then spoon over the fish.
  4. Serve with sides of your choice.
Recipe Notes

I will be using Pangasius fillets when I make this, 4 fillets should be 1 kilo or under so I will go with the 1 kilo rate of 123 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about 90 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. In place of whitefish fillets, this would be good on salmon or tuna. 2. In place of the capers use fresh chopped dill.

Adapted from an internet recipe. 

Mayo Variations
Mayo Variations
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Making mayo is not something I have done, nor is it covered here in this, these are just variations you can add to mayo you bought or mayo you have made, enjoy.
Mayo Variations
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Making mayo is not something I have done, nor is it covered here in this, these are just variations you can add to mayo you bought or mayo you have made, enjoy.
Ingredients
Fresh Herb Mayo
Caper Dijon Mayo
Horseradish Mayo
Chili Lime Mayo
Bacon Chive Mayo
  • 3 1/2 cups mayo
  • 3 slices bacon cooked crispy and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chives chopped
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Instructions
  1. For each variation, just stir in the ingredients, cover and store in the fridge until use.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Hearty Chicken Salad
Hearty Chicken Salad
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Sounds like an excellent version of chicken salad. This is a 2 for 1 recipe, add trinity to the water when you boil the chicken, you get a quart or so of nice chicken broth for us in another recipe.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Hearty Chicken Salad
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Sounds like an excellent version of chicken salad. This is a 2 for 1 recipe, add trinity to the water when you boil the chicken, you get a quart or so of nice chicken broth for us in another recipe.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, add the chicken, skin on and bone in is perfect. Cover with 1 to 2 quarts of water, and if you want to make broth for use in other recipes, add 1 quartered onion, 1 roughly chopped carrot, and 1 stalk of roughly chopped celery (these are in addition to the ingredients listed) to the pot. Bring the pot to a boil then reduce to slow boil or high simmer, cook for 20 minutes or so until the chicken is cooked through.
  2. Remove the pot from the stove and allow to cool to room temperature, leaving the chicken in the broth, this results in juicer chicken. When the pot has cooled, remove the chicken to a cutting board, strain the broth and discard the vegetables. Jar the broth and place in the fridge until use, max is about 3 days in the fridge or you can choose to freeze it for later use.
  3. Remove any skin and bones and save for your dog. Now chop the chicken meat or just shred with your fingers. Add the meat to a mixing bowl.
  4. Ad the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve on a bed of lettuce for a light lunch or dinner.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 60 Baht for the chicken, on the high side. For 4 servings, this is about 44 cents per serving.

Provided by What Great Grandma Ate and the link to this recipe is here.
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Pantry Pasta
Pantry Pasta
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Sounds good and easy. I am looking forward to testing out the trick with the egg yolks. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Pantry Pasta
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Sounds good and easy. I am looking forward to testing out the trick with the egg yolks. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to 180 C. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Cut the bread into 1/3 to 1/2 inch cubes. Toss the cubes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes but keep an eye on them. Remove from the oven and set aside. There, you just made croutons which will be used for a topping at the end.
  2. Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the onion, garlic, salt, and red pepper, cook until the onion is golden brown.
  3. Remove the pan from heat and mix in the parsley, capers, and 1 to 2 teaspoons of lemon or lime juice. Set aside.
  4. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until tender. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the pasta water and drain the rest.
  5. In a medium bowl, add the egg yolks, slowly whisk in the reserved pasta water, then whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  6. Place the pan back on low heat and add the well drained pasta to the pan, pour the egg mixture over the pasta and toss to combine the pasta with the egg mixture and the contents in the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes to warm everything through.
  7. Divide among 4 bowls and top with the croutons you made and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
Recipe Notes

Low cost. When I make this, I will also cook up some Italian sausage to go with this.

Adapted from an internet recipe.