Chorizo Burgers with Cucumber Slaw

Chorizo Burgers with Cucumber Slaw
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Sounds delicious indeed! For this you will mix Spanish chorizo with ground beef. On my to cook list and soon. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Chorizo Burgers with Cucumber Slaw
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Sounds delicious indeed! For this you will mix Spanish chorizo with ground beef. On my to cook list and soon. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Cucumber Slaw
For the Chorizo Burgers
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Cucumber Slaw
  1. Slice the cucumbers and onion as thinly as you can, think mandolin, perfect for this. Add the cucumber and onion slices to a bowl and add the olive oil, vinegar and mix well. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  2. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to let the flavor develop.
For the Chorizo Burgers
  1. The Spanish chorizo can be bulk or in casings. If bulk, just crumble it apart as fine as you can. If in casings, remove the casings and chop or crumble apart as fine as you can. One thought, if you grind your own beef, simply run the casing version, with the casings removed, through your grinder.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the beef, chorizo, onion, and garlic. Mix well but do not over work the meat, over worked ground beef = tough burgers.
  3. Divide the meat into 4, 5, or 6 patties, make a small indent in center of each patty with your thumb, this prevents the burger from going dome shaped or curling.
  4. Heat a thick walled non stick pan and melt the butter. You want the pan hot completely.
  5. Cook in batches if needed. Add patties to the pan and cook 5 minutes on the first side, flip and cook 4 more minutes for medium rare burgers. If you prefer burgers more done than that, just increase the times by a minute or so.
  6. Remove to plates, top each burger with 1/2 tablespoon of mayo and then some of the cucumber slaw. Corn on the cob and potato salad come to mind for great sides.
Recipe Notes

For the beef, about 150 Baht, for the chorizo, I can only price what I have made myself, never store bought for me, so go with about 35 Baht for the pork. For 4 servings, this is about $1.36 per serving.

Shortcut: Spanish Chorizo.

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.

Ham & Potato Corn Chowder

Ham & Potato Corn Chowder
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Sounds really, lots of ways you can change this up to make it different each time.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ham & Potato Corn Chowder
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Sounds really, lots of ways you can change this up to make it different each time.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot, when hot, add the onion and celery, saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garlic, thyme, and flour, saute until the flour is lightly browned. about 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in the broth then add the milk, then the potatoes and carrots. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes and carrots are tender, about 10-15 minutes, stir occasionally.
  4. Add the corn (if using fresh corn, boil that first then cut from the cob), and the ham. Simmer until everything is heated through and piping hot. Taste and season with salt an pepper as desired.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Cook 4 strips of bacon and use the bacon fat to cook the onion and celery, garnish with the bacon chopped. 2. Reduce the potatoes and add some chopped cauliflower. 3. Saute the cubed ham before adding to the chowder. 4. Add sauteed mushrooms.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Garlic & Pepper Blue Prawn

Garlic & Pepper Blue Prawn
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Blue prawn are the Giant River Prawn, long front legs with claws, the body has a slight blue tint to it, the legs are a striking blue color, so I typically call these Blue Prawn. These are large and can be prepared is many ways, this is just one way. No quantities given for the prawn, this is a prepare with what you have or want to prepare. This is a typical Thai recipe.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Garlic & Pepper Blue Prawn
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Blue prawn are the Giant River Prawn, long front legs with claws, the body has a slight blue tint to it, the legs are a striking blue color, so I typically call these Blue Prawn. These are large and can be prepared is many ways, this is just one way. No quantities given for the prawn, this is a prepare with what you have or want to prepare. This is a typical Thai recipe.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. This is a Giant River Prawn, aka Blue Prawn. Unlike regular shrimp where you remove the head and eat the tail only, the whole body on these is used minus the legs and shell. Important note, if buying these live, don't get pinched by the claws, quite painful. Normally when buying these they will be dead and on ice.
  2. To prepare the prawn, first thing, remove those two long front legs and discard those. Most important, do not remove the head section, that remains intact with the tail. Then peel the shell off by just splitting between the legs on the bottom with your thumbs, removing the shell from the head and the body, and remove the tail shell as well. Once all the prawn are prepped, rinse in water. Eyes can remain as well as the gills.
  3. Heat a large pan with a few splashes of oil, when the oil is hot, add the garlic and the prawn in a single layer, if cooking a lot, work in batches. Season well with black pepper, cook for 5 minutes or so or until you start to see the tail meat turning pink and the bottom is getting browned.
  4. Turn the prawn over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until the nice and golden brown on the bottom.
  5. Remove from the pan to a platter and serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

I bought these from a local farmer, 8 prawn was 1 kilo, cost was 120 Baht. 4 people enjoyed this, so about 88 cents per serving.

Family has been making these for many years like this.
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Whitefish & Capers

Whitefish & Capers
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This, is really good! I have never eaten capers or cooked with them, nor has the family, I have a new found favorite now! I recently bought jar of Spanish capers that I opened and used a tablespoon of capers and juice, perfect. I made this on 15 Nov 2017, well liked and enjoyed by the family, five people.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Whitefish & Capers
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This, is really good! I have never eaten capers or cooked with them, nor has the family, I have a new found favorite now! I recently bought jar of Spanish capers that I opened and used a tablespoon of capers and juice, perfect. I made this on 15 Nov 2017, well liked and enjoyed by the family, five people.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pan with the oil over medium heat. Season the fillets with black pepper on both sides, cook the fillet pieces until just starting to brown on each side. Remove from pan. This photo is just after I turned them over.
  2. Same pan, add the wine and reduce a lot, then add the garlic, butter, and capers. Season with black pepper as desired. Simmer for a minute or two blend the flavors.
  3. Add the fillets back to the pan and spoon the sauce over them. Simmer until the fish is warmed through, and it should already flake easily with a fork.
  4. Serve with the sauce poured over the fish, sides could be pasta with garlic or anchovies, steamed rice, or even boiled or mashed potatoes with butter.
Recipe Notes

Two to three fillets of Pangasius (which would be my fish of choice in Thailand) would cost maybe 90 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about 68 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pickled Shrimp

Pickled Shrimp
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If nothing else, this does sound interesting, I have never heard of this but it does sound good.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Pickled Shrimp
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If nothing else, this does sound interesting, I have never heard of this but it does sound good.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
To Cook the Shrimp
To Pickle the Shrimp
Servings: servings
Instructions
To Cook the Shrimp
  1. In a large pot, add the water, celery, onion, lemon slices, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the shrimp, cover, and remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, the shrimp should all be pink, if not cover and let sit for another minute or two. When pink, drain and remove the shrimp to a bowl, discard the rest.
To Pickle the Shrimp
  1. Fill your jar about 2/3 full with hot water. Add the vinegar, mustard seed and garlic. Layer in the cooked shrimp, capers, onion, and lemon.Top up the jar with lemon slices, making sure the shrimp are below the surface of the liquid, if needed, add more water to top up the jar.
  2. Let jar cool to room temp, cover, and put in the fridge for 2 days, then ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

Going with just small Whites from Tesco, figure about 95 Baht/500 grams. For 6 servings, this is about 48 cents per serving.

This recipe for Pickled Shrimp is from Simply Recipes.

Fish Stew with Ginger & Tomatoes

Fish Stew with Ginger & Tomatoes
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Sounds wonderful. On my to cook list for sure.
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
Fish Stew with Ginger & Tomatoes
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Sounds wonderful. On my to cook list for sure.
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. Heat the oil in a large pot, when hot, add the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute, then add the tomatoes plus juice, sugar, salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Cook and stir for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the stock and potatoes, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are just fork tender.
  3. Stir in the fish, cover, and cook for 5 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
  4. Sprinkle with parsley, serve.
Recipe Notes

Using Pangasius fillets, which are boneless and skinless, 1 kilo is about 128 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about 95 cents per serving.

This recipe for Fish Stew with Ginger and Tomatoes is from Simply Recipes.

Classic Beef & Broccoli

Classic Beef & Broccoli
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This not only sounds good, sounds super easy as well. On my to cook list. The long prep time is for the marinating of the beef.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Classic Beef & Broccoli
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This not only sounds good, sounds super easy as well. On my to cook list. The long prep time is for the marinating of the beef.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together the sugar, garlic, and cornstarch, then add the ginger, soy sauce, and wine and mix again until well blended. Place the beef slices in a bowl and pour in half of the marinade, mix with the beef, cover and let marinate for 1 hour.
  2. Heat half of the oil in a large non stick pan, a wok pan would be perfect, then add the broccoli and stir fry for 2 minutes then remove and set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in same pan. Drain the beef and add to the pan, stir fry for 3 minutes then add the oyster sauce and stir fry for 1 minute. Add the remaining marinade and the beef broth.
  4. Cook while stir frying, that means stirring constantly, until the liquid evaporates and the mixture becomes thick, then add the broccoli and stir fry for 1 more minute to heat the broccoli through.
  5. Serve with steamed rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the beef. For 4 servings, this is about $1.12 per serving.

Provided by Panlasang Pinoy and the link to this recipe is here.
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Easy Fish Stew

Easy Fish Stew
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Sounds very good. Any kind of boneless and skinless whitefish works in this, think Pangasius, Sea Perch (Barramundi), Snapper, Bass, 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
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Easy Fish Stew
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Sounds very good. Any kind of boneless and skinless whitefish works in this, think Pangasius, Sea Perch (Barramundi), Snapper, Bass, 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
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot on medium heat, add the oil, when hot, saute the onion until translucent then add the garlic and saute for another minute until fragrant. Stir in the parsley and stir for about 2 minutes then add the tomatoes and tomato paste and cook, lower heat and stir often for about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the wine and clam juice then add the fish and mix that in, simmer for about 4 to 5 minutes or until the fish is cooked and easily flakes with a fork. Taste and season to your liking with salt and pepper.
  3. Ladle the stew into bowls and serve with bread.
Recipe Notes

I will use Pangasius fillets when I make this, figure about 100 Baht for 750 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 75 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Add a pinch of Old Bay Seasoning. 2. Add any or all of the following (you may need to increase the liquid amount as well) clam meat, mussel meat, small oyster meat, shrimp, or scallops. 3. Add diced potatoes. 4. Add mushrooms.

This recipe for Quick Easy Fish Stew is from Simply Recipes.

Pork Ragu

Pork Ragu
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Pork Ragu
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
For the Ragu
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Ragu
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot. While the pot is heating, in a large bowl, season the pork with the salt and pepper. Sear the pork on all sides, about a minute per side, remove from the pot and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pot and then add the sausage, break up the sausage with a spatula and cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. To the pot, add the onion and carrot and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper as desired and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the white wine, tomato paste, brown sugar, tomatoes, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, and cheese rind if you have that. Mix together then add the meat back to the pot and stir in. Season with additional salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours, the meat should be fall apart tender and the sauce slightly thickened. Use two forks and shred the pork and stir into the sauce.
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
  1. In a large non stick pan on medium heat, add the butter, when melted, stir in the garlic and parsley and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. Turn off the heat and add your cooked pasta and toss to evenly coat the pasta.'
  2. Serve the ragu over the pasta and garnish with Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

Figure 85 Baht for the pork shoulder and 50 Baht for the sausage, if you make the sausage yourself from pork shoulder, the cost would be much less. For 6 servings, this is about 67 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Sausage.

Variant: 1. This screams of using a slow cooker to simmer the ragu.

Adapted from an internet recipe.