Fresh Pear Pie
Fresh Pear Pie
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This sounds very good and adding this for a good friend in Thailand. This recipe is for fresh pears, and making the crust yourself. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Fresh Pear Pie
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This sounds very good and adding this for a good friend in Thailand. This recipe is for fresh pears, and making the crust yourself. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 230 C (450 F). Place a baking sheet on the bottom rack.
  2. Add the pear slices to a large mixing bowl. Mix together the sugar, flour, nutmeg, and lemon zest and sprinkle over the pears and toss to mix in.
  3. Roll out the first crusts and line a 9 inch pie dish, pour in the pear mixture.
  4. Roll out the second pie crust and place on top of the pie, flute the edge to your preference. Cut a few slits in the top crust.
  5. Beat the egg with a tablespoon of water, brush this on the top then sprinkle some sugar on the top (makes a nice and golden crust to give a sweet crunch).
  6. Place pie on the baking sheet and bake sheet for 10 minutes, then reduce the temp to 180 C (350 F) and bake for another 35 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
  7. Cool for several hours before serving. Serve with whipped topping or ice cream as desired.
Recipe Notes

I will say Fair cost per serving until I can locate fresh pears again.

Shortcut: Pie Crust.

Adapted from an internet recipe. 

Minced Chicken Oven Dish
Minced Chicken Oven Dish
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This is a basic Indonesian dish and it sounds really good, and easy to prepare. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Minced Chicken Oven Dish
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This is a basic Indonesian dish and it sounds really good, and easy to prepare. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Lightly grease a 8x8 baking dish with butter.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the chicken, onion, celery, garlic, pepper, salt, nutmeg, and broth. Mix together with a large spoon, no need to get your hands involved with this.
  3. Fold the potatoes into the mixture.
  4. Add the chicken mixture to the baking dish and spread out evenly. Pour the beaten egg onto the chicken.
  5. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top then add a few chunks of butter.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, check the doneness of the chicken and if not done bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  7. Serve with rice for a simple and enjoyable meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Breadcrumbs.

This recipe for Minced Chicken in Oven Dish is from Pisang Susu.
Netherlands.

Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
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This sounds really good, on my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Sweet Potato Pie
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This sounds really good, on my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Boil the sweet potatoes whole with skin on until fork tender, about 40 to 50 minutes. Cool them under running water and peel them.
  2. If you are using a bought crust, thaw that out. If making your own crust, go ahead and make while the sweet potatoes are cooking, then line a pie dish with the crust and set aside.
  3. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F).
  4. Place the sweet potatoes in a pot and using a potato masher, mash them up well. Add remaining ingredients except for obviously, the crust 🙂
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. As the pie cooks it will puff up then sink down as it cools, perfectly normal.
  6. Allow the pie to cool completely, break out the whipped topping, cut, serve, and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Pie Crust.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pumpkin Soup (Slow Cooker)
Pumpkin Soup (Slow Cooker)
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This comes from a friend in Northern Thailand and sounds delicious! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Pumpkin Soup (Slow Cooker)
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This comes from a friend in Northern Thailand and sounds delicious! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place everything in your slow cooker except the whipping cream. Set to High, cover, and cook for 4 hours.
  2. After 4 hours, use a immersion blender, hand blender, or like me, I will use a potato masher.
  3. Now add the cream as desired, from 1/2 to 1 cup, blend again, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided by friend, Kurt Hammerschmidt.
Thailand.

Square Pumpkin Pie
Square Pumpkin Pie
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Rectangle pie really, as this uses a 9x13 baking dish. Pumpkin pie was requested by the family for a wedding party and since I only have one pie dish, I opted to go with a 9x13 pan and modified my other pumpkin pie recipe to make this work. This is from scratch recipe, meaning you will make the filling and the crust, so this does take time but well worth it.
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Square Pumpkin Pie
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Rectangle pie really, as this uses a 9x13 baking dish. Pumpkin pie was requested by the family for a wedding party and since I only have one pie dish, I opted to go with a 9x13 pan and modified my other pumpkin pie recipe to make this work. This is from scratch recipe, meaning you will make the filling and the crust, so this does take time but well worth it.
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Ingredients
For the Crust
For the Filling
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First thing we need to do is steam the pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin into quarters, then cut each quarter into chunks, no need to peel, it is much easier when it has been steamed. Place the chunks in a steamer (I use my rice cooker with a steamer tray) and once the water is boiling, steam for about 15 minutes or so until the pumpkin is fork tender, work in batches if needed depending on the size of your steamer. Once the pumpkin is steamed, remove to a bowl and let cool.
  2. Now we make the crust, make sure you have a large work surface to do the rolling on.
  3. Add the flour and salt to a mixing bowl and mix together, then add the shredded cold butter and cut into the flour with a large sturdy fork until it has the consistency of bread crumbs.
  4. Now add about 4 tablespoons of cold water and mix together with a large sturdy spoon, keep adding water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough forms a nice ball, if too sticky, add flour as needed.
  5. Transfer the dough onto your floured work surface, rub your rolling pin with flour, sprinkle some flour on the dough and roll it out very large, about 1/8 inch thick, you want it larger than 9x13 due to the sides of the dish as well.
  6. Once rolled, roll it up on the pin and unroll it over the dish, gently pushing down and helping it in to cover the bottom and sides. If the side split and break off, no worries, just add them back to the sides and press together the seams. Trim off the excess dough from the edges. Place the dish in the fridge. (You can take the excess dough and roll it back out, cut into strips and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and bake those if you like.)
  7. Preheat your oven to 230 C (450 F). And take the baking dish out of the fridge and set on the counter, very important if you are using Pyrex so you do not do a major temp change.
  8. Now to make the filling. Take the cooled chunks of pumpkin and peel all the skin off using a pairing knife, very easy to do, toss each cleaned piece into a medium sized pot. When all are cleaned and in the pot, use a potato masher and mash the pumpkin.
  9. Add the rest of the Filling ingredients to the mashed pumpkin, mash a few more times then mix with a large spoon.
  10. Pour the filling into the baking dish and spread evenly, dish will be about 3/4 full. Place dish in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  11. Lower temp to 160 C (325 F) and continue to bake until set, use a toothpick to check, this takes 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  12. Once the filling is set, leave the pie in the oven and turn off the heat and let the pie set for 30-40 minutes (this gives a firm texture to the pie).
  13. Remove the pie to a rack on the counter and let completely cool. Then place in the fridge until chilled.
  14. Serve with whipped topping and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from a combination of my pumpkin pie recipe and and internet recipe.

Rice Pudding
Rice Pudding
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Sounds good, I have not had rice pudding in 12+ years. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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Sounds good, I have not had rice pudding in 12+ years. On my to cook list for sure.
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. Add the cooked rice to a saucepan plus 1 1/2 cups milk, sugar, and salt. Cook on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes until thick and creamy.
  2. Stir in remaining milk and raisins, and slowly stir in the egg, stirring constantly. Cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon into serving bowls and sprinkle with just a tiny pinch of cinnamon. Can be served warm or cold.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Creamy French Onion Mac & Cheese
Creamy French Onion Mac & Cheese
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This sounds really good and no canned soup needed, which is always a bonus. On my to cook list. If you cannot find Gruyere cheese, just go with a mild Gouda or additional Swiss cheese.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
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This sounds really good and no canned soup needed, which is always a bonus. On my to cook list. If you cannot find Gruyere cheese, just go with a mild Gouda or additional Swiss cheese.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F). Lightly butter a 8x8 baking dish.
  2. In a large non stick pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter on medium low heat. When melted and hot, add the onion and a pinch of salt as desired. Cook the onion, stirring occasionally until golden brown and reduced in volume, about 30 to 40 minutes. When cooked, remove from heat and set aside.
  3. While the onion is cooking, heat a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, drain then set aside.
  4. Same pot used for the pasta, add the 4 tablespoons of butter and heat over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the flour and whisk constantly for 1-2 minutes until golden brown and smooth, then slowly pour in the milk, also whisking constantly until smooth, about 5 minutes. Now slowly pour in the evaporated milk, and you guessed it, whisking constantly until thickened.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and add the cheeses to the pot, reserve 2 tablespoons of Parmesan for later use, whisk until the cheese is melted into the sauce. Whisk in the nutmeg, mustard, and season to taste with salt and pepper as desired.
  6. To the pot, stir in the pasta and the onion and mix to coat well. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle the reserved Parmesan on the top.
  7. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  8. Cool for 3 to 5 minutes, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get some Swiss and Gouda cheese, Gruyere would be a long shot where I live. I will say Low cost for now.

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

Chicken in Sweet Soy Sauce
Chicken in Sweet Soy Sauce
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This is an Indonesian dish from a good friend and sounds delicious, on my to cook list. This recipe uses basic, everyday readily available ingredients.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
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This is an Indonesian dish from a good friend and sounds delicious, on my to cook list. This recipe uses basic, everyday readily available ingredients.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rub the chicken pieces well with the pepper and nutmeg.
  2. Heat a large non stick pan on medium heat and when hot, add the chicken and cook until golden brown on the first side, then flip all the chicken over.
  3. Add the onion and enough warm water so about 1/3 of the chicken pieces are in the water.
  4. Add the vinegar and sweet soy sauce. Cover partially with a lid and turn heat to low and let simmer for 25-35 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and fully cover with the lid for 15 minutes.
  6. Serve with rice, spoon some of the sauce over the rice, and sliced cucumbers.
Recipe Notes

Low cost, easily less than $1 per serving.

This recipe for Chicken in Sweet Soy Sauce is from Pisang Susu.
Netherlands.

Spätzle
Spätzle
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This is a German dish, sort of a mix between a soft egg noodle and a dumpling, but not quite either one, cooked in simmering water or stock then fried. Commonly served with a meaty stew or gravy. I made this on 9 Mar 2018 and it is not only easy, it is exactly how how I remembered this from a German restaurant in Phuket, and it is excellent. Commonly written as spätzle, spatzle, and spaetzle. For ease of making this, two people are best, one to work the spätzle maker and one to pour the batter in. Very highly recommended you use a spätzle maker AND NOT a grater, that will make a mess.
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, but not quite either one, cooked in simmering water or stock then fried. Commonly served with a meaty stew or gravy. I made this on 9 Mar 2018 and it is not only easy, it is exactly how how I remembered this from a German restaurant in Phuket, and it is excellent. Commonly written as spätzle, spatzle, and spaetzle. For ease of making this, two people are best, one to work the spätzle maker and one to pour the batter in. Very highly recommended you use a spätzle maker AND NOT a grater, that will make a mess.
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
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. The batter is thin, this is a perfect consistency.
  3. Fill a medium sized pot half full with water or even chicken stock, Heat to simmering.
  4. Two people are recommended for doing this step. Using a spätzle maker, ONE person places the spätzle maker over the pot and works that (sliding back and forth, and the SECOND person adds the batter to the hopper, 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 batter 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. I cooked some stew beef in my pressure cooker and simply added that to a sauce pan of beef gravy, easy and perfect meal.
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.

Cumberland Sausage
Cumberland Sausage
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This is English in origin, this is a recipe to make homemade Cumberland Sausage. Now that I have found a supplier for hog casings in Phuket, this is on my to make list for sure. I will clarify quantity made when I prepare this.
Servings Prep Time
3 meters of sausage 3 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 meters of sausage 3 hours
Cumberland Sausage
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This is English in origin, this is a recipe to make homemade Cumberland Sausage. Now that I have found a supplier for hog casings in Phuket, this is on my to make list for sure. I will clarify quantity made when I prepare this.
Servings Prep Time
3 meters of sausage 3 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 meters of sausage 3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: meters of sausage
Instructions
  1. First thing, chill the meats in the fridge, sterilize and chill the grinder parts in the fridge. Grinding meat creates heat, so you want the meat and the grinder to be a cool temp, not freezing, just chilled.
  2. Cut the pork belly into cubes that will fit in your meat grinder hopper. Then do the same with the pork shoulder. Remove any tendons or stringy matter.
  3. Mix together the two meats, then add the spices and herbs.
  4. Mix together. Place the meat in the fridge to chill for 2 hours. Assemble your meat grinder with the coarse plate, typically the wagon wheel plate.
  5. Grind the meat with the wagon wheel plate, or what is called a course plate for your model of grinder.
  6. Then in a large bowl, mix with the breadcrumbs. Breadcrumbs added, I did not get the cup measurement.
  7. Mix until well combined, use your hands for this.
  8. Soak the hog casings per instructions on the package. Remove the cutting blade and plate from your grinder. and attach the sausage funnel. Rub some bacon fat or cooking oil on the funnel, slip the end of the wet hog casing over the attachment and pull the casing down the shaft so that it is bunched up at the base. I use a dry casing from a reputable dealer in Phuket.
  9. Tie the starting end of the casing with string, using the slow setting on the grinder, add the meat back to the grinder, fill the casing but do not over fill, any air bubbles, prick with a tooth pick. Work the sausage into the casing and form the casing into a ring as you go. You can leave in a ring or twist and make links or tie with string to make links, up to you. I do not have that ring thing down yet so I just made links.
  10. Store the sausage in the fridge overnight. Then you are ready to cook them as you see fit or freeze for later use.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get the meats and casing, overall I will say fair value, but much less than store prices, by a long shot.

Shortcut: Breadcrumbs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.