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.

Cajun Seasoning Mix

Cajun Seasoning Mix
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I have seen recipes that say Cajun and Creole Seasoning are the same, but after doing some research and talking with some friends, both are based on salt, paprika, Cayenne pepper, black pepper, and oregano, Creole seasoning has more herbs. This is an easy recipe and is much cheaper than the packets in a store.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cajun Seasoning Mix
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I have seen recipes that say Cajun and Creole Seasoning are the same, but after doing some research and talking with some friends, both are based on salt, paprika, Cayenne pepper, black pepper, and oregano, Creole seasoning has more herbs. This is an easy recipe and is much cheaper than the packets in a store.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Put everything in a airtight jar, shake to mix. When a recipe calls for Cajun seasoning, use as directed, such as 1 tablespoon in a recipe is 1 tablespoon of mix. See, that was easy.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Slow Cooker Cajun Style Ribs

Slow Cooker Cajun Style Ribs
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I like a good plate of ribs, Thais however cook most ribs in a soup. I made this, these are very good, and I have modified the recipe on my findings, my comment on the dish is listed below. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 24 hours
Cook Time
9 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 24 hours
Cook Time
9 hours
Slow Cooker Cajun Style Ribs
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I like a good plate of ribs, Thais however cook most ribs in a soup. I made this, these are very good, and I have modified the recipe on my findings, my comment on the dish is listed below. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 24 hours
Cook Time
9 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 24 hours
Cook Time
9 hours
Ingredients
Dry rub
BBQ sauce
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. A rack of ribs is the long strip of ribs, the rib bones are about 3 inches long. Pick out strips that are meaty between the straight bones and not so much of the odd shaped bones. Prep the ribs by rinsing them then cut the racks into portions, 3 bones per section. (Photo credit: Tesco Lotus Thailand.)
  2. Mix the dry rub ingredients in small bowl. Using your hands rub the dry rub on the ribs on both sides. Place ribs in a bag and twist to remove air and place in a bowl and put in the fridge overnight. Perfect use for a Tesco Lotus plastic bag.
  3. Next day, remove the ribs from the fridge. Mix the barbecue sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Layer the ribs in your slow cooker and on each layer, add a tablespoon of sauce. Add the water to the sides of the pot, cover and cook on Low setting for 9 hours, do not remove the lid during this time. Serve with the sauce on the side. Side dishes recommended would be pinto beans, and even potato salad.
Recipe Notes

Pork ribs run about 140 Baht/kilo, I bought 3 slabs for about 180 Baht. This came out to about 90 cents per person for 6 meals.

Shortcuts: BBQ Sauce, Creole Seasoning Mix.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Slow Cooker Spicy White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Spicy White Chicken Chili
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Chili without tomatoes is a cousin to classic chili. Chicken and white beans make it "white chili," while cumin, pepper sauce, and cilantro give it the zip. The recipe called for canned beans and canned corn, I am revising this to stay with fresh or less processed. I made this yesterday, 13 Feb 2016, excellent! My remarks are in the comments section.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Slow Cooker Spicy White Chicken Chili
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Chili without tomatoes is a cousin to classic chili. Chicken and white beans make it "white chili," while cumin, pepper sauce, and cilantro give it the zip. The recipe called for canned beans and canned corn, I am revising this to stay with fresh or less processed. I made this yesterday, 13 Feb 2016, excellent! My remarks are in the comments section.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Ingredients
Chilli base
Beans
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In your slow cooker, mix onion, garlic, broth, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper sauce. Add chicken. Cover; cook on Low setting 4 to 5 hours. (I used 4 large meaty thighs, this photo is when they went into the pot.)
  2. While the chicken is cooking, prepare your beans. Drain soaked beans and transfer to a large pot. Cover by 2 inches with cold water, add onion and bay leaves and bring to a boil; skim off and discard any foam on the surface. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, gently stirring occasionally, until beans are tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Drain beans, discard onions and bay leaves and season with salt and pepper. Set aside. (This photo is just when I turned on the heat, the onion will fall apart as it cooks, so no need to expend any time chopping it, just quartered is fine.)
  3. At the 4 hour mark, check on the chicken, if tender and cooked through, if done, go to the next step, if not cooked through, just keep cooking until about the 5 hour mark.
  4. Remove chicken from slow cooker using a slotted spatula. Use 2 forks to remove bones and shred chicken into pieces. (keep the bones for your dog.) Return chicken to slow cooker. Stir in beans, corn, lime juice and cilantro. Add a tablespoon of cornstarch if you desire a thicker chili. Cover; cook on Low setting 15 to 20 minutes or until beans and corn are hot. (Photo is the cooked chicken at the 4 hour mark, tender and juicy.)
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Chicken will cost about 65 Baht/Kilo for thighs, 56 Baht/Kilo for quarters. Go with quarters for a lower cost, use 4 thighs and 4 legs, or 6 thighs and save the legs for another recipe. Beans will run about 60 Baht for a 500 gram bag.  About 140 Baht for the meat and beans. For 8 servings, cost would be 45 cents per serving, an excellent value meal.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Crock Pot Bowtie Casserole

Crock Pot Bowtie Casserole
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This is an easy to make casserole in a slow cooker, and has lots of potential! Think using cubed chicken or minced pork. For greens instead of spinach, try some of the greens available at Tesco and most open markets, like Chinese Cabbage or Mustard Greens. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Crock Pot Bowtie Casserole
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This is an easy to make casserole in a slow cooker, and has lots of potential! Think using cubed chicken or minced pork. For greens instead of spinach, try some of the greens available at Tesco and most open markets, like Chinese Cabbage or Mustard Greens. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef with onion and garlic, no need to cook it through, just brown it. Put in slow cooker and add sauce, tomatoes and seasonings.
  2. Cook for 6-7 hours on Low setting.
  3. During the last 30 minutes, add the spinach, pasta, Parmesan cheese, and 1 cup of the Mozzarella cheese, and mix well, then turn the heat setting to High. Add the last 1/2 cup of Mozzarella cheese on to and allow to melt.
Recipe Notes

Ground beef would run about 150 Baht/kilo. Mozzarella cheese will run about 142 Baht for a package, and Parmesan will run about 140 Baht for a package, each package should be around the correct measurements needed. Mozzarella you will need to shred, Parmesan comes shredded. Even though the recipe calls for 750 grams of meat, just with a kilo and call it good, no one will complain. For these three major items, the cost would be about $2.12 per person for 6 meals. Not bad overall, still a reasonable dish to make at home instead of the high prices of a restaurant.

Shortcut: Tomato Sauce.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Denise Georgiades.
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Stuffed Bell Peppers I

Stuffed Bell Peppers I
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I like Stuffed Peppers, and when I did not have an oven, I made these and simply steamed them in a pot with some water, they were excellent. These can be steamed, baked, or even made in a slow cooker, cooking time varies. No need to use green bell peppers, feel free to use red or yellow ones. This is a versatile recipe, if you do not want to use cheese, leave it out, if you want to add mushrooms, added them, this recipe can be adapted to many tastes.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Stuffed Bell Peppers I
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I like Stuffed Peppers, and when I did not have an oven, I made these and simply steamed them in a pot with some water, they were excellent. These can be steamed, baked, or even made in a slow cooker, cooking time varies. No need to use green bell peppers, feel free to use red or yellow ones. This is a versatile recipe, if you do not want to use cheese, leave it out, if you want to add mushrooms, added them, this recipe can be adapted to many tastes.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C, cut off tops and remove seeds and pulp out of the bell peppers. Place bell peppers in baking dish. A 9x9 dish will hold 4, a 9x13 dish will hold 6.
  2. Dice tops of peppers. Mix together ground beef, onion, eggs, tomato paste, oregano, diced tops, rice, salt and pepper. Fill each pepper half full with meat mixture, add some shredded Cheddar cheese to each pepper, not all, just some.
  3. Top with remaining portions of meat mixture. Any meat left over, just pack around the peppers in the baking dish.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, covered. Remove from oven and top each pepper with additional cheese, reduce temp to 180 C and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes until cheese is golden brown and meat is cooked through.
Recipe Notes

500 grams of minced pork is about 55 Baht, ground beef would be about 110 Baht for 500 grams. Bell peppers can range from 30 to 40 each. For this recipe, 4 peppers at 35 Baht and 500 grams of beef, cost is about $1.85 per person. If using minced pork, cost would be $1.43 per person. Cheese of course is additional, but a block of cheese will make several meals so I do not factor that in.

The good thing, you have an entire meal, the meat, the dairy from the cheese, a vegetable, and a tomato sauce.

Family recipe, I have been eating these since I was a little child.

Enchilada Sauce Mix

Enchilada Sauce Mix
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Finding Enchilada Sauce packets can be a challenge unless one is in a big city. So I checked on the internet and came up with this, works great! This makes the equivalent of what 1 packet makes.
Servings
1 packet
Servings
1 packet
Enchilada Sauce Mix
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Finding Enchilada Sauce packets can be a challenge unless one is in a big city. So I checked on the internet and came up with this, works great! This makes the equivalent of what 1 packet makes.
Servings
1 packet
Servings
1 packet
Ingredients
Servings: packet
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan, add all the ingredients and simmer on low heat, and whisk to combine until thickened. Use as recipe requires.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Spanish Chorizo

Spanish Chorizo
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Spanish Chorizo is a firm, drier sausage than Mexican Chorizo. A plate of Chorizo with a couple of sunny side up eggs on top, real hash browns on the side, makes me hungry! I made this on (cooked rather) the Chorizo on 19 Nov 2016, and it is excellent! Even got two thumbs up from my wife! I prepared the Chorizo on 17 Nov. Keep in mind this is not true Spanish Chorizo but a pretty good knock off in my opinion. The chorizo offered in some stores is Thailand will be of the Spanish type.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 24 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 24 hours
Spanish Chorizo
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Spanish Chorizo is a firm, drier sausage than Mexican Chorizo. A plate of Chorizo with a couple of sunny side up eggs on top, real hash browns on the side, makes me hungry! I made this on (cooked rather) the Chorizo on 19 Nov 2016, and it is excellent! Even got two thumbs up from my wife! I prepared the Chorizo on 17 Nov. Keep in mind this is not true Spanish Chorizo but a pretty good knock off in my opinion. The chorizo offered in some stores is Thailand will be of the Spanish type.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 24 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 24 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, cover and place in the fridge overnight. This photo is after it had been in the fridge for 1 half days, the smell is wonderful.
  2. Form into patties or just crumble and fry.
  3. When the Chorizo is cooked, drop in a few eggs.
  4. Served.
Recipe Notes

Minced pork is about 110 Baht per kilo, 500 grams would be 55 Baht. Can easily make 4 servings from this for a cost of 40 cents per serving.

My cast iron pan of choice is my 12 inch pan I located here in Thailand, and I am very satisfied with quality. Have a look if you are looking to buy a cast iron pan: Raro Cast Iron Pans they even have recipes listed.

Used in Recipe Listed on this Site:
Chorizo Burgers with Cucumber Slaw,
Gouda Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Italian Dressing Mix

Italian Dressing Mix
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An easy to make dry shortcut that is much less expensive than the store bought packets.
Servings
4 packets, approximate
Servings
4 packets, approximate
Italian Dressing Mix
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An easy to make dry shortcut that is much less expensive than the store bought packets.
Servings
4 packets, approximate
Servings
4 packets, approximate
Ingredients
Servings: packets, approximate
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together and store in an airtight container.
  2. Use 2 tablespoons for every 1 dry packet needed.
  3. To make salad dressing, together 2 tablespoons of dry mix with 2/3 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons water.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Italian Sausage / Pork Sausage / Chicken Sausage

Italian Sausage / Pork Sausage / Chicken Sausage
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I looked at a bunch of recipes online and got a general list together of the ingredients, and made my own, sausage patties, not links. A good general recipe that is nice for spaghetti sauces, sausage burgers, or served with pasta or potato. These are not going to win a blue ribbon prize in the culinary world, but I think they taste good. All spices are dried. To make this Italian Sausage, add the fennel seeds. To make this just a pork sausage, omit the fennel seeds. To make a nice chicken sausage, omit the fennel seeds. READ THE STEPS, I added a step at the beginning if you are using meat you are going to grind.
Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Italian Sausage / Pork Sausage / Chicken Sausage
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I looked at a bunch of recipes online and got a general list together of the ingredients, and made my own, sausage patties, not links. A good general recipe that is nice for spaghetti sauces, sausage burgers, or served with pasta or potato. These are not going to win a blue ribbon prize in the culinary world, but I think they taste good. All spices are dried. To make this Italian Sausage, add the fennel seeds. To make this just a pork sausage, omit the fennel seeds. To make a nice chicken sausage, omit the fennel seeds. READ THE STEPS, I added a step at the beginning if you are using meat you are going to grind.
Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. NOTE: If you will be grinding the meat yourself (recommended) then prepare the meat by cutting into chunks that will fit the hopper of your grinder, remove an silver tendon from pork, then mix the spices into this, then grind on the medium size die, after it is ground then grind again on the smaller die.
  2. With clean hands, mix all this together well, form into patties sized to your liking. I keep a few to the side for dinner the day I make this, then freeze the rest with foil between the layers.
  3. A good friend, Dave Williams, posted a comment on this but used ground chicken, which is a great alternative! Here is his photo and his comment is below.
Recipe Notes

Less than $1 per person per meal.

Adapted from many internet recipes.