Simple Frog Legs
Simple Frog Legs
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Basic recipe to prepare frog legs. In Thailand, the legs are much smaller than the states. There is large frog legs at Makro at times, imported, and with a hefty price as well, so I prefer the local harvested frogs from the village. No set amounts here, this is a make as much as you want guide. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 minutes 1 hour
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 minutes 1 hour
Simple Frog Legs
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Basic recipe to prepare frog legs. In Thailand, the legs are much smaller than the states. There is large frog legs at Makro at times, imported, and with a hefty price as well, so I prefer the local harvested frogs from the village. No set amounts here, this is a make as much as you want guide. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 minutes 1 hour
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 minutes 1 hour
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Skin the frog legs if not already skinned and cut off the feet. Make a slight cut behind the knees to cut the tendons (keeps the legs from moving in the pan for fresh legs). Place the legs in a bowl or container.
  2. Pour in some milk to just cover the legs, and place in the fridge. Mix the legs around a few times as they chill.
  3. Remove the legs from the milk, add salt and pepper as desired to some flour, them roll the legs in the flour to coat them well.
  4. Heat a non stick pan with 3-4 tablespoons of butter. When the butter is sizzling, add the legs.
  5. Cook uncovered and turn as needed until golden brown on both sides.
  6. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I bought 3 whole (skinned) frogs at the village market for 60 Baht ($1.81) and just the legs, cleaned with feet removed, came out to 190 grams (6.7 oz). I will say 6 small legs is a serving, so this is fair priced. (The rest of the frogs, those went to a brother in law for him to cook, nothing wasted, as I would not have bought them to just remove the legs and discard the rest.)

Shortcut: Buttermilk.

Adapted from an internet recipe. Yes, it has been so long since I had fried frog legs, I had to look this up.

Okra with Tomatoes
Okra with Tomatoes
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Sounds like a good alternative from fried okra. I made this on 16 July 2018 and is perfect as written, with my wife doing the final taste test. She simple added a pinch of chicken stock powder, the in was perfect, and I wrote that step in as well. This is a keeper.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Okra with Tomatoes
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Sounds like a good alternative from fried okra. I made this on 16 July 2018 and is perfect as written, with my wife doing the final taste test. She simple added a pinch of chicken stock powder, the in was perfect, and I wrote that step in as well. This is a keeper.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Garlic and okra prepped, I took the photo early before I had the onion prepped.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the garlic and stir fry until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the okra and onion and season with salt and pepper as desired. Cook stirring often until the okra is tender and bright green, about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes, oyster sauce, and mushroom sauce and cook until tender and nearly bursting, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in a pinch of chicken stock powder and taste, adjust with oyster or mushroom sauce.
  5. Serve as a side dish with any meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Add some sliced fresh mushrooms. 2. Season with additional spices such as ground cumin or garam masala (1/4 teaspoon or so). 3. Add chopped bacon. 4. Add a slice bell pepper.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Petah’s Cajun Sausage Dish
Petah's Cajun Sausage Dish
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This comes from a good friend and is made with what he had on hand at the time, I will say he nailed this, it sounds delicious. On my to cook list. I will adjust the prep and cooking times when I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Petah's Cajun Sausage Dish
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This comes from a good friend and is made with what he had on hand at the time, I will say he nailed this, it sounds delicious. On my to cook list. I will adjust the prep and cooking times when I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Slice the sausages on an angle, about 1/4 inch thick slices. Heat a splash of olive oil in a large non stick pan and cook the sausage until nicely browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Same pan, heat a little more olive oil then add the onion, peppers, and garlic. Season with salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning to taste, and cook until the veggies are just soft.
  3. Add the stock to the pan and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the sausage and diced tomatoes, stir occasionally until it returns to a low boil.
  5. Add the shrimp and simmer until they turn pink then remove from heat.
  6. Serve over rice or with a baguette. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will say Fair cost for now until I can locate that particular sausage or a suitable substitute.

Shortcut: Cajun Seasoning.

Variant: 1. Use Creole seasoning in place of the Cajun seasoning.

Recipe and photo provided by good friend, Petah Wheetstraw.
United States.

Chicken Enchiladas with Cream Cheese Sauce
Chicken Enchiladas with Cream Cheese Sauce
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This is from a good friend and comes highly recommended. This takes a little bit of time to ensure you have good and juicy chicken and a nice broth to use not only in this recipe, but in other dishes as well. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
Chicken Enchiladas with Cream Cheese Sauce
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This is from a good friend and comes highly recommended. This takes a little bit of time to ensure you have good and juicy chicken and a nice broth to use not only in this recipe, but in other dishes as well. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the chicken, you can use thighs, legs and thighs (quarters separated), or breasts. I would lean towards the plus side and go with 3-4 quarters or 4 breasts, no one will complain if you use more chicken. Once you make this, then just make a note as to how much chicken you used. Not only are you going to make tender and juicy chicken, you are going to make the broth you need for this recipe as well. Broth can be simply starting with water, or you can flavor that up by adding a chopped up carrot, onion, celery, and some black peppercorns, any or all work fine.
  2. In a large pot, add the chicken pieces. Add about 6 cups of water. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to a medium simmer until the chicken is just cooked through, about 20-30 minutes. Cut into a piece to check.
  3. When the chicken is cooked, simply turn off the heat and move the pot to an unused burner AND leave the chicken in the pot! The chicken will continue to cook a bit until the broth cools off, so a nearly done piece of chicken will be tender and juicy.
  4. Once the broth is at room temperature, remove the chicken and shred that. Goal is 3 cups shredded, if you are a little over that, perfectly fine.
  5. Pour the broth through a strainer, reserve 2 cups of broth for this recipe, and store the rest in the fridge for other uses, such as making rice.
  6. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and get out a 9x13 or 7x11 baking dish. I will clarify the size when I make this.
  7. In a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, chicken, 1 cup of shredded cheese, lime juice, cumin, and chili powder. Mix together until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste and as desired.
  8. Lay a tortilla on the counter, add 2-3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture, roll and place seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat until all the chicken mixture is used.
  9. In a pan, melt the butter then whisk in the flour, continue whisking until the roux turns golden brown, about 2-3 minutes, and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  10. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth the other half of the cream cheese, and the diced chilies. Continue to whisk until the sauce is thickened.
  11. Remove the sauce from the heat and pour evenly over the enchiladas.
  12. Top with the remaining Cheddar cheese and bake for 22-25 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Top with chopped cilantro.
  14. Serve with side dishes of your choice (refried beans and rice will be my choice).
Recipe Notes

Cheddar cheese will run about 270 Baht for 1 1/2 blocks. The Cream cheese is about 140 Baht. The chicken, figure 1 kilo of quarters at 52 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $3.61 per serving.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone.
United States.

Japanese Curry (Pressure Cooker) (カレーライス)
Japanese Curry (Pressure Cooker) (カレーライス)
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This not only sounds incredibly good, it really is! A Japanese curry roux is used, brand is up to you, Golden Curry, Vermont House, House, etc. I will be using medium spicy Golden Curry which is excellent. I used my large 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) stove top pressure cooker for this. I will also state the times for using a electric model (6 quart or above). Follow the safety procedures for your model of pressure cooker at all times. This will be the only way I make this from now on, hands down. This works equally well with pork or beef in the same amount stated for the chicken. For the photos below, I used fresh pork loin.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Japanese Curry (Pressure Cooker) (カレーライス)
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This not only sounds incredibly good, it really is! A Japanese curry roux is used, brand is up to you, Golden Curry, Vermont House, House, etc. I will be using medium spicy Golden Curry which is excellent. I used my large 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) stove top pressure cooker for this. I will also state the times for using a electric model (6 quart or above). Follow the safety procedures for your model of pressure cooker at all times. This will be the only way I make this from now on, hands down. This works equally well with pork or beef in the same amount stated for the chicken. For the photos below, I used fresh pork loin.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the peeled and quartered potatoes in a bowl of water to remove some of the starch. Keep them in the water until they are needed.
  2. To chop the carrots, this is pretty cool. Cut a piece of the carrot off at an angle, then rotate the carrot 1/4 turn, cut another piece off at an angle, repeat the turning and cutting. This makes for bite size pieces and the technique is Japanese in origin, called Rangiri.
  3. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Once everything is prepped, we're ready to start.
  4. Place your stove top pressure cooker on a burner on medium heat, lid off, and add the cooking oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion, garlic, and ginger. Saute for just a minute or two until the garlic and ginger is fragrant.
  5. Add the chicken to the cooker and mix around to coat the pieces with some of the oil. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  6. Drain the potatoes and add those and the carrots to the cooker, mix everything together.
  7. Pour in the stock and stir into the mixture, it is not necessary to have everything covered with stock.
  8. I used a large, 240 gram package of Golden Curry.
  9. Japanese curry comes in 110 gram and 240 gram packages, it looks very much like a chocolate bar. Use either 2 small packages or 1 large package. Open the foil seals and break the sections into the pieces as indicated by the packaging. For Golden Curry, large pack, you will use the entire pack, it is in two sections, and each section has 4 pieces, so 8 pieces total.
  10. Break the curry up as shown by the markings, very much like a chocolate bar.
  11. Place the curry cubes on the top of the cooker contents, do not mix these in, but you can push down into the stock.
  12. Now place the lid and jiggler on the cooker and lock the lid. Bring the temp to high. Once the jiggler starts moving and venting pressure, start your timer for 5 minutes. (For those using an electric type pressure cooker, select meat/stew setting and change the time for 15 minutes and press start.)
  13. When the time has has passed, remove from heat to an unused burner to allow a natural release, about 10-15 minutes. (For the electric models, turn off the keep warm function and do with a steam release or allow a natural release.)
  14. When it is safe to remove the lid, remove that, and stir in the ketchup, soy sauce, and oyster sauce.
  15. Place the cooker, no lid, on low heat and simmer the curry for about 5 minutes, making sure all the curry blocks are dissolved and mixed in. Perfect!
  16. To serve, spoon rice into half a bowl, and ladle in some curry on the other side. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Use beef or pork, same weight as chicken.

This recipe for Pressure Cooker Japanese Curry inspired by Just One Cookbook.

Pasta with Tomatoes & Anchovy Butter
Pasta with Tomatoes & Anchovy Butter
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Great sounding dish. I am looking forward to making this, on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Pasta with Tomatoes & Anchovy Butter
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Great sounding dish. I am looking forward to making this, on my to cook list for sure.
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. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until just tender. Reserve 1/2 cups of the pasta water then drain the pasta.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat the butter in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the anchovies and garlic. Cook and stir often, mashing up the anchovies, they dissolve into the butter, until the garlic is tender, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper as desired, stir occasionally and cook down the tomatoes until they are falling apart, about 10 minutes or so.
  4. Add the pasta to the pan plus the reserved pasta water and toss with the tomatoes. Cook until the all the pasta is coated with the butter sauce and the pasta is heated through.
  5. Sprinkle in the herbs and mix together.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Oyster Mushroom Pasta
Oyster Mushroom Pasta
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Sounds like a delicious use oyster mushrooms. Common ingredients. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Oyster Mushroom Pasta
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Sounds like a delicious use oyster mushrooms. Common ingredients. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prep the mushrooms by cutting off the root ends, give a quick rinse and squeeze out the excess water. Just use your fingers and pull the mushrooms into 2 to 3 pieces, and for any large pieces, go ahead and cut those in half.
  2. Cook the pasta in a pot of salted boiling water. Cook until just tender. Drain.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large non stick pan on medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the mushrooms. Cook and stir often until the mushrooms are good and wilted and starting to brown.
  4. Mix in the parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook to wilt the parsley, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the cream and bring to a boil, stirring until the sauce thickens.
  6. Pour the mushroom sauce into the pasta, and toss to mix together.
  7. Add the spring onion and cheese and mix together.
  8. Serve as a side dish with any meal. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Use any long or short pasta you desire. 2. Use any type of mushrooms you desire.

Adapted from an internet recipe. 

Creamy Mushroom Pasta
Creamy Mushroom Pasta
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This is a simple and basic dish, made with what you have, how much of what you would like to use. Easily tailored to make this your own creation, or to change it each time you prepare it.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Creamy Mushroom Pasta
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This is a simple and basic dish, made with what you have, how much of what you would like to use. Easily tailored to make this your own creation, or to change it each time you prepare it.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a large non stick pan, about 2-4 tablespoons would be nice. When melted, add the sliced mushrooms and saute them until nicely browned.
  2. While the mushrooms are cooking, cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water. Cook until the pasta is just tender, then drain.
  3. When the mushrooms are browned, add the pasta and mix that in. Then add a big generous amount of Parmesan and mix that in.
  4. Plate, top with additional Parmesan as desired and some fresh chopped chives for garnish. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Fried Cabbage & Egg Noodles
Fried Cabbage & Egg Noodles
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This is German in origin, and is probably the reason fried cabbage is prevalent in the US, migrants bring their common dishes with them, then prepare them using ingredients from the local region. This is a simple dish with only four ingredients. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Fried Cabbage & Egg Noodles
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This is German in origin, and is probably the reason fried cabbage is prevalent in the US, migrants bring their common dishes with them, then prepare them using ingredients from the local region. This is a simple dish with only four ingredients. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until just tender, drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large non stick pan on low heat then add the cabbage and season with salt and pepper to taste, cover and cook the cabbage, turning often, until it starts to just turn brown.
  3. Add the pasta to the pan and toss with the cabbage to mix. Cook until the pasta starts to turn brown, maybe 5 minutes, turning and mixing often.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Tuna Casserole IV
Tuna Casserole IV
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This comes from a good friend in Thailand and is highly recommended. I like the use of the cheese pasta sauce. I made this on 27 June 2018, outstanding! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Tuna Casserole IV
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This comes from a good friend in Thailand and is highly recommended. I like the use of the cheese pasta sauce. I made this on 27 June 2018, outstanding! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F). Spray a 9x13 baking dish with olive oil.
  2. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until just tender. Drain and add pasta to the baking dish.
  3. Add the tuna, corn, cheese pasta sauce and mix together well. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  4. Spread the mixture out evenly and sprinkle the shredded cheese on the top, use as much cheese as you like.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly.
  6. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The cheese sauce, in Thailand, is available from Lazada if you reside outside of a major city, cost is 178 Baht for a jar, which is not bad, it is a very good sauce. The Cheddar cheese will use 1/2 of a 200 gram block, about 90 Baht for that. For 6 servings, this is about $1.40 per serving.

Shortcuts: Fresh Tuna, Fresh Corn (Pressure Cooker).

Variants: 1. Use peas in place of the corn. 2. Use the higher quantities of Cheddar and tuna (highly recommended). 3. Add some sauteed onions. 4. Add some sauteed diced red bell pepper.

Recipe and variants 3-4 provided by good friend, Kurt Hammerschmidt.
Thailand.