Jalapenos en Escabeche
Jalapenos en Escabeche
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Spanish for pickled jalapenos 🙂 Heavy on the garlic, these sound really good. This is a fridge version, no need for canning these. On my to make list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Jalapenos en Escabeche
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Spanish for pickled jalapenos 🙂 Heavy on the garlic, these sound really good. This is a fridge version, no need for canning these. On my to make list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: quarts
Instructions
  1. Sterilize two quart jars, you wont be canning these but you need them clean.
  2. Slice off the stem and pointy ends of the peppers, slice peppers into rings and place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a sauce pan, add the water, sugar, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, and vinegar and bring brine to a boil.
  4. While the brine is heating, toss the carrot, garlic, onion, and olive oil with the jalapenos, then place mixture into 2 quart jars.
  5. Once the brine is boiling, remove the bay leaves and place one into each jar. Pour the hot brine into the quart jars.
  6. Leave jars on the counter, with no lids to cool to room temperature, then add the lids and place in the fridge for at least 1 week, 2 weeks is better to allow the flavors to really blend.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Leave the peppers whole after cutting off the stem and point end, can make two rows in a quart jar.

Adopted from a internet recipe.

Homemade Smoked Bacon
Homemade Smoked Bacon
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This comes from a good friend and this recipe sounds spot on! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours, or so 5-8 days
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours, or so 5-8 days
Homemade Smoked Bacon
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This comes from a good friend and this recipe sounds spot on! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours, or so 5-8 days
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours, or so 5-8 days
Ingredients
Special Equipment Needed
Servings: Lot of bacon
Instructions
  1. Rinse off the slab of pork belly and pat dry.
  2. Mix together the salt, sugar, and pink salt. Sprinkle generously over all sides of the pork belly, then gently shake off the excess. Place the belly into a non-reactive dish (stainless steel, ceramic, glass, or plastic) or a large zip lock bag.
  3. Blitz the jalapenos with 1-2 tablespoons of their liquid (pickling juice) in a food processor or blender.
  4. Pour the blitzed jalapenos into a small bowl and add the garlic, bay leaves, and peppercorns, mix together then pour onto the pork belly, coat all sides with the mixture.
  5. Place in the fridge for 5 to 8 days. Turn the pork belly over every other day. The meat is ready once it is reasonably firm when pressed. Remove the belly and rinse off the cure with cool water. Pat dry, place on an oiled rack and return to the refrigerator to dry uncovered, overnight.
  6. Heat your smoker to 65 to 85 C (150 to 180 F) using apple and oak wood chips or any mix you prefer.
  7. Place the pork belly slab in the smoker. The bacon is ready once it reaches 65 C (150 F) internal temperature - usually in about 3 hours.
  8. Remove the bacon and allow to cool to room temp. Remove skin, slice to your preference, thick or thin, freeze in portions you commonly use.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I can get a slab of pork belly in that weight. I will say Low cost for now.

Shortcut: Jalapeños in Escabeche.

Variants: 1. Use honey and brown sugar and omit the jalapenos. 2. Add cracked black pepper to all sides before smoking.

Recipe and photo provided by good friend, Susie Whitman and her recipe is here.
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Lentil & Potato Stew
Lentil & Potato Stew
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Sounds good, I have not had lentils yet, so I need to change this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Lentil & Potato Stew
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Sounds good, I have not had lentils yet, so I need to change this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot with the oil, then add the onion cook until softened, the add the potatoes and carrots and cook for 5 minutes to just brown them.
  2. Add the garlic and rosemary until fragrant then the salt, pepper, cayenne, and paprika and stir to combine the flavors for 30 seconds to a minute.
  3. Add the vinegar and water and stir, bring to a boil and add the lentils and reduce to a simmer, simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the potatoes and carrot is tender and the lentils are tender.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the honey, mustard, thyme, and greens. When the greens are wilted and hot, serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I can find dried lentils here, for now I will say low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Blackened Salmon on Tangerine Carrot Salad with Jumbo Prawn & Jalapeno Black Eyed Peas
Blackened Salmon on Apple Carrot Salad with Jumbo Prawn & Jalapeno Black Eyed Peas
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This is from a good friend, and is probably the longest recipe name I have listed. Sounds absolutely delicious, salmon, large prawn, black eyed peas, nice salad, what is not to love here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Blackened Salmon on Apple Carrot Salad with Jumbo Prawn & Jalapeno Black Eyed Peas
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This is from a good friend, and is probably the longest recipe name I have listed. Sounds absolutely delicious, salmon, large prawn, black eyed peas, nice salad, what is not to love here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Black Eyed Peas
For the Salmon Fillets & Prawn
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Salad
  1. Mix together the Salad ingredients, cover and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
For the Black Eyed Peas
  1. Cook the peas with the ingredients listed for the Black Eyed Peas.
For the Salmon Fillets & Prawn
  1. Generously rub all sides of the fillets with the rub. Cover and place in the fridge for a 30 minutes.
  2. Lightly coat the prawn, head removed, shell on with the rub, place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
To Prepare
  1. Grill or oven roast the salmon and prawn to just cooked through.
  2. Plate some salad and place a salmon fillet on top, add some black eyed peas on the side and arrange 4 prawn on top, garnish with some fresh chopped basil if desired.
Recipe Notes

I will hold off on the pricing until I get some jumbo prawn, easily high cost per serving but sounds oh so good!

Shortcut: Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Fish Seasoning.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Drew Padilla.
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Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
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Sounds really good, I like a good soup. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
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Sounds really good, I like a good soup. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the onion, carrot, and celery and saute for about 8 minutes or so, until onion is translucent.
  3. Now add the rice, garlic, Italian seasoning, oregano, basil, and salt to the pan, saute for 3 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Pour the contents of the pan into your slow cooker, then add the chicken and broth, stir to mix everything together.
  5. Cover and set to Low setting and let cook for 6 to 8 hours, stirring every 2 hours.
  6. The soup is done when the chicken is cooked through, rice is fluffy and tender, and thickened a bit.
  7. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Chicken will cost about 30 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 23 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Seasoning.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Baked Coconut Shrimp
Baked Coconut Shrimp
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Sounds good, and the dipping sauce sounds wonderful as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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Sounds good, and the dipping sauce sounds wonderful as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Sriracha Dipping Sauce
For the Shrimp
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Make the sauce by mixing all the sauce ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Place is the fridge until use.
  2. Preheat your oven to 200 C, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Line up three bowls, to the first one add the corn starch, onion and garlic powders and mix together. Second bowl add the egg and beat that lightly. Third bowl add the coconut and sea salt and mix those.
  4. Dredge a shrimp in the corn starch, then the egg, the the coconut mixture. Place shrimp on the parchment paper, repeat for the rest of the shrimp.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the shrimp and bake 10 more minutes.
  6. Serve with the dipping sauce.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get some good sized shrimp, for now I will say Fair priced.

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.

Salmon Gravlax II (Gravad Lax)
Salmon Gravlax II (Gravad Lax)
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This is the Swedish version of Gravlax, and is salmon cured with salt, sugar, white pepper, and herb used is just dill. This is not a cooked dish, just cured.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 days
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 days
Salmon Gravlax II (Gravad Lax)
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This is the Swedish version of Gravlax, and is salmon cured with salt, sugar, white pepper, and herb used is just dill. This is not a cooked dish, just cured.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 days
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 days
Ingredients
To Prepare the Salmon
For the Sauce (Gravlaxsås)
Servings:
Instructions
To Prepare the Salmon
  1. Ideally, you would want two 500 gram skin on fillets from the center cut of the fillet, remove the pin bones if that is not already done. But you can use the smaller fillets from Tesco, as what is in this photo. When I make this, I will use two of these fillets on the bottom, and two on top, just reduce the salt and sugar in equal proportions.
  2. Mix together the salt, sugar, and white pepper. Rub the mixture into both sides of the salmon fillets.
  3. Put half of the dill between the fillets, then divide up the remaining dill between the top and bottom, place in a ziplock bag and seal after removing as much as as you can. Place the bag in a backing dish and place a smaller dish on top and weight it down with some canned goods.
  4. Place in the fridge for 24 to 48 hours, flip the bag about every 12 hours.
  5. remove from the fridge and remove from the dish. Rinse the fillet very well with cold water, and use your fingers to rub off all the salt and dill. Dry the fillets with paper towels.
  6. Place a fillet skin side down on your cutting board, hold your knife at a angle and slice as thin as you can down to the skin but not through the skin. Repeat with remaining fillet or fillets.
For the Sauce (Gravlaxsås)
  1. Mix together the mustards and sugar, stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the vinegar.
  2. Using a mixer or food processor, very slowly add the oil, continuously mixing, start with just drops at first and when it binds (like making mayo), you can increase the amount of oil you are adding at a time. Season with salt and white pepper to taste. Mix in the dill.
  3. Serve with the sliced salmon as an appetizer on rye bread or with boiled potatoes for a lunch or dinner.
Recipe Notes

The salmon fillets I will use will be from Tesco, 69 Baht each for 140 to 160 gram fillets, frozen, from Norway. Initial test will be 4 fillets for a total of 276 Baht, about $8.40. I don't know the number of servings as an appetizer until I make this and I will update the pricing. For now I will say High Cost per serving.

This recipe for How to Make Salmon Gravlax is from Simply Recipes.
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Salmon Gravlax I
Salmon Gravlax I
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This is a Scandinavian dish, and is salmon cured with salt and sugar and herbs used are just dill and fennel seeds. This is not a cooked dish, just cured.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
2 days
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
2 days
Salmon Gravlax I
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This is a Scandinavian dish, and is salmon cured with salt and sugar and herbs used are just dill and fennel seeds. This is not a cooked dish, just cured.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
2 days
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
2 days
Ingredients
For Serving
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Ideally, you would want two 500 gram skin on fillets from the center cut of the fillet, remove the pin bones if that is not already done. But you can use the smaller fillets from Tesco, as what is in this photo. When I make this, I will use two of these fillets on the bottom, and two on top, just reduce the salt and sugar in equal proportions.
  2. Mix together the salt, sugars, and fennel seeds. Sprinkle some of the mixture along the bottom of a glass baking dish, sprinkle some dill on that. Place half of the fillets skin side down on that.
  3. Sprinkle half the remaining salt mixture on the fish and half of the remaining dill. Lay the second piece or pieces of salmon on top of the salmon already in the dish, skin side up.
  4. Sprinkle remaining salt mixture and dill over the top of the fillet. Cover the dish with plastic wrap. Set another smaller dish on top of the fillets and weight it down with some canned goods, a brick wrapped in foil, or any kind of heavy weight.
  5. Place in the fridge for two days to cure, turn the fillets after one day, so the top piece becomes the bottom piece, this is to cure them evenly.
  6. After two days, remove from the fridge and remove from the dish. Rinse the fillet very well with cold water, and use your fingers to rub off all the salt and dill. Dry the fillets with paper towels.
  7. Place a fillet skin side down on your cutting board, hold your knife at a angle and slice as thin as you can down to the skin but not through the skin. Repeat with remaining fillet or fillets.
  8. Place the thin slices on a a serving tray, sprinkle with purple onion, dill, and capers. Serve with toasted rye bread and lemon wedges.
Recipe Notes

The salmon fillets I will use will be from Tesco, 69 Baht each for 140 to 160 gram fillets, frozen, from Norway. Initial test will be 4 fillets for a total of 276 Baht, about $8.40. I don't know the number of servings as an appetizer until I make this and I will update the pricing. For now I will say High Cost per serving.

This recipe for How to Make Salmon Gravlax 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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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.