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.

Fish Chowder II

Fish Chowder II
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Another good sounding fish chowder recipe. On my to cook list for sure. Fish can be Pangasius, Sea Perch, Bass, Grouper, Tilapia, 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
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
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Another good sounding fish chowder recipe. On my to cook list for sure. Fish can be Pangasius, Sea Perch, Bass, Grouper, Tilapia, 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
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat oil and butter in a large pot on medium heat, when hot, add onions and saute until softened, not browned, about 3 to 5 minutes. Then add the wine and increase heat and reduce the liquid by half.
  2. Add the clam juice, potatoes, Old Bay seasoning, bay leaf, thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If the potatoes are not quite covered with liquid, add just enough water so they are covered. Bring to just a boil then reduce heat to a low simmer, cover, and cook until the potatoes are just fork tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. In another small pot, heat the cream until steamy but do not boil it. Stir in the fish then the cream into the large pot, and cook uncovered until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, maybe 10 minutes or so, stir occasionally.
  4. When the fish is cooked through, remove from heat and stir in the parsley.
  5. Can serve at this point but if you let this sit for 30 minutes or so, covered, then heat to just steaming over low heat, the flavors will blend much more for a more flavorful chowder.
  6. Serve with bread or oyster crackers (which I am going to make as well soon).
Recipe Notes

For the fish, if you went with Pangasius, this is about 128 Baht/1 kilo. For 6 servings, this is about 63 cents per serving.

Variants: This recipe screams of variants. 1. Add shrimp, oyster meat, scallops. Remember to adjust cooking times to account for add ins. 2. Add mushrooms. 3. In place of Old Bay Seasoning, add a pinch of paprika and cayenne pepper.

This recipe for Fish Chowder 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
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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.

Graham Crackers

Graham Crackers
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This sounds interesting. In the province where I live, these crackers are not available here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
Graham Crackers
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This sounds interesting. In the province where I live, these crackers are not available here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
Ingredients
Topping, Optional
Servings: 2 inch squares
Instructions
  1. Add the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl, and mix together. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or large sturdy fork, until the mixture is the consistency of coarse meal.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, milk, and vanilla extract, then add to the flour mixture and mix until the dough comes together into a sticky and very soft ball.
  3. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on the counter and dust with flour, turn out the dough onto the plastic wrap and pat into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Wrap in the plastic then place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or even overnight is fine.
  4. When you are ready to roll out the crackers, make the Topping by just mixing those two ingredients in a small bowl, set aside.
  5. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Line a baking sheet or two with parchment paper. If you have two racks in your oven, position one to lower and one to higher and use two sheets. If only one rack, then just use the center rack.
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge, cut in half and and return one half to the fridge. Lightly flour your work surface and unwrap and place the dough on the floured surface.
  7. Lightly flour the top, roll out to 1/8 inch thick, by rolling out to a larger rectangle or square. Cut into 2 inch squares with a pastry cutter wheel.
  8. Place the squares on a baking sheet, sprinkle with topping if desired, refrigerate for about 30 to 45 minutes to firm up the crackers. Repeat the rolling and chilling with the other half of dough.
  9. Make some holes in the crackers for decoration just prior to baking, about 9 even spaced holes using the flat end of a wood skewer.
  10. If using two racks and two sheets, place both sheets in the oven and bake for 15-25 minutes, swapping the top and bottom sheets half way through cooking if using two sheets, until browned and slightly firm to the touch.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, now you have graham crackers.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Old Fashioned Mac & Beef Casserole

Old Fashioned Mac & Beef Casserole
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Sounds like a good hearty meal. This dish can be changed in many ways to make it different each time. On the to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Old Fashioned Mac & Beef Casserole
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Sounds like a good hearty meal. This dish can be changed in many ways to make it different each time. On the to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter.
  2. In a pot of salted water, cook the macaroni to just tender, drain.
  3. In another pot, heat the butter then saute the garlic, thyme, jalapeno pepper, and paprika for about a minute, then add the onion and saute until just translucent.
  4. Add the ground beef and season with salt and both types of pepper. Cook until the beef is no longer pink and browned. Sprinkle in the flour and mix in and cook for another minute or two.
  5. Add the tomatoes and cook for a few minutes to soften them up then add the macaroni then the milk, stir and mix well, adjust salt and pepper to taste. Stir in half the cheeses.
  6. Pour into the prepared baking dish, top with remaining cheese. Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes or until heated through and the top is starting to brown.
  7. Remove from oven, let rest for 5 minutes, serve.
Recipe Notes

For the beef figure about 150 Baht for 500 grams. For 6 servings, this is about 75 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Change the cheese to Swiss or a 4 cheese blend. 2. Change the meat to ground chicken or ground pork. 3. Add chopped bell pepper. 4. Add sliced mushrooms. 5. Instead of baking, just prepare on the stove.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Citrus Marinated Pork Chops

Citrus Marinated Pork Chops
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This sounds really good and I have some thick pork chops I am going to try this with.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 6-8 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 6-8 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Citrus Marinated Pork Chops
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This sounds really good and I have some thick pork chops I am going to try this with.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 6-8 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 6-8 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large baking dish (glass, do not use metal), add the pork chops in a single layer, mix together the first 8 ingredients to make the marinade, pour over the pork chops and and flip them to make sure they are coated well. Place in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours, turning them once in a while.
  2. When you are ready to cook, heat a heavy pan on medium heat for two minutes, while the pan is heating, remove the pork chops from the marinade, set the marinade aside.
  3. Brush the pan with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, cook pork chops for 5 minutes on each side, pour in the marinade and reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and cook for 7 minutes, turning them once.
  4. Remove the pork chops and set aside. Turn the heat to medium and reduce the marinade until thickened then stir in the butter. Strain the sauce and pour over the pork chops.
  5. Serve with mashed potatoes and a vegetable.
Recipe Notes

I will have to price the pork chops next time I go to the store. This probably low cost.

Variant: Double the marinade for more sauce and to cover the chops better when marinating.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Boiled Potatoes with Butter

Boiled Potatoes with Butter
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Basic recipe but sounds very good. On my to cook list, sounds like a perfect side dish, and I like boiled potatoes, this would be pretty flavorful. New potatoes would be the small round ones, I will just use good clean potatoes they stock at Tesco once in a while.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Boiled Potatoes with Butter
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Basic recipe but sounds very good. On my to cook list, sounds like a perfect side dish, and I like boiled potatoes, this would be pretty flavorful. New potatoes would be the small round ones, I will just use good clean potatoes they stock at Tesco once in a while.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the potatoes, garlic (no kidding, just cut the head in half and toss in), bay leaf, and peppercorns in a pot add water to cover by about an inch and season generously with salt,. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to a simmer and cook the potatoes until fork tender, about 5 to 8 minutes depending on their size, may be 10-15 minutes for local potatoes.
  2. Drain the potatoes and discard the bay leaf, garlic, and peppercorns. For large potatoes, cut in half. Toss with the butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: Cut the potatoes in half and soak in water with the garlic, peppercorns, bay leaf, and salt for a few hours, then cook.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Perfect Cheese Sauce

Perfect Cheese Sauce
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Sounds like an excellent sauce. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 cup of sauce 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 cup of sauce 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Perfect Cheese Sauce
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Sounds like an excellent sauce. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 cup of sauce 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 cup of sauce 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cup of sauce
Instructions
  1. This recipe comes together fast, you will want to have all the ingredients measured and ready, in the order they are used, before you begin.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium pot over medium heat then whisk in the flour and cook, whisking often, until it is a thick paste and golden brown. Whisk in the taco seasoning and cook 30 seconds more.
  3. Whisk in the milk 1 cup at a time, bring to a simmer then repeat with the milk, it will start out very thick and will thin as more milk is added. When done adding milk, bring to a low simmer and cook 5 more minutes, whisking often. Whisk in the cream cheese until smooth. Remove from heat.
  4. Whisk in the Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses until smooth. Can be used right away or stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. When reheating, slowly bring to a boil before use.
Recipe Notes

Cream cheese will cost about 60 Baht, Cheddar about 170 Baht, and the Parmesan about 75 Baht. Figure 4 uses from 4 cups of sauce, this is about $2.25 per use.

Shortcut: Taco Seasoning Mix.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cakes
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This not only sounds really good, it is good! I have not had salmon patties (cakes) in many years, made these on 11 Aug 2017, outstanding. This can be an appetizer, or for me, a main dish with a side vegetable.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Salmon Cakes
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This not only sounds really good, it is good! I have not had salmon patties (cakes) in many years, made these on 11 Aug 2017, outstanding. This can be an appetizer, or for me, a main dish with a side vegetable.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the salmon, you can use a 500 gram fillet, use 4-5 smaller fillets, use leftover cooked salmon, or even canned salmon, well drained and the approximate weight stated. The salmon has to be cooked and flaked, you can bake or steam the fillets, up to you. Season with garlic salt and black pepper before cooking, if baking, brush with olive oil as well. Let the salmon cool to room temperature. Then flake the salmon with two forks and remove and discard the skin and any bones, depending on the cut you use.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat a tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of butter and the onion and bell pepper. Cook until softened and starting to turn golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes then remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, and the salmon, bread crumbs, eggs, mayo, Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, and parsley. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the onion and bell pepper, and mix that in then form into 13-14 patties. You can use either large tablespoons of the mixture or use an ice cream scoop. Flatten the portion out and form into about 1/2 inch thick patties.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a large non stick skillet over medium heat and once butter is done sizzling, add half of the salmon cakes and fry for 3 to 4 min per side or until golden brown. If salmon cakes brown too quickly, reduce heat. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Add remaining oil and butter and repeat cooking remaining salmon cakes.
  6. Serve with a tartar sauce or dipping sauces of your preference.
Recipe Notes

Four 140 gram fillets is 96 Baht each and is 560 grams. For 4 servings, this is about $2.82 per serving. High cost for Thailand, should be much less in the US or where fresh or even canned salmon is available. Great flavor and would be great for visiting friends and family.

Inspired by the recipe Salmon Cakes (Salmon Patties) from Natasha's Kitchen.

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
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This is a 2 in 1 recipe, Creamy Soup, and Regular Chicken Soup. Sounds great as I love a good chicken noodle soup. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
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This is a 2 in 1 recipe, Creamy Soup, and Regular Chicken Soup. Sounds great as I love a good chicken noodle soup. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the carrots, shred 2 with the largest holes on a box shredder and thinly slice 1, halve that one if large. Now prepare all the rest of the ingredients so everything is ready. For the chicken, just remove the skin if using bone in, do not trim the fat, fat is flavor.
  2. Bring a large pot with the broth, water, and 1/2 tablespoon salt to a boil. Add the thighs, continue to boil for 20 minutes and spoon off any foam from the surface.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. When the oil is hot, add he onion and cook until soft and starting to turn translucent, raise the heat to medium high and the celery and only the shredded carrots and cook for about 6 minutes or so until soft and beginning to brown, stir often.
  4. Remove the thighs from the pot and set aside to cool slightly. Skim off any remaining foam from the chicken then add the cooked celery, onion, and carrots.
  5. Add the dry pasta, the sliced carrot, and the corn to the soup and cook on a low boil to cook the pasta until tender, about 15 minutes. Spoon off any excess oil on the surface if you want a lighter soup, but keep in mind, the fat adds great flavor.
  6. Shred the chicken with forks or just use your hands, discard bones and excess fat. Add the chicken back to the soup.
  7. For the Creamy version of this soup, continue here. For the Regular version of this soup, skip this and follow the last step. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat then whisk in the flour and whisk continuously until just starting to turn brown, about 1 or 2 minutes. Remove 1 cup of broth from the soup and add to the flour butter mixture, whisk until blended and the mixture is smooth, then whisk in the cream until blended and stir this into the soup until mixed in well.
  8. Season the soup with Mrs. Dash Seasoning and salt to taste. A touch of black pepper would work well also. Add the fresh dill and return the soup to a boil for 30 seconds, then remove from heat. Serve with bread and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

For the chicken thighs, 4 thighs are probably less than a kilo, so I will estimate 60 Baht for the chicken. For 8 servings, this is about 23 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Mrs. Dash Seasoning, Heavy Cream.

This recipe for Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup is from Natasha's Kitchen.