Pepper Chicken Stir Fry
Pepper Chicken Stir Fry
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Can never go wrong with a stir fry, and this one is excellent. I made this on 21 July 2018, absolutely perfect.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Pepper Chicken Stir Fry
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Can never go wrong with a stir fry, and this one is excellent. I made this on 21 July 2018, absolutely perfect.
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 Marinade
For the Stir Fry
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the Marinade ingredients.
  2. Mix together with your hands, let the chicken marinate for 15-30 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is marinating, prepare the onion and peppers. I only had one bell pepper so I sliced up some Shiitake mushrooms.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the oyster sauce, light soy sauce, water, black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch. Set this aside.
  5. After the chicken has marinated, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Use a spoon and mix together to coat the chicken all over.
  6. Heat a large non stick pan with 2 tablespoons of oil, on medium high heat. Add the chicken.
  7. Stir fry for about 5 minutes, then remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  8. Add the last tablespoon oil and when hot, add the onions and peppers, stir fry for a few minutes and the colors will brighten. Add the ginger and garlic and stir fry for another minute.
  9. Return the chicken to the pan, give the sauce another quick whisk then stir that into the pan. Stir fry to coat the chicken well and the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  10. Serve with rice or vegetables of your choice on the side.
Recipe Notes

Chicken breasts cost 66 Baht/kilo, 4 breasts should be about a kilo. For 4 servings, this is about 50 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Use one color of bell pepper, or use a yellow bell pepper in place of a red or green pepper. 2. Add broccoli. 3. Add mushrooms, Straw, Oyster, or Shiitake would work well in this.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
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Chickpeas (Pressure Cooker)
Chickpeas (Pressure Cooker)
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These came out 100% perfect. This is a quick way to cook chickpeas that have been soaked for at least 8 hours. Use in soups, salads, pasta salads, etc. I use my large 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) stove top pressure cooker. Follow all safety precautions for your type of pressure cooker at all times.
Prep Time
5
Cook Time Passive Time
13 minutes 8 hours
Prep Time
5
Cook Time Passive Time
13 minutes 8 hours
Chickpeas (Pressure Cooker)
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These came out 100% perfect. This is a quick way to cook chickpeas that have been soaked for at least 8 hours. Use in soups, salads, pasta salads, etc. I use my large 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) stove top pressure cooker. Follow all safety precautions for your type of pressure cooker at all times.
Prep Time
5
Cook Time Passive Time
13 minutes 8 hours
Prep Time
5
Cook Time Passive Time
13 minutes 8 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Rinse the dry chickpeas then place in a container. Add water to cover by an inch or two. Cover and place on the counter for 8 hours. If soaking overnight, then place in the fridge.
  2. When ready to cook, drain and rinse the beans and place in your pressure cooker.
  3. Add 8 cups of water, salt as desired, and the 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, this keeps the beans from foaming so do not skip the oil.
  4. Place the lid on the pot, add the weight (the jiggler), and bring the heat up to high. When the jiggler starts moving and releasing pressure, start timing for 13 minutes, and turn the heat down to low or medium low to just maintain the jiggler moving and releasing pressure.
  5. At 13 minutes, turn off the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner and allow a natural release of pressure. When the pressure is released, open the lid, drain and use the chickpeas as needed in other recipes.
Recipe Notes

I could only find chickpeas through Lazada for 215 Baht/500 grams. 500 grams of chickpeas is 3 cups dry, using 1 cup dry for a recipe comes out to $2.18 per use. So if 1 cup is used in say a soup with 6 servings, this is about 36 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe / pressure cooker guidelines.

Norwegian Pepper Cookies
Norwegian Pepper Cookies
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As the name suggests, this is Norwegian in origin, and I will give them credit, I would have never thought to use black pepper in a cookie, but they did, and it sounds good. This is also a non egg recipe. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
30 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6-8 minutes 2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
30 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6-8 minutes 2-3 hours
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As the name suggests, this is Norwegian in origin, and I will give them credit, I would have never thought to use black pepper in a cookie, but they did, and it sounds good. This is also a non egg recipe. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
30 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6-8 minutes 2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
30 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6-8 minutes 2-3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the cream then mix in the baking soda and a little water, no more than 2 tablespoons (I will verify this).
  2. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, and baking powder.
  3. Mix the flour mixture with the wet mixture until a nice dough is formed.
  4. Wrap the dough plastic wrap, tightly, into a log shape about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Place the dough in the fridge to chill (I will verify the time for this).
  5. Preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F). Lightly grease a baking sheet with butter, or line with parchment paper. Remove and unwrap the dough, slice into thin rounds and place on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Let cookies cool on a wire rack.
  7. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cinnamon Egg Soup
Cinnamon Egg Soup
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This is an off the beaten path Thai soup side dish or with rice for a main dish. If you are not a fan of cinnamon, you may want to give this dish a pass. I loved seasoned or flavored hard boiled eggs so this is on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Cinnamon Egg Soup
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This is an off the beaten path Thai soup side dish or with rice for a main dish. If you are not a fan of cinnamon, you may want to give this dish a pass. I loved seasoned or flavored hard boiled eggs so this is on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Using a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic, peppercorns, and coriander together.
  2. In a medium small pot, add the water, the 1 cup and the 2 tablespoons, and the chicken stock cube. Turn on the heat to medium high and let the water and stock come to a boil.
  3. While the water is heating, heat a non stick pan with the oil, when hot, add the mixture from the mortar and fry until the garlic is softened.
  4. Add the soy sauces, salt, and sugar and stir into the mixture.
  5. Add the eggs to the pan, and just stir fry for a minute or two to take on some intense flavor and then remove from heat.
  6. Use a slotted spoon and transfer the eggs to the pot of boiling chicken stock, and pour in the contents of the pan.
  7. Cut the tofu into bite size pieces and add to the pot.
  8. Bring to a gentle boil and hold that for 10 minutes, reduce to a low simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool a few minutes.
  9. Serve as a side of 2 eggs and tofu with any Thai dish or as a main when served with rice as a side.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Cinnamon Soup with Egg is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Wide Rice Noodles with Pork Gravy (ราดหน้า)
Wide Rice Noodles with Pork Gravy (ราดหน้า)
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This is a Thai dish with origins in China. This is a delicious meal with many variations. Salted soy beans are key in this, so do not omit those or the taste will not be the same. Rad Nah is the base, for this dish here, this recipe is called Rad Nah Moo (moo meaning pork).
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Wide Rice Noodles with Pork Gravy (ราดหน้า)
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This is a Thai dish with origins in China. This is a delicious meal with many variations. Salted soy beans are key in this, so do not omit those or the taste will not be the same. Rad Nah is the base, for this dish here, this recipe is called Rad Nah Moo (moo meaning pork).
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Separate the noodles into strips and microwave for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a non stick pan on medium heat, when hot, add the noodles and dark soy sauce. Stir fry to coat all the noodles until the sauce coats all the noodles. Remove the noodles and set aside. Wipe out the pan.
  3. Add another 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan, When hot, add the garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes until fragrant, then add the pork and stir fry.
  4. When the pork is starting to change color, add the light soy sauce, seasoning sauce (Maggi), oyster sauce, and sugar.
  5. Stir fry until the pork is nearly cooked through, add the water and bring to a boil.
  6. Stir in the salted soy beans and allow the mixture to come to a boil again.
  7. Add the broccoli and stir in. In a small bowl, mix together the corn starch with 3 tablespoons of water to make a slurry and mix until dissolved.
  8. Stir the slurry into the pan and stir until thickened, if not thick enough, sprinkle in some corn starch and stir in, if the gravy is too thick, sprinkle in some water and stir in. When the gravy is bubbling and thickened to your liking, remove from heat.
  9. To serve, place some noodles on a plate and ladle on the gravy with a good amount of broccoli and pork. Sprinkle on some black pepper to taste, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The pork loin will cost about 60 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 46 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Mushroom Spring Rolls
Mushroom Spring Rolls
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Sounds delicious. Making spring rolls seems tricky but it is so easy. These are Spring Rolls, Chinese in origin, spring roll wrappers fry up crispy. Egg Rolls are American in origin and are a thicker, chewier wrapper. On my to cook list. I will verify how many spring rolls, wrappers, are needed when I make these. And I will have step by step photos to show you how to assemble these.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
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Sounds delicious. Making spring rolls seems tricky but it is so easy. These are Spring Rolls, Chinese in origin, spring roll wrappers fry up crispy. Egg Rolls are American in origin and are a thicker, chewier wrapper. On my to cook list. I will verify how many spring rolls, wrappers, are needed when I make these. And I will have step by step photos to show you how to assemble these.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. For the mushrooms and the shrimp, you can either use a knife to mince the stems, caps, and shrimp or just run them through a meat grinder if you have one, using the coarse plate, aka, the wagon wheel, you can mince the mushrooms and shrimp at the same time with the grinder.
  2. Prepare the chilies, garlic, and basil.
  3. Heat the oil in a non stick pan, when hot, add the chilies and garlic, stir fry for a minute, then add the shrimp, mushrooms, sauces, sugar, and basil. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Remove to a plate to cool to room temp.
  4. To assemble the spring rolls, first we need to make the glue to seal the edge of the pastry. Mix together the water and corn starch in a small bowl, set that aside but close to where you will be working.
  5. Open the package of spring roll sheets. Carefully pull off one sheet and place smooth side down on a clean counter with one corner of the sheet facing you. Very important, place a damp towel on the unused sheets, if the sheets dry out they are hard to pull apart and will tear. (This is where two people is very handy, one to pull the the pastry apart and the other rolling the spring rolls.)
  6. Place a tablespoon or so of filling near the corner closest to you.
  7. Fold the bottom (the corner closest to you) up over the filling.
  8. Tightly roll, the filling will spread some, that is fine. When the roll is in the widest part of the pastry (left and right corners will be on the sides of the roll) fold each side towards the center. The roll should be about 5 inches long, and should look like an open envelope.
  9. Continue to roll, and when there is just a pointy section at the end away from you, use your finger and apply some of the cornstarch slurry you made just a few minutes ago to the edges of the pointy section (just like sealing an envelope), continue to roll and seal the edge, and just pat that seam down with your fingers. There, you just made a spring roll.
  10. Repeat until you have either used all the filling or all the pastry sheets.
  11. To fry these, heat about 1 inch of oil in a pot. When hot, add 4-5 spring rolls at a time and fry, turn often, until golden brown, These cook fast so keep an eye on them. Remove to paper towels to drain and fry the remaining rolls.
  12. Let cool for a few minutes then serve hot as is or serve with a dipping sauce of your choice. My Sweet & Sour Sauce is listed as a shortcut in the Recipe Notes section.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce.

Variant: 1. Bake instead of fry, place on a rack on a baking sheet, spray with oil all sides, bake in a 200 C (400 F) oven until golden brown.

This recipe for Mushroom Parcels is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Fried Seasoned Wontons
Fried Seasoned Wontons
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Quick and easy appetizer or snack, think great with beer. On my to make list. This is a make as you need recipe, no set amounts needed here.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
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Quick and easy appetizer or snack, think great with beer. On my to make list. This is a make as you need recipe, no set amounts needed here.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Lay out some wonton wrappers on a cutting board, lightly spray or bush water on each wrapper.
  2. Use either Knorr or Ros-Dee brands, very popular in Thailand and available in the US in Asian markets.
  3. Lightly dust with either the chicken or pork seasoning powder.
  4. Heat some oil in a large pan, about 1/4 inch or even less to medium hot. Place a few wontons at a time in the oil and fry until golden brown, they fry up very quickly.
  5. Remove to paper towels to drain, and continue the process to cook all the wonton wrappers you have prepared.
  6. Serve as an appetizer or with beer or drinks of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Fried Seasoned Wontons is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Turmeric Curry Pork Chops
Turmeric Curry Pork Chops
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Thai recipe, sounds good as the flavors are very nice. On my to cook list and I will verify some of the times and quantities.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2 hours
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2 hours
Turmeric Curry Pork Chops
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Thai recipe, sounds good as the flavors are very nice. On my to cook list and I will verify some of the times and quantities.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2 hours
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2 hours
Ingredients
To Marinate
To Cook
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the wine or stock, milk, and salt to a shallow dish, stir to mix in the salt. Rinse the chops place in the dish shallow dish, turning occasionally to coat them, and place in the fridge for 2 hours.
  2. Add the To Cook ingredients to a a large non stick pan, and whisk to mix the turmeric and curry paste in.
  3. When the mixture is starting to simmer, add the pork chops, keep on a medium to low simmer, cover, and cook the chops for 20 minutes.
  4. When the juices run clear and the chops are tender, remove from the pan and server with rice or potatoes with some curry drizzled over them.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get pork chops again in the city, I will say low price now.

This recipe for Turmeric Curry Pork Chop is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Cinnamon & Star Anise Pork Chops
Cinnamon & Star Anise Pork Chops
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The flavors are wonderful and is a good change from regular pork chops. This is a Thai recipe for pork chops that poaches then, which is a fancy word for simmering. I made this on 16 July 2018, and this is a keeper!
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 3-12 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 3-12 hours
Cinnamon & Star Anise Pork Chops
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The flavors are wonderful and is a good change from regular pork chops. This is a Thai recipe for pork chops that poaches then, which is a fancy word for simmering. I made this on 16 July 2018, and this is a keeper!
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 3-12 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 3-12 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix together the salt, sugar, onion, garlic, white pepper, and soy sauces. I used two thin pieces of cinnamon.
  2. Rinse the pork chops. This photo shows how the pork chops can vary.
  3. You can tenderize if you like with a mallet or needle tenderizer. Add the chops to a sturdy zip lock bag. I use a needle tenderizer, both sides, not to tenderize the meat but to allow the marinade to soak into the meat.
  4. Add the remaining liquid mix and the star anise and cinnamon to the zip lock bag, squish the chops around, mindful of the where the bones are next to the bag. Remove as much as air as you can from the bag and zip close. Place the bag in the fridge for at least 3 hours but overnight is recommended. For 3-6 hours, flip the bag once an hour.
  5. Place the chops and the marinade in a pot,
  6. Add water to just cover the chops. Bring to a boil then reduce to a low boil, and let the chops cook until the liquid is reduced by half and the chops are tender.
  7. Remove the chops to a dish with a slotted spoon leaving the liquid in the pot.
  8. Mix together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water to make a slurry. Whisk the slurry into the liquid while the pot is on medium heat, whisk or stir for several minutes to slightly thicken the sauce. Remove the star anise and cinnamon sticks.
  9. Serve the chops with rice on the side and spoon the sauce over the chops.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get pork chops again in the city, I will say low price now.

This recipe for Cinnamon & Star Anise Pork Chop is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Quick Chicken Broth (Pressure Cooker)
Quick Chicken Broth (Pressure Cooker)
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Many recipes call for boiled chicken, shredded or diced, here is a way to make both the chicken, and as a bonus, chicken broth. I call this Quick Chicken Broth as we are only going to cook the chicken needed for another dish, but with the celery, carrot, onion, and peppercorns = quick broth = juicy and flavorful chicken, win win.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Quick Chicken Broth (Pressure Cooker)
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Many recipes call for boiled chicken, shredded or diced, here is a way to make both the chicken, and as a bonus, chicken broth. I call this Quick Chicken Broth as we are only going to cook the chicken needed for another dish, but with the celery, carrot, onion, and peppercorns = quick broth = juicy and flavorful chicken, win win.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: quarts
Instructions
  1. If using chicken quarters, separate them into legs and thighs. Add the chicken to your pressure cooker.
  2. Chop the vegetable and add to the pot.
  3. Add the water to the pot.
  4. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock that, add the weight (jiggler) to the top, and turn on the heat to high. (Keep in mind, with a lot of water, it takes longer to come up to pressure, and the same in reverse, it takes longer to cool as well.)
  5. When the jiggler starts to move and venting pressure, indicating full pressure, reduce the heat to low or medium low to maintain the jiggler movement and venting. Start timing for 7 minutes.
  6. When 7 minutes have passed, turn off the heat and carefully move the pressure cooker to an unused burner, and allow a natural release of pressure.
  7. When you have indications of no longer any pressure in the cooker, remove the weight, and unlock the lid and remove.
  8. Now this step is optional but highly recommend, leave the lid off the cooker and leave the chicken in the broth and allow to cool to room temperature, this can take a few hours, but the result is juicy chicken.
  9. Once it is cooled, remove the chicken with a slotted spoon to a bowl and use as you need.
  10. Pour the contents of the pot through a cheesecloth lined strainer. Pour the strained broth into mason jars or container of your choice (then taste it, it is delicious) and place in the fridge. Any fat in the broth will float and harden in the fridge, simply remove that before use.
Recipe Notes

Low cost, the cost of the chicken is figured into other recipes, basically you just need a few hours of your time for 2 quarts of delicious broth that can be used in several recipes.

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Homemade Stove Top Stuffing,
Sinfully Delicious Chicken Casserole.