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.

Poached Salmon Fillets

Poached Salmon Fillets
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Sounds great. This uses a shallow poaching method and from start to finish, about 15 minutes.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Poached Salmon Fillets
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Sounds great. This uses a shallow poaching method and from start to finish, about 15 minutes.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. This the type of salmon fillets I get at Tesco, 140 to 160 grams each. One fillet per serving is ideal.
  2. In a non stick pan that will hold all the fillets, add the water, wine, parsley, dill, shallots, and heat to a simmer on medium heat. While the pan is heating, season the salmon with salt on both sides.
  3. When the liquid is simmering, place the fillets in the pan, skin side down, cover and let steam for 5 to 10 minutes depending on thickness of the fillets or until they flake easily with a fork.
  4. Serve lightly sprinkled with black pepper and lemon slices if desired with rice and a vegetable on the side.
Recipe Notes

I bought 4 fillets, Norwegian import, 69 Baht for 140 to 160 gram fillets. I figured the servings as 1 fillet per serving. For 69 Baht per fillet, this is about $2.03 per serving. High cost but would be nice for a once in a while meal.

This recipe for Poached Salmon 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.

White Wine Garlic Shrimp

White Wine Garlic Shrimp
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Sounds really good and pretty straight forward recipe as well. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
White Wine Garlic Shrimp
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Sounds really good and pretty straight forward recipe as well. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pan on medium heat, melt the butter and add the garlic and saute for a minute or so, then add the shrimp in a single layer and cook for about 2 minutes per side until pink and cooked through. Remove from the pan and set them aside.
  2. Same pan, add the wine and tomatoes and cook for several minutes, then stir in the milk and cream and cook for a few more minutes.
  3. Add the spinach and stir until wilted, Taste and season as needed with salt and pepper, then stir in the Parmesan. Simmer until the cheese is melted and the sauce thickened.
  4. Return the shrimp to the pan and stir them in to fully coat the shrimp, cook for another minute or two to warm the shrimp through.
  5. Serve over pasta or rice.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht/500 grams of large white shrimp from Tesco, you may find them cheaper from local fishermen or farms. For 2 servings, this is about $2.20 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Creamy Shrimp Pasta

Creamy Shrimp Pasta
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This comes from a good friend, and her recipes have never failed me. I love pasta and shrimp, this sounds absolutely wonderful, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Creamy Shrimp Pasta
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This comes from a good friend, and her recipes have never failed me. I love pasta and shrimp, this sounds absolutely wonderful, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of salted water until just tender, drain, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the shrimp and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of paprika or according to your taste. Toss the shrimp to make sure they are all seasoned.
  3. Heat a large non stick pan on medium heat and add the oil, when hot, add the shrimp and stir often to cook until pink on all sides, takes just a few minutes then quickly remove them from the pan to a plate.
  4. Same pan, add the butter and onion and cook, stirring often until golden brown, then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Now stir in the white wine and cook this to reduce to 25% of the liquid remaining in the pan.
  5. When the wine is reduced, stir in the cream and bring to a low boil then reduce heat to a simmer for 2 minutes. Now sprinkle on the Parmesan and stir only until smooth and creamy, simmer for a minute or two then turn off the heat, do not let it get to a boil. Season to taste with additional salt, pepper, and paprika as desired.
  6. Stir in the shrimp then the pasta and toss to coat the pasta.
  7. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan and parsley.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht/500 grams of large shrimp. For 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving.

This recipe for Creamy Shrimp Pasta is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Sausage & Bean Casserole

Sausage & Bean Casserole
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious! I was hooked when sausage was mentioned. This a flexible recipe, if you don't have Spanish Chorizo, go with more pork sausage, don't have a yellow bell pepper but you have a green one, go with that, see, easy as that. On my to cook list. You can make the baked beans yourself but will another day to the process. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Sausage & Bean Casserole
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious! I was hooked when sausage was mentioned. This a flexible recipe, if you don't have Spanish Chorizo, go with more pork sausage, don't have a yellow bell pepper but you have a green one, go with that, see, easy as that. On my to cook list. You can make the baked beans yourself but will another day to the process. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. In a large oven proof pot, heat the olive oil, when hot, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes then the celery and bell peppers and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Then add the sausages and cook for 5 minutes then stir in the garlic, paprika, cumin, and thyme.
  3. Add the wine, about a quarter bottle, tomatoes and beans. Stir, then cover and place in the oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Serve with mashed or boiled potatoes and a vegetable.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I buy sausage again. I will base the price on pork sausage only and not chorizo. I will say fair value for now.

Shortcut: Baked Beans.

Provided by Mick at Mick's Feckin Cook Book and the link to this recipe is here.
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Braised Beef in White Wine

Braised Beef in White Wine
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The original title of this recipe was very misleading, called sirloin tips. First off, tips are scraps from roast cuts, aka, stew meat, but 'tips' seems to be the buzzword this year. The other misleading thing was the recipe called for a sirloin steak, cut into pieces, and those pieces suddenly became sirloin tips. I am not going to state any particular type of steak or cut to use, especially for where I live, just go with a cheap cut of beef. When I make this I will get exact measurements as well.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
Braised Beef in White Wine
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The original title of this recipe was very misleading, called sirloin tips. First off, tips are scraps from roast cuts, aka, stew meat, but 'tips' seems to be the buzzword this year. The other misleading thing was the recipe called for a sirloin steak, cut into pieces, and those pieces suddenly became sirloin tips. I am not going to state any particular type of steak or cut to use, especially for where I live, just go with a cheap cut of beef. When I make this I will get exact measurements as well.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl, mix together the flour and salt, pepper, and garlic powder as desired. Toss the beef cubes in the flour.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non stick skillet, when hot, add the beef cubes and saute until just about rare to medium rare, just use the touch test to tell what is good to your liking.
  3. Add the onions and cook those until softened, then add the butter, then the mushrooms. stir everything around and when the mushrooms are wilted and starting to brown, remove everything from the pan and cover to keep warm.
  4. To the same pan add the wine and let that reduce a tittle bit then add the broth and bring to a boil, return the beef and vegetables to the pan and reduce to a simmer and cover. Simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally, or until the beef is tender.
  5. When the beef is tender, mix together the cornstarch with a 2 tablespoons of cold water to make a slurry. Add to the skillet and stir in to thicken the sauce a little.
  6. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice and a vegetable for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for 250 grams of beef. For 2 servings, this is about 74 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Shrimp Alfredo Pasta

Shrimp Alfredo Pasta
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Sounds like a great sauce paired well with shrimp, on my to cook list. I can finally put that wine to use I bought just for cooking.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Shrimp Alfredo Pasta
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Sounds like a great sauce paired well with shrimp, on my to cook list. I can finally put that wine to use I bought just for cooking.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling, add the pasta and cook until just tender. Drain only, no rinsing, set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet on medium heat with the oil. Lightly season the prepared shrimp with salt, pepper, and just a light sprinkling of paprika. When the pan is hot, add the shrimp in a single layer, work in batches if needed and cook just 1 to 2 minutes per side or until pink on the outside and opaque inside indicating they are just fully cooked through. Do not over cook the shrimp or the result will be tough shrimp. Remove the shrimp when just cooked through to a plate and cover.
  3. Using the same pan add the butter and bring to medium heat, add onion when the butter is melted and the pan is hot, cook until onion is golden. Mix in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Now stir in the wine and stir, scraping up any bits from the pan and simmer and reduce by 1/4 of the volume. Stir in the cream and simmer for another 2 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and stir until smooth and creamy and remove from heat. Do not let the sauce boil. Add and mix in about 1/4 teaspoon of paprika and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the shrimp and pasta and mix into the sauce, garnish parsley or basil, grate some Parmesan on top and black pepper to taste.
Recipe Notes

The shrimp, that price can very from store bought to fresh local caught from fishermen. Medium Whites in Tesco will run about 135 Baht/500 grams. Fresh local caught will run about 100 Baht/500 gram or less. Going with store bought shrimp, for 6 servings, this is about 67 cents per serving.

Variant: Use slice chicken breasts in place of the chicken. Add mushrooms, Straw mushrooms, cut in half lengthwise would be perfect.

This recipe for Creamy Shrimp Alfredo Pasta is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Steamed Salmon (Rice Cooker)

Steamed Salmon (Rice Cooker)
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Canned salmon here for me is pricey, about $4.50, and that is the small can, I have never seen a large can of salmon here. Frozen Norwegian salmon fillets, about 140-160 grams each are just over $2 each, so in addition to just a steamed fillet for dinner, the fillets can be steamed and used in recipes calling for canned salmon. Steamed salmon seemed to be the answer to that. This is a 2 in 1 recipe, one if you want steamed salmon for a dinner (seasoned) and one for just steamed to use in another recipe, such as salmon patties or a salmon pasta salad. I use a rice cooker with a steamer basket to cook these when I make them.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 minutes
Steamed Salmon (Rice Cooker)
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Canned salmon here for me is pricey, about $4.50, and that is the small can, I have never seen a large can of salmon here. Frozen Norwegian salmon fillets, about 140-160 grams each are just over $2 each, so in addition to just a steamed fillet for dinner, the fillets can be steamed and used in recipes calling for canned salmon. Steamed salmon seemed to be the answer to that. This is a 2 in 1 recipe, one if you want steamed salmon for a dinner (seasoned) and one for just steamed to use in another recipe, such as salmon patties or a salmon pasta salad. I use a rice cooker with a steamer basket to cook these when I make them.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 minutes
Ingredients
To Serve Steamed Salmon
To Cook for another recipe
Servings: servings
Instructions
To Serve
  1. You can use the small fillets, a large fillet, or the steak cuts. I leave the skin on and will remove the skin and bones after they are steamed. If using frozen, thaw, remove from the package, quick rinse. For fresh, quick rinse.
  2. For each fillet, if there is thin ends, just fold them to make a more uniform thickness, this is to ensure even cooking. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. You can use a rice cooker with a steamer basket, or a pot with steamer insert and tight fitting lid. Lightly oil the steamer basket or insert. Use either method, heat the ingredients except the salmon to a boil.
  4. Simmer the liquid for 20 minutes to allow the flavors to blend, then quickly open the rice cooker or pot, place the salmon in, and close, steam for 5-6 minutes, don't peak, just let them steam. End result is a pale orange color. If you have not done this before, target internal temp is 63 C or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove skin, it will easily pull right off.
  5. Serve with a green salad and bread for a light, nutritious meal.
To Use in another recipe
  1. Add water that is below the steamer basket in a rice cooker or below a steamer insert in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Place the skinned salmon fillets, folded as needed, in the steamer when the water is boiling and steam for 5-6 minutes, don't peak, just let them steam. End result is a pale orange color. If you have not done this before, target internal temp is 63 C or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove from the steamer and allow to cool to room temp.
  3. Figure three 140-160 gram fillets to equal about a standard can (not a tuna fish size can), about 2 cups of cooked salmon.
  4. Once cooled, flake or chunk with two forks. There, you just made a large can of salmon. Use in recipes calling for canned salmon.
Recipe Notes

Each salmon fillet (140-160 Baht) is 69 Baht, about $2. Using 3 fillets of this size is $6 per large can, not $4.50 per small can like tuna. Still costly, but much better than the small cans, and better taste. I will make this soon and give better numbers on the cost but for right now, this is fairly accurate.

For 3 servings, this is about $2 per serving. For serving when 3 fillets are steamed and used as a large can of tuna, the price per serving will be less.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

King Oyster (Eryngii) Mushroom Steaks with Mayo

King Oyster (Eryngii) Mushroom Steaks with Mayo
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This is Japanese in origin, and is delicious! Don't be fooled by the name, these are not served with mayo, they are cooked in mayo. I made this on 4 Sep 2017 and was well received by the family. This is an adjust as you need recipe, like if using less mushrooms, use less mayo, etc.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
King Oyster (Eryngii) Mushroom Steaks with Mayo
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This is Japanese in origin, and is delicious! Don't be fooled by the name, these are not served with mayo, they are cooked in mayo. I made this on 4 Sep 2017 and was well received by the family. This is an adjust as you need recipe, like if using less mushrooms, use less mayo, etc.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Trim off the root end and rinse the mushrooms and shake off excess water. Slice each one in half lengthwise.
  2. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add the mayonnaise and the sliced mushrooms. Cook on both sides.
  3. Pour in the white wine, place a lid over the pan, reduce temp to low, let the mushrooms simmer until wilted, season with black pepper and a drizzle of soy sauce.
  4. Top with some parsley, serve as a side with rice or pasta.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.