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08 April 2007 @ 12:37 pm
Happy Easter!  
A happy Easter to you all. I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Love to all my wonderful friends wherever you are :)

Holidays are the times I really do miss my family since they've moved out of state. Keep reminding myself that this time two weeks from now, I'll be seeing them all.

Nin and I are having a very non traditional Easter dinner tonight -- Thai food. We went to Cost Plus yesterday to get a single bottle of Torani Raspberry Syrup (for Raz Mojitos), and came out with an overflowing cartload of stuff. A blog friend of mine, on Friday, had been talking about a brand of Thai seasoning she'd just bought and how it tasted as good as what she ate out. Lo and behold, they had it as CP. Now, I have very little experience with Thai, and have never had Pad Thai, but that's what we're having tonight! Along with Miso Soup and Sake. I was also able to get two kick ass canisters for my flour and sugar -- on clearance no less! I've needed decent ones since we moved in here, and these will most definitely keep my sugar from crusting up and clumping in the damp! And they're huge! Which means being able to keep a full bag in the canister. Yes, anything to do with my kitchen and cooking fills me with glee! You should see me fondle my one good knife! You should see the Amazon Wishlist I keep just for house and home type stuff.

So yes, we were at Cost Plus, and got Thai stuff, Miso, Udon Noodles, a case of mixed wine since they had an awesome sale on, and I was able to finish off my Japanese tableware set. I now have a four place setting, as opposed to two. Then we went to Tarjay aka Target, so Nin could get storage containers. Wait for it .... she's actually cleaning her room!!! You can now see the floor!! Celebration! So I think she deserved the three margaritas, and the chocolate chip cookies I made her [g]

Sophiesophiedb on April 8th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
Mmm. Pad Thai.. Pad Siew, too :)

Thai goooooood.
Ith: Methos - Laughithildyn on April 8th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
I hope so! I'm more of a Japanese food fan, so I've only had Thai a handful of times.
Sophiesophiedb on April 8th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Fair nuff! I think all the lemongrass, lime, coriander, sweet chilli etc won me over. That and big fat rice noodles :)

This (or some variation, depending on what's to hand) is one of my favourite summer recipes. So quick n easy yet tasty *g*
Ninjababe: SleepingBeauty-Profileninjababe on April 8th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can actually open my closet door all the way and walk up to it.

It's kinda bizarre. This time around, my room is a mess, but my closet is pristine. Usually, it's both that are messy.
Roberta: Travel - Globe 2robi_travels on April 9th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
"so Nin could get storage containers. Wait for it .... she's actually cleaning her room!!! You can now see the floor!! "

What have you been putting in her food. Nin with a clean room. Personally, I think the poor souls in hell are enjoying the spring thaw even as the rest of the midwest and East freezes over.

As for Thai food, I obviously have been remiss in my friend duties. Very good stuff.

captnofmyheartcaptnofmyheart on April 9th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAI - in fact it was Thai spring rolls that I had for my birthday dinner....get the rice paper sheets - they come in thin round packages and you drop them into hot water to soften them up...then lay out on a flat surface and lay on top a small leaf of lettuce and on top of that the rice noodles, then shrimp and any herbs you like - I love using garlic chives, mint, thai basil and cilantro. Then wrap up like a burrito and dip into a Thai sauce.

I have a recipe book that I highly recommend because the author describes the ingredients needed for Thai and Vietnamese cooking and writes the recipes with ingredients that are fairly easy to obtain. She has a Vietnamese dipping sauce that I tried that was DELICIOUS. I had to settle for serrano peppers instead of Thai because my local grocers didnt have the Thai ones...but it had just the right amount of kick to it.

2 small cloves garlic, sliced
1 tsp ground chili paste (I think Taste of Thai has the red chili paste...VERY useful!)
1 fresh Thai bird chili, chopped (optional)
1/4 cup fish sauce
2/3 cup hot water
2 tblspns fresh lime juice
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons shredded carrots or garnish

Place garlic , chili paste, and chili in a mortar. With pestle, pound into a paste - or finely mince. Combine with rest of ingredients, stir until sugar is dissolved. Float the carrots on top.

I didnt use carrots for mine, but did use some leaves of lemongrass from my garden. I also added a couple of slices of ginger. All in all it was very delicious. Wish I could eat like that all the time!! LOL

Ive only tried one other of her recipes, but it didnt turn out well - but I blame myself for that because I dont have a wok and my gas stove doesnt heat up quite as hot as one needs for a wok. I tried the lemongrass beef - it was a pretty good flavor but I got impatient with it and it wasnt quite as good as it should have been.

I love Thai because of the contrasts all the seaonings have : cold with hot, sour with sweet, tart with mild, piquant with soft. Its where I dont even like Chinese that much because Chinese now all tastes the same and there isnt the surprise to the taste buds that Thai food has.
captnofmyheartcaptnofmyheart on April 9th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
OH I forgot the name of the book :

"The Best of Vietnamese and Thai Cooking" by Mai Pham. She owns the Lemon Grass Restaurant and cafes that are in the Sacramento area (I think).