For anyone having visited Laos or Isaan in Northeast Thailand, you’ve eaten sticky rice. Traditionally this rice is soaked for hours, then steamed in a woven bamboo basket over a pot, like this: That’s obviously completely impractical in a Western kitchen, so I tried to do the rice in my steamer. That turned out to […]
A family favourite, and inexpensive.
There are some commercial products that are excellent and that I wouldn’t hesitate using (say, puff pastry or dried spaghetti). But those little bottles of expensive pesto just don’t cut it. The real stuff tastes a million brazilion times better, and it’s really easy if you have a food processor. The real stuff has a […]
One of the many gastronomic delights of Thailand are the fruit stalls. They are ubiquitous and cheap. The vendors sell a wide variety of fruit, usually pineapple, melons, mangos (which tend to be too unripe for our western tastes), and coconut. The fruit are peeled, chopped into bite-sizes, and served in a clear plastic bag […]
I’m a huge fan of modernist cuisine, and can heartily recommend their book Modernist Cuisine at Home, which introduces loads of funky geeky concepts with delicious, reproducible results. Modernist Cuisine at Home They love using pressure cookers, mostly because one has a controlled environment in terms of temperature and air humidity (the latter affects cooking […]
This is a trick I learned from my cousin Sophie. Make a batch of salad sauce in advance. It reduces the effort to spontaneously eat salad, it’s cheap, and, as long as you don’t use perishable stuff like herbs and onions, it stays fresh indefinitely. Plus, you know what’s inside. Here is my recipe:
This is a really simple recipe which was inspired by the small snacks sold in my local turkish shop. I thought, I can do this! So here is the recipe:
If you’ve got a programmable oven, baked potatoes are a great weekday meal which you can prepare in advance. It’s cheap and nutritious, and if you avoid calorie-rich toppings such as cheese and cream and go for a lighter filling, it’s not too calorietastic.