Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Thai Street BBQ Pork (Moo Bping)

Thai Street BBQ Pork (Moo Bping)

Thai people like to eat this BBQ pork for breakfast with sticky rice. I posted the recipe here.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Apple “Clafoutis”

My French friend (Geraldine Le Roy) gave me this recipe. Her mum came up with this recipe. I love it.

Apple Clafoutis
(You can see the recipe at Gretchenspantry!)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Steam Vegetable and Tofu with Peanut Sauce

Steam Vegetable and Tofu is very nice with peanut sauce. Let me know what you think!

Steam Vegetable and Tofu with Peanut Sauce

Monday, October 8, 2007

Scallops with Crème Fraiche

Scallops with Crème Fraiche is very nice. My friend gave this recipe to me.

Here's the recipe: Scallops with Crème Fraiche. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Chicken and Rice with Soybean Sauce (Kao Mun Gai)

1 whole chicken (boiled)
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper powder
1 cup uncooked brown rice or any rice
1 gourd or radish (cut into pieces)

Soybean Sauce
2 tbsp gingers (minces)
2 tbsp minced garlic (as desire)
2 tbsp soy bean paste (find in Asian grocery store)
2 tbsp sweet soy sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp lime or lemon juice
2 tsp sugar
1-2 tbsp minces red Thai chili (optional)
Fresh cilantro leaves and cucumber for garnishing

Chicken and Soup:
Put a whole chicken in a big pot cover with water and put gourd or radish, salt, pepper and soy sauce. Let it boiled. While the chicken is boiling you may see some bubble stuff, scoop it with a spoon and throw that part away. After the chicken is cooked, remove the chicken from the pot. Slice the chicken into pieces and wait for the rice. Keep the soup in the pot for later. You will need the soup to cook rice and to have it as a soup a long with the dish when you serve.

Wash the rice. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add garlic. Fry it until the garlic turned golden color then add rice. Stir-fry for a few more minutes. Put the rice in a rice cooker or a pot. Add chicken broth or soup (the broth from the whole chicken.)

Mix well all the sauce ingredients together.

Put rice on a plate and add chicken pieces on the top. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and pieces of cucumber. Put the sauce in a little bowl and soup in another little bowl. Serve.

I do like a lot of sauce on my rice and chicken and if you do too then you may want to double the sauce recipe. Enjoy.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Taco Soup

My son loves this dish. I love it too.

1 can (15oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
3 cups fresh tomatoes (diced)
2 cups zucchini
1 cup frozen sweet corn
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup onion
2 cloves garlic
3 tbsp taco seasoning
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Diced cooked chicken (optional)
Tortilla chips (optional)

Heat the oil in a pot over medium high heat then add garlic and onion, stir-fry for a few minutes. Add chicken broth, all vegetables and taco seasoning. Cook until it is done. Serve with cooked chicken and tortilla chips.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Zucchini Nacho

I did not know what I was going to cook for my husband the other night. I saw zucchini in the freeze, and I came up with this recipe. He liked it. Tell me what do you think!

2 zucchinis (cut into long pieces)
1/2 cup slice onion
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp taco seasoning
3/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese (more as desire)
1 cup tortilla chip or corn chip
Guacamole, Salsa or Sour Cream (as desire for side dish)

Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat then add onion and zucchinis. Stir-fry then add taco seasoning. Stir-fry until it is cooked. Remove from the heat. Turn the oven on broil, Low heat. Put chip in the oven safe dish and top with vegetable stir-fry then top with cheese. Put the dish in the oven until the cheese melted. It will not take that long. Remove from the oven and serve with guacamole, salsa or sour cream.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Stir-Fry Pumpkin with Pork and Egg

This dish is very simple and full of nutrition. Stir-Fry Pumpkin with Pork and Egg is one of my childhood dishes. I made this for my son tonight, and he ate everything. You would not find this in a Thai restaurant. Let me know what do you think.

1/3 cup pork
1 egg
2 cup pumpkin (cut into small pieces)
1-2 cloves garlic
2-3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp vegetable oil

Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat then add garlic then pork and an egg. Stir-fry then add pumpkin and soy sauce. Stir-fry until it is cooked. Remove from the heat and serve with rice.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Beef Stir-Fry with Red Curry

I had to go to a meeting tonight, and I had to cook something fast. This dish was very fast and easy. I also like the taste. Really Good!

1 cup beef (slices)
1 tbsp Thai red curry paste
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
2-3 tbsp vegetable oil

Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add red curry, stir it until the oil begins to separate out. Add beef, sugar, and soy sauce. Stir-fry until done. Remove from heat and serve.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Grilled Fresh Vegetable Sandwich

We have too many vegetables these few days. I also did not feel like cooking anything that too complicated, so I came up with this recipe. It is pretty good. You try it and let me know what do you think.

Grilled Fresh Vegetable Sandwich

- Sour dough bread or French bread or any kind of bread
- Vegetables such as zucchini, sunburst squash, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, egg plant (grilled)
- Pesto sauce (optional)
- Swiss cheese, provolone cheese or cheddar cheese (as desire)

Preheat oven 350. Cut the bread in half and spread the sauce and top with cheese. Add grilled vegetables and top with cheese and another half of bread. Cover the sandwich with aluminum foil and put it in the oven until the cheese melted. Serve alone or with soup.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Vegetarian Fried Rice

1 cup cooked rice
2 shiitake mushrooms (soaked in water)
1/4 cup edamame (soy beans)
1/4 cup carrot (cut into little square)
1/2 cup tofu (cut into square)
1 egg (optional)
1 tsp sugar
2-3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp vegetable oil

Put shiitake mushrooms in the water until it is soft and slice it thinly. Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat then add egg, mushroom, tofu, soy beans and carrot. Stir fry. Add rice. Stir fry well. Add sugar and soy sauce. Stir fry until it is cooked. Taste and remove from the heat. Serve.
*** Chicken or pork can be substituted for the tofu, any vegetable.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Seafood Salad

I like this salad because it is not too heavy. I make this for lunch and dinner.

2-3 cups mix seafood (shrimp, squid) or shrimp (frozen or fresh)
1/2 cup cucumber
1/2 cup sweet red grapes tomatoes
1/3 cup red onion
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp fish sauce or soy sauce
4 tbsp lime juice
1/4 cup Cilantro
Shred romaine lettuce (as desire)
Some ground Thai chili or fresh Thai chili (if you like spicy then you can add this)

Boil and drain the seafood. Put it in a bowl. Cut cucumber, tomatoes, and red onion into small pieces. Add seafood and vegetable together. Add sugar, soy sauce, lime juice in a small bowl, mix well. After that pour the sauce into the seafood and vegetable bowl add cilantro. Mix well. Put shred romaine lettuce on a plate as desire and put the seafood mix on top. Serve.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Masaman Curry Chicken

5-7 drumsticks or any kinds of chicken
2-3 medium size potatoes
1 cup toasted peanut
3 cups coconut milk
1-2 tbsp Masaman curry paste
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp soy sauce
5 tbsp tamarind juice

Place a pot over medium high heat, add oil and curry paste. Stir it until the oil begins to separate out then add coconut milk. Add chicken and potatoes and let it cook for a while then add sugar, soy sauce, tamarind juice and toasted peanut. Remove from the heat. Serve with rice.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Spicy Thai Egg Plant Salsa

This is very spicy. Be careful!

1 Thai egg plant (grilled)
5-7 jalapeño (grilled)
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp lime juice
1-2 tbsp hot water

Grill the egg plant and jalapenos and peel the skin off then cut into small pieces. Put in a bowl add soy sauce, lime juice, hot water. Mix well and toss toasted sesame seeds. Serve with hot rice and fresh vegetables.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Chicken Satay "Kai Satay"

My son loves this dish. He loves everything about it the chicken, the sauce. I hope you will enjoy it too.

1 ½ lb of chicken
1-2 tbsp garlic
½ tbsp pepper
½ cup coconut milk
½ tbsp curry powder (can be less or more)
1 tbsp soy sauce

Slice the chicken into thin strips. Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl then add the chicken slices and let it marinade for several hours. Thread the meat into skewers and grill on a BBQ grill turning the skewers regularly. Serve with peanut sauce and cucumber sauce.

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1-2 tbsp Masaman curry paste
½ coriander powder
2 cups coconut milk
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
5 tbsp tamarind juice or lime juice (can be less or more)
¾ cup peanut butter

Place a pan over medium high heat and add oil, coriander powder and curry paste; stir it until the oil begins to separate out. Add coconut milk, soy sauce, brown sugar, tamarind juice and peanut butter and heat until sauce begins to thicken. Taste and Serve.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Pork with Oyster Sauce

My sister, Kat, gave me this recipe. She said it is very easy and tasty. She likes to eat it with rice soup, just rice with water. I had it with just regular rice and liked it.

8 ounces lean pork
2 tbsp minced garlic (or less)
1 tsp freshly ground white pepper
3 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp milk
Fresh cilantro (coriander) sprigs for garnish

Slice the pork as thinly as possible put in a bowl. Mix pork, garlic, pepper, and milk. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.Place skillet over high heat. Add oil and the pork mixture and stir-fry, until the meat is no longer pink. Add fish sauce, sugar and oyster sauce and cook until the meat is well coated and the liquid thickens.Remove from the heat and serve. This dish is good with rice.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Chicken with Ginger

Ginger is very good for digestion. I like the young ginger taste, and chicken with ginger is another dish that I like to eat with rice.

1 cup chicken (pork, seafood, beef)
1/2 cup oyster mushroom
1/4 cup carrot (slices)
1/2 cup young ginger
1 tsp sugar
2-3 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 cup vegetable soup broth
2-3 tbsp vegetable oil

Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat then add chicken or (pork, seafood, beef). Stir-fry then add mushroom, carrot, ginger, broth, sugar, and soy sauce. Stir-fry until it is cooked. Remove from the heat and serve.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Thai Spicy Chicken Salad

Thai spicy chicken salad is one of my favorite. This dish is very tasty and spicy. You will love it.

1 cup ground chicken (ground pork or seafood)
1/2 cup mushroom ( thinly slices)
1/2 peppermint leaves
1 tbsp parsley
1/2 tbsp ground Thai chile
2 tbsp roasted rice powder
2-3 tbsp soy sauce
2-3 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp sugar

Cook the chicken and mushroom in a pan over moderate heat. Stir until done. Put cooked chicken and mushroom into a mixing bowl. Add peppermint leaves, parsley, ground Thai chile, roasted rice powder, soy sauce, lime juice and mix well. Taste! Serve

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Chicken Coconut Milk Soup

I just made this dish, Chicken Coconut Milk Soup, tonight. This dish is again one of my husband favorite dish. I hope you will enjoy it.

Chicken Coconut Milk Soup

1 cup chicken (cut small pieces)
13.5oz Can of light coconunt milk
2-3 pcs fresh or dried galangal slices
2 pcs of fresh lemon grass stalks
1 clove of garlic
3-4 Tbsp. lime or lemon juice
1-2 lime leaves
1/2 tsp. sugar
3-4 Fresh chilis (If you like spicy, Optional)
Fish sauce or thin soysauce to taste
fresh cilantro leaves

Cut chicken into small pieces. Put coconut milk, galangal, lemon grass, garlic in a pot. Bring to the boil; this will bring out the flavor. Add chicken, fish sauce or thin soysauce, lime juice, lime leaves and if desired put Thai fresh chiles. Bring to the boil for one or two more minute. Remove from heat and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves. Serve as a soup or serve with rice.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Pork with Red Pepper

Pork with red pepper is a very simple and easy dish to make for lunch or dinner. I hope you will enjoy it.

1 cup pork (slices)
1 cup red bell pepper (slices)
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
½ cup vegetable soup broth
1 tbsp oyster sauce
3 tbsp vegetable oil

Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat then add pork. Stir-fry then add pepper, broth, sugar, soy sauce and oyster sauce. Stir-fry until it is cooked. Remove from the heat and serve.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Chicken with Garlic and Black Pepper

This is one of my husband favorite dish. Chicken garlic and black pepper is a very simple and easy dish to make. Many times, I used pork, tofu or seafood instead of chicken. Thai people like to eat this dish for lunch or dinner. Try it!

Chicken with Garlic and Black Pepper

3 cloves garlic
1 tsp whole black peppercorns
2 shallots
2 tblsp Soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
4 tblsp canola oil
1/2 pound chicken
Garnish: Cucumber slices, coriander leaves, tomatoes

Cut chicken into small pieces. Grind together garlic, shallots and peppercorns to make a paste. Remove to a small bowl. Add soy sauce and sugar and stir. Put chicken in the bowl mix well and cover with the mixture and allow to marinate 30 minutes or overnight. Heat the oil in a pan or wok, over medium heat, until hot, becareful don't let it burn. Fry the chicken until golden brown. Place on a serving dish. Garnish! Serve with rice.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Spicy Stir-Fry Noodle with Chicken and Basil

Here is a spicy Thai Noodle recipe I enjoy. If you like basil and spicy taste then you will like this dish. Try it and let me know whether you like it. This is authentic Thai dish.

1 1/2 cups yellow noodle (any noodle)
1/2 cup chicken (pork, beef)
2 shiitake mushrooms (soaked in water then slice thinly)
1/3 cup broccoli
1/4 cup carrot
3 garlic
2-3 Thai chilis (more if you like spicy)
1/4 cup fresh basil
1 tsp sugar
2-3 tbsp soy sauce
2-3 tbsp vegetable oil

Combine Thai chili and garlic in a food processor. The mixture should be thoroughly combined. Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat then add the chili mixture, stir. Add meat. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, then add mushroom, broccoli, and carrot and let cook. Add noodle, sugar, soy sauce and basil. Taste and Serve.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Grilled Beef Pita with Cucumber Sauce

Here's an easy pita recipe I enjoy.

Grilled Beef Pita

Pita Bread
Sirloin Beef
Olive Oil
Preheat the grill. Season the meat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place the meat on the grill untill its done (as your desire). Place the bread on the grill cook for 1 min. on each side. Place the pita bread on a plate, put grilled beef and cucumber sauce.

1 cucumber
8 oz. plain yogurt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder or fresh garlic (optional)
1/2 tsp. salt
garnish with chopped green onions or scallions

Slice cucumber finely and put in a bowl. Put salt mix well and let stand for 10 min. Put the rest of the ingredints and mix. Refrigerate and serve.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Salmon Curry (Panang Curry)

Because I live in Seattle, I have an opportunity to cook a lot of salmon. Here is a Thai salmon curry that I like to make. Try it and tell me what do you think.

Salmon Curry (Panang Curry)

2 tbsp panang curry paste
1 ¼ cups coconut milk
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
Red bell pepper, kaffir lime leaves shredded (garnish)

Place a pan over medium high heat, and add ¼ cup of the coconut milk, add the curry paste, and stir it until the oil begins to separate out. Add the remaining coconut milk and the salmon. Let it cook for a while then add sugar, soy sauce. Remove from the heat and garnish with red bell pepper, lime leaves. Serve with rice. (1 serving)

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Fruit Salsa with Salmon

Another summer dish that I like to cook. This dish is very easy and tasty. My son loves fruit, especially berries, but he doesn't like salmon very much. I made this to go with salmon, and it seemed to help him to eat more fish.

2 cups diced pineapple
¾ cup chopped fruit (strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
¼ cup chopped green onion
¼ cup diced red-bell pepper
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp salt

Put all the ingredients mix well and chill. Serve this dish on grilled fish (Salmon) or chicken.

Preheat a grill over high heat and place salmon on the grill until it cooked.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Maple Syrup BBQ Pork

This dish is good in the summertime.

Maple Syrup BBQ Pork
  • Pork
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 450F. Mix the maple syrup, sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, and balsamic vinegar. Put the pork in an oven pan with the maple syrup mix in and bake for 15 minutes in the oven. Take the pork out from the oven and barbecue it until it done. While the pork is on the barbecue, occasionally glaze with the maple syrup mix.

I also like to grill some sliced cantaloupe for a side dish.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Fourth of July Thai Iced Tea

The 4th of July is independence day in the U.S. It was a beautiful warm sunny day. My husband, my son and I went to the 2007 Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival. My son loves pirate ships, and he really enjoyed the boats. When I came home, I was felt like having Thai Ice Tea. Of course, I don't have Thai tea in my pantry, so I came up with a new recipe. It's pretty good. If you have a chance, please try it and let me know.

Fourth of July Thai Iced Tea

1 cup water
2-3 tea bags, black (Lipton)
2 tbs sweetened condensed milk
2 tbs sugar
Ice, crushed
Evaporated milk

Boil the water and steep tea bags for 5 minutes. Strain out teabags and put sugar, sweetened condensed milk, let cool. Put ice into a glass; add tea and a little evaporated milk on top. Enjoy!

***If you like your tea stronger then you can steep the tea longer than 5 minutes. You can also add more sugar or sweetened condensed milk. Normally, Thai ice tea is very sweet. I personally don't like it too sweet.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Pork with Oyster Sauce

I spoke to my sister, Kat, last night from Thailand. She gave me this easy recipe. She said that it is very easy and good. Enjoy!

Pork with Oyster Sauce

Monday, July 2, 2007

Index on Gretchen's Pantry Website

We added an index on the Gretchen's Pantry website, so now you can see all the recipes on one page. I like it. What do you think?

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Margarita Days

Summer is here, and it's time for margaritas. Here's one great recipe. It's from my husband's grandmother.

I misread the recipe the first time, and I thought it called for 6 oz. of beets, rather than beer. I realized my mistake in time, but I'm almost tempted to find out how it would have tasted.

What's your personal twist on a margarita recipe?

Gretchen's Margaritas

1 lime or lemon
1 cup tequila
1 (6oz) can frozen limeade concentrate
1/4 cup triple sec
6 oz. beer
2 cup crushed ice

Mix tequila, limeade, triple sec, beer and ice in a blender. Cut lime or lemon in 1/2 and rub on rim of glasses. Dip rims in salt. Pour and enjoy. Makes 6 (5oz) servings.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Another Cooking Tip

Here's another good tip from the St. Luke's Cookbook.

When cooking cabbage, place a small tin cup or can half full of vinegar on the stove near the cabbage. It will absorb the odor.

Monday, June 25, 2007

How to Cut a Mango

Elise Bauer posted an interesting way to cut mangos on her excellent recipe blog. This is a great idea. I come from Thailand, and I have never seen this technique. I can't wait to buy my next mango so that I can try it. :)

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Helpful Hints in Cooking

Two years ago, my in-laws gave me a cookbook from their church. I like these helpful hints from the book.

Helpful Hints

  • Never boil coffee; it brings out the acid and causes a bitter taste. Store ground coffee in the refrigerator or freezer to keep it fresh.
  • Always use cold water for electric drip coffee makers. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons ground coffee for each cup of water.
  • To prevent cheese from sticking to a grater, spray the grater with cooking spray before beginning.
  • Fresh lemon juice will remove onion scent from hands.
  • A lump of sugar added to water when cooking greens helps vegetables retain their fresh color.
  • Never soak vegetables after slicing; they will lose much of their nutritional value.
  • To cut down on odors when cooking cabbage, cauliflower, add a little vinegar to the cooking water.
  • To avoid tears when cutting onions, try cutting them under cold running water or briefly placing them in the freezer before cutting.
  • To keep hot oil from splattering, sprinkle a little salt or flour in the pan before frying.
  • A few drops of lemon juice added to simmering rice will keep the grains separated.
  • To quickly bake potatoes, place them in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Pierce their skins with a fork and bake in a preheated oven.
  • Keep strawberries fresh for up to ten days by refrigerating them (unwashed) in an airtight container between layers of paper towels.

From: The St. Luke's Cookbook

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