My husband and I have this thing. Or should I say, I have this thing, where we go ‘around the world’ and make authentic feasts from different countries, followed by a movie from that country and music whilst we’re eating and maybe even an outfit. The first one happened three years ago, where I took him to China, and I dressed for the occasion, made lobster noodles and dimsum followed by green tea pannacota though the movie didn’t quite happen, as I just couldn’t find one we both wanted to watch! Fast forward three years, what was meant to be a ‘take in turns’ feast, it’s now just a ‘me’ thing, whereby I come up with the ideas and I do. He eats, he cleans, no complaints there whatsoever. I enjoy doing them, and last week we went to Thailand, only plus two, as I cooked for my parents too.
This was actually, the first time ever where I didn’t make my sauce from scratch, but I added authentic ingredients in and bought everything fresh. First up was to make my red curry, two ways. I made one with chicken, and one vegetable curry. To my red curry paste I added: lemongrass, kafir lime leaves, plenty of lime juice and one chopped up red chilli, and a tin of coconut milk. Note to all: When using a ready made paste, don’t just cut a chilli and put it in like I did, the paste needs time to reach it’s ‘beauty’ point (as I call it). When it reaches that point, that’s when you should taste it and then see if you want more heat. As a result of this, I had to add coconut cream to the mix to try and mild it out a tad.
Then came freshly cooked jasmine rice which was an easy affair, followed by pad thai, made fresh, with plenty of peanuts and peanut butter, as that’s just how I like it. A few squeeze of lime juice later, and we were good to go! For dessert, I wanted to try something I’ve tried in Thai eateries before but never at home, I bought a mango that cost silly amounts from M&S (I don’t recommend you do that) and used the left over jasmine rice and combined this with a coconut sauce that I made. I then poured the sauce over some cooked rice, and sliced mangos to go on top. This was DIVINE! I will be making this time and time again!
Feedback was great, if I would do anything better, I wouldn’t buy as many vegetables as I didn’t quite realise that I WASN’T feeding the five thousand. Other than that,house wifey points 10, countries around the world, 4.