May 20, 2016

Fabulous Friday Flavour: Thai Kanoms

With no capacity to be cooking up a storm in the kitchen this past week and the much-dreaded thought of not having any recipes to share for this week’s Fabulous Friday Flavours, I thought I’d feature three of my favourite Thai Kanoms (aka snacks) to whet your appetite.

  1. Kanom Krok Baitoey 
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Made from flour, sugar, coconut, salt and pandan in a special heavy iron pan, they are quite similar to the Singaporean-style Kuih Bakar which I love so much.  The difference, in my opinion, is that the Thai version is slightly lighter and chewier as compared to the denser, richer but softer Kuih Bakar. 

The taste is quite similar but the texture does vary from vendor to vendor. They are usually sold in batches of 12-15 pieces for 25 baht (about 72 cents USD)

2. Kanom Lookchoup

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Don’t they just look fabulous and almost real?

These lovelies are made from sweetened yellow bean paste, colouring and are coated with a layer of gelatin (or agar-agar) to retain their colour, shape and form.

If anything, these are fine work of art. They are usually shaped in miniatures of fruits and vegetables and each and every one of them are being hand-crafted and hand-painted with food dyes. They look like real fruits and vegetables and are too pretty to be eaten!

 

3. Kanom Bueang 

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This is the Thai version of mini-crepes which also happen to look like a taco. Except this kanom is sweet, sweet, sweet. So sweet that I could feel the enamel of my teeth crumble!

The interesting this is that the shell is made of crushed, powdered egg shells along with mung bean flour, rice flour, egg, sugar and cocoa powder. Each shell is then stuffed with sweetened whipped cream and sweet golden egg yolk threads, also known as Foi Thong. 

They are usually sold in a batch of 10-12 for about 25 baht – 30 baht. It is quite hard to just stop at 1 or 2…and guaranteed to give you some sugar high!

These kanoms are omnipresent in the Thai street-food scene, although sometimes you just have to know where to find them. The prices also vary by location. They were my g0-t0 after lunch snacks and I’ve been lucky (or not!) to get easy access to them these past few years as they always pop-up in the vicinity of my Bangkok office. 

I took these pictures during my lunch breaks before we left Thailand and somehow never got round to posting them. Now that we have physically left Thailand, I feel compelled to. Only because I KNOWWWW that I’ll be missing these babies very much. Typical isn’t it!

Only because I KNOWWWW that I’ll be missing these babies very much. Typical isn’t it!

Sweet sweets for a sweet life. Still, these kanoms are not to be eaten every day. They are not very good for the waist-line. 

 

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May 15, 2016

Sunday Humour: Wonderful Definitions

Category: Entertainment

If you think about it, these definitions are so annoyingly true:

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But I violently disagree with the definition of the father there –  a mother can be a banker too, no? And more than just a banker by nature, too. Hmmph.

No, wait! In a few days, I would no longer be the co-banker. I guess I’ll leave it to nature to sort out the banker shit. 

See you on Sunday Humour next week in a different time zone, a different continent and a different definition of life. Here’s to a more wonderful revelations of the future! Sit tight. 

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May 13, 2016

Fabulous Friday Flavour: Roasted Vegetable Medley

Got some bell peppers, broccoli, taters, carrots, onions and some herbs to spare?

Then you’ll be on your way to making one of the easiest roasted vegetable dish ever. This is one easy-peasy recipe that is oh.so.simple.to.make, you can do this while being blindfolded!

All done in 5 steps.

Roasted Vegetable Medley
Serves 6
Healthy dose of vegetable medley oven-baked with herbs
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bell pepper, cut-up
  2. 2 carrots, cubed
  3. 1 head of broccoli
  4. 3-4 potatoes cubed
  5. 1 large red onions, sliced
  6. 1 tbsp dried basil
  7. 3-4 leaves of fresh sage
  8. sprigs of lemon thyme
  9. 2 stalks of rosemary
  10. 1 cube of chicken stock, dissolve in 1 cup of hot water
  11. Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat up oven
  2. Mix all the vegetables and onions up together with the herbs and pepper
  3. Pour chicken stock all over. Mix well
  4. Cover it up with aluminium foil and poke holes all over it
  5. Bake in the oven till the taters and carrots are a little soft
  6. Done!
Notes
  1. To soften the taters and carrots faster, put them in the microwave oven for 5 minutes and then mix in with all the vegetables before baking.
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This veg dish is not only bursting with colours but flavours as well. Never under-estimate the use of the herbs. They are great to have around! This is probably one of the healthiest dishes I have made in a long time.

Always a hit for home-gathering with friends.

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May 9, 2016

The Brown Boxes are Waiting

Category: Family life

The packing has begun. 6 more working days.  Less than 10 sleeps left before the great big move. Eeeeeks.  That’s not a lot of time!

With all the things that need to get sorted and done while having the unprecedented privilege of having to experience some upheavals when Silver Bullet’s company decided to play punk with our flights, it has been a rather high-strung week filled with curveballs of the century.

I should be stressed with the initial cold-hearted news: Not only were we given the only option of being booked on the shittiest flight available that includes a transit because they are cheap but we also would have to pay the (huge) difference for a better (direct) flight and our cats at our own expense even though rightfully, Silver Bullet would have been entitled to a ticket back home for the family. Cats are family too, right?! (Apparently, they don’t think so!)

But I wasn’t stressed about that as I was mentally prepared for the fact that our moving expenses to the Netherlands would not be covered at all given that we were the ones who initiated the move when Silver Bullet got a job. In that respect, I resigned myself to the high possibility that we’d have no other choice but dip into our savings and be poor for the next 1 year and beyond if I cannot find a permanent job soon enough.

I guess I should be stressed about that, but the fact is, I have been pretty blaisé.

What I’m more stressed out about, believe it or not, is all the sorting and packing we’d have to do! Urrrghhhh! I hate packing. It is one of my most hated things and here I am, each time I get home from work, I’m looking around the house and feeling so darn overwhelmed because we barely even scratched the surface to sort things out.

And when I unconsciously start to scan everything that is around us, I’m sucked in by the fact that we need to move light and so, trying to sell off or give away our stuff as much as we can have been our priority.

Just thinking through that takes quite a bit of effort; never mind doing it.

Couple that with my wanting to blog and read other blogs as well while realising the opportunity costs of not being able to spend some time to blog because of the packing we have to do does not bode well with me. At. All. I mean, while I do have some posts scheduled, I resent the fact that I am not able to write a brand new post to be scheduled in advanced especially since I have a few posts in mind. Bummer!

Packing…Blogging…Packing..Blogging…Sleep? Hmmm… Naturally, I would rather be blogging but at this point in time, I guess that would have to take a backseat for a little while. Sleep and packing (reluctantly!) would have to come first.

That means I honestly have been struggling to try to keep up reading all the blogs and tweets I’m following; missing some good reads from my favourite bloggers and tweeples. You know who you are;  I’ll be back to scour your blogs soon enough!

Looks like the boxes are waiting.  We really don’t have much time. It’s starting to feel real now! Eeeeeeeeekssss.

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May 8, 2016

Sunday Humour: How to Raise a Funny Kid

Category: Entertainment

Here’s an anecdote if you will:

 

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And it would be exactly how I’m intending to raise my kids to just be a tad dysfunctional because, you know, being normal would be boring. A tad. Just a tad. Nothing more than a tad because anything more would be too much. Oh! Bless the kids. 

Here’s revelling to a slightly dysfunctional funny week to keep the boredom away.

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