I've always liked to cook. But I get easily intimidated by seemingly complicated recipes and food that uses unusual ingredients. In Chiang Mai, Thailand we participated in a day long cooking course.
The teachers took us to a local market where we purchased the produce and ingredients that we needed to make our chosen dishes.
We made 5 dishes plus a curry paste of our choice from scratch. Thai food is so full of layered flavours that it seems like it's far too hard to cook. It's not! It's easy! The longest thing to prepare was chopping all the vegetables.
We ate everything that we cooked and, my sweet mercy, it was utterly delicious. Also we saved money on eating out that day! (And the next too, still so full!)
We got certificates and recipe books. Many of the items we can't get here in Canada at a regular grocery store. I did just pop by my local Asian market and found some things dried and some frozen! I'll be making some Thai food in the near future!
My favourite of the day was pad thai that I made. The green curry was a close second. The Gentleman Caller made this delicious cashew chicken as well.
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I've made myself so hungry!!