Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Thai food and the lady neighbor

The first month I was in US, I was suffering of missing my Thai food. In the morning, my husband fixed me American breakfast; Eggs, Toasts, Milk, Pancake, Ham, Bacon, etc. Actually, I had no problem with that because it was similar to my morning meal in Thailand. I like to have easy and quick food in the morning. But lunch and dinner was very tough for me here. My alternative meals were just sandwich, hamburger, steak, pizza, etc. I had these menus repeatedly for a month. Believe it or not, I lost 5 pounds without any attempt. I really wanted to have some Thai food but there is no Thai restaurant around here. I was trying to cook my own dish but I couldn’t find ingredient for Thai cooking here. Do you wonder where I am? Not really in the middle of nowhere but in the middle of mountains with the closest airport is about 100 miles away. Fortunately, my neighbor is a girl from Thailand. She saved my life with my first Thai dish here. We became very good friends as we have so many things in common. We love spicy food. We love eating and we both love cooking.
“Art” is her name. She is married to an American doctor and has 2 boys. She has been in this town for 2 years and she helped me a lot at the beginning since I arrived US. She told me how to live here, in a different country with different culture. At least once a week, we cook and eat together, making our favorite spicy food. We spent hours chatting and sharing our food. Sometimes she came to my place to help me cook and sometimes she invites me to have lunch or dinner with her. I’d like to show you today the pictures of our favorite Thai food which Art and I love to cook.

No. 1 “Yum Woon Sen” or grass noodle spicy salad which can be served as appetizer or main dish.

No.2 “ Kha Nom Jeen & Naam Yaa” or Thai noodle with hot curry.

No.3“ Som Tum” or raw papaya and carrot spicy salad. It is originally from North-eastern Thailand.

No .4 “ Tom Yum Koong” or Spicy shrimp soup with fresh herbs. This soup is very famous because of its taste, spiciness and good smell.

In the next blog, I will show you the ingredients in my storage. I think there might be something you have never seen before. Exciting? See you.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Welcome to my blog !!!!

(The picture aboved is my lovely kitchen where I enjoy spending my day cooking and eating)

I have to admit that it took me months to start this blog. I might be a bit nervous to write in English. I prefer speaking in English as opposed to writing in English, which to me can be pretty difficult. Anyway, I feel thankful to my husband who gave me a big inspiration and sweet pressure to write this blog. He is also my photographer of the picture you see in my profile.

Spicy Thai – Spicy Me, perfectly reflects my feelings in the food world. Of course, I’m from Thailand, land of spices and tongue fired food. Chili and a lot more spices and herbs have been used in Thai cuisine for thousands years. To us, food is not only an energetic resource, but also medicine. Thai food is considered a healthy food which consists of many nutritious ingredients and less fat.

I’m not an expert in food. I’m not a professional chef. I’m just a food lover. I love eating and cooking. To tell you the truth, I didn’t cook much when I was in Thailand. Why cook when you just find good and delicious dishes easily on every corner in Thailand. Moreover, my mom is the best cook. She spoiled me by cooking me good food upon request. She enjoyed cooking whatever I asked for. Her food is unbelievable. I found no need to learn to cook or even try to. But now I’m in the United States of America where my mom can’t feed me food and I can’t find any Thai restaurant within 100 miles. I don’t think I can survive by just eating hamburger, pizza, frozen food and any kind of fast food. I miss my spicy Thai food.

I had no choice but starting cooking my own dishes. As an eating lover, I know a lot of food. I like reading cooking books and surfing any website for the recipes. At first, I just love looking at beautiful pictures of food and then the curiosity led me to figure it out how to cook those. I enjoy watching cooking shows on TV. I don’t dream of being a chef like them but I just want to eat what they cook. Their food made my mouth water. That is my first start, collecting knowledge and theories without realizing that one day it will be put to the test.

As this Blog progresses, I will tell you more about my experience in learning, ingredient hunting, and of course the food preparation itself. Colorful images will be included. I hope you enjoy what I will have to offer.

Have a nice day!!!