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Cooking with Ya

At the Krabi Cookery School

sunny 34 °C
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After being very lazy around the pool for the first part of our time here we've been a little bit more active - on Monday we did a long tail boat trip out to a group of small islands just off the coast. Frank did some snorkelling and we had a picnic on the beach. Yesterday (Tuesday) we went for an afternoon cookery course to learn a bit more about Thai cooking. It was good fun and well organised by Ya, our lady chef teacher and her two assistants. There were only 4 of us so it wasn't too hectic and our fellow students were a French guy who didn't have a lot of English and an older Hungarian guy who spoke excellent English and was obviously a serious foodie. Between us and Ya and the assistants we made quite a range of dishes:-
Spring rolls
Pad Thai
Papaya salad
Red curry paste > red chicken curry
Green curry paste > green chicken curry
Tom Kah Kai (?) - chicken coconut soup
Penang chicken curry - with crushed peanuts
Holy basil stir fry chicken
Sticky rice with fresh sweet mango
A yummy dish with made with Morning Glory, a herb presumably the same as the English flower?

The instructions were easy to follow - spices were prepared by bang bang followed by more bang bang with pestle and mortar, herbs and veg were chop chop, followed by more chop chop, with lethal chopper, and liquids were added by bloops (5 bloops, 3 bloops, more bloops, as required). Frank got into a bit of trouble by adding too many bloops of oyster sauce to our Pad Thai. Our Hungarian colleague was the brave one who stir fried the morning glory - this was very dramatic with the smoking hot oil shooting flames up into the roof. We will post a photo of this!

We broke from cooking from time to time to try and eat our way through some of this. The others took doggie bags home but we didn't feel that was a good idea for us. It was all very good though and surprisingly light and fat free.

Needless to say we're not doing a lot today!

Tomorrow we go on a sail boat trip to Phi Phi visiting the bay where The Beach was filmed on the way. That will bring us to Friday our last day before we start the journey home.

It's very strange but we find here in Krabi that we are sleeping longer and longer each night with a few cat naps at the poolside during the day. It's amazing that we are getting so much sleep while doing so little! It's unusual if we are not fast asleep by 9.00pm and then we wake by about 6.00am.

It must be the heat because it certainly isn't physical exertion.

Not sure how we will cope when we get home?

Love FandC

Posted by FandC 21:58 Archived in Thailand Tagged islands phi_phi cooking

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