Friday I went to see some friends I had not seen in a long time... I missed them dearly. We had so much fun, and I brought these obento for us to eat for lunch.
It was all very easy to make, and turned out quite tasty. As I promised them, I am going to post the recipe for all the items in the boxes. Sorry for my ugly counters... I only managed to get one decent looking photo of these, that being the opening photo.
(recipe from shesimmers.com, a Thai cooking blog, original found at http://www.shesimmers.com/2009/03/how-to-make-thai-peanut-sauce-my-moms.html, please see her notes if you feel lost or have questions)
13.5 oz can of Chaokoh Brand Coconut milk (do not use the kind of coconut milk for drinking, use the stuff for cooking)
2 oz or 1/4 cup Thai Red Curry paste (I used Patak's Brand Hot Curry Paste, which is Indian not Thai)
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 tb salt
3/4 cup sugar (I used evaporated cane juice sugar, but normal sugar is fine)
2 tb apple cider vinegar (no substitutions)
1/2 cup water
Combine everything in a medium sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer 3-5 minutes, trying to not eat it out of the pan (I lost about a quarter of my sauce that way, its so good), then remove from heat and cool. Good on pretty much everything.
1 english cucumber, halved and sliced thin. (can substitute any type of cucumber, just make sure the volume is the same)
1 shallot, sliced thin (can substitute with approximately one quarter of a red onion)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup water
optional: one long Thai chili pepper, sliced thin (the not really hot ones)
Combine, chill, serve.
Curried Chicken bits
(its like cheater imitation satay if you don't have extra coconut milk)
1 large chicken breast
2 tb curry powder
1.5 tsp salt
1 tb sugar
a bit of water to moisten, if needed
Combine, marinate about ten minutes. Fry in an oiled pan. I used coconut oil, but any neutral oil is fine.
2012 March 19
Just a simple lunch of rice with peas, glazed carrots and a fried egg (with a ton of pepper, perfect!)
Reposted from http://nombento.blogspot.com/2012/04/thai-inspired.html