Thai cooking class

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Ploy taught us basic thai cooking

Lots of fun, tasty food and easy to cook-recepies to bring along wherever we go.

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Qcumber in Khao Lak

It was a good class, very nice setting in the middle of the restaurant and our teacher Ploy was great at explaining, showing and letting us try to do the cooking to learn.

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Mango sticky rice for dessert

The café / restaurant Qcumber  has a simple, clean and very welcoming feeling to it.

Ploy recently started her own business here in Khao Lak, but has years of experience of teaching Thai cooking from Bangkok, Khao Lak and Europe.

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Mango sticky rice, northern Thailand style

We did five dishes/recipies whereof one is a curry paste that we then used to make a Tom Yam soup.

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Tom Yam soup

This was a fun evening together and we got lots of inspiration to try our new skills when having a kitchen to use in Singapore from next week.

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Anders plating Pad thai

It’s our last evening in Khao Lak and tomorrow we’ll go to spend a couple of days in Phuket.

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Green curry with chicken

Learning to actually make some of the popular Thai dishes on our own has been something we’ve talked about since we got here, and we found a great teacher in Ploy!

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Simple gas stove with a wok

Everything was very well prepared and we got to use some of the professional tricks of a chef by preparing all the ingredients before cooking the dishes in the wok.

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Some local herbs and popular ingredients

We don’t need to eat anything more tonight, that’s for sure!

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Can’t really contain the happiness

It feels like bubbles, sweetness, joy and excitement all at once. Waking up tired this morning, not knowing how I wanted to spend the day. Reading in bed until an urge of going to a café came up, walking in the sun, longing for shade and a cup of coffee.

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At the Qcumber café

Ended up in the small Qcumber café in southern Khao Lak, a place that inspired me the first time I saw it, and today I finally went in. A wonderful smoothie and a good cappuccino, the sense of real passion and high quality made me ask about their cooking classes. And later we booked it, and tonight it’s happening – Anders and I together with a teacher, cooking five thai dishes! And eating it.

Yey! We’ll be expanding our knowledge and be able to make some good thai food on our own soon.

Peace out!
Wivan

36 and 3/4

Yesterday was Anders’ 36 years and 9 months-birthday, and yes, we celebrated it! We love to find or make up reasons to just celebrate life, love and the world in different ways, and yesterday was a very legitimate reason! Who doesn’t celebrate their 3/4-birthday?

Coffee, dessert and sparkling wine

Coffee, dessert and sparkling wine

Anyways, by sharing this we want to encourage you to celebrate more. Most of us have tons of things to be happy about in life; living under good conditions and have great health. We know there are many people suffering in different ways. We remember that too and respect our different lives and never neglect those facts, but does that mean we can’t be happy and grateful for what we have, who we are and who we’re lucky to have in our lives? No.

So, as a fun little exercise, maybe you can surprise yourself or someone you know by finding a reason, or just celebrating life for the fun of it?

Tea lights brighten up rainy nights and adds to the celebration vibe

Tea lights brighten up rainy nights and adds to the celebration vibe

By the way, what does celebrate mean to you? Is it doing something fun, taking a bath, enjoying a glass of wine, singing a song to someone you love, taking a long walk, watching a movie and eat popcorn, sleeping in or staying up late? There are so many different ways of celebrating, and we all do it differently.

Wivan loves walking barefoot in the sun

Wivan loves walking barefoot in the sun

To us celebrating can be many things; having a good meal, sitting in the sun, running barefoot, kissing, snuggle with a dog, drinking coffee, sleeping in, watching a movie, having a drink, talking to loved ones, dancing, playing a game, cooking, hugging, swimming, singing, stretching, dreaming, playing music… anything really. Guess it’s just a mindset, huh?!

Enjoy your celebration, you’re well worth it!

// Anders & Wivan

House sitting + cooking = true

Anders found this video a while ago and now we’ve both watched it. Earlier we’ve heard about Michael Pollan but never read any of his books so this video really was a good insight to his work and what he’s research shows.

Food from the shops in Al Rehab, New Cairo

Food from the shops in Al Rehab, New Cairo

That we need to eat proper food instead of “fake food” is something we’ve known for a long time, and after working several years with health, nutrition and real food supplements, it’s always nice to get some new facts and inspiration.

At the market in Thiviers

At the market in Thiviers

And we happen to be in a great place for this type of inspiration. When living in the French country side, being able to harvest some fresh vegetables from our host’s gardens and shopping most of the food fresh at the local market or in special shops (butcher, bakery, wine store etc), cooking at home makes so much sense. Whenever we’re invited to someones house here, there’s always great home made food – usually three or more courses on the table.

What do you think when you see this video?

// Anders & Wivan