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Tofu and Mushroom with Seaweed Soup

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It’s another busy week in this household. Yaseen is having mid-term exams at the moment, and Sadik is in the south for the conference. It’s tough when I have to run the show alone. Usually, Sadik helps me get Yaseen ready for school while I cook them breakfast and pack lunch. Now I have to run around the house doing both things while time seems to move faster than usual. Well, on the bright side, I have to cook for 2, and Yaseen and I like the same food.

I love light dinner on lazy days. Although I have

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How to Make Thai Chicken Meatballs

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If you are living abroad, you will understand the struggle of making your kitchen feel like home. Whenever I travel back to India from Thailand, I stuff my luggage with food items we don’t normally get here. I often pack dried calamari, shrimp paste, chili paste, condiments, local snacks and sweet. Luckily, we have a nearby supermarket that stocks Thai ingredients now, but we still don’t get everything.

Thai food I miss the most is Loog Chin or Thai meatballs. They’re varieties of meatballs which can be made with chicken, beef, pork, fish, shrimp and even calamari. Meatballs are

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Boon Khow Saag : Thai Festival of Offering

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It was a holiday so I was allowed to sleep in a little longer. I loved cold air coming from the windows in the morning. It made me realize how lucky I was to be home. I could hear traditional Isaan music trembling in the air. The village community building had been playing the songs since dawn. I could hear the commotion in the kitchen downstairs, and the aroma of Krachai (Thai ginger root) was so aromatic, purling throughout the house. I knew right away that my mom’s Red Chicken Curry with Eggplants and Blood Custard was ready. My parents

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Life Update 1: I can’t Cook

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I’m trying to savor the comfort of rainy season as much as possible. To be honest, we can’t really call it rainy season anymore. It’s cloudy, gloomy, mysterious and cozy, but there aren’t enough drops of water to make the soil wet. We are on the way to winter, another of my favorite seasons. I’m looking forward to the cold nights with hot chocolate and blanket while snuggling the boys and watching old horror movies. But right now, the cloudy sky allows me enjoy the weather outside so I write in my balcony where my jasmine plants slither on the

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Update from the Farm:  September 2016

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You guys remember Update from the Farm series in this blog? If you have been following us for a while, you probably know the story of my parents’ farm in Khon Kaen Province, Thailand. In those posts, I wrote about what happened in our humble land with the pictures my parents sent to me. The series abruptly stopped when my dad passed away, and everyone, including our land, was in deep sorrow, grieving for him.

In years, my family abandoned the farm because we had lost inspiration and a great leader. The soil turned dry, the heat evaporated the

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Mini Banana Spring Rolls

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If you’ve been with us for a while, you probably know that we just love deep-fried food. We deep fry everything, from Oreo to a whole big fish. The other day, Yaseen even invented his version of Deep Fried Marshmallow, which I’m going to share a recipe with you soon.

And although we always try to be healthy, we can’t seem to stop eating crispy greasy deep-fried food. Well, I think we deserve the best in life, and if it’s going to come out of hot oil, so be it.

Here is a spontaneous dessert we absolutely love,

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Winter Melon and Yogurt Curry

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When we drive down to the south of India, usually a 2 days journey, we eat at the restaurants on the highways. As we cross a border to state of Kerala, we look the stalls that serve traditional meals, meals in banana leaves. Sadik calls them Nadan Bakshanam.

These roadside restaurants are modest, with a light roof made of dried coconut leaves, and airy, cozy atmosphere.

From the road, we pick a restaurant. The smoke trails up from the kitchen in the back. Something is being cooked on the wood-burning stove, and it must taste rustic and delicious.

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Stir Fried Tom Yum Noodle

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I cook all the time. My kitchen counter is like the unfinished chapters in my current novel. It’s really chaotic. The ingredients spread all over, and a knife is covered with blood on a chopping board. Okay, I’m kidding. No blood. But yeah, it’s not pretty because I cook all day while I’m trying to work and take care of the house at the same time.

Yaseen comes back home from school at 2.10 pm, and he always asks for after-school snack so I often wait to have lunch at the same time. My kid’s palate is much like

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Stir Fried Roasted Eggplant

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Sadik and I decided to buy fresh vegetable on daily basis from the local stores instead of buying everything on the weekend from supermarkets. We still go to supermarkets on the weekend to get other groceries and snack, but seasonal and local produce are just on the sides of the road outside our apartment. We reduce food waste and save a lot of money from this new routine.

Right now, the eggplants look really good here. In India, we don’t get the same eggplants as in Thailand. In this city, there are different varieties, and the most common in

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Thai Ice Black Coffee

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Why coffee is so expensive? I don’t really like coffee, but my brain starts to depend on it. The first thing I do in the morning is making a cup of black coffee. No sugar. I wait until my coffee is lukewarm and drink the whole thing in one shot. When we go out, I always get an ice cappuccino after complaining about how unreasonable it is.

Anyway, I’m weaning off all caffeinated drinks at the moment. Well, it’s healthier that way, and oh how much money I will save if I don’t have an urge to buy coffee

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