Since it was Pai’s first day she wanted to cook us a feast! One of my main goals for having a nanny/maid is to learn how to cook Thai food! There is only one problem with this…. She doesn’t speak English fluently so when she has an ingredient she doesn’t know the name for it in English most of the time so I have to write down the Thai pronunciation of what I think she is saying and then figure out what the ingredient might be…. So for now I will just write about what we did and once I get a better handle on what we are using I will share recipes for anyone interested.
First we make the soup, Tom Yum Goong, this is a soup with coconut milk as the base and you add parsley, mushrooms, lemon grass, something that looks like ginger but is not, Thai chilli peppers, lime, and shrimp. It was light and delicious. The lime complimented the coconut milk and it was just a perfect marry of flavors. We then made stir fry chicken and veggies over rice. That was pretty simple but amazing! The most complicated of the cooking was the soup but it really wasn’t even that bad and I’m sure it will be even easier when I figure out the ingredients!
Last night I felt like I was eating in a fancy restaurant not my kitchen. I can’t wait to learn more from Pai and her fantastic cooking skills. She really does have a gift.