Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic


ต้มข่าไก่ Dhom Ka Gui, which is often spelled Tom Ka Gai, is Thai coconut chicken soup. Last week in the cold and rain of Berkeley it rejuvenated me, and reminded me of just how much of a comfort food it is. And it is incredibly healthy - very little sodium, lots of lime juice and lemon grass and after all it is chicken soup.

So since I am on a Thai cooking jag, I went out and got the ingredients, and made two batches at home today, about 1/4 was dinner and I am still yummified. Very quick and easy to make, and delicious. I think I would like it better as duck soup, but was too lazy to go to the Chinese restaurant for take-out roast duck. And had not thought of it until after my two trips to Ranch99.

The recipe was out of Nancie McDermott's Real Thai , IMNSHO the best Thai cookbook ever written.  Nancie was in my Peace Corps/Thailand group and this is her first cookbook - she has since made cookbook writing her profession.

The continuing saga of preserved turnips took another step forward, I think, this morning. I unpacked the turnip shreds from the brine (the recipe said >12 hours, it was more like 15) and since I did not trust the plastic peanut butter container I'd used for that step for the next step, I went out in search of Mason jars. Came up empty, but bought a big pickle jar, emptied it into an even bigger pickle jar, washed it out and plopped in 4 garlic cloves, the turnip shreds and filled it with white vinegar. That will sit on a shelf for a week or three. I may need to dilute the vinegar with water, but maybe not.

While I was on the pickle run, I also got some more eggs, so maybe tomorrow I'll whip up some Pot Thai. Need to do that soon so the chives and basil don't spoil.

Took a break and went to Starbucks, only to find them closing early. Continued on to the late night one, found a spot to sit, logged in on the netbook for a little but mostly read from a book I bought at BASFA last week, Michael Palin's Hemingway's Chair. I figured a book by this Monty Python alumnus ought to be interesting, and it is. Superbly written, and the chapters are short which somehow makes it harder to set down.

Plans for tomorrow:
Call PA Medical Foundation to find out what the bogus $500+ charge at the end of my bill is about. Looks like they are charging me for Blue Cross payments which I already made through my paycheck.
Do the laundry
Check the job listings
Tags: cooking, job hunt, shopping, thailand

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