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Trip Start Jul 24, 2009
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Trip End Jun 30, 2010


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Baan Lansa, Chiang Mai

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Before I start this blog I would like you all to know that I have a certificate that (and I quote) states that I, Vanessa Brooks 'am able to cook a variety of starters, soups, main courses and desserts in a traditional Thai style' dated the 6th August 2009.

I have of course finished my week at the Chiang Mai Thai cookery school and it has been brilliant. Eaten LOADS of food and got overly cocky with the chillies resulting in me burning half my mouth off but apart from that it was really worthwhile doing especially as I have a certificate! It was five seperate days where we made 6 dishes a day and then had to eat them to taste them, even I struggled.

The course helped me get to know the basic Thai ingredients which are used extensively throughout their dishes, such as chili, garlic, fish sauce, palm sugar and coriander (yuk yuk yuk, had to even eat the root of the blasted thing). I also learnt how to make curry pastes and then made green, red, yellow curries as well as two northen Thai style curries. We visited the local food market in Chiang Mai (Sompet market) where we were shown where they are sold and how to buy them. Seeing the fruit and veg was fab, wasn't so sure about the fish! We also had a lesson in vegetable carving which I am shit at, I was in the speical needs carving group due to my inability to make a slice of carrot look like a leaf. The pictures I took were very flattering towards my efforts which in real life looked like a vegetabel massacre.

For most of the dishes the key is in getting the right ingreidants fresh adn the preparing them properly. As most of the cooking is done on a wok once you start it's a pretty quick process so veggies etc need to be ready. Made some interesting desserts of which bananas in coconut milk was made favourite, very sweet and delicious! Also made various thing sin a variety of leaves such as banana and pandanas.

I really recommend doing a cookery course whenever you travel, feel I've got a new skill that I can use.


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elaine1709
elaine1709 on

Hungry
Nessa.....this is making me soooo hungry!

saltaire
saltaire on

herb
So do you love coriander now then?

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vanessa5694
vanessa5694 on

Re: herb
Lets just say I am not so offeded but whenever I had to put it in a dish I halved the amount!!

kateeh
kateeh on

euw
euw euw, remember the salads wed get at LM and have to pick the corriander out? Reeeeeevolting!! Mind you, does its flavour lessen in cooking?

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