I Go Cuckoo For Coconut Rice!

THE NEW TREND
COCONUT RICE!  One of the joys of cooking is always learning!

BEST OF BANGKOK, THAILAND
I was excited to meet my fellow foodie at Tealicious Cafe in Bangkok, Thailand. It was a long plane ride. I did sleep. But, I felt like I was in twilight zone.  The cab ride was wonderful. Great to get back on terra firma.

Tea-licious cafe

Picture Perfect Menu [Anthony Bourdain-blue T-shirt-upper balcony]

Lisa recommended the Pineapple Fried Rice . It was the first time I enjoyed this wonderful meal.  Y-u-m-m!  Whenever I prepare this dish at home, it reminds me of good times in Bangkok.

Lisa said, “A big part of the great flavour is the coconut rice.”  Today, some foodies  have embraced this rice as their all time standard fare. Your guests will comment favorably on your dishes when you use this not so secret  “coconut” rice.  It is as easy to make as regular rice!

Fill a Cup, Ramekin or Small Bowl With Rice, To Shape Your Rice [ Invert the cup on to your plate]

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COCONUT RICE | Kao Mun

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • enough Thai Jasmine Rice or Basmati  to fill the can
  • Enough water to fill the can
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5-6 green cardamom pods (optional)
  • 1/2 lemon (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Empty can of coconut milk into a pot.
  2. Fill the can with rice and pour into the pot.
  3. Fill the can with water, swirling  to get all of the rice out, then pour it into the pot.
  4. Add 1/2 tsp of salt, cardamom pods, lemon half and cook on high until the mixture comes to a boil
  5. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook for 20 minutes without removing the lid.
  6. Turn off the heat and serve the rice when you have finished preparing your meal. This can sit in the pot undisturbed for up to 10 minutes.  Fluff and serve.
  7. You only have one pot to wash!

There are many other instructions that can be given for making rice but this recipe is for the busy person to make it fast and it works!  You can put the timer on for 20 minutes and let it cook while you prepare the rest of the meal.  Then it’s all  done at once!

You can optionally add the cardamom for a delicate flavour.

You can optionally add the lemon as the acid to balance out the sweetness of the coconut milk and also it will help your body to become more basic for better health.  You do not taste it as a specific lemony flavour.  It just adds to the overall result.

 


Now, we are going to FLAVOR~TOWN!

As shown in the final photo, you can easily freeze any leftover portions in glass for a future side  dish or stir fry.
FOOD TIP: Coconut milk can be found in cans or in the powdered form. Any leftover liquid milk can be frozen in ice-cube trays, then transferred to freezer bags to add to curries or soups. You can rinse the rice until water is clear before cooking. Rinsing gets rid of starch that makes rice sticky.    Michelin three star Chef Ramsey uses cardamon pods  and star anise (anise benefits include killing off bacteria and fungus  & naturally fighting off the flu ) for making rice.  Three split cardamon pods may be enough flavour  for you. Try it and see how you like it.
Grilled shrimp on coconut rice!M-M-M-M-M-M-M GOOD!

DID YOU KNOW? Coconut water is filled with antioxidants and electrolytes. Not only is coconut water low-calorie, but it is super hydrating.
RICE MAKING TIPS ~VIDEO: This video is simply cooking regular rice. I wanted to share it with you because it had excellent tips for all types of rice. It’s easy to substitute coconut milk for water by following  your “coconut rice” recipe.  I did learn something new here about new and old Jasmine rice! I hope you will learn something new as well! Other videos making coconut rice


DOCTOR’S CORNER: A new addition to my foodie posts is “Doctor’s Corner”.  If the recipe has an ingredient that has a health benefit, this is the place you will find me writing about it. For instance, coconut is good for brain health. Coconut contains MCT or medium chain triglycerides, as opposed to long chain triglycerides (LCT), which are found in other fatty foods. Medium chains are easier to digest. MCT helps balance gut bacteria, and is protective against pathogenic bacteria and viruses – this means a healthier microflora. Did you know 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut? Serotonin is good for brain health. Coconut oil has the most MCT of all the oils at 55%.  Coconut milk  has 14% MCT. Interestingly, butter has 8% MCT. A trace amount of “medium” length fatty acids are stored in our fat cells  after ingestion. Energy (from ketones) is released quickly using MCT based foods. At the same time, the production of free radicals is reduced. This is important for brain health, as free radicals are unstable and destructive, and increase the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases. Higher levels of ketones are beneficial for prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s. There is also emerging research supporting ketones playing a role in improving mental health disorders, such as ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

 

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Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

THAILAND
Pineapple is widely available in Thailand. In Canada, pineapples peak in the winter. But, they can be purchased year round. Tourists traveling to Thailand also enjoy their exotic unique foods. These light dishes have become a great addition to our western meal planning. We value the healthy benefits and spicy flavours. This dish will please everyone especially the kids!
With influences from Vietnam and China, Thai food has evolved over time to become its own traditional culinary style. Thai Pineapple Fried Rice (Khao Pad Sapparot) is a spectacular dish! Once you taste it, I think you will agree with me that it will become a regular dish on your dining room table.
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THAI PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE ~30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 cups cooked jasmine rice (leftover rice works great too)
  • 4 oz. skinless boneless chicken breast
  • 5 oz. shrimp or pork
  • one pineapple
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp. mushroom soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 stems green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup unsalted cashews
  • strips of red pepper
  • cilantro for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces.  If you find it hard to cut, put in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to harden slightly and then cut. Reserve along with the shrimp.
  2. Cut a pineapple in half lengthwise. Cut out the triangle of the hard core and freeze for your next smoothie.  Remove and dice the pineapple flesh into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
  3. Mix the mushroom soy sauce and fish sauce in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Turn your wok or sauté pan on high and add the oil and garlic, fry for 30 seconds.  Add the chicken and shrimp and stir fry until the chicken is about halfway cooked through (about 1 1/2 minutes), then move to one side and turn the heat to medium. Break the eggs directly into the pan. Fry the eggs without breaking them up for about 2 minutes, until they are partially set.
  5. Push the eggs and meat to one side and add the rice to the other side.  Add the soy sauce and fish sauce directly on the rice and then with a shoveling motion, combine the two sides of the pan, tossing, stirring for 2 minutes, mixing the rice with the eggs shrimp and chicken, working from the bottom so that the rice has a chance to fry in the oil and everything  is integrated.
  6. Sprinkle black pepper on the rice and add cashews, green onion and the reserved pineapple chunks. Transfer to the hollowed out pineapple halves, garnish with the red pepper slices, chopped cilantro and serve. ENJOY!!!

“Chunky” Good For Extra Crunch! YUM!

VARIATIONS
Add chicken, pork or  shrimp or ALL THREE! Allergic to nuts..don’t add them!

Vegan Version With EXTRA Pizzazz `Crimp Cut Edges’.

didyouknowDID YOU KNOW?
ALL THE GOODNESS OF PINEAPPLE
That prickly sensation in pineapple is the Bromelain in pineapple. It is purported to be an anti-aging element which prevents blood clotting since it acts as a blood thinner much like spinach. Today, there is less bromelain in pineapple than 50 years ago, due to the change in the soil’s composition.

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WHAT TO DO WITH THE PINEAPPLE SKINS?
Marinade chicken with your favorite recipe. Tie the pineapple skins to the chicken and grill on your stove top or outdoors for that added flavour.

Confucius Say…..!

Exotic Leftover Turkey

THE NEW COMFORT FOOD
The Christmas Turkey brings to life family gatherings. Such a warm and loving atmosphere of uncles, aunts and good friends. The turkey was enthusiastically embraced as a Christmas tradition and it was considered an “exotic bird”, especially by the upper crust in England during the 16th century. In 1950 turkeys became affordable for the middle class. By making a Thai turkey dish from leftovers may also be considered exotic – for now.
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LET’S EAT…SIMPLE.

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Turkey Leftovers

I make my leftover Thai turkey every year now. First, I make sure I buy a large enough turkey so I can get about a pound (.46 kilos) of leftover, tasty turkey meat. I have two great meals from one turkey every year. Too tired to cook? Freeze leftover turkey and make this delicious, nutritious meal another day! Make it once and you will enjoy the tantalizing flavours with rich creamy coconut milk. Your family will love it!
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img_4370INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1/2 cup chopped shallots
1 large red bell pepper, cut into strips
2 medium carrots, trimmed and shredded
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons easy home-made  or jarred Thai Red Curry Paste
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons palm sugar or light brown sugar
1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
1 pound left over turkey, cubed or strips
3 tablespoons chopped Thai basil leaves
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Cooked jasmine rice, accompaniment
Sprigs fresh cilantro, garnish
INSTRUCTIONS
1. In a large wok or saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
2. Add to the pan shallots, saute a few minutes
3. Add to the pan garlic and saute a few more minutes.
4. Add to the pan shallots, bell peppers, and carrots.

Easy Sliced Red Peppers

Easy Sliced Red Peppers

5. Stir-fry until soft (2 to 3 minutes).
6. Add the curry paste and cook, stirring, until fragrant (30 seconds to 1 minute).
7. Stirring, add the fish sauce and sugar, then add the coconut milk and bring to a boil.
8. Simmer until thickened slightly (about 2 minutes).
9. Add the turkey, stirring  (about 5 minutes).
10. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil and cilantro.
Serve over jasmine rice, garnished with cilantro sprigs.
Optional: Add more greens such as leftover peas, spinach, bok choy, celery or kale.

Red Thai Curry Chicken with Jasmine Rice

Red Thai Curry Turkey with Jasmine Rice

In Thailand, POPULAR dishes using red curry paste cooked in coconut milk and are added to meat such as chicken, beef, pork, duck or shrimp are fabulous.

ALTERNATIVE COOKING METHOD
If you are using raw chicken or turkey, you can use a Pressure Cooker to prepare your Thai Red Curry in about 30 minutes
didyouknow
DID YOU KNOW?  Turkey is an excellent source of lean protein and selenium and a good source of vitamin B6.  Selenium is involved in thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defense systems, immune function and DNA repair.  Turkey is also rich in vitamin B3, which helps to control insulin and blood sugar.

HAT2FOOD TIPS: If you don’t have fish sauce handy you can use anchovies. My mum always had fish paste in the frig. She bought it in a squeezable tube and kept it in the door of the frig. She would also keep anchovies in a small glass jar tucked away in the frig. They really come in handy. Hard boiled eggs with anchovies on toasted rye bread was a typical treat in our house.

SPECIAL FESTIVE COLOURS for your Exotic Leftover Turkey. Add green peppers for a MERRY CHRISTMAS and enjoy  the holidays with FESTIVE, ‘HEALTHY’ RED AND GREEN PEPPERS!
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