Hola peoples, how was your weekend?
Mine, surprisingly, turned out quite nice. I was supposed to go to English Camp in Lampang, but my stomach was bothering me on Friday so I opted out. Instead, I roamed around the market again and bought a few pair of leggings. I also went for a massage on Saturday! You can take the girl out of jersey, but you can’t take the jersey out of the girl. If only there was a spa where I could get my nails did!
It was the first time I had a massage here in Tak. I have to say it was pretty great. At first glance it was a bit shady. Rochelle even said it looked like a place where they not only gave massages but happy endings :-O It wasn’t like that… thank goodness, but it was in a hotel room…and the pants had no draw strings so we had to improvise…
Sunday was just a relaxing day with nothing on my agenda, so I was a bit down that I had no way of getting anywhere or doing anything except what was in biking distance. However, Sunday turned out lovely because after a great Thai-robic session I hit up my FAVE veg place- don’t worry a post will come on that too- and the ladies who run it gave me a recipe for my FAVE dish, these little fake fish cakes! Here’s the recipe & I can’t wait to make it when I get home to the states! I just hope I do it right since these, along with peanut butter and french fries, are one of the few things I can strongly say I would NEVER get sick of, NEVER! And I never say never, but I am.
This recipe was translated from Thai to English by Steve, a nice Thai man, who I think is related to the woman and her daughter who run the veg stand. I had to ask Nun about the Bergamot leaves, and she said they are kaffir leaves, which means I have a better shot at finding them when I get back to the states. Some things got lost in translation, like originally the recipe said 3 cups sugar and then 3/4 cups sugar. Holy! I almost decided then and there to stop eating so many of these, but reading the instructions I realized it was supposed to be 3 cups water.
And I’ll be honest the salt might just really be MSG. I am in Thailand folks. The ingredients in parenthesis are more specific of what is called for, these I added in order to remember better what exactly goes into the recipe.
‘Mushroom Frieds’ as translated but I prefer Fake Fish Cakes
2 tablespoons of curry paste (red)
2 cups glutinous rice flour
2 pieces of tofu/bean curd (firm)
Bergamot leaves (Kaffir leaves)
3 cups of water
¾ cups sugar (palm sugar)
¼ tsp of salt
Knead 2 cups of glutinous rice flour with 3 cups of water
Pour 2 tablespoons of curry paste, ¾ cups of sugar, ¼ tsp of salt and 2 eggs in a bowl.
Add Bergamot leaves and knead in bean curd. Stir mixture together until dough forms.
Shape into small balls, or drop by spoonful into hot oil. Fry balls in pan.
Enjoy :O) like I always do!
Then, on my way home, my neighbor Tawan stopped me and gave me a reflector light for my bike. He said it’s dangerous at night, which it is- not to mention I am probably the most dangerous bicyclist in Thailand since I simply cut cars off and naturally assume bicyclists have the right of way. What do you expect when your bike has no breaks! Anyways, the light is sweet. It has a few different settings from a slow blink to a fast one for when I am in a hurry I guess. Now I need to figure out how to put it on my bike. Maybe I’ll just wear it instead.
I hope your weekend was as relaxing and joyful as mine! Toodles!