Monthly Archives: February 2017

Peanuts are they nuts or legumes?

Was I going to grow peanuts?…No! We normally get fresh peanuts from the farm, boil them and dry them in the sun and a peanut or two must have blown off the tray and self-set. I now have some little peanut plants…so that is a bonus.. Hence this post as I knew very little about peanuts except for the fact they can be used to make many things..peanut-660301_1920

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Authentic Thai Village Soup

We were spending the day at a Thai village and I watched and helped prepare a red ant soup made with local herbs and leaves some of which I had not seen before. One of the ingredients Pla a fermented fish which is very popular in dishes here in the North of Thailand is not one of my favourites, the look, the smell and the taste are not for me. Saying that my natural curiosity to taste everything is often an overriding factor so what I am saying is I am getting used to it…Still not my favourite but getting used to it… I never thought I would say that…so never say never.

Firstly we stripped the leaves from the Thai vegetable called Melientha sauvis or in Thai Phak waan paa which comes from a wild evergreen tree which grows up to 10 metres high and it is the young shoots which are picked to make soup or a dried fish curry.

Melientha in cooking pot leave stripped

It is classed as a delicacy here and a quite expensive indigenous vegetable. I was told that the soup is also good if you have tummy problems…..I love that the Thais in the villages still practise the old ways with herbs and roots to cure a number of ills… Rather than conventional medicines which some cannot afford or trust.

Before I start I will say that there are no weighing scales here but TASTE is king and that’s what cooking is about. A handful of this and a touch of that.

Let’s cook! 

Take a bunch of Melientha and strip the leaves also take a small bunch of lemon basil and do the same. Put in water.

Tear the yellow oyster mushrooms into smallish pieces and put in another pot.

Oyster mushrooms

A few teaspoons of pla was put in the pot and some water added as well as a shake or two of fish sauce and a little msg….I do not use this in my cooking but I know that it still used in the majority of village homes.

This was bought to the boil and the mushrooms were added, this was simmered for 5 mins and then the picked greens were added alongside a portion of red ants eggs.

Melientha cooking

It looked lovely and fresh and vibrant…I was however not looking forward to the tasting because of the amount of pla…

Melientha Soup

A dish was duly given to me with smiles of expectation. Would I eat it? Would I like it?

Very tentatively I tasted it…Wow, it was good…The lemon basil and the ant’s eggs.which have a lemony taste overrode the strong taste of the pla…..A truly lovely taste of Thailand.

If you ever get the chance to cook with the locals do it…I feel truly blessed that they are family and I have many opportunities to do this.

I hope you enjoyed reading and seeing real Thai cooking just as it is 🙂


Mini Cheesecakes

As I have only recently discovered what Graham Crackers are I no longer view these strange…..Crackers to us Brits are savory … Graham Crackers are what we call Digestives….All is now clear…ha ha…So a lovely cheese cake recipe from Joann 🙂

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mini-cheesecake-1Since my father passed away earlier in December, this Christmas was bittersweet. I think my cooking and baking has reflected my sadness. So these mini blueberry cheesecakes I made weren’t given the usual attention and detail that I normally like to give my recipes that I post. So I apologize if the pictures aren’t as appealing as the mini cheesecakes really are.


  • 6 graham cracker sheets
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 stick of melted butter


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered (confectioners) sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


To make the crust:

  1. Using a food processor, pulse the graham crackers until they are…

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10 Precise SEO Techniques that Increases Web traffic of Your Blog

Some great easy to understand tips to increase the flow /traffic to your blog 🙂traffic-jam-688566_1920



Every blogger and website owner wants his/her blog posts or the web pages to reach a maximum number of people and get popularity in the search engines. This is again very important for the blogs and the sites as such because without visitors no blog or website can survive longer.Even if you have the best possible content, it is useless if you don’t have enough readers.

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Fahk Khao #Thelma55 Fruit Weekend.

It’s Fruit weekend when we post about fruit which are common or uncommon to where we live…..This fruit is not a common fruit and quite rare.With its prickly outer shell which is NOT edible this fruit grows on climbing vines. Going from green to a dark orange when it is ripe this fruit has a short season of only 2 months from December to January. It is quite a rare fruit and found on local markets in Southern Thailand.fahk-khao

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