My obsession with Thai food is fairly recent but pretty intense. I always loved Chinese food, but Thai food combines ingredients like Coconut milk and spices like Cumin and Coriander which are very popular in Indian cuisine as well. I started mastering the basics like red and green curry and moved on to Massaman & Panang. Each spice base has someone the same ingredients but are very distinct in their taste.
The Massaman curry base is very unique – spices like fennel, cumin, coriander, cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon and black peppercorns are pounder together with the usual suspects, red chillies, shallots, lemongrass, ginger and galangal. And of course it’s finished off with fish sauce and shrimp paste. If you like to make a vegetarian or vegan version of the paste substitute light soya and spicy bean paste for the fish sauce and shrimp paste. I’ve used this to make a delicious Thai Massaman Noodle Salad and in a Peanut sauce and now I’m going to simmer chunks of meat in this blend of spices and creamy Coconut milk. This curry is hearty, cooked together with potatoes, studded with peanuts and served with some Jasmine rice, you gotta try it.
Food Revolution is an event I like to participate in yearly. It resonates so well with me as this is something I live with my own kids. Growing up with grandmothers, aunts and my own mother who are excellent cooks, it never occurred to me that there are so many kids out there that have to fill themselves up with empty calories like deep fried foods and candy.
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To mark this event, I decided to remake DJ BBQ’s recipe for Chicken Fajitas and show my son Aaron how to prepare this himself. Both my boys will soon be off to University and while I’m sure they will not always find the time to prepare their own meals, they will at least make the right food choices. Well that’s the hope anyway.
I met DJ BBQ on the set of Jamie Oliver’s Pressure Cooker a reality show that pita home cooks against each other producing a gourmet meal under a tight timeline for the Time’s restaurant critic Giles Coren. Hid recipe for Chicken Fajitas is not only delicious, it’s fresh and nutritious when you make your own pico de gallo and guacamole. Making food fun is a great way to get your kids into the kitchen and in charge of what they put into their mouths.