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Thursday, July 17th, 2008
1:07 am
Thai Foods and Cooking

Thai food has become in recent years one of the world's favorite cuisines. When we speak of "Thai food ", we are in fact talking of four very distinct regions in the country, each with their own culinary traditions. We are speaking too of the dishes created in the royal courts and palaces of Old Siam, that have been passed down through many generations of chefs, and finally into public domain.

Good food also comes up from the street level, and many of Thailand's most popular dishes can be found at the smallest food stalls and restaurants. And there is the influence of China, India, Malaysia and other neighbouring countries. So all these different factors come together under the label "Thai food", and you will find them in varying degrees at any Thai restaurant you care to visit, anywhere in the world.

One of the most distinctive aspects of the cuisine is its use of herbs and spices. With regard to the spices, some Thai dishes are very hot, but by no means all of them. The herbs have another function, in addition to providing flavour, in that they all have to varying degrees various medical and therapeutic benefits.

Thailand has a long history, going back to ancient times, of the use of herbs for medical purpose, and this in turn has permeated the ways of cooking and preparing food. Coupled with its low-fat qualities and its essential freshness, this helps make Thai food one of the healthiest anywhere. Another important aspect about Thai food is the hospitality and friendliness, the sheer enjoyment of good companionship and of eating that is such a powerful element of the Thai personality. Sharing a meal is an important part of the day for any Thai person, and meal are very seldom taken alone. That is why all the dishes are generally served at once during Thai meal, and why there is a communal spoon placed alongside each dish for people to help themselves and to serve others.

A Thai meal ideally is a communal affair, principally because the greater the number of dinners the greater the number of dishes that can be sampled. Diners choose what ever they require from share dishes and generally add it to their own plate of rice. All the dish are serve simultaneously, or nearly so. The object is to archive a harmonious blend of the spicy, the subtle, the sweet and sour, and a meal is meant to be equally satisfying to the eye, nose and palate.

Thailand is blessed with many varieties of plants, herbs and spices which ensure s balanced diet. Today, visitors can both relish classic Thai menus and the benefits of a natural diet, and study the art of Thai cooking at several specialist schools in Bangkok and major beach resorts.

You can see more information about Thailand and Thailand tourism at thailand-vacation-info.blogspot.com.

About the Author: Kai Otoko is the webmaster of thailand-vacation-info.blogspot.com which is the blog introducing information for people who are planning to take a Thailand Vacation, or just want to know more about Thailand. The main purpose is to help promote Thailand tourism.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2008
3:08 am
Finding Cooking Courses To Suit You

I have a great working relationship with most of my co-workers and good friendships with three of them. It seems that even though we see each other daily it is hard to keep up with what is going on in each others lives. We make it a point to have lunch as often as possible or to go to a happy hour after work, but so often it seems that we end up talking about work. The last time we went out to a happy hour we started talking about doing some type of activity together. One of my friends mentioned that she was going to sign up for some cooking courses offered through community education. She thought it might be fun if we would do this together. The cooking courses were to concentrate on making thirty minute meals that were above average in taste and presentation. We decided that this would be fun as well as helpful in our lives.

The first evening of the cooking courses found the four of us putting on hair nets and aprons. Of course we all thought this was quite funny. We knew we had joined a serious class when the instructor threatened to separate us. Instead of being a fun activity where we could enjoy each others company the cooking courses became quite stressful. The first night the instructor timed us as we cut up onions and vegetables for the stir fry dish that we were making. She had a timer with a bell along with a whistle to make sure we all dropped our knives when she said that the time was up.

At our first break we went outside to get some fresh air. One of the other students heard us talking about how serious the course was. She said that she had taken other cooking courses and that they had been a great deal of fun and more laid back. She thought that the instructor was filling in for someone else. We made it through the first night. I did learn a few ways to cut off time in meal preparation but I was not that excited about going back. At work the next day we all agree that we would go the next week and if things did not improve we would skip the rest of the cooking courses and spend the time having drinks and dinner.

The next week there was a different instructor for the cooking class. She was a great deal of fun and had all of us laughing as we prepared short cut meals that could be frozen for later use. The evening flew by. It is amazing the difference the personality of the instructor can have on how much you enjoy a class as well as on how much you learn. The rest of the cooking courses were taught by the fun instructor so we kept going and learned a great deal.

About the Author: Peter Kring runs his own mail order business as well as running several shopping based websites.
You can visit one of his websites about Cooking Guides and other cooking articles.

Friday, June 13th, 2008
8:07 pm
The Four Faces Of Carbohydrates

There are two main groups of sugars: mono saccharides (glucose, fructose and galactose) and disaccharides (lactose, maltose and sucrose). Glucose is present in fruits, some vegetables, honey and corn syrup. It is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Fructose is found in fruits and honey. It is often preferred over glucose and sucrose because it is absorbed less quickly, especially when from fresh fruits. Lactose is composed of glucose and galactose. It is sometimes called milk sugar. It is also absorbed into the bloodstream at a slower rate. Sucrose is refined table sugar; it contains no extra nutrients. Brown muscovado and other raw sugars have small amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium ant potassium. Dark molasses are a decent source of calcium, iron and potassium, and have traces of B vitamins. Maltose is found in barley malt and some cereals. It is a product of seed germination, fermentation or both. As a primary ingredient in malt beer, maltose causes blood sugar levels to skyrocket.

Starches are the longest strands of glucose beats stored in plants. Not all starches are equal. Brown, unpolished rice is a healthier choice than polished white rice. Typically, brown rice has a nutrient advantage overwrite rice. They have more protein, fiber, iron, zinc, folic acid, vitamin E, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin and calcium. Whole wheat, rye or multigrain breads pack more nutrients than white bread. Beware of brown breads that aren't made from whole wheat, rye or molasses.

Fibers are long strands of sugars (polysaccharides) similar to starch. But unlike starch, most fibers cannot be broken down by the body's digestive enzymes. Thus, they are calorie-free. Whether soluble (found in dried beans, lentils, oat and rice bran, and fruit jams ant jellies) or insoluble (found in leaves, peels, skins and outer cover of grains like wheat ant rice bran), fiber is a healthy option. Fiber curbs overeating, does not cause rapid elevation in blood sugar, promotes healthy digestive tracts and regular stool movement, slows fat absorption and lowers blood cholesterol, and reduces risks of cancer.

Sugar alcohols are synthetic sugars engineered and manufactured from sugars and cellulose. They are absorbed less quickly than table sugar, thus discouraging incidences of blood sugar level fluctuations and mood swings. These are sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, isomalt and starch hydroxylate. According to dietitian Mary Abbott Hess in "The Art of Cooking for the diabetics" the body processes simple sugars in much the same way it does starch in rice or potato. So the emphasis is really on total carbohydrates. We have to choose healthier carbohydrate-rich foods. An oranges half a cup of regular gelatin dessert, and half a cup of regular ice cream contains 15 grams of carbohydrates each, says Hess. However, the orange and gelatin give only 60 calories each. Ice cream has a whopping 150 calories (not to mention 12 grams of fat and about 45 milligrams of cholesterol). Gelatin comes packed with more fiber than an orange, and has vitamins A and C and traces of minerals. Although ice cream offers calcium, potassium, vitamin A and some protein, there are less-fattening choices. In processed foods, anything added to carbohydrates usually adds calories, the culprits that give carbohydrates a bum rap.

About the Author: Manolito Montala is a CAD Engineer and a webmaster. You can find filipino and vegetarian recipes, nutrition guide on his website the Filipino Vegetarian Recipes.Com. You are welcome to visit his site in .filipinovegetarianrecipe.com

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
2:23 pm
Nusa Dua, Soho
Website here

Nusa Dua is in Dean Street, Soho and is a mostly Thai/Malaysian/vaguely oriental restaurant. For me their particular attraction is the pre-theatre menu for just £6.95 a head before 6PM.

You get a small basket of prawn crackers, a bowl of light vegetable soup, a small starter and a main course with rice or noodles. I think they give you a cup of green tea afterwards but we were in a hurry last time we went so I'm not sure. The options are more limited than those on their standard menu, but there is still plenty of choice including veggie options. The portions aren't huge (my starter was one spring roll) but there is plenty to fill you up. You can always have pudding if you're still peckish ;o)

I've been several times and it's always been good, and it's particularly useful for grabbing a quick bite between work and your evening activities.

The only caveat is the house wine - it's a bit meh.

Between the two of us the meal cost £20 for the meals, three soft drinks and discretionary tip.
Thursday, July 27th, 2006
11:37 am
Food in the Greenwich area
Can anyone suggest a decent place for lunch (on a Sunday) in the Greenwich area? As close to the centre as possible is desirable. I don't have any firm ideas regarding cuisine, but British or European would probably suit most of the group. I'm looking for somewhere which is smart enough to take your parents, but relaxed enough to have a jolly time - and can also accommodate a group of about 20. Also, the price is quite a factor - we don't want to spend more than £20 per head.


Friday, May 26th, 2006
1:40 pm
Indian YMCA
You might notice a theme to my posts - I like cheap curry!

Today I had lunch at the Indian YMCA which is on Fitzroy Square, near Tottenham Court Road. The nearest tubes are Warren Street or Great Portland Street.

This is the canteen of the Indian YMCA and mainly caters for residents but anyone is allowed to walk in off the street - the canteen is just to the right of the street door. The decor is inoffensive, it looks like any other office or college canteen. The food is all self-service from a slightly cramped serving counter. There is no alcohol and no smoking, and you get free tap water to drink.

The menu is limited, you get curry, curry or curry - no choice of vindaloo or korma! The curries are pleasantly spicy, but not particularly strong. They also offer rice, chappatis and a few sides like chutney and papadums. There are several veggie options too.

We had: two rices, one chappati, two papadums, one dip thingie, two meat curries, a dhal and a chickpea curry. With hindsight this was too much and we could have skipped the dhal (which was rather bland). The total cost was £10.40 :)

I think that qualifies as the cheapest meal I've eaten in central London!

Current Mood: full
Saturday, March 18th, 2006
11:14 am
Traveling questions...
I'm going to be traveling to London next week from Portland, Oregon, USA. I'm hoping some local residents can give me some good advice. :)

Are there any good resturants or pubs around the Russel Square area? I'm looking for some cheap lunch places, along with some resturants that will serve a hearty dinner.

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Saturday, March 11th, 2006
3:28 am
cheap London food
A friend of mine is going to be spending a couple of months as a poor student in London.

We were talking about this and I realized that I have pretty much no idea what people in London in this situation eat (except for Indian take-away).

Can anybody enlighten me on this? What are typical low-low-budget food items? Thanks.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
11:32 am
hi i looking for a frands in londom.....really want to com there
maby i can foun them heare?
Thursday, April 21st, 2005
10:49 am
need help!
I might be getting married in London this summer (most likely at the Westminster registry office). It's only going to be me, my fiance, and his parents and brother there so we don't have anything big planned or booked yet but I would like to go out for a drink and dinner or something like that after the ceremony. I'm having trouble finding a restaurant though! I was hoping for something kind of nice but which serves relatively traditional food (fish and chips, roast chicken, that sort of thing - his parents aren't very adventurous when it comes to food for personal and medical reasons and I want everyone to enjoy themselves).
Can anyone reccomend somewhere a bit nicer and more upmarket than a pub (or an upmarket pub might do!), possibly near one of the parks, that would suit?
Saturday, February 12th, 2005
7:00 pm
South London Thai
Mantanah is our favourite Thai restaurant if not our favourite restaurant of any kind! The food is lovely, the staff are attentive without being overbearing and the prices are very reasonable. It's within minutes of Norwood Junction BR station (fast trains run from London Bridge) so you have no excuses ;o)
Monday, May 3rd, 2004
2:17 pm
It's got a bit quiet in here recently, so here's my recommendation for a reasonably priced curry in Central London

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Most people seeking cheap food in this area would head towards Chinatown, but if you're in the mood for curry I recommend Chowki.
Monday, April 5th, 2004
12:26 pm
Hi Sushi and other Hampstead eats
I lived in Hampstead over the summer and fell in love with Hi Sushi and with the Creperie, and the Dim Sum place, Dim.
Friday, December 19th, 2003
3:38 am
Visiting London
It looks like I will be going, for work, to London, England, for about a week in the latter half of January.

I'm vegan. I'm given to understand that lots of UK restaurants have something vegan, so I'm not asking where to eat in general, but rather, where should I make sure I go? And do I need reservations or to warn the chef?
Friday, October 3rd, 2003
9:41 am
My favourite place for a cheap/delicious meal in London has to be the Churchill Arms on Kensington Church Street. From the outside it looks like your average Fuller's Pub but at the back, among thick vegetation and hanging plants, there is a lovely restaurant. And trust me, the Thai food there is one of the best. All dishes are £5.85 and you get your drinks from the bar (London Pride.. yumm). It gets a bit crowded in the evenings, so i'd suggest you go there for lunch or make a reservation.
Thursday, June 27th, 2002
4:09 pm
Tomorrow night.
I'll start the ball rolling. I was thinking of the London Hilton tomorrow night for a meal.
I'm doing this purely on the fact that the view is supposed to be great.

So come one, recommendations for a place to eat with lovely views, and preferably nice food :)

Current Mood: thoughtful
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