My days of lazy Sunday sleep-ins get less and less the more I exercise in the wee hours of the morning during the week. I was awake at 7am this morning, before that even. At 7.30am, I was restless enough and wandered down the hall and had a long shower. Before I left the apartment, I made a huge shopping list for the market and headed out.
The waterfront market was busy with shoppers, and extra stalls with Christmas treats along with the usual suspects selling, fresh vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, meat, pizza, coffee, tofu, fresh bread and pastries, and a band was playing Christmas carols as well. For once I strolled through the stalls rather than my usual rush through. I was a bit dismayed to find that the only garlic was imported, so I vowed try elsewhere.
I have been taking a Thai cooking class for the past few weeks, and tomorrow is our final night. My ingredient list was packed with more chillies, limes, fish, coriander, and different sauces. I headed first for a coffee after my market shopping was complete, and then to a place I knew I would be able to find most of the things I was looking for. I could spend hours just looking at all the different items – I lived here for at least 2 years before I realised there was a place to go for unusual along with the day to day things.
When I came back home, I made some meals for the week ahead – The weeks are getting busier closer to Christmas, and my normally relaxed and quiet weekends are filled with tasks and events. I cooked two new recipes, lemon grass and ginger poached chicken, and miso beef. The miso beef was amazing, I had a tiny serve for lunch with pickled ginger. I think the chicken may need a little bit of salt and pepper, as it’s a little bland. But it may taste better once it’s settled.
The cooking classes have been brilliant, they have introduced me to new ingredients and ways to use them. I’ve made green curry paste from scratch, learned that I can use frozen lemongrass if I can’t find fresh and discovered I can freeze numerous herbs. I can’t wait to sign up for more classes in the new year and learn more things, and inject some freshness and versatility into my cooking.
If you have cooking classes available near you, please try one. There are ones that are affordable, or just try something different, learn about a new ingredient.
Did you know you can chop up the coriander root and add it into stiry fry and also into a curry paste mix – I certainly didn’t!