When Rocco was 4-months-old and just starting to eat solid foods, I wanted him to try Thai baby food that most Thai babies eat, jok, aka Thai rice porridge/rice congee that Thais love to eat for breakfast, but really any time. Jok is pureed rice with chicken broth, pork dumplings, a coddled egg, and sprinkled on top of the steaming white goodness are green onions, cilantro and ginger.
When people hear that I’m not Thai, but I’m American and that I usually cook Thai food five out of seven days a week (if it’s an awesome week) and my Thai food has gotten five star ratings not only from my Thai hubby, but my Thai mother-n-law, they think I must be a super talented Thai chef.
This is so not the case, and to prove my point, here are five reasons why if I can cook Thai food, you can too: Continue Reading
I had written out our weekly menu earlier in the week, but for Wednesday I had written “Random”— aka I had run out of ideas for what to make for dinner, so I thought I’d figure it out later. Continue Reading
A friend asked me what was in one of my Thai recipes the other day. I started listing off the ingredients, and I almost cringed when I got to, “fish sauce,” because right when I said it, I saw it in her eyes, the disdain, and “Eww, gross!” flashing quietly through her mind.
I try to be crafty, but usually whenever I bring home the “crafts” I make during my Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group, my hubby takes one look and says,”Umm, honey…what’s that?”
Crockpots are nonexistent in Thailand because why would you need one when you can get a quick, authentic Thai meal for a dollar when you walk out your door down the street a few blocks?
But in America, it’s impossible for me to walk out my door and get cheap, legit Thai food—especially if just 10 days ago I had just given birth to a sweet baby girl and could barely walk around my apartment.
She’s here! Milana Jane Pengjad was born on September 9 at 7:55pm, weighing in at 6.14 lbs and 19.5 in! We can’t believe she is finally with us! We are so in love with her and feel so rich and blessed to have two amazing kiddos.
I’ve missed you all! In case you were wondering where I disappeared to, I’ve been waiting for my little girl to arrive, which means channeling all my energy into playing with my little boy and going on our last few coffee whip cream dates, snuggling my hubby, and resting as much as I can and wondering every day if little girl is going to come today. Continue Reading
Dom and Rocco were making a tower of wet sand as tall as Rocco, and I had been laying out next to them, smiling at my handsome, tan Thai boys as the gentle emerald waters of Ao Nang in Krabi, Thailand lapped on the shore behind us.