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    ^ Sorry about that!

    Anyway, I won't bore you guys with my signature fish an' chips made from our organic pla nin caught from the pond yesterday.

    But... I had some batter left over... so what to do?

    Banana fritters, that's what!



    There can't be many in Thailand who aren't constantly giving soft bananas to their chickens due to the awful heat...

    Batter them up, add a drizzle of Golden Syrup and a dollop of vanilla ice cream!



    And to top the night off... the Kommandant was out. The kid's went mental!



    And by the way... one of the reasons we've been granted such an easy and rule-free evening...

    ...if your wife wife makes friends with a ladyboy (not a very convincing one at that... a guy with a wig TBH)... and this ladyboy calls himself/herself 'Cindy'... don't insist on pretending to hear him/her wrongly and consistently call him/her Sidney. Much as I found it amusing the Thais don't seem to share my sense of humour.

    Unless of course you fancy a hassle free evening with your lovely daughter and a few beautiful dogs... sans wife and lady boy!

    It don't get better than this... if Coco could have got me a visa I'd have considered marrying her!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Banana fritters


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Unless of course you fancy a hassle free evening with your lovely daughter and a few beautiful dogs... sans wife and lady boy!

    It don't get better than this.


    just as long as it does come back to bite you on the ass (pun intended)

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    Pineapple fritters are good too, if you have the canned rings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon View Post



    Never seen meat swarf before.
    I have, I served my time as a machinist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I popped in to Makro today... mainly because I was driving past anyway and was at a loose end... which is a pretty sad admission.

    I saw these beef chuck rolled things and thought I'd just have to get one. Imported from Australia as well!

    But what to do with it? I know there are many steak experts on Teakdoor.



    I cut the thing in half with my trusty circular saw to ensure it will fit into the convection oven, and also into my casserole dish if it's that the way to go...?

    Nice marbling!



    Incidentally, while I was aimlessly wondering around Makro checking out the female customers to pass some time, I noticed these 9" pie tins that weren't there last week. I took two, and they were somehow so tightly wedged together that the check-out girl thought it was a single item and rang them through as a single tin. I was on the verge of being on honest, but 165 Baht is 165 Baht!

    This was probably the luckiest thing that has happened to me this year.

    Any updates on the final product?

    Enquiring minds want to know!

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    ^ Yep, I cooked half of the chuck roll up yesterday.

    I started off with stock, chopped onions and a dollop of tomato puree. I reckon it was cooking for about 6 hours but this was hard to judge because I had to take it out half way through to make space in the convection oven for my apple and rhubarb pie.

    It's a real pain doing these things in the convection oven as the timer only goes up to 60 minutes, but I got there in the end.

    I took the top off the casserole dish for the last hour to reduce the gravy a bit... but sadly it reduced a bit too much. I added the chunks of carrots near the end.



    A perfect winter's day meal... with bread and butter to mop up the gravy. A glass of red would have polished the meal off nicely but for some reason the alcohol section was cordoned off in Makro yesterday so I had to make do with a vodka and orange.



    I'll soon be doing the other half for sure.


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    ^Currently 2 buddist holiday days. Alcohol sales resume monday.

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    You gotta keep on top of these Buddhist holidays Mendip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post




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    Quote Originally Posted by dirk diggler View Post
    I have, I served my time as a machinist.
    Bit late for a reply.

    My past life was hunched over a lathe or milling away.

    Most of the older guys had a bit or 2 misiing off them (usually fingers).

    Death by a thousand cuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    You gotta keep on top of these Buddhist holidays Mendip.
    Yeah... I took my eye off the ball a bit here.

    I'm off the Ya Dong and forget that you need the 'proper' shops for mainstream drinks.

    The vodka and orange was OK but a glass of red wine would have been better with the meal... but it wasn't a deal breaker of course.

    I find that after six straight months in Korat I drink more for the numbing effect than for the enjoyment of the drink.

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    ^ Which, incidentally, I do appreciate means this is becoming a problem and has wider implications for my future retirement.

    I'll address that tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I find that after six straight months in Korat I drink more for the numbing effect than for the enjoyment of the drink.
    Seems to be the global consensus on this forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I'll address that tomorrow!

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    I've been feeling like a moussaka for awhile but the kids don't like eggplant so haven't cooked one. Today I said "Righto, moussaka it will be, but I will also cook the kids something else."

    Given that lasagne uses essentially the same meat and sauce, except that one uses pasta for layers and the other eggplant. I figured making two at once would work.

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    They look good, but of course it's the inside that counts.

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    It was pretty good, my daughter was unimpressed "that's the exact same food we had 3 days ago!". But she then had two servings, so possibly just being a teenager.

    My moussaka was good, but I unwisely followed a healthy recipe tip that suggested baking the eggplant instead of frying it in oil prior to assembling for the oven. Apparently it would all taste the same in the dish... Next time I will fry those slices and let them soak up some delicious heavily oil. Probably could have toasted the top of mine a bit longer, but was still heavenly.

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    ^^ If I can think of one positive result of Covid it has given me a small snapshot into the future and how my retirement would be in Korat. Before this I've been on 4 week or 6 week work rotations and so never experienced this life long term.

    It has made me rethink a lot of things.

    ^ And wow KW!!!

    That/they look fantastic. I would happily eat both!

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    Mendip and KW, well done sirs.

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    Thank you both. We also have elvenses sorted out for today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    It has made me rethink a lot of things.
    I bet it has. You seem to keep busy, but I do not think that type of country life would be manageable all year around, at least not for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    My moussaka was good, but I unwisely followed a healthy recipe tip that suggested baking the eggplant instead of frying it in oil prior to assembling for the oven. Apparently it would all taste the same in the dish... Next time I will fry those slices and let them soak up some delicious heavily oil
    Mousaka is one of my favorite dishes . and yours looks great?
    I have also made the mistake of following the same advice and not frying the eggplant once and it was not the same. If one is going to go through the trouble of making Mousaka , one needs to fry the eggplant, I think the frying gives the eggplant a different taste and makes the dish. If one is going for healthy, make a salad instead. LOL
    Well done RKW!!
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    Damn that lasagne looks delicious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    If one is going to go through the trouble of making Mousaka , one needs to fry the eggplant, I think the frying gives the eggplant a different taste and makes the dish.
    That's certainly the lesson I learned from this one.



    Quote Originally Posted by tunk View Post
    Damn that lasagne looks delicious.

    it was good, I think I was running low on the final layer of bachemel sauce, and while it literally would have taken me 10 minutes to make some more I confess I was just lazy and said that will do.

    Besides, it was for the kids and they really just want the pasta and try to scrap the red sauce and cheese layers off...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    heavenly
    Yummy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    That's certainly the lesson I learned from this one.
    Though they do suck up a lot of oil when you fry them. I usually lay them on a bed of paper towel for a while to drain some of the oil.
    I have an olive oil sprayer
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    I brought it with me from the US but I am sure you can find one on Lazada.
    It sprays a fine mist of olive oil . Next time I make musaka , I will try spraying the eggplant and then frying them to see how that works out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Though they do suck up a lot of oil when you fry them. I usually lay them on a bed of paper towel for a while to drain some of the oil.
    I have an olive oil sprayer
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    I brought it with me from the US but I am sure you can find one on Lazada.
    It sprays a fine mist of olive oil . Next time I make musaka , I will try spraying the eggplant and then frying them to see how that works out.
    That spray bottle looks handy, so much so I've just ordered similar from Amazon.


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