Cooking in Chiang Mai

Cooking in Chiang Mai

I could consider this post either a year overdue or the perfect way to reminisce on my Christmas in Chiang Mai last year! Chiang Mai is a major cultural hub, nestled in the hills of Northern Thailand. The city is brimming with history, art, Buddhist sanctuaries, yoga studios, and most importantly, phenomenal food! My days here were spent exploring the city by foot, stumbling upon beautiful temples, bazaars, markets, and some of the best street food of my life! Taking a cooking class was one of the highlights during my time in Chiang Mai. Baan Thai Cookery School is located just past the Thapae gate of the Old City. The Old City is the most gorgeous area of Chiang Mai, overflowing with ancient Buddhist Wats and surrounded by the original walls and moat erected at the end of the thirteenth century. The course began with a tour of a local outdoor market as we stocked up on the fresh ingredients for our menu. The market was brimming with gorgeous greens, fresh fish, and the most wonderful variety of eggplants I’d ever seen. Thai eggplant, typically used in Southeast Asian curries or served raw in green papaya salad, are small, round, and can come in purple, green, yellow, or white varieties. Thai cooking is made most unique by its spices and herbs. Thai ginger (Galangal), Spur chili (Prik Chee Fah), Kaffir lime, lemongrass, and sweet basil are among the most distinct Thai flavors. At Baan Thai, we were given the choice among three different appetizers, soups, stir-fries, curries, and desserts to prepare. I selected Spring Rolls as my appetizer, Tom Kha with Seafood, Pad Thai, Green Curry with Chicken, and...
Brussels Sprouts with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Brussels Sprouts with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

A recent visit to the upscale vegan restaurant, Crossroads, inspired me to get more creative with my Brussels sprouts just in time for the holidays. The maple dijon vinaigrette is the perfect dressing, as its sweetness pairs with the bite of the dijon mustard to perfectly balance the bitterness of the sprouts. Apart from the incredible vinaigrette at Crossroads, most of the Brussels sprouts in the dish were on the smaller side. It allowed for more crunchiness and flavor in each bite. I found smaller Brussels sprouts on the stalk at Whole Foods and was delighted to discover that they did in fact caramelize much better than the larger variety! Prep Time: 40 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 lbs, Brussels sprouts, halved 4 tbsp, olive oil 1 tbsp, maple syrup 1 tbsp, cider vinegar 1 tsp, dijon mustard 1 tbsp, whole grain mustard 1 clove, garlic, minced 1/4 cup, pine nuts, toasted Sea salt and pepper to taste Preparation Preheat the oven to 400F. Toss the Brussels sprouts with half the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the sprouts on a large baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes, flipping once in between. To prepare the vinaigrette, combine the olive oil, vinegar, mustards, maple syrup, and garlic in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toast the pine nuts in the oven for 5 minutes or until lightly golden-brown. Toss the roasted Brussels sprouts with the maple dijon vinaigrette and the toasted pine nuts before...
New Music Monday: November 2014

New Music Monday: November 2014

The passage of time is one of the more curious things in life. The days can pass by, with one blurring into the next, until a major shift occurs and demands our attention. In these moments, the inevitably of change begins to sink in. Music has always served as my bridge to the past. In the spirit of reflection, I fell back to an older, familiar album to round out this month’s playlist– Michael Kiwanuka’s 2012 album, Home Again. It is one of my very favorite albums– full of heart and soul and one I’ll surely be playing on rotation for years to come.   1) 10,000 Emerald Pools- BØRNS 2) This Is Not About Us- Kindness 3) Careful You- TV on the Radio 4) Stay Gold- First Aid Kit 5) Test Pilot- TV on the Radio 6) Ghost Town- DJ Shadow 7) The Party Line- Belle & Sebastian 8) Two Bodies- Flight Facilities, Emma Louise 9) I Don’t Want to Change You- Damien Rice 10) Haunted- Beyoncé 11) Always Waiting- Michael Kiwanuka   Follow me on...