Thai Cooking

2014-072 My sweet child and only  favorite daughter Jamie loves to cook. Let me put it this way: cooking is her quilting. (Ok, she likes to crochet, too! 🙂 )



Like me, Jamie has discovered Craftsy. Between the two of us, we must have signed up for at least 30 classes. The best thing about the classes Jamie takes is that we get to sample her practice dishes. Yum! 🙂

She recently regaled us with a four-course dinner, after taking the Thai Cooking Essentials, Robert Danhi class. This family loves all types of Asian cooking, so sharing in this delicious meal was quite fun.  To enlighten us all, she even provided us with a menu that included a description of each course.


2014-073The meal started with Miang Kham… literally “explosive bites of flavor” rolled in spinach leaves. This well could have been the favorite part of the meal for me. I could have eaten tons of these! Don’t ask me the name of the hot herb used in this, but in combination with the coconut (♥♥♥!) this was an amazing explosion of flavor.

2014-074These amazing little bites were followed by Tom Yun Goong, a sweet and sour soup involving mushrooms and shrimp. Delicious.

The main course consisted of Som Tam (green papaya salad, with peanuts included), Kaeng Gai (green curry chicken), and Pad Thai (stir fried rice noodles with limes and tamarind). Oh, wow.


2014-076By that time we were pretty full, but obviously had to make a little space for desert: Putding Mansambpalang. How’s that for a mouthful? Which translates to tapioca pudding with coconut milk.

I only wish we weren’t living so far from each other now. As far as I’m concerned, Jamie could cook for me any day, every day! 🙂

Beyond the delicious food, it is always nice to see my kids. And since I know he doesn’t read my blog, I will risk being the object of his wrath and post a rare picture of son #2 Jared, and my daughter-in-law, Karina.


Whenever I write in plural about work-related things (our website, our patterns, etc.), I am referring to Jared. You will rarely see or “hear” him, but he’s the technical brain behind everything I do.

While I’m at it, I might as well post a photo of my favorite (and only) son-in-law, Carlos. After all, he is Jamie’s official sous chef and the sweetest, most wonderful son-in-law anyone couldhave! 🙂 Seen with him is their adopted “baby,” Sasha.


Hope you’ve enjoyed this little glimpse of a tiny part of my wonderful family. Hmmm… I’m wondering what class Jamie will be taking next. Since I’m a big soup lover, I think I’ll try and convince her to take Authentic Italian Soups: From Broth to Bowl next. Sounds delicious!


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  1. Mónica Viteri
    Posted April 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Siempre lo he dicho: ¡hermosa familia! Si la Jamie se anima a dar un curso de cocina, me encantaría saber para tomar clases con ella.

  2. Irene
    Posted April 14, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Un post agradable e interesante, se me hizo agua la boca. ¿Por qué no me extraña que Jamie haya escogido pudín de Tapioca como postre? Trataré de convencer a mi Carmencita de tomar ese curso, ella tiene gustos tan similares a Jamie!