Sunday, August 15, 2010

Apple Retreat and Second Cooking Class

We have found a piece of paradise in Kanchanaburi at Apple Retreat, a women-owned enterprise which features rustic lodging and authentic Thai cooking lessons. Today's cooking class, which lasted for hours, was like the gourmet version of yesterday's class.

At 9:30 am we sat down with our instructor Noi to look at menus and decide what we wanted to learn how to cook. We came up with Yam-som-o, Chicken pad Thai, Massaman curry, and Chicken galangal soup.

Then it was off to the market to show us the source of all the ingredients. We had tasted so many things by the time we came back that I wondered how we would be able to eat the lunch we were about to cook.

As we returned, I looked out to see a herd of goats walking down our street.

Noi had a very effective method of instruction. She would cook each dish, carefully explaining the steps. And then we would pair up to try to recreate it.

We were so full after the first 2 dishes that we decided to save the other 2 for dinner. Imagine eating food you had cooked at a remote river-side restaurant.

It was nice to have a whole afternoon free to sit around reading, drinking iced coffee, and planning our day tomorrow, which will include a trip to swim in a waterfall and a look at the famous "bridge on the River Kwai."

Brock has really been great to let us decide what we want to do and at what pace. I'm not sure how this will work with a tour of 8 people, but for our family of 3 it is just about perfect.

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Location:Sud Chai,Ban Nua,Thailand


Blogger Steve Reed said...

What kind of fish are those?!

Sounds like an interesting trip so far!

7:49 AM  
Anonymous lr said...

Amazing - are you tired at all? You sound very busy in a new environment with a high learning curve. Love the stories.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

When's the next dinner at your house?! :) This all sounds so great.

5:44 AM  

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