We got picked up at Warapura Resort by the cooking school. When we arrived we were offered a capacino! Our first decent coffee in Thailand, what a blessing. Coffee is one thing that I avoid in Thailand as most places make pots of coffee with instant Nescafe, not filter coffee. So far so good!
There was a Swedish lady who joined us named Maria. After introductions were done and our cooking instructor Nong gave us an overview of the day we choose our main course dishes. The day comprised of making sauces, a starter, two main course dishes and a dessert.
We only got to make one starter as a group, we choose spring rolls. Barbara choose to make a green curry and pad thai. I choose to make som tum and chicken cashew nuts. The desert we made was a banana spring roll with cinnamon sprinkled over it for flavour and honey to dip.
We started off with making sauces for the spring rolls (Nam Jin Gai) and for pad thai. Whie making the sauces a French woman called Helena joined us. So we end up being 4 people on the course meaning that we would make 8 main course dishes.
We moved on to making the vegetable and glass noodle mis for the sping rolls. Once we were done with the mix we starterow rapping the banana spring rolls and then the vegetable spring rolls. We deep friend the spring rolls in palm oil on a wok. once were done we were ready to eat. Delicious snack and I must have eaten about 5 or 6 spring rolls.
After the spring roll exercise we moved on to making the penang and green curry pastes. Hard work preparing the chilli paste, chopping the ingredients and then crushing them into a paste in a granite morter and pestle. Things were shaping up and we were loving the smells, learning about all the ingredients and how they work together.
We chopped and prepared the ingredients for the 8 main course dishes. Then we got stucK into making the main course dishes. First up wcookies the Penang and Green curries. The we moved on to the other dishes.
Once we finished with the cooking we sat down tsuper read of food that we all marveled at. Now the problem we faced was how to eat all the food. I got stuck into as many dishes as possible. Eventually we all gave up trying to eat more. The last stretch was eating the banana spring roll desert! I didn’t know how I could fit anymore food in, but I did… I ate 6 more desert spring rolls and they were delicious.
There was a ton of food left over, so we split up the food, said our goodbyes end headed home. What a day! Food, new knowledge, interesting new people and cook book to take home.
Once we got home I let me food settle, then headed out for a run and herbal sauna. I spotted Braam and Zuzka, they were keen to help us finish the left over food from the cooking course. We went over to their place with Chang beer and food. Chats and more good times.