Khun Ocha's Cookbook
July 21, 2018 - July 27, 2018
Tenderizing local steak
A discussion at a dinner table the other
evening centered on how do you tenderize cheaper cuts of
steak. No professional chefs at the table, but the
consensus was that imported Wagyu was just too expensive for
the family dinner, especially with non-professional weekend
The local cheaper meat
is often called Thai-French.
Steaks as needed for
the number of dinner guests
Sea Salt 2 tspns
To properly tenderize
the steak, lay the steak out on a plate and cover each side
with approximately 1 teaspoon of sea salt before cooking.
Use your fingers to gently work the salt granules into the
surface, breaking down the fibers of the meat. (For even
more flavor, add crushed garlic to the salt.)
Let the steak sit with
this covering of salt for 45 minutes to an hour. Longer for
After the waiting
period, rinse the salt off your steaks under cool running
Use some paper towels
to pat your steaks until they are good and dry, so you can
get the delicious, crispy sear you want. (If you don’t pat
them dry, you’re basically steaming the meat, and steamed
meat is bland and less flavorful.)
Season as desired, then
grill until desired doneness. Try to avoid ‘well done’ as
steak done this way is always more tough.
July 14, 2018 - July 20, 2018
BBQ Pork steak,
beaten not stirred
A confusing title to this week’s recipe, but
the result is positively delicious. This can be cooked with
beef steaks, but the extra expense is not worth it. The
cheaper pork steaks are just as good, as well as saving you
Place steaks on a grill about 4 cm above
medium-slow coals. Cook for about 4
minutes on each side. Do not overcook
pork as it will get tough.
Meanwhile, stir together remaining
ingredients in a small bowl. Brush
steaks with this sauce and continue
cooking 2 minutes more, turning and
brushing with sauce.
you do not have a grill, this can be
cooked in a heavy based skillet. Check
degree of BBQ when there is a little
Best served with mashed potatoes or long
July 7, 2018 - July 13, 2018
Pork steak, neither beaten not stirred
A confusing title to this week’s recipe,
but the result is positively delicious.
This can be cooked with beef steaks, but
the extra expense is not worth it. The
cheaper pork steaks are just as good, as
well as saving you money.
Place steaks on a grill about
medium-slow coals. Cook for about 8 minutes on each side.
Do not overcook.
Meanwhile, stir together remaining
ingredients in a small bowl. Brush steaks with sauce and
continue cooking 5 minutes more, turning and brushing with
The cooking can be done in a heavy
skillet if you wish, but put a light coat of cooking oil in
the skillet first.
Use your favorite mustard, but not too
strong or the mustard will overpower the flavor.
Serve with rice or mashed potato.
June 30, 2018 - July 6, 2018
Avocado salad – spicy!
Avocados are back again
and the price this morning was quite
reasonable and I find them irresistible,
as do a lot of people! They are rich in
flavor and texture and are perfect for
use in a variety of salad recipes, and
you can do far more with them than just
making guacamole. Avocados are
apparently loaded with nutrients such as
dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C,
vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and
folate, so you are doing your body a
favor at the same time. The preparation
of this salad is simple and quick, and
the dressing is also easy.
Combine all ingredients in a large
serving bowl and toss gently.
prepare the salad dressing, which needs:
Juice of 1 lime
Balsamic vinegar 2 tbspns
Extra virgin olive oil 1 tbspn
salt and freshly ground pepper a pinch
combine all ingredients in a jar with a
screw top. Shake vigorously until well
blended. Pour over the salad, mix well,
serve and enjoy!
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