Thai fried sweet potato balls ขนมไข่นกกระทา

In Thailand you come across food pretty much anytime and everywhere. Street food is one example where you can find a variety of foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with collections of snacks.  There is one Thai snack that I really like called “Kanom Kai nok kra ta” which refers to fried sweet potato balls.

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Grilled & pressed banana with butterscotch sauce กล้วยปิ้งกับซอสบัทเตอร์สกอช

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I remember when I was young my family never bought bananas. We grew our own bananas in the farm. This was a wonderful decision, as we could use every part of the banana. Uses included the banana leaf for wrapping food, along with eating both the banana flower and the heart of the banana tree. I grew up with so many different ways of eating bananas, and below is just one of them.
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Mini mango pavlova with raspberry sauce topped with pistachios

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When I first came to Australia I met some Thai friends who invited me to join a free English class with them. The class studied in a church in the morning with a volunteer teacher who instructed us about English. My favourite time was before lunch time when we learnt cooking with another volunteer teacher. The class combined learning English with the ingredients and the method of cooking. Together we then cooked and ate the food. I collected and kept the notes from that class and still use many of the recipes. Here is one I often use.

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Sago with rockmelon and young coconut meat pudding

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Ingredients

1/4 cup of sago (smaller size sago balls)
2 cups of water
1/4 cup of young coconut meat (canned is fine, and available at Asian grocery shops)
3/4 cup of sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2.5 cups of coconut milk (or milk )
1 cup of rockmelon

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Panna Cotta My Way

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This is a dessert menu I like to make when we have guests coming for dinner. I can make this ahead of time so I have more time later to cook other dishes. No one has ever said “No” to the beautiful look and creamy, yummy taste of panna cotta. This recipe has never failed me, is always smooth and creamy, and sets beautifully.

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Kanom Krok ขนมครก

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Kanom Krok (Creamy Coconut Rice Flour cake) is a popular street food in Thailand and is one of my favourite snacks. I used to buy this very often when I was in Thailand and I never thought I would one day make it by myself. When shopping I saw the Dutch pancake maker and I suddenly thought that I can use this to make Kanom Krok too! The recipe I use came from a Thai temple a long time ago when they were teaching Thai cooking.

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