Friday, August 30, 2013

Thai-ing One On


We have been having a lot of fun with house guests this summer. Our friend Jeanne came up with her dog Johanna just after we returned from Michigan, and for the past week we've been enjoying the company of our friends Annette and Dave from Sarasota, FL. They are not only great company, but they also love to eat, so we experiment with all kinds of foods while they are here. Truth be told, we all ate too much, but we can concentrate on being able to button our pants once they are back home.

One of the meals we tried out was homemade Pad Thai. I read about it here, and it sounded good, so we went to the store for fish sauce, Pad Thai noodles, and tamarind paste, three new ingredients to us. I chopped and sautéed, soaked and steamed, and produced an interesting version of shrimp Pad Thai. 

I have to say it was a bit of a rigamarole to make - the charming video makes it look easier than it seemed in reality - and it made enough to feed an army when it said it was just enough for four (we will be eating Pad Thai long after our pals are back home), but I enjoyed the challenge and we all enjoyed the exotic flavors. I'll probably get my Pad Thai at restaurants in the future but, what the heck, it was fun.  Just like the visit from our Florida friends.

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