Joy of Cooking

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Going over all the different kinds of rice in Chiangmai market
Cooking has been a part of my life (I am not saying that I am a good cook) since I was a child helping my mother around the kitchen then by obligation after her death (I was 13) for my father and siblings. I did not have creative license. My father told me what to prepare. At 17 as part of a program I participated in a 6 months culinary training. I worked in several restaurants as food prep but never became a cook. As the years went on I would at time prepare family meals for holidays, try out new recipes, and made meals for friends which gave me great enjoyment. Moving into a small place with limited kitchen space I don't cook like I used to.

After going to Thailand October - December 2009 I started cooking a little more trying out some of the recipes I learned from the three cooking courses that I took there.
Since I've been back I think of those experiences and would like to take more cooking classes when I travel. I have taken a few locally but it cost 2-3x as much for 1/4th of course time without the charm of cultural influence. I'm sure other parts of the world the course will be more than Thailand and I am sure it would still be worth the experience if you are interested in cooking at whatever level you are at.

Out of the three places that I took these cooking courses my favorite by far is "Asia Scenic" a very comfortable, fun and friendly spot. Siam Cookery I think in time could be at the same level the cookbook thing was a disappointment here and Thai Farm was really good too. The cook was informative and crack a joke here and there but much too stiff. I would go to any of these again, however on my next trip I want to try some other schools and maybe a different level course involving week long classes.
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Going over all the different kinds…
Going over all the different kind…
Surprised at how many kinds of ric…
Surprised at how many kinds of ri…
Processing coconut
Processing coconut
Separating the cream
Separating the cream
Flying chickens
Flying chickens
Really nice kitchen at Thai Farm c…
Really nice kitchen at Thai Farm …
Rice fields near Chiangmai
Rice fields near Chiangmai
Bagging it up
Bagging it up
Can I be of a little assistance?
Can I be of a little assistance?
Now for the appetizer...
Now for the appetizer...
Loving instructor at Asia Scenic
Loving instructor at Asia Scenic
A trip to the market only 5 minute…
A trip to the market only 5 minut…
Dont remember the name but this i…
Don't remember the name but this …
Bring it on!
Bring it on!
Close observation
Close observation
Teachers pet
Teacher's pet
Hooking up the spring rolls
Hooking up the spring rolls
Ingredients to mortar for curry pa…
Ingredients to mortar for curry p…
Do I dare take a bite of this chil…
Do I dare take a bite of this chi…
Bon Appetit
Bon Appetit
The wonderful staff at Asia Scenic
The wonderful staff at Asia Scenic
Cooking with folks from all over t…
Cooking with folks from all over …
Wanna try????
Wanna try????
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