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My favorite PadThai lady!

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photo taken with iPhone4s

I had the chance to visit my favorite padthai lady in Hua-Hin, Thailand. Since the late 90′s I keep on coming back to the same night market just to eat her padthai.
Yeah, I saw her alright. But was not able to taste her padthai and chicken satay :/
Reason was, it was really busy that evening and there was just too many patrons in line waiting to be seated and eat her padthai. My husband even stood in line but it the lady’s costumers were not really in hurry to give up their seats (to my padthai lady’s irritation too) so we just left and went to a restaurant nearby and had our thai food fix.

We did went back to the night market the following nights, but was no longer ‘hungry’ for padthai so yeah, this year, I didn’t get to eat my favorite padthai. But hey, there’s something to look forward to next year, right? (:

Making lunch easier!

Making lunch easier!

If you buy your lunch everyday you will know how quickly the costs of a meal deal add up, and not only that chances are your pasta filled salad with a creamy dressing isn’t as healthy as you may think! If you have children these ideas can also transfer to their packed lunches and as you can make your lunches at the same time it won’t take you much extra time!

Salads

Salads are always a winning option when it comes to lunch, they are quick and easy to put together, healthy and they don’t need reheated which is perfect for those who do not have reheating facilities at work. The options available to you are endless and you get completely creative by adapting salad recipes online to your own personal tastes! You could even completely avoid all recipes and throw whatever you have in your fridge together. Experiment as much as possible to avoid getting bored, you can even incorporate fruits such as pineapple and apple successfully into salads. Instead of ham and pineapple on a pizza put the two together in a fresh salad!

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Dinner Leftovers

Making a little extra of your evening meal, refrigerating and then taking to work the next morning is easily one of the easiest and cheapest ways to make your own lunch. Dinners which can easily be taken to work include casseroles, lasange, meatballs and shepherd’s pie!

You could always work with both of these ideas! If your evening meal is pasta based make an extra portion to add to your salad in the morning. Any leftover meat, for example a chicken breast can easily be chopped up and made into a Chicken Caesar Salad.

Soups

Why not make a soup at the weekend, divide it into portions and freeze it, taking a portion to work each day? The options when it comes to soup are pretty limitless and with winter here we’re probably all looking for a hot lunch option! Root vegetable based soups are perfect for autumn and it will mean you are eating in season. Swede, carrots and parnsip are just a few of those readily available right now. Soup, thanks to its water and fibre content will make you feel fuller for longer, preventing those mid afternoon snacks.

Alternatively, if you find you are typically a grazer and prefer to snack across the afternoon then various chopped vegetables, cuts of meat, fruit and nuts can be put together into a lunchbox with compartments. Completely effortless and the raw fruits and vegetables come with benefits which cooked veggies don’t.

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Southern Style Buttermilk Chicken. My Version.

Southern Style Buttermilk Chicken

This is my second time to make this crispy chicken. I have used 2 recipes I found online which I mixed and matched the ingredients and adjusted the method to satisfy my taste. I’m pretty satisfied with this in terms of taste and crunchiness! Sure is best served hot or even cold, yes a great picnic food too!
I must admit though that this time I added an extra ingredient to my chicken, you’ll find it in the method below. By the way, there is no gravy as the chicken is ‘fat’ enough for me….no gravy means no extra cross training, lol!

Ingredients

Marinade mix:
8pieces chicken legs, thighs and legs sliced apart
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika powder
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 cups buttermilk

Flour seasoning:
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp dried oregano
3 tbsp panko bread crumbs. This is optional, I just wanted extra crunch on the skin..yummy!
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