We celebrated my husband’s birthday this weekend and when I asked him what he would like to eat most in the world, his heart’s desire was for a Thai green curry.
Knowing a work colleague had visited Thailand many times, I sought her advice on the recipes and she told me about the wonderful Chiang Mai Thai cookery school where she learned to cook some delicious dishes that have only enhanced her addiction to Thai food. Her two day course included a visit to the market to buy the produce that she later cooked and explain how different foods and spices would be used. You can read an article on the cookery school from the Times Newspaper here.
I also enjoyed this blog post I found on Primitive Travel about a similar cookery course at the Three Elephants cookery school in Laos. This blog has to be the ultimate guide to travelling and eating in Thailand – the photography just makes my mouth water.
By co-incidence one of our dinner guests was just back from a visit to Chiang Mai and was thinking of settling there for a year or two. Apparently Chiang Mai is to Bankok as Bristol is to London – a sizeable city with plenty of culture and entertainment but not as overwhelming as a capital city can be – in other words a great springboard for exploring northern Thailand.
Inspired by the Chiang Mai Thai cookery book, this was the menu I cooked for my husband’s birthday meal. Here are the recipes if you fancy recreating your own Thai feast.
Green Thai chicken curry with rice