Cuisine

Sarin’s Thai: Home Cooking

I got to eat from Sarin’s table almost daily while visiting Bangkok.  Each day there was culinary delight, emanating from the way she prepared dishes to the display and taste, nothing but love.-Victorine Sea Bass with Curried rice and shoots veggies What I learned:  Soak whole fish in…

Sarin’s Thai: Deep fried Prawn with Tamarind Sauce

Tamarind Sauce: For dipping or pouring over prawns 3 tbsp. tamarind paste (buy at Asian store) 2 cups hot water 1/4 cup brown sugar  (may need more for taste) 1 cup fish sauce (At Asian store) 2 tbsp. chili sauce (or 1/2 to 1 tsp. cayenne pepper) Preparation:…

Food! Photography by Bernie Basley

  Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV Production from Columbia College Chicago, but now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. Bernie has worked extensively in TV production including ABC Television Network where he served as the Associate Director and Stage Manager from 1979-2001. Prior to…

Sarin’s Thai – Cooking Papaya Salad

Sarin at work!!  Sarin’s life is a celebration. -Sarin Basley There are two things that characterize Sarin — her laughter and her food.  Sarin is passionate about food, especially Thai food, and she cooks and teaches cooking traditional Thai with her own twist. Sarin also loves being a…

The Ultimate Katerer: Dayna Latrice Kline

Dayna Latrice Kline is Chicago born and bred and is the daughter of one of my besties, Pat Kline.   I held her as a baby, and it would be years later that I would first taste Dayna’s divine cuisine at her mom’s gathering.  It was a pasta dish…

Caribbean Cabbage and Saltfish

Some folks just love to cook, and some folks can burn!!  If there is one kitchen I love, it is that of my sister-friend,  Chrisje Comvalius.  She cooks from any tradition,with zest and fervor,  but my favorite is her Caribbean cuisine, especially Surinamese. We heard from Contributor Que,…

Sarin’s Thai: Papaya Salad

Life’s need perfectly balanced!!!! –Sarin Basley   Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic 5Tbsp. lime juice 3Tbsp.  palm or brown sugar* 2Tbsp.  fish sauce 2T bsp. dried, chopped shrimp – chop 1Tbsp.  olives 1 yellow tomato sliced and diced 1 -1/2 pounds green papaya, halved and seeded Equipment:  Julienne peeler…

Sarin’s Thai: Spicy Catfish Salad

Spicy Catfish Salad Ingredients: 1 pound catfish fillet 3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce, plus more for brushing 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 3/4 teaspoon  light brown sugar 1 1/4 teaspoons chile powder 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions 1/4 cup sliced ginger 1/4 cup…

Sarin’s Thai: Veggie Up!

This is Sarin’s Kitchen, year round – VEGGIES!  How to get them goin’?  Buy ’em! Cut ’em up! Prepare ’em   Som Tom (Green Papaya Salad) with Seafood Ingredients: 2 cups of shredded green papaya 1-2 tbs Thai snake beans (or green beans) cut into 1 inch sticks…

Caribbean Black Cake

In celebration of St. Maarten/St. Martin  as it recovers from hurricane Irma devastation and in remembrance of wonderful holidays spent there, here is a recipe for a traditional specialty for all holidays and celebrations – Black Cake.  I can remember hosts divvying out a small slice for each…