carrot salad

If you like Thai or Lao food, you probably have tried ส้มตำ green papaya salad before. If you didn’t, go to the next Thai restaurant and try it!

It is salad with slivered green papaya (not ripe yet), tomatos and roasted peanuts. Some recipes add dried shrimps, some crabs and other add green long beans. You can vary the recipe and use carrot or cucumber instead of green papaya – or mix it altogether.

I like making Thai/Lao carrot salad. Carrots are way easier to find and cheaper. It also taste verrrry delicious.

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When I make carrot salad, I don’t use a certain recipe or exactly measured ingredients. I just mix everything together and adjust it to my taste. The main ingredients are:

slivered carrot or green papaya
tomatos
garlic cloves
sugar
fish sauce
lemon or lime juice
chili
optional: cucumber, roasted peanuts, dried shrimps, green long bean

I pound the garlic clove with sugar in a ครก Thai mortar, add fishsauce and lemon juice, mix it well and taste it. If the mixture is good, I add the rest of the ingredients. Yumm!

As you can see at the picture, I am so fond of carrots that I have a carrot-plushie. :D

all you can sushi

It’s been a while since I have been to my favorite all-you-can-sushi-restaurant. In general, I don’t like “all you can eat” that much. Mostly the quality of the food is low. Especially in sushi, you should not be a cheapstake. Low quality raw fish might not be very healthy. But an advantage of “all you can eat”-restaurants is that you can try various types of meals.

I found this restaurant which offers all you can sushi with good quality food. If you apetite is not so big you can choose to only pay for what you ate.

If you are a sushi-vore like me, you choose all you can eat. :)

sangria

There are so many different kinds of punches (drinks). One of the most famous one might be Spanish Sangria. Its name stems from the dark red color of the drink and means “blood-letting”.

The best Sangria I drank so far, was at a beach cafe in Fuerteventura (picture on the left). Maybe it was because of the location or the great scenary.

sangria

But then again, at our hotel the punch didn’t taste as good although the view was awesome, too.

There are various recipe for mixing Sangria. Some add lemonade into it, some honey or vary in the chopped fruits in the Sangria.

Here is an easy mixture I found, which I prefer:

300ml dry red wine (doesn’t have to be the most expensive one)
50ml orange liquor, e.g. Cointreau
25ml gin
juice of 3 oranges
1-2 tbsp sugar
1-2 cinnamon sticks
chopped fruits, e.g. orange, lemon, peach

¡Salud!