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Salmon Salad

Salmon Salad was one of my favorite meals growing up, along with crab soufflé, shrimp salad, and seafood gumbo. I guess I really had a thing for seafood! This is a recipe I got from my mom and I’m not sure where she got it. It seems very 1950’s to me with its canned meat, tons of mayonnaise, and dainty presentation. Although my photo shows the salmon salad arranged on lettuce, it’s also very good on crackers or a sandwich.

I apologize to anyone who is reading my blog in search of healthy food made from ingredients that are easily found in Southeast Asia. This is certainly not that kind of recipe! Continue reading

Fish Amok from Cambodia

This past January, James and I took a trip to Cambodia because he had some work to do there. We added on a short vacation since we’d never been there before. While we were in Phnom Penh, we took one day cooking class at The Frizz restaurant. We’ve found that cooking classes are a great way to learn about food and culture in a new place. In some ways this class was similar to the class that James took at Tamarind in Luang Prabang, Laos.

First we went to a market. I wasn’t so excited about that part because I had already seen that market and markets in Cambodia are not all that different from markets in Laos. I did see some interesting things there though that I haven’t seen at my local market – salted duck eggs and many more kinds of fish than in Laos. Salted duck eggs are covered in black ashes as part of the preserving process. You can see what it looks like here. Our guide said when she feels sick, she likes to eat these eggs with rice. That’s about the last thing I’d want to eat when I’m feeling sick, but I suppose different cultures have different comfort foods! Continue reading

Tamarind Cooking School in Luang Prabang

A couple of weeks ago, we went to Luang Prabang with my mom and brother who were visiting.  While we were there, James decided to attend a cooking school.  The rest of us went to visit the old royal palace, but got to hear all about the cooking school later.  There are at least 3 cooking school in Luang Prabang, but James chose “Tamarind” because it seemed like it would be the most hands-on.  He had a great time and learned how to cook some of our favorite Lao foods.  For $20 he got a class that went from 9am to 3pm.  It was taught by a Lao man with good English who was careful to teach techniques rather than just showing off his own skills!  By the way, Tamarind cooking school was mentioned on the NPR show “The Splendid Table”.  Above you can see some of the ingredients they used. Continue reading