Saturday morning we were picked up by Nancy from Siam Rice cookery school at 9am. We had 5 other people on our group, 4 Scottish Med students and an American ER nurse, if anything were to go wrong today I think we would be OK.
We started off with a trip to the market so Nancy could stock up and introduce us to some of the ingredients. We walked around and talked about herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables and rices.
We got to Nancy's house at 9:40 and chose our dishes for the day, me and Garath chose all different so we can teach each other in the future. There were 2 groups running today, the other group were taught by Nancys husband.
We started cooking straight away, me doing spring rolls and Garath on Pad-Thai, Next I made chicken coconut soup and Garath made hot and creamy soup. Then we sat and ate our four dishes, my spring rolls are apparently very good.
Second round and I made spicy mixed chicken salad and Garath made mixed pork salad. We then did some adventure cooking. I made sweet and sour chicken and veg and Garath made fried holy basil with chicken, but we cooked it by setting the wok on fire, BIG FLAMES!!! When cooking his fried holy basil with chicken Garath managed to achieve something never done before at Siam rice cookery school in their whole 3 years of teaching. He made his chicken dissapear! We both added our ingredients at the same time to get the fire, but when the flames had gone out I had chicken in my wok but Garaths was nowhere to be seen? We were all in stitches, Garath looked so puzzled and just couldn't work out where it had gone. 10 minutes later we found his chicken on the floor the other side of the cooking station. After that we ate our dishes.
We had a little while whilst the other group were cooking, so we did some vegetable carving, potato leaves and carrot flowers. Mine were not bad, but Garaths were something special!
For our finalie I made pumpkin curry northern style and Garath made Panang curry, followed by sticky rice with mango and sticky rice with young coconut. Our curries were amazing and the sticky ric was out of thus world. We were all feeling very very full by 3:30 when we finished.
It was very easy to learn with Nancy, she is so lovely and helpful, and funny too. I would deffinately recommend her course to anyone in the Chiang Mai area. At the end of our day we received a recipe book and certificate each, we had our photo taken with Nancy and I bought an apron.