Chiang Mai - Cookery lesson

Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
Trip End Jul 23, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Mai,
Thursday, January 31, 2013

We were up early as we had to finish packing our bags. We tried to breakfast at the Holiday Garden Hotel but cold fried eggs, cold mini frankfurters and stewed coffee was not great, so we just settled for toast and juice.

We went back up to our room to pack away the last few things; Terry thoroughly checked all the drawers, plug sockets, bathroom and under the bed to make sure we hadn't left anything behind. Once thoroughly reassured, we closed the door and walked the 50ft corridor to the lift (we were on the 7th floor). As I got in the lift I realised I was the only one with luggage; Terry had left his In the room.......

We went down to the lobby @ 08:30, checked out and waited for our transport to the Thai Farm Cookery School.

When the 'pick up' truck arrived, 8 or 9 people were already seated so we had to squeeze in the front. There was no room for our rucksacks so the driver threw them on top of the truck. We were worried they would fall out, as they were not strapped to anything and we didn't know how rough the journey would be, but the driver gave us his word they would not fall out. This did little to reassure us, but we both hoped that if any one (or both) of our 'Antlers' decided to launch itself off into the traffic behind, that one of the guys in the back of the pick up might shout.

After about 20 mins on the road we stopped at a huge covered market. Our guide and teacher for the day; Julianne, took us around the market, showing us different produce that is used in typical Thai food - we never realised there were so many different kinds of rices! The market sold everything, including live frogs that were being massacred and bagged up in front of our very eyes. There were lines of pigs heads and meats we wouldn't like to even hazard a guess and all sorts of fresh and salted fish. We were amazed to see pink eggs and were told that dye is used to identify these as 'non-cooked' ducks eggs.

We left the market and drove out of urban Chiang Mai to a much more green, rural area, and soon reached the Thai Farm Cookery School, where we were all provided with aprons and straw hats. Whilst we were the only students from the UK, all communication was in English. Everybody was friendly and we all helped each other and shared each others dishes. We all made 6 different dishes; I chose Chicken Green Curry as my main and Terry chose a Yellow Curry. We all made different soups; I made Spring Rolls and Terry made Sweet and Sour Tofu with Pad Thai. For a desert; I made Sticky Rice with Mango ( Yummy) and Terry made Bananas in Coconut Milk, very sweet. What we couldn't consume during the day we were told we could take away in plastic bags. I'm not sure what we can do with cold Pad Thai and cold steamed Spring Rolls.

It was great to mix with other people and to listen to their experiences in Thailand. Everybody got on with each other and we had some good laughs. Julianne was very entertaining and fell into fits of giggles, several times. The farm itself grew many of the ingredients used in the cooking, and we learned a lot about different vegetables and herbs. All in all it was a great day that we both enjoyed.

Our day at the cookery school ended around 16:00 and we were transported back into Chiang Mai to our new accommodation 'My Mum Home'. We just got into our room when there was a knock on the door; guess what? The return of Terry's hat - unbelievable. It made his day.

Although absolutely shattered 18:00 seemed a little early to retire to bed so we took a short stroll into the Centre. Before long we happened upon a little tea and cake shop where we shared a large bottle of beer and enjoyed a cake each. Now I wonder why I'm not loosing weight? The cafe was called the 'Vikiy Sist' and Terry asked why. It would seem that the two ladies who were so attentive to us when we entered are the 'Vikiy sisters and that they own the shop. They are like chalk and cheese; one looked like a right rowdy bird while the other one was like a little mouse, you would never have guessed they were sisters. The cakes were lovely, so much so that we left with more cakes to have with coffee in the morning......
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mum on

I love reading about your journey, I take in every word and try to imagine you doing all these things, you sound as if you are really enjoying yourselves. take care love you both ,

Karen T on

Yummmmm, love that hot sour salty thing!

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