Monday, 10 January 2011

Pork Satay

I got a great new cookbook for Christmas...the latest from the daddy of Thai cooking...David Thompson's Thai Street food. (thanks Mum & Dad)

It's a large beautiful coffee table cookbook. In fact so large it could actually be a coffee table - which on a purely practical note is a bit of an issue. Not the easiest of reads in bed - or for propping up in the kitchen to follow a recipe. However, I digress......

After a good look through it was difficult to choose the first thing I wanted to cook as there are so many great ideas in the book. However, it being just after Christmas...plainly we had a mountain of peanuts to use up - and so it had to be satay.



The recipe itself is not just about the satay sauce- but ensuring also that the pork has a good marinade in a coconut milk based sauce





The satay sauce was a heady spicy mix of chillies, garlic, galangal, ginger, cumin, coriander...



...and of course peanuts...



Both the marinade and the sauce require palm sugar. If you want to ever cook Thai go get a great big pot like this - keeps for ever and adds a deepness to the sweetness....



Unfortunately it rained tonight - 'cos even though it's currently 2 degrees outside I was determined to BBQ these. Not so & they ended up on the grill -which seemed to work out OK.....







And so - with the satay sauce (which was excellent) and a quick green veg and black pepper stir fry to compliment



And a loving close up on the satay sauce. it made plenty so that's now in the freezer for another day. Cool!

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