Marai the cat is now a member of staff at the Serpukhov Museum of History and Art, Moscow Region, Russia. By popular demand, an application for a permanent post was submitted on his behalf to the museum’s managers. Marai negotiated a purrfect package of remuneration: he will receive fish and meat patties in lieu of a salary. Photo taken April 7th 2016. Credit: Getty Images/Vyacheslav Prokofyev
Burger Love: These offbeat tuna burgers were loosely inspired by a Thai fried white fish patty called tod man pla. The Thai cucumber salad stands in for pickles. Use sushi-quality tuna so you can serve the burgers medium rare.
The first memories of 2015, or tales from (not so) bygone glories: Incredibly authentic Thai food at Thai foodie establishment called Methawalai Sorndaeng (เมธาวลัยศรแดง) near Democracy Monument [More from Bangkok]
Traditional Thai hors d'ouvres, with Kratong Thong (กระทงทอง, literally ‘golden packages’, crispy paper-thin cups filled with corn/pork filling), Hoy Jor (ฮ่อยจ๊อ, fried tofu skin with pork and crab meat filling), Mee Krob (หมี่กรอบ, crispy noodles with seasoning) and Tord Man (ทอดมัน, deep fried minced fish and curry paste patties)
Yam Tua Poo, or spicy wing bean salad with prawn
Poo Pad Prik, or crab meat stir fried with beans and yellow chilli
Stir-fried pork with shrimp-paste, lemongrass and chilli (my absolute favorite dish!)
Chestnut with crushed ice
Taking a trip to old part of Bangkok is like walking into a food trap: knowing what tourists come here for, restaurants are ready with westernized Thai food favorites being sold at exorbitant prices alongside tall glasses of coconut juice that,when instagrammed, just seem to scream #bkk. It takes an insider like my mother to know that right next to democracy monument stands one of the oldest Thai food establishments, Methawalai Sorndaeng, where the prices may still be exorbitant (for Thai food) due to the location, but the food is definitely authentic, and definitely worth it.
There seems to be a thread of commonality in the atmosphere of old Thai food establishments. A female singer crooning live to Thai classics with voice quivering and hand movement, waiters in hawaiian shirts holding glass cups of Thai coconut ice cream on top of candied bananas topped with with coconut milk, white tablecloths and chairs that seem to take some weight lifting to move. But that’s the true charm of it: the sense of constancy you feel when you return to somewhere you haven’t been in so many years, and realize that nothing has changed. The sense of home.
Ruby’s was a nice place.
Granny had made sure she was well fed and trying different food. She had
liked certain things, but hadn’t even entered the kitchen at the smell of fish
patties. Ruby hadn’t even been going to give them to her, they were just for
Granny and her, but she still refused. But, Quinn had taken a liking to
pancakes and even some chicken noodle soup. Ruby had been sweet to her, playing
toys and watching cartoons. Emma and David had been around for questioning,
mixed with play time to convince Quinn to answer questions. Quinn liked them.
She was a little unsure on David sometimes, but she could almost sense the kind
of effort he was putting in for her. Belle had been visiting, often to read her
stories and just hang out. Quinn wouldn’t
nap without a story, and even then she was a little reluctant. She just wanted
to be safe.
Belle had told her, that she was going to take her out for a
little treat. Quinn was excited. Not
only to see her friend Belle, but to have a little treat. Lately her treats had
been choc chips on pancakes and stickers from Ruby, and the thought of another
one, was pretty exciting. Granny had found some her clothes from town, and had
helped dress her in a sweet floral dress with cap sleeves. She’d even sat with
Quinn after a bath, and helped dry her damp hair, before braiding it. It was a
nice change from basic tops and leggings, even though they were comfy. Quinn was settled on the couch, watching
cartoons curiously. She didn’t watch heaps of tv, and Ruby tended to monitor
what she was watching. Today’s show of choice, was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. She was snuggled up in a warm cardigan, a drawing beside her for
Belle – which she had even written on, because Mary Margaret had been helping
her. She was just watching TV happily,
watching for Belle to come. Granny was keeping an eye on, her while sifting
through some diner paperwork.
Quinoa is a brilliant alternative to wheat (and other grains) as it is a super food itself. It is one of the most protein rich foods we can eat, it contains twice as much fibre as other grains, it contains iron (for blood health), lysine (essential for tissue growth and repair) and is also high in magnesium, B2 and antioxidants. Fish patties using quinoa instead of bread crumbs are a great gluten free lunch; its really easy, if you make them the night before, to take them wrapped up to work too. Now, i’m going to let you in on a secret….The first time we made these they worked really nicely but the second time (don’t laugh) we put in too much egg and they were too wet to form into patties (how embarrassing) but we did not despair, instead we promptly poured the whole mixture into a frying pan and made what I lovingly termed a “pan flan” (Cook on the stove for a while and then put the pan under the grill until its golden) which was just as good. This just reminded me of the importance of ingenuity in the kitchen and I thought it was worth mentioning that if you ever have a kitchen mishap don’t fret, just get creative and turn it into something slightly different, and if you don’t have all the ingredients don’t necessarily worry about going out to get them all, just work with what you’ve got!
400 grams of quinoa
black sesame seeds
1 tin of fish
1 cloves of garlic
1 cup of pepitas (optional)
1. In preparation for this recipe, soak the quinoa in water overnight (this pre-digests the grain and makes it much easier for the human body to digest )
2. Cook the quinoa in water (so that the water level is just above the quinoa) with salt. Stir regularly.
3. Cook until all the water disappears. It should look fluffy like porridge.
4. Beat 3 eggs in a bowl with a fork. Then add the quinoa to the egg and mix together.
5. Then mix in the tinned fish, 1 finely chopped onion, a few sprigs of parsley, a dozen or so pipped olives, 2 cloves of crushed garlic, 1 cup of pepitas (pumpkin seeds).
6. Add a dash of cayenne pepper and (quite a lot) of salt and pepper – To taste.
7. Now use a spoon and your hand to form the mixture into patties.
8. Coat both sides of each patty with black sesame seed.
9. Cook in the frying pan with coconut oil until golden
This is for Kimmy lol. Sorry if the recipe is off a little because I never really measure my ingredients I just kind of toss in there how much I think it needs LOL.This is mainly a lemongrass type dish because I love me some lemongrass and so does Tim LOL.
4 lbs of minced Tilapia (extremely minced basically grounded lol) (Other types of fish can be used beef & chicken & turkey are also good substitutes) 2-3 TBSP Fish Sauce or Soy Sauce (I usually use soy, but my mom use to use fish sauce) 2-4 TSP Black Pepper 1/3 Cup of Cilantro Minced & Cilantro Combined 2-4 Cloves of Garlic Minced (Really Minced) - Tim and I use a whole garlic LOL cause we love garlic too 4 TBSP or ¼ Cup of Lemongrass - Tim and I add a crap load of this because we love lemongrass lmao.
*Optional Ingredients MSG - When I was younger people weren’t such health nuts lol so remember how our parents use to add Msg to everything? My mom use to add about 1 TBSP Mushroom Seasoning - This is a seasoning made from mushroom that my mom substitutes for MSG. It tastes almost the same just a little more distinct taste Flour - My mom use to add about 3 TBSP of Flour if she is making it with chicken, beef, or turkey so that it holds together better. Fish naturally sticks together so flour isn't really needed, but it can be used.
Preparation? After everything is minced. When I say minced. I mean it has to be minced LOL that way when you are frying it the stuff won’t fall apart because there is like a big chunk of garlic on the outside somewhere.
Combine everything together and mix well.
Molding the patties (depends on how you want it.) My mom usually makes them wide, but really thin that way it cooks easier and the flavor is brought out more. She usually cooks it til it is a little crispy on the outside.
After fried serve with rice and soy sauce or any other types of sauce ^.^
Sorry for the horrible details. I am not good at this LOL.
Earlier today, I was craving some mini churros from Jack in the Box. As I pulled into the drive-thru, I noticed a cat just laying in the parking lot on top of an old Jack in the Box bag. I also noticed that it had something on its head that didn’t look like a normal body part to me. The animal-lover in me decided to get out of the drive-thru line and go check on him, and thank goodness I did. Half of this cat’s scalp is off. I went into Jack in the Box, got a water cup and a fish patty, and made sure he ate and drank something. I sat down on a curb while I fed him small pieces of the fish and found out he is actually an amazingly friendly little kitty. He meowed, purr-ed, and even tried to rub himself along my legs (though I wouldn’t let him do that because I am unaware of his condition, and didn’t want to catch anything from his open wound if it was bacteria-related). I asked on a local Facebook Pets page I’m apart of about what I should do, and everyone told me to take him to the vet. So I gathered him into the far back of my little hatchback, got him some food to last through the night, and am taking him to the vet in the morning since I found him in the evening time when most vets were closed. He is currently staying in my dog’s large dog crate (with new blankets, of course) and will stay there throughout the night. I decided to call him Jack for the time being. Tomorrow morning when I first wake up, I’ll take him to the vet. If they can help him, I will accept the charges and find him a foster home since 1, my dog’s don’t like cats; 2, I’m allergic to cats; and 3, I’m pregnant. My husband has been handling Jack with gloves, and he is sleeping very comfortably tonight with soft cat food, water and warm blankets. I already have people telling me that they would love to foster him once he gets cared for, and quite a few people saying that they can help with the vet bills if I need any. My heart breaks for this sweet, friendly kitty and I’m just glad I’m able to take it to get cared for.
Under the read more, I have a couple of photos I took of the cat while sitting in the fast food parking lot. His head is kind of gory and I didn’t want anyone looking if they don’t want to. Also, I would like to apologize to mobile-bloggers in advance because if I remember correctly, ‘read more’ doesn’t always work on mobile. So sorry about that ): But please send good wishes that this sweet kitty can be saved in the morning!