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12/10/2010

Culture

Kuraburi Legend

A long time ago in the past, there used to be a man whose name was known as “Mee”. He was living in the area, which in the present is being called Kuraburi. He was very well-known for his attractiveness, and had a beautiful wife, who was called the “Black Woman”, cause of the dark tanned color of her skin.

One day, the “Black Woman” fell ill. In order to help his wife, Mee decided to go into the mountains in order to find herbal medicine.

On one particular hill, he met another beautiful woman, whose skin was as white as purest rice. He immediately fell in love with her, and forgot about his wife’s sickness.

Not so long after, he brought her back to Kuraburi.

The rumor about the romance between “Mee” and the white skinned woman was quickly brought into the ears of the “Black Woman”.

Caught by a tremendous sadness, the “Black Woman” ran out, without really knowing where she was running to. She just knew she had to be away, away from him, and all the memories of him, which had been the actual roots of her disappointments.

When the white skinned woman found out, about the Black Woman’s misfortune, she was distressed, and also ran away from Mee. She went back to the hill where he first met her, and became a nun.

Mee, who was left all alone, went up on another hill, sought reflection and became monk 

The field, in which the Black Woman was finding herself after she had calmed down, is now called “Tung Nang Dam”, which, directly translated, means the Black Woman Field, or the field of the black woman.

The mountain, which the white skinned woman had stayed on, as a nun, has been called “Mae Nang Kaow”, which means the “White Lady”.

The other mountain, on which Mee had chosen to become a monk, is now called “Khao Pra Mee”, which means the “Mee Monk Mountain”.

Several years afterwards, the white skinned woman ceased being a nun, and came to settle down in Kuraburi. This area of Kuraburi has been called “NangYon”, which means the “Returning Lady”, from that time on.

Even today some people believe that anyone who comes to NangYon will find themselves returning again and again.

Remarkably, the area, which lies close to the Mae Nang Kaow Mountain, is also called “Tung Rak”, which means field of love, partly because of the great amount of “Love” flowers that can be found there.

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10/08/2010

Only 2 months left





29/07/2010

CHILD NUTRITION PROJECT –

Lunch for disadvantaged children at Burmese Learning Center


The 90 students of the Burmese learning center in Kuraburi need our help.

As a result of their parents’ poverty, most children’s nutrition is very unhealthy.
While a few get packed lunch, many eat sweets for breakfast and dry instant noodles for lunch.
FACTS:
The Kuraburi area, and southern Thailand in general, is home to a large population of Burmese migrant workers. These hardworking people often come illegally in the hope of finding income and a better life. Their children mostly lack access to education and adequate nutrition. Unlike so many other areas, Burmese children living near the Kuraburi pier are able to take classes at a learning center. The dedicated teachers at the center have requested our help in providing lunch for the children. Without a food budget, and barely able to cover teacher salary, the center needs our help to make sure the kids have a healthy lunch.
SOLUTION:
It costs less than $1 USD per day to make a difference.
Financial support is needed for cooking equipment plus ingredients for 90 meals a day, 5 days a week, for the nine month school year. The teachers would prepare the food which, and would receive semi-annual cooking stipends of 1,000 baht per month, shared between the cooks.
The lunch program will:
 guarantee that children have one healthy nutritious meal a day
 create community by bringing together teachers and volunteers to cook and then share a meal with the children
 give the children an opportunity to learn roles and responsibilities during cooking, eating, and cleanup
 alleviate the financial burden on already struggling parents

PLEASE HELP – YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND GENERAL HEALTH OF THE CHILDREN

NEEDS: 

In total, we are aiming to raise at least 9 months (one school year) worth of lunch money. The cost of feeding the children for a month is $1,250 (960 Euro), meaning we hope to raise a total of $11,000 (8,500 Euro).

Please contribute whatever you can, and together, we can do it!

GO TO: WWW.ANDAMANDISCOVERIES.COM/RESERVATIONS-PAYMENT.PHP AND PUT ‘LUNCH’ AS REFERENCE

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT INFO@ANDAMANDISCOVERIES.COM

14/07/2010

Quand le Sud de la France rencontre sur la table le Sud de la Thailande ! Aïoli iiiiiiiii les amis !

Aïoli et Ratatouille , un régal, des papilles qui frétillent, le retour aux saveurs provençales et qu’est ce que ça fait du bien. Ce soir au menu de Cucina : Cuisine Française et Thaïlandaise, autant vous dire les 2 meilleures cuisines du monde réunies ensemble le résultat est explosif !


Mes amis de Marseille m’ont rendu visite cette semaine, et m’ont donné un gros coup de main pour la cuisine. Jules s’est chargé de l’Aïoli et de la Purée avec ma prof de cuisine Chef Tu, elle était d’ailleurs l’étudiante, l’étudiante parfaite, et avec Margot nous nous sommes occupés de la Ratatouille, du poisson et du poulet au cacahuète. Du côté Thai, c’était champignons party, avec Sauce aux champignons, Salade de Champignons et Champignons grillé avec Nan, Pee Nat and Awe.

Ratatouille for 5 people :

Ingredients :

– 1 kg of ripe tomatoes

– 5 Purple Eggplant

– 2 big onions

– 4 cloves of garlic

– 2 red pepper

– 2 green pepper

– 5 zucchini

– Herbes de Provence

– Thym

– Olive Oil

– Water

– Brown Sugar

– Salt and Pepper

Directions:

Cut all the vegetables in square. For the garlic don’t need to pill it, just mashed once and keep its flesh in its skin. Start to cook in a big cooking pot : Eggplant, Zucchini, onions and garlic, add around 3 big spoon of olive oil, a little bit of salt and pepper, Herbes de Provence and Thym, 10 minutes later add Green and Red Pepper, one glass of water to make your vegetables softer and maybe a little bit of olive oil, 10 minutes after that, add half of your tomatoes,  1 big spoon of Herbes de Provence, 2 big spoon of sugar, salt and pepper and 1 tea spoon of thym, 5 minutes after that add your last tomatoes. Let it cook maybe 10 minutes or less something like that. You can serve this dish cold or hot with chicken and rice.

Aioli

Ingredients:

15 cloves of garlic

1 liter of Olive Oil

4 yok

salt and pepper

Directions:

Mashed your garlic until you get something soft, add salt ( around 3 tea spoon ) when you get something smooth add your yok and a little bit of olive oil, this step is very important, you start to stir in the same direction without stopping and add olive oil little by little, you will get something hard, same texture as a mayonaise. When you get your sauce ready hard and tasty, put in a fridge.

Serve with:

Fish ( normally we eat salty fish with Aioli as cod- fish) and shellfish as whelk ( that’s sooooo goood )

Steamed or raw vegetables ( tua fak yaow, asperagus, carotts, potatoes, turnip)

Bread

White Wine

At home we just eat aioli with everything, every kind of meat, every kind of fish or shellfish, or even french fries and sandwiches for a snack.


17/06/2010

La saison des champignons

Program of this fabulous meal :

2 dishes : Spicy Mushrooms Salad (Thai name :  Yam Hed Sam Yang) and Crispy  Fish  Salad (Lab Pla Tod)

Today we have 10 people to fed , Mai Pen Rai , Chef Tu is handle it and i’ll be there to help and learn. Our thai cooking class start to become famous in Kuraburi 😉

Rainy Season starts in Thailand , and so we have the chance to get so many kind of veggies and fruits. And specially beautiful mushrooms.

Spicy Mushrooms Salad:


Ingredients:

– 3 kind of mushrooms

– 5 lime

– around 15 fresh chilis

– 3 tomatoes

– 2 onions

– Sugar

– 3 spring onions

– Coriander  Student Laura & Tutor Karen

– Soy Sauce

Directions:

Start to cut tomatoes in slices , do the same with onions , coriander and spring onions. Cut all mushrooms in small pieces.

For the sauce : Press the lime + add to your juice soy sauce and sugar.

Mix all ingredients together and serve with rice and raw vegetables.

2nd recipe :

” Lab Pla Tod”


Ingredients:

– 10 shalots

– 5 Limes

– 1 bouquet of mint

– 2 eggs

– Corn Flour

– 3 fishes (choose white and tender meat)

– Around 20 dry chilis

– 3 small cucumbers

– Long green bean  

– Chinese Cabbage

Directions:

Heat the vegetal oil until boiling

grill bol of row rice without oil , cook until become golden colour , then do the same with the dry chilis, cook until brown colour. Then ground them very thin.

Cut the fish in thin slices , deep the pieces into egg and then into corn flour and them fried them.

Wash and Cut shalots in thin slices , wash and cut the fresh mint and spring onions.

Sauce :

Soy Sauce or Fish Sauce ( use as you use oil and vinegar ) sugar, lime juice, dry ground chilis and ground rice. Taste and adjust if it’s too spicy or too bitter add more lime and sugar. Don’t be shy with the sugar, good advice use brown sugar instead of the white.

When your sauce is ready put everything into the bowl fish, shalots, mint, spring onions. For decoration you can keep the skeleton of the fish just fried it as you did with the meat and put the mixture back into it.

Use cucumber, long bean and chinese cabbage for decoration and it’s good to eat them when it’s sometimes to spicy.

Serve with white rice.

My Chef Tu teached me also how to make bowl with banana leaves ! AWESOME ! She is so great !


10/06/2010

La Recette du Mardi

June 8, 2010

This recipe is traditional  dish from southern Thailand. You can find different recipes with most of the time curry sauce. Here it’s with coconut milk and pineapple ! un pure délice !

Kanomjeen Saonam

Rice Noodle with Coconut Milk and Pineapple

Ingredients :

1 kg rice noodle

1 head pineapple

¼ cup ground dried shrimps

½ cup thin slice ginger

7 small head garlic

¼ cup of chili

Soy sauce, lime , sugar

Directions:

  1. Peel the pineapple and remove eyes. Coarsely chop the pineapple
  2. Peel the garlic and thin slice widthwise remove to the plate
  3. Peel the ginger and thin slice lengthwise remove to the plate
  4. Thin slice the chili and remove into the plate
  5. Ground dried shrimp and remove into the bowl
  6. Mixed soy sauce, lime and sugar in a bowl add some chili and garlic
  7. Heat the coconut milk in a small pot, add some salt and stir for 5 minutes remove from the heat and let it cool
  8. Served rice noodle with pineapple chopped, garlic, ginger, chili, ground dried shrimp, sauces and on top coconut milk.

What Kind of food do you want to eat for the next Thai cooking course?

Laura Pelegrina ( Student and Sous Chef)  : Spicy mushrooms salad, Lab Pla Tod (fish cakes)

Chittri Phetcharat ( Teacher and Chef Tu ) : Spicy mushrooms salad, Lab Pla Tod

Bodhi Garrett : Mushrooms salad

Karen Spackman: Lab Pla Tod

Nattaya Sektheera: Omlett stuff with shrimps

Nadanong Chanpaibool : Lab Pla Tod

Sirikanjana Chantakean: Mushroom spicy salad

Larra: Lab Blah Tod

Petchrong : Fish Salad with herbs

Wasan Phoochareaondeth : Fried duck grill with basil leaves.

Rendez – vous next tuesday for Spicy mushrooms salad and fish cakes.

03/06/2010

Start of the school year for the Burmese Learning Center.

Children of Burmese migrants in Thailand,

New Water Cooler for BLC

Burma, a country bordered by China, Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh, India and the Bay of Bengal,

has been an object of concern for the international community and human rights organisations due to its military regime.

The Burmese children in Thailand face very difficult situations as they do not have legal citizenship in Thailand nor are recognised as citizens of Burma. Therefore most of them, as well as their parents, are not able to attend the Thai education system. Placing volunteers to teach these children will help to start breaking the vicious cycle of poverty that affects them. Simple things such as owning a mobile phone or driving are not allowed to Burmese migrants and they are subject to martial laws like a 8pm curfew.

A Burmese child is expected to earn living in rubber plantations or fisheries if they are not able to go to school. However, given them the opportunity to attend school will increase their chances of having a better life.

If you are interested you can contact Andaman Discoveries at info@andamandiscoveries.com. We visit the school the maximun we can, the burmese kids are

simply fantastic.

01/06/2010

Princess Angel

L’Ange Princesse,

Princesse Maha Chakri Sirindhorn , connu de son surnom Phra Thep qui signifie l’Ange Princesse, nous a rendu visite Samedi 29 mai à Kuraburi.

Son Altesse Royale Phra Tep est la 2 éme fille du Roi actuel Bhumibol Adulyadej appelé Roi Rama IX , elle est très aimée par la population Thaïe, elle ne sait jamais marié et a consacré  la moitié de sa vie à ses études et venir en aide à son peuple en créant différent projets.

Sa journée a commencé par l’inauguration d’un nouveau bâtiment à l’école de Kuraburi, c’est ici que les visiteurs étaient convié et parqué. Malheureusement il a plu pendant toute sa visite, les photos ne sont pas autorisées, il faut demander l’autorisation à Son Altesse Royale.

Puis elle est allée au port de Kuraburi pour inaugurer la nouvelle Croix Rouge et pour finir sa journée elle a  rendu visite à son projet Chaipattana, un village reconstruit après le Tsunami. Je l’admire énormément et malgré les affrontements avec les chemises rouges ces mois derniers la Princesse Phra Thep est dans tous les coeurs des Thailandais.

C’était l’occasion de sortir une belle robe et de belles chaussures et rencontrer les gens qu’on aime, partager de la nourriture et des sourires.

Khop Khun Ka SAR Phra Thep

24/05/2010

Bon appétit !

Poisson au poivre noir

Ingrédients pour 4 à 5 personnes:

Un poisson entier à chair ferme et peu d’arête

5 / 6 petites gousses d’ail

1 bouquet de Coriandre

1 botte d’oignons nouveaux ( peut être remplacé par la ciboule)

3 grosses cuillères à soupe de poivre noir moulu

3 piments rouge

1/2 baton de citronelle

20 gr de gingembre frais émincés

Huile de friture

3 cuillères à soupe de Sauce d’Huitre

1 cuillère à soupe de Nam Pla ou Nuoc Nam

Chauffer l’huile dans un wok , découpé perpendiculairement le poisson, faite dorer le poisson sur ses 2 faces puis le mettre de côté, ajouter un peu d’huile puis faite frire les gousses d’ails. Pour les gousses d’ails pas la peine de les éplucher entièrement, gardez un petit peu de peau et écraser les. Après avoir frit l’ail, ajouter les oignons nouveaux, les piments, la citronnelle et le gingembre émincés , ajouter la sauce d’huitre et le poivre et pour finir le poisson. Si c’est trop sec n’hésitez pas à ajouter de la sauce d’huître et je agrémenter cela de poivre selon votre goût.

A savoir : La sauce d’huître est une sauce épaisse de couleur brune, très utilisée dans la cuisine thai. Ne vous fiez pas à son nom, peu alléchant et donnez lui une chance : mettez un peu de sauce sur votre petit doigt et goûtez. Vous verrez, c’est comme un concentré de saveurs. Vous la trouverez dans les épiceries asiatiques.

Voici une de mes recettes préférées thai !

Nai Tui Hike

Nature is free,

Jenny, P’Nat et moi même sommes parties faire une randonnée de 2 jours dans les montagnes de Kuraburi. Départ 10h30 du petit hameau Nai Tui, équipés plus au moins bien, et c’est parti pour 30h de marche à travers la jungle thaïlandaise. Au programme, de la marche, de la marche,  de la découverte, de la faune et flore indigènes, du riz, et des fous rires. Nous sommes les premiers cobayes à tester cette nouvelle randonnée ou tester cet entrainement militaire!!!

Pendant la saison sèche, la haute saison, la rivière est assez asséchée, le point positif c’est que nous pouvons marcher sur les rochers sans aucun soucis, et attendre un peu avant de s’aventurer dans la forêt dense et observer des espèces indigénes dans les petits trous d’eaux tel que des mini crabes, des crevettes de rivière et des ecrevisses.

Au tour de la découverte d’une extraordinaire flore, parmi les lianes, les bambous nous avons pu voir quelques bulbes de la fleur Rafflesia Kerii, appelée Bua Phud en Thai, elle est aujourd’hui très prisée de part une beauté sans défaut et de part ses effets thérapeutiques, pour les thaïlandais cette fleur serait le remède pour guérir les fièvres, les mal de dos mais aussi serait un stimulant sexuel.

La première journée fut longue et périlleuse, vers 16h la pluie a commencé à tomber, une pluie torrentielle, quasi impossible de continuer la marche, nous sommes plus très loin du campement mais la visibilité devient terrible, chargé du sac de secours, je tiens en main les affaires importantes au sec! Ils ont confiance ahahaha !!

Et là le meilleur moment de cette randonnée, une course d’orientation sous la pluie à travers la jungle, lianes et tutti quanti..génial !!

J’ai eu l’impression de vivre ” Lost ” pendant 10 minutes ! (Désolé pour la référence)

Bon le seul point négatif, ce que nous  n’étions pas super bien équipé pour la  pluie, donc pour la 1ère fois depuis 3 mois j’ai ressenti le FROID ! Nous avons fait plusieurs feux pour se réchauffer et “brulé” nos habits pour passer une bonne nuit au chaud. Installation des hamacs, cuisson rapide d’une grosse gamelle de riz, poisson séché( beurk) et dodo.

Réveil matin 7h ! Le groupe de randonneurs est déjà en forme et se prépare pour une autre journée de plus de 8h de rando …J’ai cependant dormi comme un bébé dans cet hamac, c’est tellement plus confortable qu’une tente.  Bon c’est vrai, la ficelle de mon hamac à lâché dans la nuit, je vous laisse imaginer le bleu que j’ai eu pour amortir ce réveil en fanfare ! Au petit déj, du riz et des sardines à la tomate.

C’est reparti, par contre aujourd’hui on fait de la descente, seulement de la descente sur des feuilles mortes, Watch out !! terrain glissant.. pas de lunch, de l’eau et point bar. On a eu la chance de voir des singes , mais les animaux sont restés éloignés de nous, les guides étaient assez bruyant à vrai dire, à chaque pause petite musique de rap/ house Thai! Ca m’a bien fait marrer. Le potentiel est là, mais il y a encore beaucoup de travail avant que cette randonnée soit habilité. A la fin du voyage, le guide nous apprend que c’était son ancien QG de chasse… oh Thailand ! ! Oh Amazing Thailand , tu me surprendras toujours.

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