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Monday, July 30, 2012

Kitchen Chaos: Tummy Warming Khao Soi

I think today is the perfect day to share my Khao Soi recipe. I've had this about 3 times in the past 2 weeks because I love Thai food, it's so darn comforting and it's delicious. It's a curry noodle soup with so much in it that I usually consider it a meal in itself. Plus, it's SUPER easy to make. The first time I made it, I thought it would take longer than it did but I was done in about 25 minutes. We ended up having a really early dinner that day!


Egg Noodles (about 100-150 grams per person)
one small red onion, sliced
one white onion, chopped
yellow curry paste (make your own or buy ready made)
red curry paste (make your own or buy ready made)
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/4 kilo of chicken, cut into strips (can be replaced with squid, fish, or whatever else)
1/4 cup sugar snap peas
3/4 can coconut milk
2 cups chicken stock
pinch of brown sugar
fish sauce, to taste
juice of 1/2 lime

Some of these additions are my own. I first tried this at Benjarong at Dusit and it didn't have certain ingredients in it, but that's the fun in cooking- adding what you like and getting rid of what you don't!

Great alternative to instant noodles, and also pretty easy to make!

How to: 

  • Cook egg noodles according to package instructions and divide into 3-4 bowls. Set aside.
  • On low heat, cook red onion until golden brown, set aside.
  • Saute chopped white onion and garlic for a few minutes and add 1 tbs each of yellow and red thai curry pastes.
  • Add 1/2 cup coconut milk and mix thoroughly. Add  chicken (or whatever meat/seafood you prefer)
  • Add chicken stock and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Add sugar snap peas and rest of the coconut milk. Add sugar and fish sauce to taste.
  • Add lime juice and sugar snap peas. Cook for 5 more minutes and pour on top of noodles.
  • Add fried onions and coriander.
  • Enjoy!
Khao Soi with Chicken

Khao Soi with squid balls

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Kitschen Chaos: Overnight Oats for a very Good Morning!

OMG It's been 3 weeks since I last blogged. I've been so busy learning how to domesticate myself in areas outside of my kitchen and let's just say that I'm still learning. Also, when your primary job is to write, it's sometimes hard to bring yourself to write some more on your free time because you want to do other things. BUT, I promise to be better at updating! Please forgive me!

To make up for my M.I.A-ness, here's a simple recipe for overnight oats. Every time I post this on Instagram (look for me: ericaparedes) I get tweet requests for the recipe. Well, here it is, super duper easy you'll wonder how you didn't innately know it!

BASIC Overnight Oats recipe is as easy as:

1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats
1/3 cup plain yogurt (or flavored if you wanna mix it up a bit)
1/3 cup milk (any kind, I use soy)

Mix all together and put in the fridge before you sleep.
Wake up and mix in the fun stuff like:

Sliced banana, flax seed and peanut butter

Strawberry preserves and speculoos

Dates, honey and almonds

Strawberry, banana and walnut (Put in a cute jar for cuteness sake!)

There's no limit to what you can do with this! Try your own combos and let me know what's good!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cute Alert: Native Union Pop Phones

Sometimes you really need something that will make you smile. It doesn’t really matter if you need it, or if it serves any real purpose other than amusing you- once in awhile, you just NEED it. So when my Native Union Pop Phone arrived, I was so excited to use it! I knew that I would get second glances from people at the mall or supermarket if my phone started ringing and I answered using this! 
As expected, my daughter tried to steal it from me the first day I had it. I let her borrow it sometimes because it’s fun to see her friends in fits of giggles when they use it, but for the most part, it’s MINE! I’ve used it to talk to friends on Skype, on my mobile phone and you can even listen to music with it. It’s a pretty cute, fun and amusing thing to own and friends keep asking where they can buy for themselves.

If you don’t like blue like mine, there’s about 9 other colors to choose from including bubble gum pink, lime green and fire engine red, so regardless of what your personality is like, there will definitely be that will fit your style. They make great presents for friends and family members that can’t live without their cellphones!

Native Union Pop Phones are available at