My Monday Meals 19.05.14

Breakfast

Muesli

The original variety of Alpen muesli with semi-skimmed milk and fresh blueberries. I don’t often have muesli for breakfast but I’ve really fancied it recently. Alpen is always my favourite as I like the chewy raisins but I also enjoy Dorset Cereals Simply Delicious Muesli. I drank a cup of PG Tips tea with semi-skimmed milk.

Lunch

Haloumi and chicken salad

For lunch I had a favourite of mine, so apologies for the lack of variety! A Haloumi cheese and chicken salad with tomato, cucumber, watercress, rocket and a few other mixed leaves. We had three packs of blueberries as Andy and I both bought some without mentioning it to each other so I added a few and also a drizzle of balsamic vinegar too. As the weather has been warm, I drank a large glass of water with my meal to stay hydrated.

Dinner

Pork noodle soup

Pork noodle soup with a Chinese five spice infused broth, celery and Sen Mee (thin rice noodles). We cheated a bit tonight and slow cooked the pork and celery in a packet of five spice powdered mix but to be honest, we’re all feeling a bit tired and slightly under the weather recently. Andy had the same but without as much broth. He’s not a big fan of soup.

Snack

Champagne Magnum

I had two snacks today, a limited edition Champagne Magnum which had a silver chocolate shell and I also shared a Braeburn apple with Annabelle.

Braeburn apple

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Thai Ladies, Thai Lunch: Thai Square, St Albans

During half term, my mum, Annabelle and I went to visit two close family friends in St Albans. Together we were five Thai ladies, three generations and two families at one place, Thai Square.

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The restaurant is a beautiful mix of Thai and English, modern and traditional. The owner, although not Thai, upholds and respects the Buddhas and Ganesha (Ganesh) on display by leaving offerings of milk, orange juice, banana and food.

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You may notice that Ganesh is a Hindu God. My mum, like some Thais pay their respects and pray to many religious deities from around the world. In addition to Ganesh my mum also prays to the Chinese goddess, Guanyin (Phra Mae Kuan Im in Thailand) and Luang Por Khong (a Chinese Monk who helps you find things that you have misplaced). Followers of Guanyin, like my mum do not eat beef. I’m told that this is because cows and buffalo used to work hard on the paddy fields in Asia and it would be unkind to slaughter them after their service for the people.

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We chose a selection of dishes from the lunch specials and à la carte menus. We ordered duck spring rolls, Thai ice tea, and Gai Yang (barbecued chicken) with Som Tum salad (papaya salad) and sticky rice.

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Below left is the Pad Thai prawn with an egg net placed on top. Pictured next to it is tapioca balls with a minced pork filling. It is similar to the Japanese Mochi I wrote about in a previous post, however this is a savoury dish. You don’t need cutlery to eat these, you take one of the little balls, place it in the middle of a lettuce leaf and pop into your mouth.

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The lunchtime set meal resembled a Japanese Bento Box with Tom Yum prawn soup, a spring roll, satay chicken, a vegetable ‘golden bag’, steamed rice, stir-fried mixed vegetables and a main dish. We had stir-fried mince pork with basil and chilli.

The service at Thai Square was first class. Friendly, welcoming and never too busy to assist. A great atmosphere to eat authentic Thai food. What’s your favourite Thai meal and have you tried the pork tapioca dish I mentioned?

Bx