Thai me to the moon
Let me cook among the stars
Let me see what spring onions are like
On jupiter and mars

(With apologies to Mister Sinatra)

Food bloggers are all over the place these days and I would hazard a guess that food is the most highly populated area of all blogging genres. Few make enough of an impact on me to keep me going back to their blog. One of the foodies I am in awe of is Nina Timm, whose photographs alone are enough to make me a lifetime fan.

Nina is hosting a ‘blog event’; a competition for the best Thai inspired food post.

Despite the stiff competition, I decided to enter; I adore Thai food and cook it frequently. As I so often blog prawn dishes I’ve cooked, I thought a cashew and chicken green curry would be a nice change. My husband prefers a really spicy red curry, but my pal Mel was coming over and she can’t take very hot food, so I gave him a bowl of fresh chillies to up the burn-factor.

Our home décor bears testimony to our love of all things Thai; lamps, paintings, carvings … and one of the reasons I enjoyed this challenge so much is that it allowed me the opportunity of using my collection of Thai crockery.

Mel brought along a bottle of bubbles, as she is wont to do. My husband ate and escaped to the fireside, knowing that we would drive him batty with our conversation, which carried on well into the night.

Another unforgettable evening with my dear friend, thanks Mel.
And thank you Nina, for providing the inspiration.


38 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    Looks yummy to me.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very yummy Carolyn, made even better by good conversation.

  2. tracyhsays says:

    Nice play on one of my favorite songs….”In other words, hold my hand. In other words, kiss me.” and Frank sang it best of all the crooners. I am tongue Thai’d at the food…I love the stuff. Nice post all together…you have a knack for sure.

    I treasure your visits to my little corner…Just Say’n

    Tracy H

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tracy, love visiting your corner 🙂

  3. adeeyoyo says:

    I dare say old Frankie would have joined in with you had he been around! The food looks scrumptious!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Frankie would have been a very entertaining guest, I’m sure 🙂

  4. The food was great, the company was great. How lucky I am, thanks my friend

    1. theonlycin says:

      30 squares a week now, don’t forget!

  5. Tandy says:

    I love your Buddha’s 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Last count, I had 52 of them Tandy :O

    2. nrhatch says:


      I might have to borrow a few more photos of Buddha and his fabulous belly. : )

      1. theonlycin says:

        Help yourself, there are lots more where those came from 🙂

  6. slpmartin says:

    I was just about to head off to bed when I say your post…since I love cooking…I had to read it…and so glad that I did since I also love Thai cooking…I did have one question regarding your post on the smoked oysters in your previous post…was there a specific way that you prepared that dish? If so could you email me the the recipe? Have a good day!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I mailed you, put it popped right back, so here it is (because other people also want the recipe):
      I use a bread made by a local baker, it’s made of rough flour and delightfully crusty, about 500cm long. (You could use any baguette or French loaf, depending on how many people you’re feeding, or whether it will serve as part of your starter course. We often have it with soup as a main meal on weekday evenings; or with a salad in the summer).

      Cut the loaf in half, horizontally and spread butter and garlic on both cut sides.

      Place tinned, smoked oysters (and mussels if you wish) on the bottom half and reassemble the loaf.

      Make vertical cuts into the loaf, almost to the very bottom, at one inch intervals.

      Cover the loaf in tin foil and heat through before serving.

      Enjoy, let me know when you’ve tried it.

  7. leigh says:

    Enchanting 🙂

  8. granny1947 says:

    Good food and good friends…life is good!

    1. theonlycin says:

      La vie en rose granny 😉

  9. Rosemary says:

    You so right about Nina – her blog is a feast for the eyes and the tummy! Love your dish and your Thai experience.

    1. theonlycin says:

      She sets a standard to aspire to Rosemary!

  10. nina says:

    Oh wow, you and Rosemary just made my day…..I am blushing typing here thx to you two ladies. Thx for entering Cin… sure looks like you had fun…..laughed about hubby escaping to the TV!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Mel was teasing him about being a square Nina 😀

  11. Kavita says:

    Cooking’s not my thing.. I just cook to survive… And according to my husband, and m friends who are brave enough to risk their lives over my culinary skills, I am not as bad as I deem myself to be! 🙂 Pheww.. bless those lovely people! 🙂

    But your enthusiasm is quite contagious, I must say!! And pictures are..well.. yummmyy!!!! I am Indian, and by definition, we love spicy food! So Thai’s a yes-yes on my list as well..although I must admit, too much spice has never done me any good…:)

    Long story short… GOOD LUCK with the cooking competition at Nina’s… and have fun!! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Kavita, I entered just for fun, the other entrants are all very professional foodies.

      1. Kavita says:

        Girl… the pictures here say a different story!! I am sure you will be a great competitor! In any case, you will get to learn SO MUCH from the others… so FUN it’s gonna be!! 🙂

  12. Supa says:

    Roger escapes whenever Rachel comes round! I bet the food and the company were great.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was a jolly good evening Supa.

  13. buttercup600 says:

    Baby baby….you can Thai me to the Moon…morning, noon and night!! I always had a love for Thai and you have done it again!! “Whetting my appetite”….heading over to Nina Timm’s right now!! Wens sooooo jy het nader gebly 😦 Geniet jou dag my vriendin ~ oxoxo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ai tog, dan het ons heeldag gekuier en niks gewerk nie. Maar eendag is eendag, ne, vliegtuig kaartjies sal miskien nie altyd so duur wees nie?

  14. Cute blog Cindy and all that sumptuous food is making me hungry 🙂 Have a lovely day!

    Wild Rose~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the visit Julliette 🙂

  15. nrhatch says:

    Such a delightful post ~ from your poem, to the challenge, to the Buddha.

    Aah, the Zen of cooking (and life). Magical, mystical, marvelous.

    “Tie me up with your Thai, Ty?” (apologies to Caddyshack)

    1. theonlycin says:

      hahaha Nancy, you sound like a dominatrix ;p

  16. nrhatch says:

    I borrowed the bottom photo (“redbud”). I adore your stack of antique trunks topped with the Buddha.

    Antique trunks “litter” my house ~ a 400 years old Scottish seaman’s chest, my dad’s tool chest from his youth, etc.

    I use one antique trunk as my filing cabinet. Wood is ever so much nicer than cold hard steel.

    Thanks again.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I also have them all over, as side tables and blanket storage, love them dearly, each one has a story 🙂

  17. colonialist says:

    Who won? It was a Thai!

    (Couldn’t resist!)

      1. theonlycin says:

        Clever Col 🙂

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