Monday, 30 July 2012

Char Kdau Saik Moan

Char Kdau Saik Moan - Khmer Stir-fried Chicken with Chilli, Lemongrass and Holy Basil

This is a firm favourite with the NGO crowd at lunchtimes at Smile Restaurant, this dish adds a bit of spice to your day - I quite often go into the kitchen and request extra chilli

Ingredients – serves 4
4 chicken breasts or 8 boned thighs, sliced (fish or beef can also be used)
1 green pepper, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
100g green beans, halved
1 red onion, thinly sliced,
2 small chillis (according to personal taste), thinly sliced
1 stick of lemongrass, thinly sliced
1 tbsp Khmer spice blend
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp roasted peanuts, chopped
handful of basil leaves, sliced
salt and freshly ground pepper

Khmer spice blend
2 sticks of lemon grass, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 inches of galangal, chopped
6 Kaffir lime leaves, sliced
2 inches of turmeric root, chopped, or use 2tsp of turmeric powder
Blend together in a mortar and pestle or liquidizer.
Can be kept in the fridge for 5 days

1.     Heat oil in a wok and add the sliced pieces and Khmer spice mix.
2.     Cook for three minutes or until the chicken starts to colour.
3.     Add vegetables, lemongrass and chilli and a splash of water.
4.     Continue to cook until the vegetables have softened.
5.     Add the sugar so that the vegetables start to caramelize, then the oyster sauce and fish sauce.
6.     Just before serving add the peanuts and basil, black pepper and salt if necessary.

Serve with steamed rice and cucumber yoghurt.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Fun in the pool

Well Kampong Cham has one swimming pool however no diving is allowed as it is only chest deep and placed in the middle of a car park!
Spent the day up there relaxing the other weekend, after training, with Hettie and Beate.

Graduation from Smile Kids Village

Well the present 25 trainees have just graduated from their vocational courses, so a party had to be had to celebrate their achievements.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

'No Excuses' 10km run

Well we had been working up to the date of the 21st July - the first and probably only 'No Excuses' workout group 10km run, and the day was finally here.......

Unfortunately a few people couldn't make the run - Amra had to be in Phnom Penh on an emergency house hunting trip and Mary had the first day of Ramadan so could not partake however there were 5 brave souls who turned up at 6am on the riverside - myself, Cookie, Hettie, Agnes and Dary.

Beate our coach and chief motivator had set out the course earlier in the week and had given us the route the night before. She had put little encouraging signs along the way as well.

Sunrise over the Mekong

 And we off.....
 These were our support gang - Mary with the cooler box, Beate our trainer and Jodie who just joined us and ran from the 5km mark.
 Lots of little signs on the way and then the biggest surprise of all Ali and Paola jumped out of the hedgerow at around 5 kms to keep us going - such a welcome bit of encouragement.

We even had a proper finish line - marked on the ground and with a blue ribbon.

Enthusiastic supporters from the MSF house
We did it...

Just checking Hettie is redder than myself.
and still had the energy to muck around..
Never go back on a promise and I had promised the girls I would have a Tequila Sunrise if I finished - here is the proof - such a hard life to keep my word!!
Letting Amra know that we all made it round, such a shame she couldn't take part. Beate's hand with all the times on it.
My official card with my time on... 1hr 13mins and 48secs now all I have to do is see if I can beat this next time.