“Refried” Beans

This is a totally BORING post, but I’ve wanted to pay attention to the timing and jot it down in case I ever need it. It’s not precise. It’s not delicate. It’s usually just one of those all day things. This is how it went down this particular day. I started with 1 cup dried […]

Pad Woon Sen – Take 3

Let me just start by saying that I am at the end of my noodle supply, and these are no longer available on Amazon. What?! This experiment might require an indefinite hiatus after this attempt. Sigh. Also, the tomato intended for this dish did a bad thing and went rotten overnight. That meant I had […]

Panang Curry

Love this curry. The panang is so different from others. It has the spice of masman with a heat like red curry but more subtle somehow. I’ve only done this once before with red pepper and tofu. I wanted to try different veg and decided on carrot and pea pods. As usual this wasn’t totally […]

Pad Woon Sen

Iron Chef….pad woon sen! Or something like that. 🙂 This was part one of my experiment to recreate a dish we absolutely love at Thai restaurants. It was the first time working with bean thread or “glass” noodles”. I soaked them for approximately 5 minutes before adding to the stir fry. I think I’ll soak […]


We absolutely love laksa. It’s such a burst of complex flavors. The only problem is that I don’t have a true recipe yet. So far I always throw in a little of this and a little of that to get it just right. I started with my base recipe for the soup and paste. During […]

5 Spice Granola

Where do I start? It’s a long story why I would even try to make granola. I’m not a granola person. I’m not even sure what it’s supposed to taste like. I have this vision that it’s suppose to be chunky or globby (maybe distant Nutri Grain bar memories? or the “cluster” cereals I use […]


It was a rainy day yesterday, so I had a bread making party with my little sous chef. Choices were spinach and tomato. Print Marinara Bread Author: Next Good Meal Serves: 8   Ingredients ½ cup marinara ½ cup tomato juice (or bloody mary mix) 2 tsp yeast 1 TB honey ½ cup quick oats 1¼ cup […]

Pad Thai Project

** Please now go to the “personal discovery of Pad Thai & Pad Thai Sauce” **Please check out the even more updated and simplified recipe. I did three versions of pad thai this past weekend. The first version is the definite winner. Again, I started getting too far away from original ratios and it lost […]

Pad Thai v.2

Day #2 of the pad thai project was totally tasty. It didn’t have the WOW factor of the first day, but maybe once it’s good….it’s just good? This time I wanted to decrease the honey, especially because I ate the whole portion of sauce in one meal. Two tablespoons of honey just seems over the […]