Papaya Salad Recipe

It’s as good a time as any to get your little’s active in the kitchen. Papaya Salad is an easy, healthy and versatile option for little hands and fingers.  Practice cutting different textures and preparing raw food the whole family will enjoy!

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Ingredients: 

Salad: 

  • 1 unripe green papaya
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 long strings of green beans cut into 1 in. pieces
  • 2-4 medium sized tomatoes
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • Handful of unsalted roasted peanuts (opt.)

Sauce: 

  • 3-5 limes
  • 2 tbs. palm or coconut sugar
  • 1 tbs. fish sauce (leave out for vegans / vegetarians and the faint of heart)
  • Salt to taste

Process:

1.) Remove skin from the carrot and papaya, then use a serrated peeler to cut them into long strips. Quarter tomatoes, cut green beans and set aside.

2.) Mash garlic in a wooden mortar (referred to in Thai as the Pok-Pok) until it is broken into small pieces. Add green beans and mash until slightly broken open. (Alternatively, if you do not have a mortar and pistil, chop garlic and mix with green beans).

3.) Add papaya and carrots, mash gently. Add tomatoes and toss together.

4.) Squeeze limes and combine juice with palm sugar, fish sauce and salt. Taste to ensure the balance of sweet, salty, sour and fishy is to your liking. Take time with this step and don’t be afraid to play with your proportions, every traditional Som Tam maker will have their own distinct blend of flavors.

5.) Add sauce to salad so that it is slightly dressed and well combined. Sprinkle in peanuts and serve with your favorite kind of rice.

** This dish is traditionally made with chili and is so spicy that it is eaten with rice to cool the palette. For adults who like spicy food add 2-4 Thai red or green chilies with the garlic in step 2. 

** There are many variations of this dish so if you don’t have all the ingredients, experiment with what you have. Thai eggplant, corn and fried sardines all make tasty compliments to this famous dish.


 

Papaya Salad or Som Tam is traditionally paired with sticky rice, a plate of green herbs and veggies, and a protein like a bbq grilled chicken, pork or fish. We also love it with fried chicken or a plain omelette.

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October Break Camp

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We’ve got a whole lot of fun lined up for your child’s October breaks! Join us starting September 25 onwards for explorations of Tinker Transportation, Wild Weather, Mindfulness for Minis and Halloween Harvest. We will be joined by our buddies at Auntie Orn’s Organic Cooking and some other very special facilitators for special subjects and sustainability.

 

Cupcake Love

 

Last weekend our friend Hana brought her mom P’Sai, the owner of Love to Bake Home Bakery to the garden to help us with a special workshop. We got to work with P’Sai’s special baking instruments to mold icing fondant into a host of feathery friends. We rolled and flattened, cut and placed our fondant on top of the yummy vanilla cake. By the end of class there were little owls on a branch and also some ducks and chickens. Thanks P’Sai for your patient and caring tutorial! We had so much fun!

One of the cupcakes became our snack, and the other we took home to share with our families, mmm mmm good.

 

June Activities

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We are so excited to announce a new addition to our Saturday Weekend Camp Schedule, Auntie Orn of Auntie Orn’s Organic family cooking. She will be joining us from 2-4 p.m. each week to help us learn ways to bring more sustainable practices to our daily lives! This will include natural shampoo making, bio char soap making, organic cooking, composting, eco brick making and much more! The fun starts next weekend!

Children age 3-10 are welcome to join. Weekend camp runs 10 am – 4 pm and is available by drop-in, half-day and full day rates.

Saturdays Schedule:
10-11 : Kid’s Yoga
11-11:30 : Snack Break
11:30 -12:30: Art
12:30-1:30: Lunch Break
1:30 -2: Play
2- 3: Sustainable Science/ Cooking pt.1
3-3:15: Snack
3:15-4: Sustainable Science/ Cooking pt.2

+++Space is limited to 10 students +++

ตารางใหม่ของโปรแกรมในช่วงเสาร์อาทิตย์ออกแล้วนะคะ! อาทิตย์นี้ป้าออนจาก Orn’s Organic family cooking จะมาร่วมกับเราตั้งแต่ 14.00-16.00 น. ในแต่ละสัปดาห์เพื่อช่วยให้เราเรียนรู้วิธีที่จะนำแนวทางปฏิบัติที่ยั่งยืนมาสู่ชีวิตประจำวันของเรามากขึ้น หรือที่เข้าใจกันง่ายๆคือการใช้วัตถุดิบปลอดสารพิษนั้นเอง! จะรวมถึงการทำแชมพูกับสบู่ธรรมชาติ ่และการทำอาหารชีวภาพทำปุ๋ยอินทรีย์หมักการทำอิฐและอื่น ๆ อีกมากมาย! ความสนุกเริ่มต้นวันหยุดสุดสัปดาห์ที่กำลังมาถึงนี้!
เด็กอายุ 3-10 ขวบ
วันหยุดสุดสัปดาห์จะเปิดให้บริการตั้งแต่ 10.00 น. – 16.00 น. ราคามีทั้งแบบ Drop off , ครึ่งวันและเต็มวัน
วันเสาร์:
10-11: โยคะสำหรับเด็ก
11-11: 30: พักทานขนม
11:30 น. – 12:30 น. ศิลปะ
12: 30-1: 30: Lunch Break
1:30 -2: พักเล่น
2- 3: วิทยาศาสตร์ / การทำอาหารจากวัตถุดิบปลอดสารพิษ pt.1
3-3: 15: ขนมขบเคี้ยว
3: 15-4: วิทยาศาสตร์ / การทำอาหารจากวัตถุดิบปลอดสารพิษ pt.2

พื้นที่ จำกัด ไม่เกิน 10 คน +++18902787_10209794950530545_602429215_n

We will be whipping up some delicious treats and decorating them with the help of Love to Bake Bakery รับทำเค้กฟองดองตามออเดอร์ on Sunday June 11th. Don’t miss this fun workshop on fondant animal sculpting to make incredible edible art!

Ages 3-10 welcome, 10-11 am
Drop-in: 350 baht
Half Day: (10 am -1 pm): 600 baht
Full Day: (10 am – 4 pm): 1000 baht

-Space limited to 9 participants-

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Cooking with Wow Pam!

We were so grateful to host Pam Pimmas, the owner of The Dorm Bakery and the creator of http://wowpam.com/  this past week at our garden! We learned about using plants like pandan, butterfly pea flowers, and pumpkin to add natural coloring to the tapioca and rice flower balls of the Thai dessert, Bua Loy.

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Our favorite part was rolling out the dough into little balls, and some giant ones too!

 

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Then we watched very carefully as the balls were boiled and helped to measure out the palm sugar (yum!) and coconut milk.

 

Ta da: our finished product, tasty Bua Loy.

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Lastly, we got to taste our yummy creation, mmmm mmmm mmm good! Thanks Pam for joining us, we hope to see you again soon.

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