guest post -> emma {microcosm of life}

by Holly on August 25, 2011

in guest posts

Hey hey party people! It’s thisclosetobeing Friday, but yours truly is starting her weekend early. Yep – that’s right, I’ve gots wedding #6 tomorrow! It is supposed to be a GORGEOUS weekend here in Wisco, so I’m looking forward to it. In the meantime, enjoy this post from the lovely Emma who writes the blog Microcosm of Life. With a lot of my readers, I am pretty sure Emma and I would be best friends in real life. I mean, any girl who loves Thailand as much as I do AND cooking Thai food as much as I do is clearly a winner.

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Thai Food for Everyone!

Hey there, Healthy Everythingtarianites! My name is Emma, and I have a little blog that I like to call Microcosm of Life.

I am so excited to be guest posting for Holly today. As I continue to read her wonderful blog, I notice that she and I have so much in common.  Quirky senses of humor, love for all kinds of delicious foods, and the tendency to get down on the dance flo’ are all qualities that we share.  Imagine my delight when I discovered that Holly used to live in THAILAND!

Though I haven’t lived there, I have been to Thailand twice.  I like Thai food so much that I literally wrote my Masters thesis about it. Yeah. This is what we like to call “obsession.”

Anyway, I thought it fitting that I dedicate this guest post to the wonders of Thai cuisine, which I can safely assume Holly will appreciate!

Why I Love Thai Food:

  • Fresh ingredients and fast cooking techniques reign supreme.

Market-fresh vegetables, waiting to be cooked!

Wok = quick and tasty meals 

    • It is a mix of four flavors: spicy, sour, salty, and sweet. Each of these four flavors is strong, but not overpowering. Balancing these four flavors is of the utmost importance in Thai cooking.

Essential Thai seasonings and sauces

  • Everyone shares. When a Thai family sits down to a meal or goes to a restaurant, there is no “one dish per person” hootenanny. The group shares several dishes, so that everyone gets to taste everything. Much more fun!

 A little of everything: Yellow fish curry, Drunken noodles, fish cakes, and pork.

  • In Thailand, snacking is encouraged!

  • Sticky rice can be used as a utensil. ‘Nuff said.

Last summer, I was fortunate enough to do anthropological research with Thai people living in the U.S.  One of these friends who I met showed me how to make one of my favorite Thai foods: Laab. Laab is a spicy salad made of meat and fresh herbs.

Here is the super easy recipe!

You will need:

1 lb ground beef, turkey, pork, or chicken

3 tablespoons sliced red onion

3 tablespoons sliced spring onion

A handful of sliced mint leaves

3 tablespoons ground rice powder (you can use breadcrumbs if more convenient)

2 tablespoons chili powder

¼ cup lime juice

2 tablespoons fish sauce

A handful of chopped cilantro


Cook the meat until done. Mix meat with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add herbs and juices a little at a time, until the flavor is to your liking!

Serve atop lettuce leaves, and garnish with more mint. Especially delicious if eaten with rice, preferably sticky rice!

That’s all, folks, Be sure to stop by my blog, Microcosm of Life, and I will see you there!



Holly August 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm

le sigh…this makes me want to go back to Thailand right now! but i will be making that laab. laab isaan is one of my FAVE dishes! thanks for this guest post girl!!

Emma August 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Yes! Isaan is my favorite regional cuisine :) You are so welcome, anytime!

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