|I didn't quite get the jest of naming the room|
|Sammy and his class|
|Class assignment completed|
A couple days ago we attended "Sammy's Thai Cooking School" located on his organic farm about 30km south of Chiang Mai. Sammy picked Sharon and I up at our hotel in his personal Nissan car and we met up with the rest of the all young internationally mixed female class waiting for us at the remote local market for the village of his farm. These tours of the markets are very interesting and this one especially was nice since it was a rural market in lieu of the hectic city markets. Sammy's wife escorted the class of nine through the market while I took photos. I took a class last year and did quite well so I didn't need the class room refresher before entering the kitchen. Sharon was amazed at how many different types of basil they used and the variety of fresh ingredients. After the market run down we boarded "sung tao" an open air pick up with benches in the bed to haul people efficiently, and wound our way through the lush agricultural countryside single land roads eventually turning through a mango grove into a clearing of Sammy's farm. The cooking school itself has an organic look about it which was a nice change from the concrete and steel city. Everyone has already chosen what they were interested in preparing and after a quick monologue from Mr. Sammy we got to work with Mrs Sammy instructing the class of four British birds, two sweet Dutch sisters, and a Finnish Russian girl about as tough as they come though very funny. I would have loved to knock down some vodka with her to really get the full flavor of her culture.
All the dishes were prepared by the students and then it was time to eat what we cooked. Everything was really tasty including my green curry, hot and sour vegetable soup, and phad thai. Then when all the students finishing eating, Sammy had a number of hammocks strung below his house on stilts next to a small pond. It was very relaxing. Desert and appetizers were next and I prepared mango sticky rice and chicken wrapped in banana leaf. The last was a lot of work for little bit of chicken inside the woven casing but it was flavorful. After all this it was back in the bus to our hotels.
|Dutch sisters and Sharon relaxing between classes|
|Thai Dancer at Doi Suthep temple|
Today was the last full day for Sharon to pick up those last minute items and for me to arrange our next logistics to travel to the Laos border, cross to Huay Xai by boat, board a large slow boat (two days) to Luang Prabang on the Mekong River. Sharon is going to miss Chiang Mai for the incredible shopping and her daily massages. Tonight we shall cherish our last night in Chiang Mai by sleeping in "Gravy"