I have a very childish sense of humor, I also love a worthy cause.
For me, this made "Cooking With Poo" utterly irresistible!
It's a new cook book from a chef called Poo (Saiyuud Diwong) who teaches children in the slums of Thailand to cook and helps them to find jobs.
Her book is beautifully presented & jam packed with authentic, simple recipes bursting with flavour.
I thought I'd give you a little taster, just to whet your appetite.
So here's my version of her Yam Neua (or Spicy Beef Salad to you & me).
To serve 2 people, you'll need:
2 good quality fillet steaks
2 whole chillies, chopped
1/2 a red onion, finely chopped
2 large, ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 spring onions, chopped
4 kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped
1 stick of lemongrass, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp fish sauce
Handful fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
1 tbsp soy sauce
Chop all of your ingredients (except for the steak) and throw them into a bowl with your sauces.
In a very, very hot pan sear your steaks. They'll need about a minute on each side, as you want them to be rare.
(If you hate rare beef, you could cook them through, I'm sure it would still be delicious.)
Once browned, place your steaks on a chopping board and slice them, as thinly as you can.
Pop your steak into the bowl with all your other ingredients, toss & serve immediately.
Incredibly fresh, authentic thai flavours, hugely rich in protein, iron, antioxidants, vitamin C and guess what?
That whole plate contains less than 250calories!
The protein will ensure you fill up, but if you're trying to cut back this is a great option.
Poo's book is full of goodies just like this & by buying it, you'll be helping her work with underpriveledged children in some of Thailand's worst slums.
Go on, buy it here and tell a friend!