Sunday, September 30, 2018

Gai Pad Prik and the Weekly Menu #FoodiesRead

A delicious, healthy and easy one pot meal that is perfect for busy weeknights.

I was inspired to make this Chicken Pad Prik after reading a new novel written by a friend and former co-worker turned author, Chad Richardson.

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This novel, first in a series being offered by Chad Richardson, grabs your attention and holds on.  It is the story of a serial killer who, in the fashion of Dexter, kills bad guys.  Hot on her trail is a demoted detective, busted down to a job in the records bureau of his police department by a Supervisor who has it out for him.

I enjoyed this novel up to the very end and then.....bam, it was over.  There was no closure at all.  It does make me anxious for the next book of the series but it is different than other series I have read where there is closure of some sort even though the main characters remain active in future novels.

While not a foodie novel per se, this story, like most, does contain food.  The most memorable food for me was when the detective, Greely, was eating a super hot dish of Pad Prik.  This reminded me of my time as a detective with the author and others, when ordering in or going out for Thai food was a common occurrence.  

Since this novel did inspire me to create a dish, I am sharing it over at Foodies Read. Stop by and see what others are being inspired to make from books they are reading.

You will find the recipe below but first lets welcome in October with the first Weekly Menu of the month.

Last night was the Homecoming Dance for Marissa.  We went out to dinner after we dropped them off.

Today there is a farewell Mass for our Associate Pastor who has been reassigned to another parish.  We are having a Pot Luck Reception following Mass.

The rest of the week looks pretty quiet right now so I have planned my Weekly Menu accordingly.

Out for dinner

Sunday -Pot Luck Reception
Country Ribs and Sauerkraut

Meatless Mexican Monday
Cheese Quesadillas
Mexican Rice
Refried Beans

Toddler Tuesday
Mashed Potatoes 

Creamy Herb Cheese Pasta Bake

Mediterranean Meatballs
Turmeric Rice 
Grilled Eggplant

Fish Friday

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Gai Pad Prik

A delicious, healthy and easy one pot meal that is perfect for busy weeknights.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 25 mins


2 T. canola oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 chicken breast halves, skinned, boned and cut into slices
salt and pepper to taste
1 T. fish sauce
1 T. oyster sauce
1 T. sugar
1 T. ginger paste
1/2 t. siracha
2 T. chicken or vegetable stock
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
8 oz. sliced white mushrooms
1 bunch scallion, white and light green parts, sliced


Heat the oil in a large pot or wok over medium high heat.  Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.  Stir in the garlic and cook a minute more, until fragrant.

Whisk together the fish sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, ginger, siracha and broth.  Add to the wok along with the peppers and mushrooms.  Cook and stir until vegetables are crisp tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 4-5 minutes.

Serve with steamed rice.
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  1. You didn't convince me to read the book! Though I love reading about food in detective fiction and always try to see how authors use food to advance their story or contribute to defining their characters in one way or another. So often, meals are a way to show how fast time is passing -- the detectives have to eat, so we know it's breakfast, lunch or dinner time.

    best... mae at

    1. Did I not explain it well enough or did it not sound like a novel you would like?


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