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Mar. 8, 2010 6:15 pm 
Updated: Mar. 15, 2010 5:19 pm
Tonight we traveled to Thailand and I can really get into this cuisine. This stuff was was so good!! Thai cuisine blends 4 tastes: sweet, spicy, sour and salty. Most dishes try to combine most, if not all, all of these tastes. I made Bob's Thai Beef Salad< and Peanut Butter Noodles< with sticky rice and sliced fresh mangos for dessert.
These are the Peanut Butter Noodles. I did not use udon noodles, I had rice noodles that needed to be used instead. That was the only thing I did different in the recipe and I will make this from now on and on a regular basis.
One of the most distinctive customs in Thailand is the wai. It is used to show greeting, farewell or acknowledgment, it generally involves a prayer-like gesture with the hands and a bow of the head. And did you know that it's considered rude to touch someone on the head? It's also considered rude to step on a coin because the king's head appears on coins. It is also customary to remove your shoes before entering someone's house and you should not step directly on the threshold.

This is a picture of Bob's Thai Beef Salad. I modified this recipe by adding tomatoes and chopped cilantro. I also sliced 2 serrano chiles instead of using Thai chiles. Thai chiles are very hot and I wanted my husband to be able to enjoy this as he isn't able to tolerate a lot of spicy heat at this point in time. I did not use the 1 cup of fish sauce, after reading the reviews of this recipe, I used approximately 1/4 cup instead.
Thai New Year Songkran is observed from April 13-15 each year. The primary religion is Buddhism.

The capitol of Thailand is Bangkok. It has been said that there are more eating establishments per square mile in Bangkok than anywhere else on Earth.

And this was dinner tonight! YUMMY! I love the fresh taste of the vegetables combined with the warm beef and the salty fish sauce. I think next time I make Peanut Butter Noodles, I will try the udon noodles, as I can't remember ever having them before and I'm curious.

My grocery bill was $13.72, so $6.28 went into the Beach Bag Fund. The total after 10 weeks is $65.02. Not too bad, if I do say so myself. Yesterday, the Recipe Exchange voted and I thank each one of you that did. Bob picked Ireland, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, I, randomly, chose French Polynesia (Tahiti) and in a landslide win, we will be traveling to Ireland next week. Just to let you all know, we did get the results of Bob's biopsy today and he does have throat (vocal chord) cancer. They are going to do radiation treatments. I don't know what stage or anything yet. I'm still rather numb upon hearing the news, but I did say last week, in the Egypt blog, that when I found out I would let all of you know. So, now you all know. So, until we meet in Ireland next week...peace and good will to you all. Thank you for reading!

Mar. 8, 2010 6:19 pm
So sorry to hear about Bob. I love reading your blog, but the first time I have commented.
Mar. 8, 2010 6:24 pm
Yummy! Everything looks so good! As I said before, my thoughts and prayers are with you and Bob...
Mar. 8, 2010 6:25 pm
Heartbreaking news for you both. I wish you only the best as you fight for restored health.
Mar. 8, 2010 6:26 pm
I want to say thank you for the wonderful blogs and your photos, I always look forward to reading them. Coming from north of the border your photos remind me of home, now that I'm living in Australia. And I enjoy voting for your country of the week. Sorry to hear about Bob. Fingers crossed that he gets through it quickly. And is soon on the road to recovery.
Mar. 8, 2010 6:30 pm
jennb...I'm glad you left a's nice to meet you and I want to thank each one of you for the thoughts and prayers. I really do believe that you never get more than you can handle piled on you. I have to believe that. Once again, thanks...
B L 
Mar. 8, 2010 6:32 pm
I so enjoy the blogs - thanks! You totally rock :) My very best to you and your husband. Take care of yourself too.
Mar. 8, 2010 6:38 pm
Thanks, Betty...I'm just repeating over and over...I will not panic, I will not panic (Thanks, mauigirl!!)
Mar. 8, 2010 6:41 pm
Just discovered your blog. I'm retiring in 19 months and 3 weeks to RV across the US. I love your recipes. Love your savings!! Blessings to your and Bob.
Mar. 8, 2010 6:47 pm
Thank you, Jean and when you come to Washington, look me up and I'll cook for you!
Mar. 8, 2010 6:49 pm
As usual, a great road trip to a fascinating country! And, a fantastic cuisine! I will keep Bob our yourself in my thoughts!!!
Mar. 8, 2010 6:50 pm
Thanks, Laurie...I appreciate it!
Mar. 8, 2010 6:58 pm
Great road trip and such nice pictures with your new camera. You'll remember my son was in Thailand and Laos for 6 weeks , just got home 2 weeks ago. He's not said anything about the food but I bet it was good. He did talk about the homemade whiskey, etc.!! Anyway.. you are so brave to making all those foods and I'm glad that Bob could enjoy the food too. Keep it up girl.. write that book!!
Mar. 8, 2010 7:01 pm
I'm only doing what I can right now to keep my sanity, Cindy..LOL! Laos is one of the countries on my list! I'm not sure what he's going to be able to eat, I'll have to wait for his appointment with the dietician, they are setting one up for him, along with dental appointments, they aren't sure if he will lose his teeth or not, I will still love him even if he has to gum everything from now on.
Mar. 8, 2010 7:17 pm
Great blog as always WW! The noodsle and the salad both look so yummy! I especially like the looks of the salad. Will have to try that sometime. You know you and Bob are both in my prayers and i am believing in a total recovery and good health for you both!! Much love....Ginny
Mar. 8, 2010 7:22 pm
I cannot wait to try that noodle recipe. They look so delicious!!! Of course you know you are in my thought and prayers. Send Bob my best and feel this tight squeeze!!!!!
Mar. 8, 2010 7:23 pm
So do I, Ginny, so do I...and if anyone is going to have a total recovery, it will be Bob...I totally believe that. I'm trying my hardest to stay positive, so I hope I'm doing ok!!
Mar. 8, 2010 7:24 pm was great to have a voice to put with the name! You have my phone #, don't be a stranger!! Kathleen and I are working on a project that will be unveiled later in the week...stay tuned!
Mar. 8, 2010 7:30 pm
If anyone has any favorite ethnical recipe that they would like to send to me, my email is appreciate every one that I get!! I got a great one from Heather!
Mar. 8, 2010 7:52 pm
This looks like a great meal, something I could picture making for myself. I am really glad you made it; I can only imagine how hard it must have been for you to get motivated to cook this today. You and Bob are in my prayers.
Mar. 8, 2010 7:56 pm
Nice job, as usual Laurrie. I love the little facts about each country. I'm glad Bob was able to enjoy it with you. Just take it one step at a time so you don't get overwhelmed.
Mar. 8, 2010 8:03 pm
Hi WW, I really love your blogs and look forward to them:-) I also hope that Bob has a speedy recovery, my uncle had throat cancer and I'm happy to say that he is fine now, stay strong and most importantly positive ( your doing great btw ) I will keep sending those prayers! (( hugs from michigan ))
Mar. 8, 2010 8:16 pm
I started Bob a website if anyone wants to visit...thanks. I'm off to bed, I'm plain exhausted after today!
Mar. 8, 2010 8:23 pm
I love reading your blog. I have only commented once and I usually only make requests on the exchange but I wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear about your husband. I will be sending lots of good thoughts your way.
Mar. 8, 2010 8:36 pm
I'm really so sorry to hear about Bob. I've been praying for you both and will keep 'em coming your way. I'm sure you're emotionally drained. I know you're thinking of Bob, but don't also forget to take care of yourself. I'm very sorry to hear this news, but you strike me as one tough mamacita, so I imagine your hubby is also the type who can handle anything that comes his way. (((((HUGS))))
Mar. 9, 2010 2:47 am
Another great blog. I really enjoy reading your blog and love all the pictures. I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I cannot even imagine what you both must be going through. You are both in my thoughts.
Mar. 9, 2010 3:16 am
The food looks awesome, great blog once again! And, so sorry to hear about Bob. You are both in my prayers. My mother just finished radiation treatment for breast cancer recently and she had no ill effects from it at all. Hopefully all will go well for Bob as well.
Mar. 9, 2010 5:05 am
great job on the food, but you always do a great job...i'm so sorry to hear about bob, but i beleave he will do fine. my brother went thur that same thing 7 years ago, it took him about a year but he beat it & is just fine today. so best wishes to bob & you ,will be thinking of you all
Mar. 9, 2010 5:17 am
Oh, God, don't know how good it is to hear heart tells me he'll be fine, but I get stuck on that C word and my stomach clenches up and I found myself wide awake at 4 this morning with mind just going! That guy, however, can sleep through anything!!
Mar. 9, 2010 5:37 am
WW, my mom had throat cancer, diagnosed in '92, and had radiation. She did lose her teeth but it was a small price to pay for the cure. My prayers are with you and your husband.
Mar. 9, 2010 6:07 am
Once again, you did a wonderful job with this one! Looks like a great meal! I'm craving those peanut butter noodles something bad! Good luck to you and Bob - I know how scary it is, my mom had cervical cancer, breast cancer and last year colon cancer...she had some tough times, but is doing great now. I wish Bob all the best! Keep a positive outlook!
Mar. 9, 2010 6:38 am
mamaby...I 100% agree that if he loses his teeth, it's a small price to pay! I don't care if he has a big hole in throat as long as he's ok!! Thank you for the encouragement.
Mar. 9, 2010 6:40 am
Christine, I have to say that I enjoyed the beef salad more than the noodles...the noodles needed something, and since I have only cooked Thai food a couple of times, I just, for the life of me, can't figure out what!! Maybe some peppers or something spicy...I don't know. I put rooster sauce on mine after I took the pictures and it was ok...but then, what isn't with rooster sauce?
Mar. 9, 2010 6:45 am
Nice pictures WW. Prayers for you and Bob.
Mar. 9, 2010 6:51 am
WW, Your food always looks amazing! I love reading your blogs (and stealing your recipes ;-) You and your husband are in my prayers. Stay strong, this too shall pass!
Mar. 9, 2010 7:25 am
I've always avoided Thai food it just seemed like something I wouldn't like. But after reading this blog and salivating over those pictures I think you've inspired me to branch out. As always your writing and photos are so enjoyable. You and Bob are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mar. 9, 2010 7:42 am
Great blog... as always. You and Bob are in my prayers.
Mar. 9, 2010 8:22 am
Another blog I so enjoyed reading! So sorry to hear about Bob's diagnosis:(. Keep praying that what-ever treatment he get's will work! Great that ireland won..
Mar. 9, 2010 9:04 am
WW, thanks so much for all your contributions, they are valued I assure you. I am sorry for the news about the Biopsy, and I wish you both all the strength I can muster. ---- On a slight change of subject, there is a 5th "taste" called Umami. That's quite an interesting one too!
Mar. 9, 2010 10:57 am
Holy onions!!! I love you are right about the piling up are strong and both of you together will conquer this thing! xoxo
Mar. 9, 2010 10:59 am
Great blog as always. Sorry to hear about Bob, I will keep you both in my prayers.
Mar. 9, 2010 11:12 am
Love your blogs and especially love your photos! You are lucky to live in such a beautiful place. Hopefull thoughts to you and Bob. Rad treatments are rough(can't lie) but have pretty good success-he will get uncomfortable and may even loose his sense of taste (temporary)-this will be a challenge for your cooking. Remember-darker before the dawn, keep faith and best wishes!
Mar. 9, 2010 11:36 am
WW, I frequently check allrecipes to see what you have written on your blog and enjoy seeing all your beautiful pictures. Everything you cook looks amazing. I can't wait to see what you come up with for Ireland. I'm sorry to hear about your husband & am sending thoughts and prayers your way. Hugs
Mar. 9, 2010 12:06 pm
Baking Nana and Manda...thanks for stopping steal all the recipes from me you want to, manda!!
Mar. 9, 2010 12:09 pm
Jena~we have a Thai restaurant here in town that makes salad rolls and they are so good. They are like a spring roll, but not cooked. They are rolled in rice paper, I think, and have iceberg lettuce, carrot, cucumber, chicken and shrimp in them and they are served with an amazing vinegary-peanut dipping sauce. I love them and since they only cost $1.25 each, I usually wind up getting 5 or more at a time. I love going there to eat!! I'm glad you're thinking of trying Thai after reading this...I had hella fun making it, especially after the news we got yesterday!
Mar. 9, 2010 12:11 pm
1gdcowgrl, tanya, and love to cook, thank you all so much for the thoughts and prayers...I read each one of these posts to Bob and, although he doesn't say a whole lot, you can tell he's really touched by the generosity of others, so again, thank you all!
Mar. 9, 2010 12:12 pm
swiss phil...I have heard of umami, I'm just not entirely sure of what it is...I'll have to look into that one. And thank you so much for the well wishes. We appreciate each and every one we can get!
Mar. 9, 2010 12:14 pm know I love you more than my luggage...if you all don't know, jess and I used to work together and have been friends for years. Bob said to tell you hi and hug your kiddos for me!!
Mar. 9, 2010 12:14 pm
Robin and Olivia...I appreciate you keeping us in thoughts and prayers, thank you both so much!
Mar. 9, 2010 12:16 pm
irayd8: thanks for the heads up on what to expect once he starts the radiation treatments. First he has to get chest Xrays, see the dentist and the dietician. They want him nice and healthy before beginning treatment. So, once again, I appreciate the heads up.
Mar. 9, 2010 12:20 pm
You'll both do great,of course you'll do all of the worrying, scheduling and questioning.
Mar. 9, 2010 12:32 pm
WW another wonderful blog, I look for your entry everytime I am on AR and you never dissapoint me. You do rock. I think I can speak for everyone on AR, we are all here for you and Bob. Not only in our thoughts and prayers but to give you both support. Take Care and sending you a great big Hug. It would be a pleasure to meet you both one day and as I live in Vancouver Canada that just might be possible.
Mar. 9, 2010 1:04 pm
You know it, irayd8! It's the truth!! Beverley...I would love to meet you, just let me know!!
Mar. 9, 2010 1:26 pm
WW It's a promise and I will remind you and maybe someday you and Bob can both visit us at our lovely cottage on the lake, which is our favorite place to be. I can promise your stay will be as nice as any 5 star hotel. I love to spoil people. It is what I am known for, at least that is what my friends & family tell me. Again chin up and positive thoughts.
Mar. 9, 2010 2:26 pm
I LOVE Thai food, so I was also salivating over the pictures. I've never tried anything with a peanut butter sauce, because it just never sounds "right" to me. However, after looking at your pics of the peanut butter noodles, I'm thinkin' I should try it! Thanks for sharing. Also, you and Bob will continue to be in my prayers. I have faith that he will beat this thing!
Mar. 9, 2010 2:41 pm
Looks like you had a delicious supper last night! My supper was good, too! After eating, the power went out! It was only out for about 15 minutes, I think!
Mar. 9, 2010 5:40 pm
Fantastic blog! The food looked great - super tasty! I'm sorry to hear about your husband - God bless you for being so strong and positive, and Lord bless him and help him get through it. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way!
Mar. 9, 2010 8:16 pm
awwwwwww! I'm gonna cry. I don't even have luggage, so you too! lol. that is so sweet of bob....I just did....they're all "who's bob?" I showed them a picture and explained "it's my friend Laurrie's husband". but they're off to bed now...thank goodness!!! I'm off to hang with my dvr. hope you and bob have a peaceful evening. I hope none of your neighbors ever find out about your beach fund bag lol cuz superdave the girl cat will have to claw there eyes out and show em who's boss. haha! goodnight =)
Mar. 10, 2010 12:38 am
I always enjoy your blogs, your dishes look so yummy, but I rarely leave comments. It seems everyone else has already said everything I would have! However, this time I had to stop and say how sorry I am to hear about your husband and wanted to let you know that you and Bob will be in my prayers. Looking forward to reading another blog one of these days that says, "He's well and the cancer's gone!"
Lee B 
Mar. 10, 2010 4:26 am
Aww WW! Food looks great.Sorry to hear of Bob's diagnosis.May you both find some inner strength for the road ahead.My daughter(14)is a survivor.Am sending lots of positive energy your way..from OHIO to you and he..
Mar. 10, 2010 4:35 am
Once again a wonderful and informative blog. I' looking forward to next week's Irish adventure (even tho I voted for Tahiti!). Sorry to hear about your husband. I am glad to see that you have such a positive attitude. I hope he also has such an attitude cause I truly believe that attitude can make a difference. I hope he has a speedy and complete recovery.
Valerie Lacy 
Mar. 10, 2010 6:27 am
Your blog is my absolute favorite and I always look forward to it. I have personal experience with what you and your husband are going thru. Good healthy food makes a huge difference in treatment and recovery. And it is important that you take care of yourself as well as Bob. You definitely have the support of the All Recipes community.
Mar. 10, 2010 7:24 am
Yay Ireland!! Thanks again for such a wonderful Blog, I love reading them!! I am keeping your Husband in my prayers, just remember that God walks with us through the storms in our lives and he continues to provide. God Bless!
Mar. 10, 2010 9:27 am
Hello:> mmm ethnic food is deeeelicous! Your meal looked super yummy:> I don't know if your interested or not but I wanted to share with you a site that has a cure for cancer. &#10;&#10;;(its under the cancer part) I also wanted to say your doggys looked super cute, God Willing bob will get better:> Have you ever seen the movie "what about BOB" LOL
Mar. 10, 2010 9:30 am
I love your blog!!! I read it during lunch while i'm at work and enjoy it so much.
Mar. 10, 2010 9:43 am
I have never commented before but I love your blog. I just wanted you and Bob to know that I am thinking of you both and sending positive thoughts your way!
Mar. 10, 2010 10:04 am
I teach ESOL to adult immigrants and refugees at the community college. This term I have a Thai Buddist monk for a student and he always greets me with a wai. It's very respectful and makes you feel so good. :) The noodles look AMAZING and I'll bet my son will even eat them! LOL On a personal note, so sorry to hear about your husband's Dx. I am a 2x survivor and from personal experience I can say that the "C" word is scary like you can't believe (!!), but the Dx is the hardest part for sure. It is easier to face the Known than the Unknown because you can TREAT what is Known. :) So go ahead and have a good cry and when you're finished, gather up your hope and educate yourself so you can be your husband's best advocate and his pillar of strength when he needs it (and he will). May God give you the best. Ameen.
Mar. 10, 2010 10:43 am
Dear Friend-I had cancer at age 23 and went on to have 2 beautiful children. Cancer can be beaten! I will be praying for you both and if you are religious at all - hold on to this promise: "For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" It was my personal mantra throughout the chemo process! Love to you both!
Mar. 10, 2010 10:44 am
Dear Friend-I had cancer at age 23 and went on to have 2 beautiful children. Cancer can be beaten! I will be praying for you both and if you are religious at all - hold on to this promise: "For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" It was my personal mantra throughout the chemo process! Love to you both!
Mar. 10, 2010 10:45 am
Oops! Didn't mean to post twice!
Mar. 10, 2010 12:34 pm
I love reading your blog, I get a kick out of it all the time. This is the first time to respond to you but I want you to know that you are both in my prayers and thoughts. Positive thinking will be your strength and you always have your friends here. Nice to meet ya and Bless you both.
Mar. 10, 2010 2:26 pm
The recipes look delicious; can't wait to try some. My husband recently went through radiation for a tumor on his vocal chord. He had no side effects, and the tumor is gone. His hoarse voice came back good as new! I wish the same for your Bob.
Mar. 10, 2010 5:08 pm
I have a Thai soup recipe that I haven't updated...and I have a very good recipe of Thai salad too...they are both my favorites...did not know you were doing Thai until now!
Mar. 10, 2010 7:24 pm
hi i really enjoy your blog ,but i usually do not comment but after reading about bob i just wanted to say i am sending healing thoughts to you guys and good luck!! p.s. your food pictures always inspire me to cook thanks!
Mar. 10, 2010 9:41 pm
As always a wonderful blog, I was so happy to see the peanut butter noodles, was really hoping you would do something like that! What were your thoughts on the actual peanuts in the noodle dish? Did it give the dish a weird texture? Bob and yourself are in my thoughts, I wish him a swift recovery. See you in Ireland next week, my favorite country!!!
Mar. 10, 2010 10:32 pm
Sorry to hear about Bob...sending you my thoughts...
Mar. 11, 2010 7:09 am
Thanks, everyone! We really appreciate the thoughts and prayers and maryem...yes, LOL!, we've seen What about Bob...p.s. he hates that movie, and I think it's cute!!
Mar. 11, 2010 8:04 am
Witchy, I have enjoyed your blogs for quite a while now, I guess you might call me a 'lurker'! I am sorry to hear Bob's diagnosis, but you are such an awesome lady, I know he will be stronger with you by his side. Keep positive thoughts and just keep moving forward, one day at a time. My husband is going through something similar, and I am an RN for 30 years now, so I know how difficult this is for you both. Stay strong and keep your chin up...Bob's too...and you both will get through this. BTW, the Best Thai Coconut soup would have been a beautiful addition to this menu. The beef salad looks amazing, love all those red onion, but the breath...oh the breath!
Mar. 11, 2010 8:33 am
LOL! The breath...((insert wicked laugh)) just paybacks to Bob for everytime he's been a turd!!
Mar. 11, 2010 8:40 am
My motto when it comes to food is "the more onions and garlic the better"! I feel sorry for my hubby (sometimes) and other times he deserves it! Especially on Tuesday when I spent 2+ hours at the hair salon getting a cute layered bob with expensive highlights and he says to me that night, "Wow, who hit your head with a weedwacker?"! Boy, was he in the doghouse, almost literally!!
Mar. 11, 2010 9:19 am
Sending thoughts to you and Bob. I too have been living in an RV going on 4 years in June. Hoping to start on house this year.
Mar. 11, 2010 9:22 am
Hello, Sorryto hear about Bob I wish him all the best! I will let you know that in Thailand, they rarely eat peanuts, let alone peanut butter. I wish they did! I loved the westernized version of Thai, although not as good as authentic. Those noodles look delicious though! I will defintely be making those for sure!
Mar. 11, 2010 12:06 pm
Hi there. I am a medical student, and I happen to be Thai, as well. Please accept my prayers for your husband's health. I know that cancer can be very confusing. On a less important note, I think you did a great job in your Thailand blog. I agree that rice noodles were a much better choice than udon, I'm not sure why those were suggested in the first place. Have a blessed day.
Mar. 11, 2010 7:12 pm
I also send good wishes and prayers for Bob and you. My stepmother has just got through two years of abdominal cancer. She has gone through hell and back with all the meds and sickness it has caused. A lot of pain and a lot of travelling to Nashville and back. Biopsies, chemo, stem cell transplants, bone marrow transplants. For the next year or so she has to be connected to an oxygen tank because the chemo caused damage to her lungs. BUT!!! on Jan 15, 2010 she was found to be cancer free. Of course she has to wait five years to be completely cured but miracles do happen. So God bless you both and keep sharing with us,,, your friends.
Mar. 11, 2010 11:34 pm
I am Thai and never come across such noodles. Anyhow, thank you for your interest in Thai food. If you love to try food from all around the world, Thailand will be your good choice. You are right that there are restaurants, food vendors and shops every corner in Thailand. I also am sorry to hear about Bob. You may try to eat multi-grain foods, non oily, lots of fresh fruit and vetgy, drink a lot of water and exercise. More important thing, be positive thinker. Cancer can be healed. May god bless you.
Mar. 12, 2010 2:16 am
Love reading your blog! I really enjoy all the tidbits of Thai information and the food looks delicious. I'll try that noodle dish as I love anything peanut. I live in Ireland so am looking forward to what you prepare next week! I'll make lamb stew and irish brown bread for dinner so looking forward to that. I'll pray for you and your husband and his healing.
Mar. 12, 2010 5:32 am
Best wishes to you and your husband for a speedy recovery. The peanut butter noodles look to die for. Thanks for creating an enjoyable blog. Can't wait for Ireland next week. Take care.
Mar. 12, 2010 10:34 am
wow this is my first time rding yuor blog and i know i will read it again i am irish so i am shure the next post will be interesting to me. as for bob i am sory. three of my aunts have had cancer nad my grandfather died from several types of cancer just fray think positive and kep on doing what yuo love!
Mar. 12, 2010 12:24 pm
Thank you, everyone...your kindness is overwhelming to us and we really appreciate it! I just want send out a special hug to a dear and wonderful friend, I'm so glad we've "met"!!
Mar. 12, 2010 4:55 pm
My prayers go out to you and Bob. I also wanted to let you know that I've just recently discovered your blog, but I have instantly fallen in love. The idea of experimenting with foods from different countries and learning about different cultures all from the comfort of your RV is a great one. I'm a mom-to-be, and I'm getting way ahead of myself... but your idea inspires me, this is a wonderful way to raise culturally aware children!
Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya 
Mar. 12, 2010 8:20 pm
Hi, I work for the Tourism Authority of Thailand and find your story of the trip to Thailand to be very good one worth sharing with others. I will send it to a number of travel agents and media here in India where I am based. Thank you so much for a wonderful blog.
Mar. 13, 2010 4:29 am
Thank you for your blog. I will keep both of you in my prayers. God bless you! I enjoyed reading your blog!
Mar. 13, 2010 6:06 am
Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya...that is just wonderful of you to do that!! Did you read my India blog?
Mar. 13, 2010 6:16 pm
I have never blogged but you are wonderful people and I am very impressed! I am planning to visit Bhutan this fall to see how their nursing school is doing - love hospital-hopping! I do hope Bob will fare well through his treatment. Modern-day medicine has a lot to offer. LA, CA RN
Mar. 13, 2010 7:18 pm
just wanted to say keep the faith ww. My mom had the same cancer 17 years ago. still cancer free. They have come a long way with throat cancer. tell hubby to stay positive.
Mar. 13, 2010 8:49 pm
Umm Just curious how you got to Thailand in a RV.. Just kidding.. Great Job Laurie! You are awesome and this looks Yummy!
Mar. 13, 2010 8:50 pm
Mar. 14, 2010 4:26 am
I used a Honda Motorcycle in the late 60's and early 70's and covered from Pattaya in the south to Vientienne Lao north, then down Burma to Singapore. Spent a lot of time....hired a housegirl that could cook and she taught me how to make the best dishes...spent time in Philippines, Egypt etc bumming my way around the world in a small sailboat.
Mar. 14, 2010 7:44 am
I wish I could do that, Chuck...that sounds FUN!!
Mar. 14, 2010 1:15 pm
I'm sending my prayers and warm hugs from Austin Texas. Be strong Bob!
Mar. 14, 2010 3:56 pm
I've been reading your blog for some time now and in fact, it's the reason I joined. You seriously have encouraged me to not only "try" new foods, but attempt to make them! Thank you so much! My heart and prayers are with you and your husband, we will be following your progress for certain. He has a whole lot of people pulling for him!!
Mar. 14, 2010 6:59 pm
Thank you, sherry and sojourne...I appreciate it!
Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya 
Mar. 14, 2010 7:33 pm
No, witchywoman, I have not read your India blog but would love to. I am sure it is as much fun to read as your Thailand blog. Say hello to Bob for me. You and him have a small fan club in in Thailand and India.
Mar. 14, 2010 8:51 pm
Dear witchywoman,love your writing and the pics. Sorry to hear about Bob. But dont give up, there is great power in prayer. all the best.
Mar. 15, 2010 4:22 am
WW - so sorry I am so slow in posting to your blog. Been a little self absorbed the past week or so. Great Blog as usual. I am so sorry to hear about Bob. We have a very good friend that battled throat cancer last year. He did not loose his teeth. He had surgery, extensive radition and has been cancer free for 6 months. I just saw him a couple of weeks ago and he looks like his old self. I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.
Mar. 15, 2010 9:35 am
I was wondering how you're doing with your Chantix, Lynda...Bob could probably be doing a smidge better than he doing, but considering his circumstances, I figure it will come in all due time!
Mar. 15, 2010 12:46 pm
Love your Blog. Everything looks delicious as usual. Sorry to hear about your husband. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Stay strong!
Christie R. 
Mar. 15, 2010 2:16 pm
So, I noticed the list of blogs and I kept wondering why someone was traveling all these countries in an RV. Then I read some of the blog. Too cool! And I'm half Thai so this one really caught my eye. Great job! I think you really inspire others to try different cuisines. Thanks!
Mar. 15, 2010 5:19 pm
I just wanted to let all of you know that I am going to start to create fusion recipes from all these recipes that I've tried! My first one is Egyptian Style Mini Sphinx Sliders inspired by my Egypt blog. They turned out great and the link is
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About Me
I've been married to my husband for over 8 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state by Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight movies. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world. I write a monthly column for our local newspaper called Life in an RV and that site is I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my recycled container garden and I love to create new recipes. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter, unless it involves baking. My husband & I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety...we have 4 of those: Puppa, Sasha, KiKi & Super Dave the Girl Cat. I am a prize-winning nature photographer.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
My cooking triumphs
I've had several of my original recipes published, I've had my blog featured in a magazine, I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper and I'm already one year into my cooking venture of Around the World in an RV. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down!
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States