In the Country

Perspectives on life in the countryside, creativity, sustainability, food and cultures.  

Take a short break from the city to explore northern Thailand's gentle world and indulge in creative pursuits in the countryside 

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23 Sep 2017

Cooking is easy...
Wild, colourful, oh so green
Mushrooms, petit pois, the heavenly cream of all creams
How I longed for some pomme de terre dauphinoise,
A fresh tomato sauce for something, something, I ain't sure,
Then I stop, sigh, smell and sing in between!


2 Sep 2017


สูตรง่าย ๆ แต่แสนวิเศษสำหรับการเพาะปลูกอินทรีบนพื้นที่สูง: ดินและนำ้ที่บริสุทธิ์, ขี้วัว, ขุยมะพร้าว แกลบและปูนขาว แสงแดดและความชุ่มชื้นที่ลงตัวจากบรรยากาศพื้นที่สูงจะทำหน้าที่เองโดยธรรมชาติ

The fertile m...

11 Jul 2017

Weekly market is where farmers present their harvests and the consumers would look forward to the fresh and the rare and precious vegetables such as these. How nostalgic!

ตลาดนัดประจำอาทิตย์คือเวลาที่ชาวไร่ชาวสวนจะได้นำผลผลิตหรือของที่เก็บเกี่ยวมาเสนอขาย และบ่อยครั้งที่...

3 Apr 2017

From above the Chianti hills,

the shade of the clouds scatter through the end of the horizon,

seems far beyond the imaginable perpetuity

the greatest scent of the earth is felt

my heart is real

Down the deep, hidden valleys of Greve,

the mid-summer sun so glaring it burns th...

17 Mar 2017

Our parents took a very old tradition by taking their time to name their children in the ancient Sanskrit way.  The naming could take months after a baby is born as the person's developed personality, the meaning, alphabet composition, suitbility and all the auspicious...

16 Mar 2017


Main ingredients

Fresh garlic, 4 cloves
Small size red and green chili, 4 pieces, or more if desired
Green papaya, julienne, 300 grams
String beans, cut in 1-inch length, 2 strings
Ripened plum tomatoes, quartered, 1 piece
Cherry tomatoes or other green sour s...

16 Mar 2017


For palm sugar dipping sauce

Palm sugar, 3 tablespoons
Fish sauce, 6 tablespoons
Shallots, diced, 2 cloves
Fresh green chili, 3 pieces
Shrimp paste, 1 teaspoon (optional)

2 green mangoes, peeled and sliced lengthwise

Method of preparation

1.   Dissolve the palm s...

16 Mar 2017

I was told that I did not cry when I was first given chilli at the age of four. I don’t remember what it tasted like, but I do know that through intense contemplation it felt rather natural. Thai country folks believe that eating chilli represents the ritual process of...

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