25.01.2015 - 25.01.2015 32 °C
We spent most of today at the Thai Farm Cooking School, on an organic farm in rural Chiang Mai [www.thaifarmcooking.net/home/#.VMUBpuAAA].
We stopped enroute at an early morning market to see how people shop for their Thai food ingredients, and then the companion planting of herbs, fruit and vegetables on the farm itself: basil, galangal, ginger, turmeric, kaffir lime, eggplant, chili peppers, lemongrass, onions, long beans, shallots , starfruit, mango, papaya etc. Our group instructor, "Ning", an irrepressible young Thai woman who called us all "honey", put us through our paces at our cooking stations preparing 5 different Thai dishes we had preselected - we even managed to eat most of them for lunch and snacks! It was fun, though some of us definitely have more potential with Thai cooking than others!
When we got back to our hotel the Sunday Walking Market was setting up all around us - it covers the equivalent of at least 20 city blocks filled with vendors of everything you can imagine, and a huge crowd "walking" through it all, enjoying the ambiance, handcrafted items, food and performers! It goes on till midnight apparently, but we covered half of it and decided to quit for the day - an early start tomorrow at the Chiang Mai Women's Prison Massage Centre for Thai massage!