I had so much fun "travelling" to Finland last week that I've decided to do more of that kind of travelling. It's certainly easier on the bank account. It's been cool here the past couple of days, which has put me in the mood for Thai Green Chicken Curry (one of my comfort foods). And that made me curious about quilters in Thailand. See, everything comes back to quilting. So last night, when the munchkins went to bed and Chuck was otherwise occupied with some hockey thing called Game 6 on TV ;), I made myself a big cup of tea and went a-travelling to Thailand.
It's also clear that there's a special place in Jill's heart for "Our Home," a home for girls and young women in Rayong, Thailand. The girls come from all over Thailand and have no family of their own. The girls learn social skills, as well as quilting skills, and they are rightfully proud of their quilting. Jill keeps the post about Our Home as her first post, but then has her most recent posts just below that. I didn't know you could do that with a blog so I'll have to figure out how she did it.
There weren't any more blogs for Thailand listed on Quilting Bloggers, but I noticed a couple of links on Jill's site to some expats' sites so I decided to do some more exploring. First, I checked out Karen Sengel's site. Wow! Karen was born and raised in the U.S., but has been living abroad for a long time. She's an international teacher living in northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. Her work is really stunning and you can see how inspired she's been by Ruth McDowell. I think my favourite is Pomlamai. And then there's Pausing and Hanoi Colors and 60 Minutes? Okay, I can't pick just one. Definitely worth a look-see!
Ahh, feeling wonderfully inspired by my trip to Thailand. I'd really love to go shopping on Sampeng Lane and check out all those beautiful quilting cottons. This little visit eased my craving to travel (a little), but not my craving for curry so I think curry will be on the menu tonight. I make a modification of the recipe on the back of Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste bottle. Even my youngest eats this up. Here it is in case you are in the same mood.
1 can of coconut milk
1-2 tbsp green curry paste (if you're not used to curry, use less that 1 tbsp of paste the first time)
1-2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup bamboo shoots (I prefer a can of the julienned ones to the flat ones) or 2 cups boiled, bite-sized potatoes
1 can of corn and/or 1 cup of frozen peas
1/3 cup chicken stock
1 tsp of dried basil (or fresh if you have it on hand)