Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Noi cuisine - Saudi Arabia - Thai cooking School

During about 10 years of the 20 years Bud spent working in Saudi Arabia; Noi was with him taking care of his children. Women who are married to foreigners working in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive any vehicle, work at any job or go around in inappropriate clothes. They are supposed to shop with their husbands or other male relative and spend 90% of their time close to their home. As a result about all they do everyday is keep house and cook. Noi had many friends in our large compound from all over the world and they would meet at each others houses to try out new recipes from different countries. There were many nationalities in Saudi so Noi taught Thai dishes to other women and learned new dishes from them. She can cook many types of food.

When we were building the herbal garden Noi wanted to teach cooking so we built a cooking school on the property. Later at a result of her herbal garden she decided to be a herbal doctor and also teach cooking and nutrition as a part of her practice of natural medicine.

Noi teaches with a passion and a love of her subject. She has people coming back to stay at Sweet Herbal Garden year after year from all over the world to further their Thai cooking skills and for healing at the clinic. Many also come back to relax in the tranquil setting of the garden and enjoy the good food.

Due to her heavy clinic schedule Noi usually will teach cooking one day a week on Sunday unless there is an advance reservation for a different day. She likes to have between 2 and 6 people in each class for more personal attention. The cost per person is 1,500 THB which includes all food purchases, lunch and pick up and return to your hotel or guest house in Chiang Mai. Both amateur and professional cooks are welcomed.

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