Reaching the final of Masterchef 2007 was a rollercoaster of emotion, with huge highs and lows, but I loved every minute and learnt a huge amount. I owe a great deal to John and Gregg who had faith in my ability when I did not believe in myself. Since competing on the programme my life has changed considerably. I now write cookery columns for two magazines, give cookery demonstrations and am just working on my 13th cook book - unlucky number for some but not for me!!! I love all forms of country cooking, using seasonal and locally sourced produce. This blog is to enable me to share with you a few of my recipes and baking ideas. Enjoy Hannah xxxx

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Thai Papaya Salad

You can make this delicious salad as spicy as you like - the below recipe is on the firey side so if you don't like too much chilli just use one chilli!

Som Tam
Serves 4 as a side salad Preparation time 10 minutes
1 large green papaya, peeled and seeds removed
1 large carrot, peeled
2 cloves of garlic
2 small red chillies
1 small green chilli
1 handful of raw green beans, topped and tailed
2 tsp palm or brown sugar (waitrose have started selling palm sugar)
1 tbsp roasted peanuts
1 tsp dried shrimp (optional)
2 tsp fish sauce
2 tsp lime juice
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
Finely grate the papaya and carrot (preferably into long strands with a hand serated peeler) and set aside. Place the garlic and chillies in a pestle and mortar and pound to a smooth paste. Add 5 or 6 of the beans and pounds again. Add the sugar, lime, dried shrip, if uing, fish sauce and peanuts and pound for a final time. Add the papaya, carrot, tomatos and remaining green beans to the pestle and mortar (or to a bowl if your pestle and mortar are too small) and toss through the dressing. Chill until you are ready to serve.


Dangerous Variable said...

I eat it with raw river crabs or dried shrimps. It is yummy!!!

Bellini Valli said...

The salad looks delicious Hannah. Is that a pepper in the background made to look like a lily...genius:D

sadie said...

perfect for summer :o)

Anonymous said...

Are you using a green papaya?

Steven Cornwall said...

My favourite salad in the whole world.

Hope you're having an amazing time in Thailand. Which island are you on?