Everyone, I'd like you to meet the newest addition to our family, George the Gastro-gnome. Ever since Isaac murdered the last gnome Jim, nothing's been the same, but we look forward to spending quality time with George for many years to come, especially because George is cast from iron and won't break as easily.
George spent some time in Thailand last year and has quite a liking for Thai food, so the other day, he asked me to pick up some frozen Prig Khing Green Beans from Trader Joes.
Sorry, George is a little shy.
George is great sous-chef; I walked away from the kitchen for a minute and he watched the pan of sizzling frozen green beans the whole time to make sure they didn't burn. After about 3 minutes, we added the packets of Thai chili sauce and let it cook for a couple more minutes.
"Oooh, oooh, let me try!" said George. I couldn't resist his adorable little face, so I gave him a sneak preview of the chili laced beans.
"Hmm. The beans lack that crunch that only fresh beans have, but other than that, they're tasty. The sauce is spicy with a hint of tamarind and has a nice funky saltiness from the addition of dried shrimp," George declared.
The rest of the beans were eaten with some hot jasmine rice, and yes, they were quite good for something frozen. You know what they say: Always trust a gastro-gnome!