With bouts of heavy rain and more blustery conditions on the way, a day of sailing the beautiful waters surrounding Koh Yao Noi seemed pretty well out of the question.
Disappointed, we were wondering what to do when one of our group had the bright idea of attending cookery school. We all love to eat and cook Thai food and we had heard that there was a well reviewed place on Koh Yao Noi – Mina’s Cookery School.
So early afternoon we piled in a tuk tuk and were driven to Mina’s house perched on an incline with a view of paddy fields leading down to the sea and surrounded by gardens full of vegetables and fruit trees and inhabited by a flock of plump and fine feathered hens.
We were warmly welcomed by Mina and there on the table was the most beautiful collection of herbs, spices and vegetables that I have ever seen.
They looked so amazing that it seemed a shame to use them as anything but a centrepiece to the table. But we were there to cook and cook we did! And chop, crush, grate, squeeze, shred and slice.
We learned how to cook five main dishes – beef mussaman, a yellow curry, a chicken stir fry, a soup, a beef larb (salad) and then a strangely delicious dessert made from sweet potato and fresh coconut milk.
Some of the chopping and grinding had been done for us but we all had the opportunity to have a go at each stage of the cooking process – even shredding and squeezing fresh coconut to make coconut milk.
Eventually everything was cooked and we sat down to a delicious meal in Mina’s kitchen.
It was definitely a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon and I think all of us would recommend others to go to Mina’s Cookery School if they get the chance.