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  1. Helen (grabyourfork)

    Oh dear. I had to laugh at the thought of your entire family enjoying lunch without the guest of honour, but then cried on the inside at the sight of your disappointing cheesecake (when in Rome! or should I say, when in Bangkok!). I am so glad though, that you’ve finally have the pleasure of an amazing som tum. It’s usually pounded with snake beans too, and I love having it with sticky rice. Bliss.

  2. Priyanka

    Haha this post made me laugh! I just love saying paw paw for the fun of it, sounds funny, I know I have not grown up yet 🙂

  3. Emma

    Next time you are in Belgium I will have to take you to Brussels for Green Papaya salad…the very first place I tried it and I will remember it forever.

  4. Simply Life

    oh that’s so sad that the cheesecake wasn’t as good as it looks!

  5. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    There’s nothing worse than when you’re looking forward to dessert and it doesn’t measure up 🙁

  6. GirlonRaw

    Oh Hannah that is so funny (oops) re your brother’s flights. I am still giggling about the second flight’s misfortune. Oh whoops.

    By the way I love Som Tum salad so much I made my own version here. You should try it sometimes. I am never disappointed.

    Also I was trying to perfect the black sticky rice with mango when I was home with mum and dad, and do you know what, I even bought mangoes this week to make it for my man, so watch this space ok 😉

    PS you can leave the longest comments ever on my wall. I love them 😉

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    2. whisperinggums

      Be careful of what you wish for … her SMS texts are mini-essays! Actually, I love them but can never quite manage to respond in kind…

  7. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    “Karma is rubbery plasticky cheesecake”
    hehe this actually made me giggle out loud!!!

  8. Agnes

    Oh Hannah, the bad cheesecake wasn’t karma for celebrating without your brother, it was karma for ordering it at a Thai restaurant! Tsk tsk.

    And I’m glad your poor brother arrived safely eventually. :p

  9. Johanna GGG

    That cheesecake sounds just like the sort of thing you would eat in an airport or an airplane so maybe it was just empathy with your brother rather than karma 🙂

  10. whisperinggums

    She lies, she lies, I tell you … we weren’t calm, we were sad! But then again, the restaurant had been booked and the family lined up …

  11. tasteofbeirut

    You are so witty, you ought to be publishing a column in a newspaper. If it werent that I ended up feeling worried for your brother and all his flights delay, I would have enjoyed me much more; good thing his plane got there safely after all. Oh and that meal, the salad and duck look mighty good.

  12. hungryandfrozen

    Oh dear! But at least you finally found an ideal som tum. That mango on rice looks amazing, but then I’m a bit of a sucker for anything with coconut milk in it 🙂

  13. theresa

    Your brother and Anna Bligh share the lighting-strike thing in common, since yesterday! Sticky rice with mango was hands down my favourite thing about Thailand. Surprisingly, the thai restaurants I’ve been to in Townsville don’t have it on the dessert menus – not even as a seasonal special over summer. Lame! I tried making it once, and it wasn’t quite right. I shall try again, however.

  14. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    hehe next time you can just put a picture of your brother up and he needn’t risk his life getting on a plane that might get struck by lightning no less! I mean really-that is crazy. The fates were clearly trying to spare him that cheesecake!

  15. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Oh my gosh! Lightning?! Wtf?

    Both of the desserts look great, but I agree, that’s a poor excuse for a “slice” of cheesecake.

  16. Ashley@TheHungryScholar

    Lightening? I didn’t even know that sort of thing happened. I wonder if that is rare?

    That cheesecake piece is small. Lars brought me home Derby pie and tried to give me half of piece. I said “HECK NO.”

  17. Camille

    Mmmm… something with something. That’s my very favorite Thai dish! So glad you finally found papaya salad nirvana, right in your very own hometown. I also suspect that this is why I have been craving and cooking Thai-inspired food lately. So thank you, my telempathic (sic – it’s like telepathy and empathy, and I just made it up. What do you think?) friend.

  18. Jess

    “I laughed so hard my stomach hurt”

    hahaha! sisterly love

  19. Andrew Worsnop

    You are very meticulous about replying to comments 🙂

    Hence I will assume you will reply to this one – I need* to set up a blog, how do WordPress, Blogspot, Posterous or Tumblr compare?

    should be back up in Canberra within a month. will try and give you advance warning 😉


    *sort of..

  20. Anna Johnston

    That’s HILARIOUS! Love the review on the cheesecake! Sitting here giggling away! 🙂 Your poor bro… Sounds like you could have saved him a bite and the cake would have been just fine!

  21. Louise

    Great story. I can’t believe that you would order something like cookies and cream cheesecake at a thai restaurant! Never go past the black sticky rice. Always delicious, and this one looks great with a big glob of mango.

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