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05 May, 2015

Is it Pinworthy? I’m trying out a Thai Cashew Coconut Rice with Ginger Peanut Sauce recipe

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Pinteresting challenges|Recipes and Food

I spoke on a panel at the BConnected Conference on Sunday and stayed for the rest of the day. If you were there you already know how what a fantastic experience it was (and you know I don’t say that lightly). I was part of a media panel with some local media rock stars I admire: Katherine Dines, Ian Mendes, Catherine Clark and moderator Christy Laverty. Our 45 minute session sped by and then I had the rest of the day to absorb the wisdom of others.

One of the things I was inspired to do after the conference was brush off my ol’ Pinterest account. For the next while I’ll be spending a bit of extra time cultivating and refining my boards, but here’s the thing … I don’t just want to pin more stuff, I also want to act on them. It makes no sense to keep saving recipes and never actually make anything. And not just recipes, but crafty ideas too!

So every week or so I’m going to pull something from my boards and challenge myself to make it and find out if it’s actually pinworthy. Here’s where you come in. I want YOU can make it too. And if you blog about it or just tweet a photo, please make sure you leave a link so I can see how yours turned out.

My first challenge was this recipe for Thai Cashew Coconut Rice with Ginger Peanut Sauce. I have been eyeballing this recipe for ages. I love how colourful it is, and a quick glance at the ingredients hinted that it would be pretty good. Basically, it has ALL THE FLAVOURS.

The original post doesn’t look quite the same as my batch, close, but definitely not the same. (I’m ok with this.) Here’s mine:

May 4 #dailylunches - Thai Cashew Coconut Rice with Ginger Peanut Sauce

Here’s what happened.

I was originally going to make half of this recipe, but I got a bit excited at the outset and forgot. (It serves 8-10. Ha ha!) I made the proper amount of rice but I used brown jasmine rice instead (and hello, what a great idea to boil it right in the coconut milk!) and used a bit less carrot than was specified. I eyeballed and only grated two carrots in the food processor and it seemed to be ok. But the cabbage. Whoa. The recipe calls for one cabbage and I used about 2/3 of a head I had in the fridge. THAT IS A LOT OF CABBAGE PEOPLE. And when you shred it up you will realize (a) that you’re going to need the biggest mixing bowl ya got and then (b) you start wondering (scratch that, HOPING and PRAYING) your family is going to eat it. I also used half an onion and one red pepper. But that’s the beauty of this recipe. You can improvise a little with your favourite veggies it will still work.

The taste, well, it’s fantastic. It has the right balance of crunch – that’s the cashews and cabbage – and the peanut ginger sauce is to die for AND may result in a Serious Plate Licking. (I hope my neighbours didn’t see me.) I totally recommend this dish for a summer BBQ. It’s vegetarian, but you can also add chicken or shrimp to make it a bit more substantial. Did I mention it makes a lot? :)

So was this recipe pin worthy? YES.

Is it pinworthy?

Want to follow my recipe board on Pinterest? You can do so right here. And if you try this recipe yourself, don’t forget to let me know! I’d love to hear how your batch turned out.

4 Responses to "Is it Pinworthy? I’m trying out a Thai Cashew Coconut Rice with Ginger Peanut Sauce recipe"

1 | binkee

May 5th, 2015 at 1:29 pm


I WILL make this. People laugh when I tell them I LOVE cabbage. Cabbage and cashews…what a combo.

2 | andrea tomkins

May 6th, 2015 at 9:06 am


It is a great combo! The dressing is the real kicker here. Don’t skip it!

3 | Jen_nifer

May 7th, 2015 at 11:22 am


Looks delicious!

I have been waiting for the day when Pinterest adds an option where we can indicate that we have attempted what is in the Pin. Then I could go back to my board, and either look at recipes/crafts I’ve already done, or the ones I have yet to do!

4 | andrea tomkins

May 7th, 2015 at 11:51 am


I’m starting to change the description if I try the recipe. You can also make a second board with things you’ve tried and recommend…

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