Summer will officially be arriving this month, and although this really means nothing here in Calgary (snow in June isn’t exactly unheard of), it’s a pretty good excuse to start heating things up on the grill. When all else fails and the weather doesn’t cooperate, try heating things up with some hot peppers. That’s where Thai food comes in. It’s hot, it’s spicy, and it’s just the thing to add a little heat to your life.
The friendly folks of Thailand love their grilling – grilled meat, seafood, vegetables – you name it. Marinated meat on skewers is to them what poutine and maple syrup is to Canadians (see? stereotypes can be fun). In a way, we should probably consider them to be honourary Canadians; after all, we’re both pretty hard-core grillers.Thai food is typically grilled over charcoal, so if you want to cook anything Thai, you need to go out and get yourself a charcoal grill. Okay, that’s not true, but boy, does it add some nice flavour. If you are cooking with charcoal, light it at least half an hour before you’re going to cook so you can get some nice glowing embers. If you’re using a gas grill, just make sure it’s good and preheated.If you are thinking about getting a charcoal grill, check these ones out. You can get one in pretty much any price range (none as expensive as this one), and this way of cooking really gives some serious flavour to anything you’re grilling.