Talk about your crabby cooks. This week, the world’s crabbiest may be Samak Sundaravej, Thailand’s freshly ousted prime minister.
The reason he got booted is not what you’d expect. The usual suspects in a political upheaval (protestors) have indeed been very active of late; thousands occupied Samak’s compound, demanding his resignation. But that’s not why he got thrown out.
It seems that Samak hosted a cooking show before he became prime minister. (I know, odd career path.) Apparently, he was unable to resist returning to the show as a paid guest host on several occasions during his run as prime guy, even though slumming in the commercial world is against the constitutional rules for political big shots. That’s why they nailed him.
What would drive a guy to give up all that power just to cook publicly? I get irritated just cooking privately in a home where my ouster is unlikely. (They can’t throw me out or they’d be chef-less.)
But as I learn more, I’ve come to think that the p.m. is a kindred spirit; his TV show is called “Tasting and Grumbling.” This thrills me; it sounds like a reality show about my life. They could just come over and perch a camera in my kitchen, right up atop the fridge, come back once a week and collect their episode.
I never cook Thai food because A) there are a lot of great takeout Thai restaurants in Los Angeles, and B) my picky family won’ eat it. But I was curious to know what recipes Samak gave up his career for, so I did a little research. My favorite by far is his recipe for…are you sitting down? “Pigs Legs in Coca-cola.”
I know, tough to believe, but I will provide you with the recipe in my next post.