Behind Closed Doors Pairing: Pineapple Fried Rice and Coconut Lychee Coladas

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When Jack and Grace Angel go on holiday, Thailand is their destination of choice. It would be more appropriate to say that it was Jack’s destination of choice. According to the novel, Thailand is a destination where anyone can get whatever their heart desires, provided they are willing to pay for it. I won’t try to fathom what Jack Angel did on his trips to Thailand, but I associate Thailand with great food and lush jungles filled with wildlife only seen at zoos here in the United States. B. A. Paris’s nail-bitingly suspenseful debut novel pairs perfectly with the flavors of Thai food. The book has many twists and turns, and despite the despair and utter hopelessness of Grace’s situation, there are sweet moments such as when she and her younger sister Millie are able to share a moment away from Jack’s menacing presence in the girls’ restroom. Grace also finds a quiet ally when one of her friends turns out to be much more clever than anyone suspects. My favorite Thai dish is pineapple fried rice. I enjoy the crunch of cashews, the sweetness of pineapple, and the spice offered by the pepper and curry powder. I tend to add whatever hot sauce I have on hand at the table, because I’m a Scorpio and we tend to like it hot! This recipe from Hot Thai Kitchen is a great start, and if pineapple fried rice is not to your liking, there are plenty of other dishes to inspire and delight.

My beverage pairing of choice, whenever I can find it, has always been a lychee slushie. It is cool, refreshing, and sweet, which helps to cut down on the spice whenever I am too liberal with the hot sauce. For those who would like to take the lychee slushie up a notch, try out these coconut lychee coladas from A Beautiful Plate. This combination of dreamy flavors will steal you away from the daily grind and transport you to the Land of Smiles.

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