Tuesday, September 2, 2014
B is for Bolivia...
Bolivia is a landlocked country located in west-central South America. It was once part of the Incan empire, until colonized by the Spanish. There are over 35 native tribes still present in Bolivia, maintaining their own culture and language. One of the largest tribes are the Quechua people and you can frequently hear this language being spoken throughout Bolivia. Such a multi-cultural society has contributed to Bolivia having a rich cultural heritage in the areas of art, cuisine, literature and music.
Monday, September 1, 2014
A is for Argentina...
Well it's September and time for another mega marathon. Bet your holding your breath right now trying to guess what the theme is....ok I'll stop the suspense..It's International Cooking by Alphabet. For each letter of the alphabet, we will be creating a recipe from a country that begins with that letter. For letter A today, I am presenting a recipe from Argentina, albeit with a slight variation.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
I am guest hosting Elizabeth's No Waste Challenge. This challenge is all about not wasting food, especially when you think of how many starving people there are in the world.
Don't know what to do with those leftover egg whites after separating the eggs to make flan?
This month, I am hosting Priya's Cooking With Seeds. This event has been going strong for four years so it was difficult to come up with a theme that wasn't already done. Finally, I decided on red lentils, also known as Masoor Dal. Red Lentils are a mild lentil which is very versatile and is used extensively in Middle Eastern cuisines as well as its use in Indian cuisine. Due to its mild flavor, it is also adaptable to sweets.
I love the different colored cauliflower's that are now available in supermarkets. There is no difference in flavor but I find it more aesthetically appealing, especially if you are using all three in a dish or a crudite platter. They used to be quite a bit more expensive than regular white cauliflower, but since their popularity has grown the prices are now comparable.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Bibimbap, also known as Korean Rice Bowl, is the quintessential Korean one pot meal. Over rice, a variety of vegetables, meat and a sunnyside up fried egg is served. Very traditional versions will have raw beef and raw egg, however, I went with a modern version of cooked meat and skipped the egg altogether because I don't like half cooked eggs like sunnyside up. The varieties of this dish are endless and can include any type of meat and any variety of vegetables.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I used ingredients popular in Latin American cuisine to fill these rolls like crema and refried beans. Crema is a popular condiment in many Latin American countries. Their version of sour cream isn't as tart nor as thick as European/American sour cream. However, there are still differences from country to country. I used Honduran crema which is a little thicker than Mexican crema, but you can use whichever you have access to.