Month: March 2010


About the food of Argentina – Beef, it’s what’s from Argentina

My mom tells me I didn’t like meat when I was a baby. My little chubby fingers pushed past the pot roast to get to the potatoes. To this day, I’ll almost always pick a black bean burger (or turkey burger) over a regular, beef burger. In fact, we eat vegetarian most nights. Well, here we are in Argentina. Land of Beef. Think Americans like their moo? Check this out… the average Argentinian consumes 2-4 servings of beef per meal, making their per capita beef consumption double America’s. (Source) brb… … Sorry, I had to go get some of my husband’s blood pressure medicine. My heart hurts. Let’s move on. Despite their obsession with red meat, Argentinians eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and grains. In fact they grow a healthy supply of wheat, corn, potatoes, and grapes. These staples make their way into many popular dishes and Argentina is known for great wine. (For those that do not consume alcohol, you might enjoy the popular tea, Mate, drunk throughout Argentina.) While they may be using local crops in their cooking, many Argentinian …

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Monday Meal Review: Antigua and Barbuda

This is meal #6 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. Sea, salt, sand, balmy, breezy, beautiful. Nope. I woke up to 40F and overcast (with the closest beach a full day’s drive away). Not exactly the best weather or locale for Caribbean picnic food. And, just think, we had had 70 degree weather a few days earlier. Darn. Refusing to be brought down by ol’ man winter, I got dressed up to my smile and chanted the old mantra “mind over matter, mind over matter.” By meal time I was still dragging a little (I kept glancing out at the clouds, looking for some piece of blue sky – only to be dissapointed). I’ll tell you what – one bite into my sandwich and the dreary weather was far from my mind. The delicious flavors of the Caribbean uplifted me! (Perhaps I should be chanting “food over mood, food over mood” from now on). The meal just oozed spring sunshine (coconut rum, anyone???).  So much so that, after eating, I invited our guests to bring their daughter Abigail out back …

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Tropical Curried Chicken Salad on Baguette

Serves: 4 This chicken salad is incredible. The intense curry melds with the grilled chicken, while sweet bursts of pineapple and raisin leave you begging for more. For the best flavor, serve on a rustic baguette brushed with olive oil and toasted on the grill. YUM! Ingredients: 3 cups of grilled boneless chicken breasts, shredded (about 4 chicken breasts. Grilling the chicken just adds more flavor.) 1/2 cup raisins 16 oz pineapple tidbits 1/2 cup mayonnaise 3 Tbsp mango chutney 1 Tbsp curry powder 2 lemons, juiced salt pepper 1 head red boston lettuce 1-2 rustic baguette – depending on your appetite! (a rustic baguette is wider than a traditional baguette – holds more filling) Method: 1. In a large bowl, combine chicken with raisins and pineapple. 2. In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, chutney, curry, and lemon juice. 3. Pour over chicken and stir to combine. While you can enjoy the chicken salad right away, it’s great to let flavors meld for an hour in the refrigerator. 4. Slice baguette(s) in half long-ways and brush the inside with olive oil. …

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Baked Brown Sugar Bananas

Serves: 4 Baked bananas are delicious in brown sugar and butter. Serve hot over ice cream, making sure everyone gets a little of the sauce. NOTE: not all rum will light. I had coconut rum on hand and it does not flambe (however, it did add great flavor to the bananas). You will need to buy Bacardi 151 for this. Also try Benin’s Baby Bananas in Orange Sauce. Ingredients: 6 ripe bananas peeled 1/2 cup brown sugar 4 Tbsp melted butter 2 ounces coconut rum 1 ounce bacardi 151 (to light it on fire) Vanilla ice cream Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 350F. 2. Lay bananas in a casserole dish. In a small bowl combine brown sugar with butter. Spoon mixture over bananas. 3. Bake for 20 minutes (longer if bananas are firmer). 4. Transfer bananas to a serving dish. Pour rum over the bananas and carefully light on fire. CAUTION: You can burn yourself. Don’t do that! 5. Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream. 12345 Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! …

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Sparkling Grapefruit Breeze

Serves 4 Take a sip of this sweet drink and you’ll think you’re on the beach in Antigua. Use fresh squeezed juices if possible. Serve with sugar cane swizzle sticks for an added festivity. Please drink in moderation. No drinky and drivey. Ingredients: 1 cup grapefruit juice 1 cup pineapple juice 1 cup coconut rum 1/4 cup grenadine 1/3 cup lime juice 3 cups Jamaican Ting (carbonated grapefruit soda, available at Whole Foods) Optional Ingredients: sugar cane swizzle sticks (available at Whole Foods) pineapple rings, for garnish Method: 1. In a large pitcher combine grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, rum, grenadine, and lime juice. Chill thoroughly. 2. Immediately before serving, add Ting and stir to combine. 3. Serve chilled. With your feet in the sand, if possible. 12345 Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe Take a sip of this sweet drink and you’ll think you’re on the beach in Antigua. Use fresh squeezed juices if possible. Serve with sugar cane swizzle sticks for an added festivity. Please drink in moderation.Sparkling Grapefruit Breeze CourseDrinks LifestylePotluck Friendly, Vegan, Vegetarian Food …

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Spicy Mango and Avocado Salad

Serves: 4-6 My husband said he would never order this on a menu but when he tried it, he bacame a believer. Sweet mango, buttery avocado, tart lime juice, and spicy jalepeno make a wonderful summertime salad. Make sure your fruit is juicy and ripe! Ingredients: 2 large mango, cubed 2 large avocado, cubed 2 limes, juiced 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion 1-2 Tbsp minced jalepeno (mild-hot) salt pepper Method: 1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper. Serve room temperature or slightly chilled – the flavors are more intense at room temperature. 12345 Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe My husband said he would never order this on a menu but when he tried it, he became a believer. Sweet mango, buttery avocado, tart lime juice, and spicy jalapeno make a wonderful summertime salad. Make sure your fruit is juicy and ripe!Spicy Mango and Avocado Salad CourseSides & Salads Lifestyle5-ingredients or less, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian Food TypeFruit, Sasha’s Favorite Recipes, Spicy, Vegetables Servings 4-6people Servings 4-6people Ingredients …

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The National Weed of Antigua & Barbuda (poll)

Although I could not find a lot of information on Antigua and Barbuda, I still learned many interesting things this week (and had particular fun learning about Rodonda). 1. The National Fruit is the black pineapple, a small sweet pineapple that is grown on the main island. 2. The National Weed is the “widdy widdy.” The widdy widdy was eaten by slaves in a dish called Popololo. The high protein weed becomes slimy when cooked and is a known laxative. 3. Antigua was used for sugar cane cultivation, while soil impoverished Barbuda was used for cattle rearing. 4. The two main islands are a few hours apart by boat. 5. Theycall bananas… figs 6. Food related sayings from Antigua Museums: Back can wait, but not belly. Bellyful bruk pot. Bellyful man tell hungry man ‘Keep heart buddy’ Better man belly bus’ than good food waste. Buy you’ own n’yam (food), n’yam according to you’ pocket. Every day a fishing day,but no other day a catching day(Tings not always bright) Every good fungi no meet good pepperpot (Not every person meets a …

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What the Fungi(e)?

Books and web sites agree, “Fungi(e) is a popular Caribbean dish.” Huh? What? How? Wait a minute! Was I looking at the wrong region? I swear I just read about this stiff cornmeal porridge last week when I was in Angola! Sources told me that Fungi(e) is served throughout many African countries with soups and stews. Yet, here I was reading how popular the porridge is in the Caribbean. Well, the sources are correct. Turns out Fungi(e) was brought to the caribbean by African slaves. Years later, the dish remains a popular meal foundation, similar to rice and pasta. Sometimes it is eaten in porridge form, however it is also rolled into balls. Even though I am doing picnic fare this week, I thought you would enjoy learning about Fungi(e). If you would like to try your hand at making fungi(e), check out this recipe.

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Menu: Antigua and Barbuda

Since Oklahoma is experiencing spring (hurrah!), this week’s Global Table is Antiguan inspired picnic fare. Still stuck in winter? Lay out your blanket indoors and bask in sunny smiles! Sparkling Grapefruit Breeze [Recipe] Mixed drink made with Jamaican Ting soda, fresh grapefruit and pineapple juices. So good the rum is optional. Tropical Curried Chicken on Baguette [Recipe] Curry, mango chutney, pineapple, and raisins make this chicken sandwich a refreshing treat. Spicy Mango and Avocado Salad [Recipe] Mango and avocado bite back when tossed with thinly sliced red onion and jalapeno. Baked Brown Sugar Bananas with Vanilla Ice Cream  [Recipe] Light these bananas on fire with coconut rum and your stomach will smile.

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About the food of Antigua & Barbuda: 3 Caribbean Islands?

Call me a sucker, but I like to root for the underdog. This week her name is Redonda. That’s right. The microstate “Antigua and Barbuda” is actually made up of three islands: Antigua, Barbuda, and Redonda.  The combined population is nearly 86,000, with Redonda contributing zero. I guess this is why Redonda gets left out of the name. Since I feel bad for Redonda I spent an inordinate amount of time looking up information on her. First fact: Redonda is about 500 hundred acres large. That’s less than a square mile. Here’s a picture: As you can see, the island is totally uninhabitable. The steep cliffs and total lack of freshwater make that a done deal. But… can’t you just see the Little Prince vacationing here with his rose? What I find incredibly funny is that Redonda, population zero, is under dispute by at least four kings who claim the island as their own.  The story is summarized in Wikipedia for anyone who is interested in the silly details. I guess I am not the only one who wished more for Redonda. With some regret, I will …

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Monday Meal Review: Angola

This is meal #5 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. I am something of an “Eeyore.” I wear worry like it’s going out of style. These are just a few of the things I worry about when I put on a dinner party: – will the food taste good? – what if I burn the food? – what if the food is raw? – what if I don’t have time to finish the meal? – will my friends like the food? – will I like the food? So what about this weekend’s Global Table? I was unsure of three ingredients: the red palm oil, the habanero, and the prawns. All of these items were new to me and I had no way to predict how they would taste. Worse yet, I wasn’t even sure how to work with them. I overcame my Eeyore tendencies by telling myself that if an entire country eats these foods, they are probably pretty good! Turns out, I was right. For the fifth weekend in a row, things went great. …

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Angolan Chicken Stew | Muamba de Galinha

Serves 4 Muamba de Galinha gets its unique flavor from Red Palm Oil. This spicy stew tastes great with yuca, or serve over rice. Ingredients: 1 lemon, juiced 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp chili powder 1 chicken cut into quarters 1/2 cup red palm oil 3 onions, diced 1 whole chili pepper 3 tomatoes, quartered 1 lb pumpkin cut into 1.5″ cubes 1 cup chicken broth 1/2 lb frozen okra Method: 1. Mix lemon juice, 2 garlic cloves, salt, and chili powder and rub on the chicken and marinate for one hour (or up to one night). 2. In a large pot heat oil. Brown chicken on all sides. Avoid crowding. Do this is in several batches if you have to. 3. Add onions, remaining garlic, chili pepper, and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and cover. 5. Cook on low for about 1 hour, or until chicken is tender. 6. Add squash, chicken stock and okra. Cook for 15 minutes or until everything is tender. Serve hot. 12345 Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe Muamba …

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