Recipe: Ema Datshi (Chili Cheese Stew/Curry)

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Serves 2-4 Ema Datshi is considered the national dish of Bhutan and it's traditionally screaming hot! Use whatever chili peppers you like, from mild poblano, to scorching thai bird chilies. My blend of Anaheim and Serrano chilies is very hot, but you can reduce the heat by leaving out the seeds. In Bhutan they serve Ema Datshi over rice (pictured here with cracked red rice). My husband likes dipping corn chips into the cheesy goodness. I'd like to tell you he's a fool but, really, the … [Read more...]

Bhutan demonstrates how to rethink happiness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcoQjoZ6toI&NR=1&feature=fvwp Does Bhutan know something we don't know? They're awful happy! This video suggests rethinking happiness may be as simple learning from Bhutan's culture, dragon king, and more ... Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Bhutan (with poll)

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Happy Friday everyone! My Bhutanese Fun Facts got a little ... er ... racy this week. My apologies, in advance. I made every effort to keep things PG 13. Enjoy! When falling of a cliff is a good thing... In parts of eastern Bhutan it is forbidden to kill an animal. However, if the animal falls of a cliff and dies, then the meat can be consumed. Cooking is simple when the main ingredient is always the same... Most meals have chili peppers in them, which can be bought in abundance at the … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: Recipe & 5 Tips for a Great Fruit Salad

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The crimes of fruit salad are many: not ripe, over ripe, tart, bitter, warm, rotten ... Because of these transgressions fruit salad has become the "Fruit Cake" of summer barbecues - a popular dish that only the brave eat. This week I made a Himalayan inspired Fruit Salad (just mango, red banana, and papaya) for our Bhutanese Global Table. In my interpretation, I decided to avoid the many pitfalls of regular fruit salad and serve it as elegant finger food. In this format each piece of fruit … [Read more...]

Menu: Bhutan

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I'm not sure I stand a chance with Bhutanese food. You may find me with my head in a bucket of ice before this week is over. I'm originally from New England where we don't "do" spicy. In fact, my strapping Oklahoman husband is the only reason I can eat anything remotely spicy. Just looking at him down so-called "hot" buffalo chicken makes me sweat (although some of that is because of the crush I had - and continue to have - on him). Year after year of his teasing has worn me down and I've … [Read more...]

About the food of Bhutan

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The rugged mountain-country of Bhutan is nestled in the Himalayas, between India and China. This largely vegetarian country is known for eating chili peppers (called ema) and rice in abundance. Just reading about their food made me break into a sweat. They actually treat the chili pepper as a vegetable, instead of a minor spice component to a larger dish. In other words, in many cases, the chili pepper is the meal. To a Bhutanese, however, ema (chilli) enjoys an exalted culinary … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Benin

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In my humble opinion, the highs and lows of life are equally worthy of a great meal. Highs are cause for pompous, celebratory food that leaps, dancing into your mouth, while lows beg for rich, fattening foods that slide in softly and ground you (and your belly). It is therefore fitting that this week of highs (seeing Anthony Bourdain live at the Tulsa PAC) and lows (a miserable husband with a giant kidney stone that just won't pass) be acknowledged with a special feast. As chance would have it, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Pureed Black-eyed Peas

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Serves 4 Pureed Black-eyed peas are smooth and creamy thanks to peeling the beans. If you do not have the patience for peeling the beans, use a food mill or omit the step all-together. The resulting mash is rich and flavorful, but it looks a lot like mashed potatoes so you might give unsuspecting guests a heads-up. Ingredients: 2 cups dried black-eyed peas salt pepper 1 stick butter Method: 1. Soak beans overnight in cool water. Drain the beans and slip the skins off. For … [Read more...]