Technique Thursday: Recipe: Mango Daiquiris

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A puckering combination of tart and sweet, the frozen Daiquiri blends ripe fruit, rum, and fresh lime juice with a mountain of shaved ice. This slushy sip of paradise makes it five o'clock everywhere. It's true. I've tested it myself. The original daiquiri from the early 1900's was nothing so complicated - a plain, stout mixture of sugar and lime juice poured over (or shaken with) ice.¬†Over the years, the drink gained popularity and traveled around the world from Cuba to Cameroon. Today … [Read more...]

Menu: Cameroon

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My husband about climbed the walls with excitement when he found out we were making Groudnut Croissants (well, there was a five second delay, until he realized that by "Groundnut Croissants" I meant croissants spread with ooey gooey peanut butter). Who wouldn't? Peanut butter rolled up into a steaming croissant? Yes please! Our Cameroonian menu represents a crossroads of cultures and traditions. With elements of West African and French cuisine, the simple recipes below are easy to prepare and … [Read more...]

About the Food of Cameroon

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Wild bush meat and French pastries. If you're going to stereotype Cameroon, that's just about the best way to do it. This unusual food combination stems from Cameroon's origins, in 1961, when this African country formed from the union of two colonies, one British and one French. Like most coastal African countries, the people on the shore towns of Cameroon rely on fish, serving them up grilled, fried (recipe), steamed in banana leaves, or stewed with plantains, corn, yams, or beans on … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Cambodia

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We had a fantastic long weekend in Virginia. The temperature never even got close to 104F. We visited family, swam on the beach, helped Ava build her first sandcastle, and ate like royalty. When I say royalty, I mean it. My sister-in-law made breakfast, lunch, and dinner for up to twelve people every day. On real plates. That woman is a superhero. Her sidekick, my brother Chris, isn't so bad either. And then.¬†Reality check. We came back to Oklahoma with nothing but a few pickled … [Read more...]

Recipe: Cambodian Grilled Eggs

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Makes a dozen eggs I met my match with Cambodian Grilled Eggs. My patience and sanity were pushed to the limits. Not one to take a beating, however, I salvaged what I could from this tricky recipe and ended up with twelve super tasty eggs. This popular Cambodian street food makes for a fun side dish at a barbecue. You'll be *almost* stress-free if you prepare everything a day ahead, saving the last step for the barbecue itself. Definitely DON'T make this dish last minute. You'll be … [Read more...]

Recipe: Grilled Corn with Coconut Milk

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Serves 4 Sweet and tropical, our recipe is inspired by Steven Raichlen's Planet Barbecue. His version adds sugar and other goodies to the coconut milk basting liquid. Our corn on the cob is a little simpler - basted straight up with plain coconut milk. The creamy coconut milk gives corn a mild tropical flavor - perfect for a summertime barbecue. Serve with extra coconut milk on the side, for those who like to slather on extra coconut goodness. Ingredients: 1 small can of coconut milk … [Read more...]

Recipe: Chicken and Pickled Lime Soup

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Serves 2-4 Although Cambodian Chicken and Pickled Lime soup is light and healthy, the broth contains considerable zestiness from the sliced pickled limes. If you don't have time (or the right weather) to pickle limes, substitute fresh lime juice and zest to taste. The flavor won't be the same, but you'll get the spirit of the dish. Our recipe was inspired by Karen Coates' travels to Cambodia. My version includes lemongrass because it is growing like crazy in my garden and I thought this … [Read more...]

Watch the making of Cambodia’s infamous delicacy

In this first video watch Cambodians cook and eat fresh tarantulas. A fascinating delicacy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYXRQmOMv0c In this video, learn about Cambodia, which means "born from water" - about halfway through they show images of the food market. A neat factoid: the video mentions that rice is so ubiquitous, that the verb to "eat" in Cambodian literally means to "eat rice." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKNqURxv7es … [Read more...]