Fun Fact Friday: Cambodia (with 2 polls)

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Fried tarantulas are a delicacy in Cambodia. For 8 cents a spider, you can eat your very own. But watch out for funky spider breath (they cook it with garlic)! (Source: Woman's Day). Photo courtesy of Paul Mannix via Flickr. If you aren't into spiders, you might prefer Amok - a cooking method common in Cambodia, specifically food steamed in banana leaves. Mmm, now that sounds more like it! :) . Feel like taking a quiz all about Cambodia? National Geographic has one! Have … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: Recipe: Cambodian Pickled Limes

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Makes 6 pickled limes Pickled limes add a sharp citrus kick to recipes.  As the rind softens, it releases a bitter note than permeates throughout the lime. The insides break down as they set in the salted water, so the texture becomes rather mushy. Use a sharp knife when slicing to preserve the beautiful lime shape. Cambodian pickled limes are easy to make but take a little time - you'll probably need start two weeks ahead. Hot and sunny temperatures are necessary to dry out the limes … [Read more...]

Menu: Cambodia

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Although there are many recipes in Cambodia with epically long ingredient lists, I chose a collection of unusual dishes with refreshingly short ingredient lists. Did I mention I have a 13-month old? This Global Table Adventure, I'm most looking forward to trying the Cambodian Grilled Eggs - mostly because I am tickled by the idea of grilling a whole (yet seasoned) egg! Confused? Don't worry. It will all be clear come Monday, when I post photos, recipes, and Ava's video review. Special thanks … [Read more...]

About Cambodian Food

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Divided by the waters of the great Mekong river, the flat plains of Cambodia are fertile ground for mile upon mile of wet rice fields. The people also draw fish from this river and other, smaller waterways, for most meals. Brothy soups cooked with limes (pickled or not), lemon grass, tamarind, or even coconut milk are standard fare. Here's a recipe for Chicken and Pickled Lime Soup. Many curries and stir-fries are based on Kroeung spice pastes, all of which use lemongrass as the main … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Burundi

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Burundi reminds me of my mother - wonderfully inventive with just a few ingredients. She could whip up dinner with a bucket of cement if she had to. Although made with simple, affordable ingredients, the plate you see before you is a feast worthy of any table - spicy, sweet, fresh, flavorful - betraying no signs of poverty or struggle. What a lesson we can learn from the creativity and fortitude of Burundi. Getting Ava to eat her meal was also a lesson in creativity and fortitude. A … [Read more...]

Recipe: Red Kidney Beans with Plantains

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Serves 4 If you can make this African bean dish a day ahead, please do. The sauce will thicken and coat every millimeter of the beans with chili and onion goodness. Great side dish for a party! Ingredients: 3 cups prepared red kidney beans (2 cans) 2 Tbsp red palm oil 1 onion, sliced 1 plantain, sliced salt 1 tsp chili powder 2 cups water Method: 1. Heat oil over medium heat, cook onion 2. Add beans, plantains, salt, and chili pepper. Cook for a minute. 3. Add water … [Read more...]

Recipe: Fish in Tomato Sauce

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Serves 2-3 Make this African dish with your favorite white fish. In Burundi, they use whole Ndagala or mukéké. The tomatoes and onion make a fresh, brothy sauce, while a pinch of fresh parsley enhances the flavor. Sometimes the fish is fried separately, then added to the sauce. I prefer the health benefits of gently steaming the fish over the sauce. Ingredients: 1 Tbsp red palm oil 1 lb fish (we used cod) 1 onion, chopped 3 tomatoes, chopped 1 habenero (whole or … [Read more...]

Witness the sights and tastes of Burundi

In this first video, you'll see the longest lake in the world, Lake Tanganyika, as well as mukeke, one of the fish that comes from these beautiful waters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdQNsuAwk3E&feature=related In this second video you'll view scenery from the small lakes region of Burundi, as well as spectacular fresh produce. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0t0B_eus6A Finally, watch drumming performances at the Avocado Oil Festival, followed by a display of food made with … [Read more...]