Recipe: Timorese Grilled Tuna Steaks with Garlic and Butter

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Serves 4 Loads of garlic, butter, and sea salt make this tuna leap for joy. Forget tuna in a can. Fresh tuna steaks are as good, if not better than salmon. Bold and intense, this recipe will transport you to the flavors of East Timor and an incredible meal, as remembered by Karen Coates of Rambling Spoon. Read Karen's story - the inspiration for our recipe. Perfect for Valentine's day, or any special occasion. Ingredients: 4 Tuna steaks 4 Tbsp butter 3 cloves garlic coarse sea … [Read more...]

Menu: East Timor (Timor-Lest)

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Far, far away is a country called East Timor.  Everything seems so different on that side of the world and yet, with hardly any exotic ingredients, we easily brought the flavors of this distant nation into our kitchen.  No specialty stores. No expensive grocery bills. Hurrah! Meanwhile, in other news, Ava has eating with a fork down pat. As in, she no longer needs our help to eat yogurt, apple sauce, or even Bakso Noodle Soup. Amazing! But... now what? How do I fill my time? Chicken Bakso … [Read more...]

About the Food of East Timor

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I love shiny new things. A pretty necklace. Babies. Entire countries. In the sparkling seas of southeast Asia, lies a rugged new country called East Timor (Timor-Lest). Since 2002 she's been like a fledgling, working through the tricky business of self-sufficiency. While times are still tough, there's beauty in watching her spread her wings, a country with possibility written all over her. The people eat what they can farm or fish. Meals are straightforward - chicken, fish, rice - Asian … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Dominican Republic

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Some would blame the moon. Lady fortune. Michael Jackson. The last few weeks I've had this creepy, crawly feeling. It starts in my elbows and works its way up the back of my neck. It's like stardust is sparkling on my skin. Like I'm dancing in the rain. In great part, I blame you. You see, this blog is coming up on its one year anniversary. I've learned a ton about food from A-D, have watched my family grow healthier and better fed, and, finally, have had so much fun getting to know … [Read more...]

Recipe: Dominican Beans

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Serves 4 They might not look like much, but these kidney beans taste like a work of art! Get your sofrito on! Ingredients: 1 cup sofrito olive oil 2 cans red kidney beans 1 cup stock or water salt & pepper Method: Heat up some oil in a medium pot. Add sofrito and cook... past the point where it releases all its juices... To the point where it starts to get toasty. That is the yummy bits that will make your beans incredible. Next, add the … [Read more...]

Recipe: Dominican Stew Chicken (Pollo Guisado)

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Serves 4 I don't know about you, but I tend to get in a rut with chicken. Growing up in Boston, my mom often just roasted a chicken with salt, pepper and olive oil, letting the natural juices and skin provide most of the flavor. This traditional Dominican recipe is a fun way to mix things up - the meat slowly absorbs the sofrito flavor, as well as hint of lemony freshness - the perfect match for chicken. Ingredients: 4 chicken thighs 4 chicken legs 1 cup sofrito (you could add 2 cups … [Read more...]

Recipe: Sazon/Sofrito (Fresh Veggie Seasoning Base)

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Makes about 5 cups Are you haggard in the kitchen? Overwhelmed at the thought of cutting up a bunch of fresh vegetables on a week night, but aware that - if you don't - dinner is going to be b.l.a.n.d.? Dominican Sofrito (also known as Sazon) is your answer. Make a batch once or twice a week and you'll have a great, healthy seasoning base that will amp up any dish. NOTE: In the Dominican Republic, sofrito can be made any number of ways. At the lovely web site Dominican Cooking you will … [Read more...]

Three Ways to Heat things up like a Dominican (with Poll)

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I'm wearing two wool sweaters and a scarf. Indoors.  It's freezing, freezing, freezing. Are you cold? Can you feel your fingers? I can't. Let's heat things up, Domincan-style. 1. Dance the Merengue or the Bachata (links go to YouTube videos) You'll be shaking your hips as you click, click across the floor. You'll also be burning calories and, most likely, you'll be smiling. So grab a partner and let's have some fun! Don't have a partner? Grab a broom! :) 2. Eat … [Read more...]