Recipe: Lemongrass Dawet

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Lemongrass. Coconut milk. Slushie. Pink. Pink. Pink. Hello. The weather's been heating up lately, so when I happened up this Dawet recipe so beloved in Suriname, I knew we had to try it. When I discovered it was also enjoyed in slushie form? I did a little dance. Slushies are always a good idea. The refreshing, tropical drink is made with an easy, homemade lemongrass syrup, a swirl of coconut milk, and a splash of water (or ice, if making a slushie). Dawet originates from Asia, … [Read more...]

Menu: Suriname

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Don't be confused. Though this menu looks and feels quite Asian, these dishes represent Suriname as well as any other. We have everything from the traditional plantain fritters so beloved in South America, to Asian-inspired cabbage salad and even an addictive lemongrass slushie. Coconut milk is the common thread in the drink and the salad - the result being sweet for the drink, spicy for the salad dressing. All recipes and the meal review will be posted throughout the week. Mixed Vegetable … [Read more...]

About the food of Suriname

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Welcome to Suriname; welcome to South America. We haven't cooked this part of the world in many months. And, in many ways, today might feel like we're still somewhere else. That's because Suriname's food scene is all about fusion. A melting pot, of sorts. The food is at once typical of South America, but also laced with components from Indonesia, China, Africa, India, and even Europe. Surely, this is because of Suriname having once been a Dutch colony. Long ago, the Dutch connected the … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Peru

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THE SCENE Ava's on to us. When we pull up to the dining table on Thursday nights she knows. It's Global Table Adventure night. In fact, she strung together these words for the first time this week: ""Gwobal" Table Adventure ("can I go there, mama?"). When a three year-old child knows that she is expected to try an unusual meal every week, one of three things can happen. 1. She can go for it wholeheartedly. 2. She can eat with normal interest/disinterest, depending on the day. 3. She can … [Read more...]

Recipe: Peruvian Tiramisu

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Yes. Peruvian Tiramisu. It's real and it's happening right now. This is tiramisu exactly as you know it with the addition of one magical ingredient from Peru: lucuma fruit. To me, the brilliant gold flesh of lucuma tastes like a combination of caramel, sweet potato and pumpkin. With a bit of banana leaf undertones. I'm not sure how it came to be that there is a fruit which tastes like caramel, but I'm smitten. I mean, really. This is the perfect dessert to serve with falling leaves, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Chifa Beef Stirfy | Lomo Saltado

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Remember the girls who could do Double Dutch jump rope? I loved them. I loved them because I was never coordinated enough to do what they could do. Every day I watched their hair fly, their feet pump like pistons, and ropes slice through the air. Today, I'm not even sure if I can jump regular rope, let alone Double Dutch. It's been a long, long time since I've been on a playground for my own pleasure. But if there's one thing I can do, it's eat double carbs. In this case, I might as well … [Read more...]

Recipe: Ginger & Rocoto Ceviche

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Last week I spoke with "Kelly," a short, black-haired Peruvian restaurateur whose father had a thing for Western names (he also named one of her brother's Kennedy - and, as she admitted with downcast eyes, another brother "Hitler"). If that wasn't enough to blow my mind, she added in her thick, rolling accent that halibut ceviche is the "Dunkin' Donuts" of Peru. I asked her twice to repeat herself. Each time her smile grew bigger and her words clearer. Ceviche is the Dunkin Donuts of … [Read more...]

Menu: Peru (with $150 Giveaway)

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There's a Peruvian proverb that reads... "Gold, when beaten, shines." This simply means it takes a little elbow grease to make even gold look good. As with most things in life, the more effort we put in, the better things go. I've been trying to teach this important lesson to Ava, especially when the going gets tough. Not everything is as instantaneous as twitter or as fun as facebook. Incidentally, I've been using this proverb as I prepare to deliver a speech tonight in front of 350 people at … [Read more...]