Recipe: Battered Plantains with Peanut Sauce | Bakabana

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Bakabana is a traditional treat in Suriname. All you do is take very ripe plantains (i.e. blackened), deep fry them, and dust the crispy, fried goodness with powdered sugar. Alternatively, you can serve them with homemade peanut sauce. The result is a crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside, finger-licking snack. What could go wrong? (Actually, a lot.  I made this recipe three times, before I finally figured out that I needed cornstarch to make the batter crispy. For reference see … [Read more...]

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...]

Top recipes from around the world with 3 ingredients or less

Three-Ingredients

I can't get over how many unique and occasion-worthy recipes can be found all around the world that only have three ingredients (not counting water, of course). There is no limit, it would seem, to creativity in the kitchen. With just three ingredients, our global neighbors can offer something sweet or savory, simple or complicated. These easy recipes can take our imaginations to any continent. Once I assembled the list, I realized something rather amazing... Bonus. So, now the … [Read more...]

About the food of Romania

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Just two weeks ago our friend Marlin went to Romania, in a little spot near Transylvania. He came back with stories of a beautiful country working on unification. His words conjured up images of wagons, cobblestones, mud, and villages lost in time. In this country, one family might eat completely differently than another (surprisingly, there was no mention of vampire eating habits). Of course, it's not all countryside - there are also stone cities which look out sternly upon the streets. … [Read more...]

Recipe: Filipino Braised Pork Adobo

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Sometimes I have to play games to get through a busy day with a smile. Here are some good things that help me out (in no particular order): - watching the sun peek through the clouds. - listening to my shoes squeak in the library. - counting how often our daughter giggles. - feeling her small hand in mine. Other times it's all about vinegar, slowly reduced with soy sauce and brown sugar, with a hit of black peppercorn and bay leaf. What? I know, I know. But it's true. As a long time fan … [Read more...]

About the food of New Zealand

Beach at Punakaiki, New Zealand. Photo by Ville Miettinen.

With her long line of rugged, scraggly mountains, New Zealand looks like the backbone of the world. Perhaps this is why she was chosen as Middle Earth for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and continues to capture the imagination of people all over the world. If I were a hobbit New Zealand is definitely where I'd choose to live. Even if I were not a hobbit (which I'm not), I'd love to explore this beautiful land. Of course, I might have to wait a few months as it is winter Down Under right now … [Read more...]

Globally inspired New Year’s Drinks for your every mood

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When it comes to New Year's Eve, I'm moody. Some years I want to stay up all night, partying with all the time zones, the whole world over. Some years I am so tired I can't even stay up to watch the ball drop on TV.  More often than not, I'm snoring by 10 p.m. The nice thing about cooking the world is learning that there is most definitely a drink for every mood, no matter what time you drink it - no matter if you're in a crowd or totally (and happily) alone. So, come along, no matter … [Read more...]

Reusable Grocery Bag 101 (Giveaway)

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UPDATE: Thank you all for entering the contest. The lucky winner is Jordan, as chosen by Random.org! Please contact me to claim your prize, Jordan! I'll be sure to get more in stock so everyone can purchase some soon. I'm thrilled at the wonderful response and all your fantastic emails. Thank you so much, you lift my spirit and keep me strong on this culinary marathon! I make a lot of trips to the grocery store. Over the years I've tried out many different kinds of reusable grocery bags and … [Read more...]