About Bulgarian Food

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Bulgaria will always make me smile. Exactly one week before I was to cook our Bulgarian Global Table, a young man from - you guessed it - Bulgaria came knocking on our door. I still haven't pick my jaw up off the floor. I live on a tiny street in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for goodness sakes! These things just don't happen. Tall, gawky and very kind, Nick had one mission: to sell educational children's books during his summer break. When my mother discovered the origins of his thick accent, she … [Read more...]

About the Food of Brunei

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Something is fishy in  Brunei, and I like it! With miles of coastline, fish and seafood (such as shrimp and squid) make regular appearances at the dinner table. Even if you're not eating fish, your meal may include belachan, or shrimp paste. The tiny country of Brunei (about the size of Delaware) boasts rain forests, low-lying plains, and oceanfront vistas. Sweet tropical fruits (such as mango, membangan,  papaya, watermelon, durian, kembayau, Brunei cherry, and rambutan - like lychee) are … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: Working with Dried Beans

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Take a stroll down the beach. White sands. Crystal waters. Beans. If you're in the Caribbean, chances are you're going to have beans on your plate at least once during your stay. Beans show up most famously in 'Peas n' Rice." Don't be fooled by the absence of the word "bean" in the title, though. In this case "peas" refers to the bean called Pigeon Peas (or Black Eyed Peas). As an alternative Peas n' Rice is sometimes made with kidney beans. If you don't end up eating Peas n' Rice, you'll … [Read more...]

While I’m Cooking: Bahrain & TulsaPeople

If you haven't already heard, I made it into the May issue of TulsaPeople Magazine. Woo hoo! But, before I show you that, let's watch a couple of videos all about Bahrain. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nWiDk6t1so&feature=related] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbVDX1BYMg0&feature=related] Ok, ok, ok.... now....let's go check out Global Table in Tulsa People!!! Special thanks to Judy Allen, Food Editor. I'm honored she included this project in her Table Talk … [Read more...]

Sunshine Award

Cooking my way around the world feels like young love. One minute I'm giddy with excitement, thinking about what it will be like to cook and feast on the next 3 1/2 years of meals. The next minute, I'm dumbstruck with awe as I ponder just how many countries I have left in my challenge. I mean, really. I've done 7 and I've got 188 to go... !!! With an average of 4 recipes per country that's about ... 752 more recipes... And this week I'm putting together 7 dishes for … [Read more...]

Video Saturday: Sasha (that’s me!!) in the news

Here's the FOX 23 news clip featuring Global Table! Me, my daughter and my husband all make an appearance... A Tulsa Mom Cooks Her Way 'Round The World There are "behind the scene" photos on our Facebook fan page as well... Enjoy!! … [Read more...]

Red Palm Oil

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I first heard about Red Palm Oil on Tuesday, when I was digging around for Angolan recipes. I am cooking with it this weekend so time to get educated! Turns out there's been a lot of hype about Red Palm Oil in the natural foods/health food world. With good reason. Red Palm Oil ... -  is popular in parts of Asia, Africa, and Latin America -  has been consumed for thousands of years -  has a high smoke point (437F) -  is red because its high in beta carotene and … [Read more...]

Seven Reasons Why I chose Adventure 195

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Adventure 195 is about to begin. You might think I'm crazy for wanting to cook my way through the cuisines of all 195 countries of the world, but I have my reasons. Eight, actually.   My cooking is in a deep, no longer passable rut.  No one wants to travel on that road anymore, least of all me. Now is the time to give my taste buds some excitement! Now is time to let the beautiful world inspire me! My husband’s Picky Eater Syndrome is in remission thanks to much hard work … [Read more...]