Recipe: Kuwait’s Epic Tomato Sauce (Daqqus)


Have you ever noticed how salty tomato sauce can be? I have nightmares about it (my husband has high blood pressure so I need to moderate his salt as best I can).  Making homemade sauce is a great solution. And, let me tell you,  even if you don't have to watch your salt intake (lucky!), you'll feel extra epic when you learn how easy it is to make your own sauce. And, while I love a good blast of Italy, today we're not talking about long, slow-cooked, browned up Italian-style sauce. Today is … [Read more...]

The quickest way to Korea w/ poll (Saute Sauce & Marinade)


This recipe is for those times when an airplane ticket isn't in the budget... ... When a two week's vacation won't fit into the schedule. ... When the daydream only gets you halfway to the dream. Splash a little of this sauce in your frying pan - let it dance and sizzle and pop. Serve with bibimbap, if you dare! Welcome to Korea. Makes 3/4 cup Ingredients: 1/2 cup sesame oil soy sauce, to taste 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 inch ginger, grated 1 green onion, chopped 2 Tbsp … [Read more...]

Recipe: Indonesian Peanut Sauce


Makes 2 1/2 cups I've discovered the secret to a happy belly. Indonesian Peanut Sauce. This is not just any peanut sauce. This is the kind of peanut sauce that leaves you wondering. Hoping. Dreaming. Wishing for more. This sauce is complex. Interesting. Mysterious - full of wonderful flavors you can't quite identify. Flavors that'll make you nibble and nibble - until, eventually, you give up trying to figure everything out all the time and simply enjoy. NOTE: Vegetarians and … [Read more...]

Recipe: Papaya Chutney


Fills about 2 mason jars - 1 for you & 1 for a friend Have you seen the papayas at the market lately? They're gorgeous. Sweet. Giant. Exotic. Plus they're fun to pronounce: pa-pa-ya. Gotta love anything that ends with an affirmative. Since papayas are beloved in Guinea and Guinea Bissau, I really wanted to make papaya jam for you today. Unfortunately, jam making all but requires a chemistry major. I'm too footloose for that, so I made chutney. The cool thing about chutney is that it's … [Read more...]

Recipe: Pepian Sauce (for Stewed Chicken or Veggies)


Makes 3 cups Is your blender lonely? Do you want to blast away from boredom? Try pepian, a thick mole-like sauce from Central America and beloved in Guatemala. With a quick whizz-whirr in the blender, this vegan sauce (a.k.a. recado) blends the smoky flavor of roasted, toasted seeds and other goodness with a half stick of cinnamon and dried chili peppers. If that sounds like a lot of different ingredients, don't worry, pepian is so balanced that even the pickiest eaters in your house won't … [Read more...]

Recipe: Garlic and Walnut Sauce (Garo)


Makes 4 cups This bold tasting spread/sauce from Georgia will have your mouth asking "What is in this!"  I couldn't decide what it reminded me of, which I find exciting (trying new flavors is the purpose of eating the world, A-Z!). The bold flavor of cilantro and walnut are the main body of flavor, with an earthy, almost bitter note from the spices. You can knock the bitter profile back a bit if you use less fenugreek seeds. Adapted from The Silk Road Gourmet: Volume One: Western and … [Read more...]

Recipe: Scandanavian Mustard & Dill Sauce


Makes about 1 1/2 cups Mustard-lovers unite. This tangy, spicy Scandinavian recipe goes great with meaty salmon. Take the time to buy really excellent mustard - the spicier the better. If you have leftovers try spreading a little on a sandwich. That's what I did! Ingredients: 3/4 cup (7 oz) spicy dijon mustard 1 1/2 ounces fresh dill, stems removed and chopped (about 1 cup) 1/8 cup vinegar 1 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp sugar 3/4 cup oil Method: First things first. Start a small herb … [Read more...]

Recipe: Spicy Egyptian Tomato Sauce


Makes 2 cups Spicy, garlicky, and tangy, this "doctored" tomato sauce goes great with pasta, rice, or all of the above (a.k.a. kushary ... noodle, rice and lentil casserole). Feel free to tone down (or up) the heat, if you like things a little milder. Often extra sauce is placed on the table so diners can heap it on in whatever quantity desired. Ingredients: 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz) 4 cloves garlic, crushed 1/2 tsp cayenne (or to taste) 1 tsp vinegar salt (only needed if your … [Read more...]