Recipe: Syrian Lamb kebabs with Sour Cherries | Kebab Karaz

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I can almost hear it; the hiss and sizzle of grills waking up from their long winter naps. It's warm in Oklahoma and we're ready to move our kitchen outside, into the sparkling sun. Today's inspiration comes from Syria and the pucker of sour cherries, which will be in season sometime in the next few weeks, depending where in the world you live. Syrian Lamb Kebabs with Cherries can be made two different ways. The first is easy - you string up the meat along with the sour cherries. The … [Read more...]

Recipe: Swedish Meatballs

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I never thought I'd say it but here goes: "I've spent the large majority of my adulthood pining over meatballs." Not just any meatballs, but Swedish meatballs. We used to eat them for lunch at my small high school in Luxembourg. On those days, I made sure to bring enough money to buy two portions. The bellyache was worth it. When made perfectly, Swedish Meatballs are tender, but do not fall apart, thanks to the perfect balance of breadcrumbs and cream. After a brisk sizzle and shake in … [Read more...]

Recipe: Swazi Salad, a.k.a. “Slaai”

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Swaziland's swooping slopes are dotted with crops; it is here that the Swazi grow the freshest produce, from sunshine yellow lemons, to buttery avocados. With farming of that caliber, it should come as no surprise that Swazi Salads are especially grand. This is not to say they are carefully composed salads. (Most things that are careful, aren't nearly as delicious.) No, these are simple, heaped piles of chopped veggies. But you can get them on the side of even the most humble plate of beans, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Mixed Vegetable Salad with Coconut Dressing | Goedangan

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Introducing Geodangan, your answer to healthy munchies. (Honestly, I'm not sure if there's such a thing as healthy munchies. But if there were, then this is it.) This Asian-style salad that is incredibly popular in Suriname. And for good reason. Don't be shy. Geodangan is everything spring has to offer - crisp green beans, giant cabbages, golden yolked eggs... with the addition of a coconut, lime, yogurt dressing. (The dressing could also be coconut sambal, a spicy shredded coconut … [Read more...]

Recipe: Peanut Stew with Beef & Spinach | Combo

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Combo. It's one of South Sudan's most popular dishes - a thick, wet combination of spinach, peanut butter, tomatoes, and (sometimes) meat. Peanut butter is a common meal component throughout Africa (like Ghana's Groundnut Soup, Sierra Leone's Gluten-free Peanut Bites, Senegal's Cinq Centimes Cookies, and Malawi's Peanut Balls), but Combo stands out as one of the more rustic dishes I've come across. Even still, South Sudanese no longer living in South Sudan make Combo to bring themselves … [Read more...]

Recipe: South Sudanese Tomato Salad

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The South Sudanese love a good, chopped tomato salad on the side of their meals. Often, it's no more than tomato, onion, and hot, green chili peppers... perhaps a spot of parsley... But other times, a bit of peanut butter and lime juice makes for a grand dressing... and tastes just like home, if you happen to be from South Sudan. When I was deciding which of the two recipes to try, the choice was clear: if peanut butter is involved, the answer is yes. Most definitely, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Cucumber Yogurt Salad | Salatet Zabady bil ajur

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A cucumber salad is a thing of beauty. It cools, it refreshes, and it provides important nutrition thanks to a happy scoop of yogurt and tons of fiber from the cucumber (not to mention garlic's anti-vampire qualities). While cucumber salads span the globe in one form or another, this version is popular through the Middle East, western Asia, and even parts of Europe (with minor variations). In Sudan, this salad can be enjoyed on it's own, as a dip* or on the side of spiced meats, like grilled … [Read more...]

Recipe: White Dal Curry

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My friend Ruby grew up in Sri Lanka and spent the better part of her 40th birthday making sure I learned everything there is to know about the food. Here she is drinking Ceylon Tea, grown in ... you guessed it... Sri Lanka! Ruby isn't keen on cooking (or so she claims), so she supervised while her dear friend Iona showed me the ropes. Iona blew me away by whipping up not one, not two, but three curries. I fell in love each steaming, fragrant batch. There was everything from beef to … [Read more...]