Fun Fact Friday: Botswana (with poll)

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Aren't Friday's are just ... the best? A day of completion - the week's end - on the eve of renewal! I hope your Friday is wonderful. For a little entertainment, check out these factoids about Botswana... On the dry side... Two thirds of Botswana is covered by the sands of the Kalahari desert. In these parched areas, a variety of wild melon supply water and nutrition to inhabitants. Vegetables are often salted and dried for preservation. The marama bean, encased in a hard shell and … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: How to prepare and eat Loofah

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Yes, you read that right... loofah. I had no idea that when I began eating food from all around the world, I would end up running across loofah. Turns out, in Botswana, as well as many, many other countries, Loofah is common eats. The more I read about it, the more I realize that Loofah is not so "exotic" as I originally thought. Whoa, now. Before you run off to your bathroom to slice and dice and cook up your loofah, let me explain. When I say loofah is common eats, I don't mean the … [Read more...]

Menu: Botswana

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Although simple in preparation, our Botswana Global Table relies on the freshest produce and meat, as well as gentle, slow cooking for fantastic depth of flavor. PS. Ava turned one on the 4th! Happy Birthday, Ava! Stewed Beef (Seswaa) [Recipe] Slow-cooked beef with just water, onion, salt, and pepper. The meat is often pounded to make a fine texture and flour can be added to thicken the stew into a gravy. Stewed Spinach Greens [Recipe] Spinach cooked slowly with onion, tomato, bell … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Bosnia and Herzegovina

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This is meal #22 as I cook and eat food from all around the world. This weekend's Global Table Adventure brought us to our knees. The incredible flavors of Bosnia and Herzegovina will suit those who enjoy the bright, bold flavors of Mediterranean and Eastern European foods. While nothing is incredibly complicated, the entire meal flows together like a happy love song. Chopped Salad (Sopska Salata) [Recipe] What I liked most about this dish: A refreshing accompaniment to … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bosnian Finger Sausages (Cevapi)

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Makes about 16 finger sausages Cevapi, pronounced cheh-VAH-pee, are highly addictive mini sausages served in a special Bosnian pita bread called Somun. You may substitute either naan or other thick, doughy bread. Some Bosnians swear by quickly dipping the bread in beef broth and heating for a minute over a hot grill. The hot, slightly brothy bread with Cevapi is a bite of heaven. Simply inspired! Although this recipe contains pork, you may also make it with equal parts lamb and … [Read more...]

Recipe: Balkan Baked Beans (Prebranac)

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Serves 2-4 Prebranac is rich, comforting, and tasty. This baked bean dish is like a warm hug from Bosnia, the "Heart of Europe." The key is to slowly cook the onion until the golden, sweetness develops. I will be making Prebranac over and over again. I suggest you do the same! :) Ingredients: 1 cup dry Lima beans, cooked (or 2 cans, drained) 2 medium onions, chopped 1/8 cup olive oil 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Shopska Salad (Shopska Salata)

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Serves 2-4 Can a salad be seductive? Maybe not. But a salad definitely can be charming and fun, like the boy next door. That's exactly how I feel about Shopska Salad. Like a school girl, I crushed on this happy combination of crunchy peppers, farmer's market tomatoes, and red onion. To make the salad even better, I tossed "Barrel-Aged Feta" in the mix. This cheese is just like regular feta with a tad stronger - and a "hair" funkier - flavor. In fact, Barrel-Aged Feta is a great "first" funky … [Read more...]

While I’m Cooking: Bosnia and Herzegovina (Video)

When he dips the bread in the stock... and throws it on the grill. Wow. My heart did a somersault. Twice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUmMgLTBuqU httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUmMgLTBuqU Have a great weekend! Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans. :) … [Read more...]