Recipe: How to cook Canadian Wild Rice

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On shopping day, I browsed the bulk bins, hoping against hope that I could find the real thing - Canadian Lake Wild Rice - here, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  As I scanned past basmati, jasmine and wild rice blends, my eye caught something shiny and jet black. I didn't even have to read the label to know I was in business. The long grains gave themselves away. They look like a pile of runway models in sleek black dresses. Canadian wild rice is all together a different plant than American wild rice. … [Read more...]

Recipe: Babenda

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If you enjoy the flavor of funky blue cheese, dried or smoked fish, and bitter greens, then Babenda is for you! I know. I'm asking a lot. Although we might be a select group of people with such accommodating palates, this one pot meal is a common staple in Burkina Faso. Babenda is like a jazz orchestra in the mouth, making wild taste sensations and pungent high notes meander whimsically through mouth and home. Ingredient Overview: The Greens: Any bitter greens can be used for … [Read more...]

Recipe: Savory Cheese Pastry (Banitsa)

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Serves 6 My husband is officially in love with Bulgaria. To be fair, he didn't stand a chance. Second only to pure sugar, Keith loves anything that includes butter, pastry, or cheese. This recipe boasts all three, and in eye-popping quantities. Not to say it was love at first sight. It wasn't. After all, my pastry skills are minimal. But, hey, we can all use a little forgiveness in the kitchen, from time to time. Especially when it comes to pastries. Thankfully, phyllo dough spreads, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Rice in Banana Leaves (Lontong) with Video

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The people of Brunei are brilliant. I've got proof - the lontong. This compact, slightly perfumed packet of white rice, stuffed inside a banana leaf, is portable, sliceable, flavorful, and affordable. Oh, and cutting the rice logs up into neat coins makes for easy portion control. Well. Ok. I'll be honest. The coins just make it easier to pop a hundred million of them into my mouth. Yum. Lontong represents everything I love about food around the world. While we share similar staples - … [Read more...]

While I’m Cooking: Brazilian Video

Take a Brazilian Food Safari and learn about many popular ingredients and foods including feijoada: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaCEyoa_mLA&feature=related httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaCEyoa_mLA&feature=related Have a wonderful weekend! :) … [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...]

Technique Thursday: Bosnian Coffee (Bosanska Kafa) – Video & Recipe

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Good morning! Let's wake up, Bosnian style, and sip a shot of robust, Bosnian coffee. What is Bosnian Coffee? When someone says they had Bosnian coffee, they are referring to the method of preparation. This method (also referred to as Turkish coffee) is used all over the Middle East, the Balkans, and North Africa. Although there are many steps, each one is critical to making a good cup. And by good cup I mean a GOOD cup. The effort is worth it! The coffee beans for Bosnian … [Read more...]

While I’m Cooking: Bolivian Video

Learn about Bolivian Chuños, freeze dried potatoes that have a shelf life of ten years. These things are incredible. And I'm not sure if I mean that in a good or a bad way. What do you think? httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHekHgFIKHM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHekHgFIKHM Have a great weekend! … [Read more...]