Recipe: Bolivian Peanut Soup (La Sopa de Mani)

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Serves 4 Bolivian peanut soup is a delightful way to serve up good old fashioned meat and potatoes. Cook this soup gentle and slow. If you do, the beef will be moist and tender and the potatoes will bursting with the flavor of their juices. The most unusual part of this soup is biting into the occasional crunchy peanut. Serve with Bolivian Hot Sauce. Ingredients: olive oil (or peanut oil) 1 large onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp oregano 1 tsp cumin 1 lb beef, cubed 1 … [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...]

Recipe: Mushroom stuffed Draniki (Potato Pancakes/hash browns stuffed with mushrooms)

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Makes about 6 Draniki Pan-fried until crispy and hot, mushroom stuffed draniki taste like pumped up hash browns. Really great comfort food. Belorussians eat these with sour cream, although I know Americans will like them with ketchup. Ingredients: Mushroom filling: 1 oz dried wild mushroom blend (or a handful of fresh mushrooms) 1/4 cup minced red onion 1 tsp dill salt pepper Draniki: 1 1/2 lbs of potatoes, peeled 1/4 cup flour 1 egg 1/4 cup … [Read more...]

Recipe: Potato Curry (Aloor Dom/Aloo Dum)

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Serves 4 The curry sauce is fire-hot (I was sweating while eating), however the potatoes do not absorb the heat so you can easily control how much chili you get in a bite. To make this dish more mild, adjust the amount of chili powder (or remove this spice completely). NOTE: This recipe makes a LOT of curry sauce, so you could freeze half of it and save for another dish if you wanted to - unless you think you'll sop it all up. Ingredients: 20 baby red potatoes For the curry: 1 … [Read more...]

Menu: Bangladesh

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In my hunt to find the perfect combination of recipes I read this old saying, "Mach-e Batth-e Bangali" ("Fish and rice make a Bengali" - "the country of Bengal" is the direct translation of Bangladesh). This saying gives a snapshot of what daily meals are like on the river delta where fish are plentiful and rice is handy. If you have time a pot of Basmati rice goes wonderfully with this menu. Other great sides include naan and chapati breads. PS. The potatoes were hot. Not advised for … [Read more...]

Recipe: Red Conch Chowder

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Serve 6-8 Bahamian Conch Chowder is light and brothy, not creamy like the famous New England version. Leftovers thicken slightly, due to the starches that leach out of the potatoes. I might actually prefer this chowder the next day. Ingredients: 1 large onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, sliced 1/2 green pepper, diced 1 Anaheim pepper, diced 1 ham bone (I used a smoked ham shank) 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes 4 Tbsp tomato paste 2 carrots, sliced into half-moons 4-5 potatoes, cubed 1 … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Argentina

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This is meal #7 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. This week I used my Great Aunt's dishes for the first time. Her name was Caterina, but we called her Lulla Rina. Lulla Rina made two of my favorite childhood treats: spaghetti tossed with boiled potatoes and marinara, and braided challah with whole eggs baked inside. She's been gone a long time now but I still smile when I think of those unusual treats. The day of our Argentine feast, I … [Read more...]

Recipe: Potato and Corn Casserole (Pastel de papa con eliote)

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Makes one 8x8 casserole Even the pickiest eater will enjoy this simple casserole. What's better than mashed potatoes and corn?  NOTE: Recipe updated November 2011 to make it richer and more epic. Depending on the size of your potatoes, you may need more or less milk/butter. Ingredients: 5 russet potatoes (3 lbs), peeled and boiled 1- 1 1/2 cups whole milk (or as needed to make potatoes fluffy) 3/4 cup melted butter 2 tsp garlic salt pepper salt 2 cups frozen corn, thawed 2 … [Read more...]