Monday Meal Review: Canada

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I poured the thick, grade A dark amber maple syrup into the pot and reluctantly added a cup of water to thin it out. Even still, the liquid was viscous, sluggish, sweet. Perfect for simmering dough until tender. I clicked on the range and watched as the syrup shimmered, swirled, and eventually bubbled up. Time to make the doughnuts. I mean... grandpères. One by one, I dropped small, sticky balls of dough into the simmering syrup and watched them dunk, then bob back up to the … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Brazil

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Things that make you go "Mmmm."  The food of Brazil is simple and decidedly non-fussy. Many dishes have a short list of ingredients, however they pack intense flavor into each bite. This food practically assembles itself, allowing the hostess to enjoy the fruits of her labor and dance at her own party. Speaking of dancing, Ava LOVES music. This weekend we played some Brazilian music and she did a cute baby dance while holding on to the coffee table (I call it the diaper-butt bounce). I. … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Benin

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In my humble opinion, the highs and lows of life are equally worthy of a great meal. Highs are cause for pompous, celebratory food that leaps, dancing into your mouth, while lows beg for rich, fattening foods that slide in softly and ground you (and your belly). It is therefore fitting that this week of highs (seeing Anthony Bourdain live at the Tulsa PAC) and lows (a miserable husband with a giant kidney stone that just won't pass) be acknowledged with a special feast. As chance would have it, … [Read more...]

Menu: Benin

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Although Benin is an impoverished country with many people living off a simple diet of fufu, yam, rice, and beans, the cuisine also offers upscale, global flavors, most notably influenced by French flavors and techniques.  For example, this menu features crab, an commonly fished for in the south of Benin, prepared in a simplified French manner with eggs and vegetables. Crabs from Benin [Recipe] Lump crabmeat baked with egg, onion, garlic, tomato, and hot chili … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Belize

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I just did a big kitchen clean-up to get rid of the cluster of stuff I thought I had to have. One big item I got rid of was my bread machine. Although I use it all the time to mix and keep my dough warm, I have never once baked in it. Seems silly, really.  I have a beautiful standing mixer that can mix bread dough just fine (even better, actually), so I'm taking my precious counter space back and tossing the bread machine! (giving it to a friend, actually) I'm generally a fan of the simple … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Barbados

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5 a.m. The tornado sirens sound. I bolt up in bed and stare, bug-eyed out the window. The trees are sideways. Sideways. Side. Ways. Practically laying over, playing dead. "This is it. I'm going to die," I mutter. My husband wakes up and groggily wanders out of the bedroom. I'm still frozen in bed. "Where are you going?" I whisper-yell, barely audible over the wailing wind and sirens. "I'm checking the weather on the computer," he says. I can barely hear him. I run into … [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...]

Menu: Bahrain

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In the traditional recipes I've oggled, Bahraini fuse Middle Eastern cuisine with spices from India. Sounds great to me! I'm always dragging my husband to both sorts of restaurants. How great that I'll be able to eat both in one bite. I'm particularly looking forward to trying the variation on rice pilaf. Roasted Eggplant Dip (Uukkous Al-Badinjan) [Recipe] A tantalizing blend of roasted eggplant, garlic, olive oil, chili pepper, paprika, lemon juice, and parsley. This reminds me of a … [Read more...]