Menu: Burundi

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If you are looking for something quick and easy, Burundian food is for you. This fresh, healthy meal can easily be sized up for a crowd. Be sure to serve this meal with a big pot of white rice on the side. Fish with Tomatoes and Onion [Recipe] Light and healthy cod fish steamed with tomatoes, onion, a hint of habenero and red palm oil. Traditional recipes use Ndagala or mukéké. Red Kidney Beans with Plantains [Recipe] Spicy chili powder brings red kidney beans to life, while mildly … [Read more...]

Video Saturday: Bulgaria

Happy Saturday! In this video you will take a virtual tour of Bulgaria's varied landscape, described by the narrator as a "piece of paradise." Just beware the string bikini in the middle. Yikes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC5HZ00MgkU&feature=related httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC5HZ00MgkU&feature=related … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Bulgaria (with Poll)

Photo Courtesy of The Bulgarian National Museum of History

It's a beautiful morning here in Tulsa. The birds are chirping, the sky is blue, and Keith got up with the baby last night! Here's a few fun facts ... Bulgarian Rose oil Bulgaria is one of the world's largest producers of rose oil. This liquid gold is used to flavor chocolates, liqueurs, and jams. Oh, and rose scented perfume, but you shouldn't eat that. The primary producer is called the Valley of the Roses (located in central Bulgaria, in the town of  Kazanluk). Hidden … [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...]

About the Food of Bosnia & Herzegovina

Photo Courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

Oh, Bosnia and Herzegovina. No one told me! I feel as though a secret was kept from me all these years. Mountains. Valleys. Rushing waterfalls. Seaside resorts. As I looked through photos and videos of this country I am struck by how incredibly beautiful and timeless the land remains. Like the Sound of Music meets Clash of the Titans... or.... something like that. Last night I put a travel voucher under Keith's pillow and a pair of clogs by his bedside. Do you think he'll get the hint? He … [Read more...]

About the food of Bhutan

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The rugged mountain-country of Bhutan is nestled in the Himalayas, between India and China. This largely vegetarian country is known for eating chili peppers (called ema) and rice in abundance. Just reading about their food made me break into a sweat. They actually treat the chili pepper as a vegetable, instead of a minor spice component to a larger dish. In other words, in many cases, the chili pepper is the meal. To a Bhutanese, however, ema (chilli) enjoys an exalted culinary … [Read more...]

While I’m Cooking: Bangladesh

This Saturday I found a Bangladeshi music video by Shorif Uddins... [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHAL_hPVUII] ... and a short slideshow of travel photos [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiKvKZd1pXc] :) … [Read more...]

About the Food of the Bahamas

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Remember this part of Forrest Gump? [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhfK98f5S00] Well, in the Bahamas, seafood comes any (and every) which way you want it. The most popular seafood treats are the giant, snail-like conch, crayfish, shrimp, and the clawless spiny lobster. Take conch, for example. Typical food shacks keep live conch on hand, cleaning them for each order. Most menus offer boiled conch, crack conch (deep-fried), grilled conch, and steamed conch. Some customers eat … [Read more...]