Callaloo Soup

Callaloo Soup Saint Lucian Style

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Callaloo soup is immensely popular in Saint Lucia, as well as many other Caribbean countries. A wonderfully tasty “comfort food”, you will find callaloo soup on the menu in many restaurants, as well as being served at home, prepared from scratch. There are two main ingredients. One is the Caribbean strain of greens that we in the West would call spinach – callaloo leaves. The other is okra – or “okro” as it is often called in the Caribbean.

Callaloo Soup

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Okro was introduced to Saint Lucia, as well as many other isles in the region, centuries ago by Africans, where it has been indigenous for millennia. Since Africans call the vegetable “okro”, that name has stuck with it where it wound up being transplanted.

There are many variations on this delightful soup, mostly having to do with what else goes into it. Always it is mainly callaloo and okro, but it can have either meat or seafood in it as well. Garnishes will differ, also. Some like avocado slices with it, some prefer to add various degrees of hot peppers. Some people put slices of uncooked tomatoes in each serving.

This recipe is a version traditional to Saint Lucia, with crab meat, corned beef, and hot peppers. The peppers are optional, if you don’t like hot, spicy foods.

Saint Lucian Callaloo Soup Recipe-

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Bubble and Squeak

British Bubble and Squeak Traditional Recipe

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British Bubble and Squeak is a handy recipe to use up lots of good leftovers. There are lots of variations on the dish, but this British Bubble and Squeak is pretty much mainstream traditional. It uses leftover cabbage, potato mash, and Brussels sprouts. You can also add in some leftover (already cooked) meat if you like.

British Bubble and Squeak

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British Bubble and Squeak Traditional Recipe-

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Herbed Lamb Chops

Grilled Herbed Lamb Chops Down Under Style

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Grilled Herbed lamb chops, seasoned and prepared in the “down under” Australian style – simply amazing! If you are a fan of grilled meats, and you like lamb meat, this one is definitely for you. Not only succulent, tender and juicy, these grilled herbed lamb chops are specially seasoned with exotic spices and rubs. A one of a kind ethnic foods culinary experience!

Grilled Herbed Lamb Chops

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Grilled Herbed Lamb Chops “Down Under” Style Recipe-

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Many Benefits of Almond Milk

Many Benefits of Almond Milk

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Occasionally I like to post about healthy foods. This article on the many benefits of almond milk is a bit of a departure from our main focus on ethnic foods from cultures the world over. However, our readership has always commented on their appreciation for these types of informative posts, also.

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(Photo Attributed to Author: Daniel Schwen)

Dairy milk is by far the most well known and preferred type of milk in most cultures around the planet. It is known and revered for its high content of several minerals and vitamins, as well as providing some protein. Almond milk, however, tops cow’s milk in lots of ways, including even more protein and extra nutrients not found in dairy milk.

Health benefits of drinking almond milk, which I will get into at length and in detail below, include, but are not limited to: improved vision, weight loss, strong bones and a strong, healthy heart. Further, almond milk is an excellent substitute to nursing mothers’ breast milk. It will also help in building strong muscles, lowering high blood pressure and maintaining ideal blood pressure, and keeping your kidney healthy and functioning at optimum level. There is more … read on …

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Egyptian Spicy Fried Prawns and Scallops

Egyptian Spicy Fried Prawns and Scallops

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This Egyptian Spicy Fried Prawns and Scallops recipe is a fine example of Egyptian seafood dishes. A sumptuous combination of flavors, it is not really spicy as in hot-spicy, although you could add cayenne pepper to taste if you want to kick it up a notch. But you want the cumin and ginger to really stand out – this flavor combination is what gives Egyptian Spicy Fried Prawns and Scallops its distinctive flavor.

Egyptian Spicy Fried Prawns and Scallops

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Egyptian Spicy Fried Prawns and Scallops Recipe-

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West Coast American Tetrazzini with Chicken or Turkey

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West Coast American Tetrazzini is a handy recipe to keep on hand for when you have leftover chicken or turkey. I suppose you could use any poultry, really, duck, goose, even wild game poultry. However, usually tetrazzini is made with chicken or turkey meat.

West Coast American Tetrazzini

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West Coast American Tetrazzini originated in San Francisco, just after the turn of the 20th century, created by Ernest Arbogast, the chef at the Palace Hotel. It is supposedly named after Luisa Tetrazzini, an Italian opera star who was a longstanding resident at the Palace.

There are lots of variations on the dish, but this one is quite mainstream. I put peas in my tetrazzini, some do not, preferring peas as a side dish. I also prefer using chicken over turkey – I think chicken meat is tastier.

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7 Bizarre Ethnic Food Delicacies

7 Bizarre Ethnic Food Delicacies

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In our never-ending exploration of ethnic foods from cultures all over the world, occasionally you come across some foods that people eat that just, well … make you shake your head in wonder. These 7 Bizarre Ethnic Food Delicacies did just that to me. While I might be daring enough to try a few of them, I still have to wonder what possessed the first people in history who thought to even try these!

7 Bizarre Ethnic Food Delicacies

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Of course, over the many thousands of years people have been on this planet, they have tried eating any and everything available. Some of the more absurd sounding (and looking!) foods become “delicacies” to certain cultures while, to others, they seem absolutely strange – even disgusting.

But it takes all kinds to make a world, so let’s now get into the list of:

7 Bizarre Ethnic Food Delicacies

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Perfectly Grilled Beef Steak

Perfectly Grilled Beef Steak

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Grilled steak is so popular in the States, in the northern regions we are even known to grill outside in the winter cold, just so we can enjoy the unmistakable and wonderful flavor that can only be achieved on the charcoal or propane grill. This method is the best way to achieve Perfectly Grilled Beef Steak – Classic American Style.

Perfectly Grilled Beef Steak

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Perfectly Grilled Beef Steak Recipe-

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Traditional Costa Rican Casado

Traditional Costa Rican Casado

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Traditional Costa Rican Casado is a national dish, an entire meal, and a super satisfying meal at that. It is most certainly a “comfort food” repast, with an assortment of delicious entrees presented on each serving plate.

For hundreds of years in the past, Costa Rican Casado was the meal served to newlyweds at the wedding reception. Legend has it, that the newly married couple needed to get to know which kinds of foods each other liked best. So, all sorts of salads, meats, rice, beans and more were presented on one large serving platter. By the time the meal was finished, the bride and groom had a good idea which foods their mate preferred the most.

There are many variation of this meal, but this particular Traditional Costa Rican Casado is very much in the mainstream, featuring (the always present) rice and beans, as well as pork loin, salad, plantains, cheese, fried onions, and eggs.

Traditional Costa Rican Casado

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Traditional Costa Rican Casado Recipe-

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Grilled TexMex Pork Chops

Grilled TexMex Pork Chops

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Folks, I just doesn’t get any better than these Grilled TexMex Pork Chops, season-rubbed and grilled. Have yourself a real authentic TexMex ethnic eating experience you will want to have again and again!

Grilled TexMex Pork Chops

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Note: You can find more authentic and delicious TexMex recipes here on this site, at: All-American/TexMex page. This Grilled TexMex Pork Chops recipe is just one of many you can enjoy!

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Making Turkish Sand Coffee

Making Turkish Sand Coffee

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Making Turkish sand coffee is very similar to making “ordinary” Turkish coffee.  Of course, “ordinary” Turkish coffee is not very ordinary at all. The big difference, and what has recently become a wildly popular method recently all throughout the West and Europe, is that making Turkish sand coffee involves using – you guessed it …

Sand!

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(Photo Attributed to Author: Luca Galuzzi)

Sand is heated to extremely hot temperatures in which to brew the coffee. The curators who proffer this method claim that the sand offers a more consistent, even heat than normal brewing in a pot directly over a flame.

What You Will Need for Making Turkish Sand Coffee:

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Which is Best - White or Brown Rice

Which is Best White or Brown Rice

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Many ethnic food cultures have rice as a main staple in their cuisine. And the question of: Which is Best White or Brown Rice – often comes up in the minds of many ethnic foods lovers.

Which is Best - White or Brown Rice?

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Rice is cultivated all over the world, and is naturally grown in rice paddies like this image on the left. And “natural” rice is usually some shade of brown in color. But ever the past several decades, “white” foods, such as white bread, potatoes, pasta, etc., have taken a bad rap. When asked the question: Which is Best – White or Brown Rice? – most “health conscious” cooks will automatically respond with “white”.

But is this really the case? I have had conversations with other cooking enthusiasts, chefs, and nutritionists, whose opinions I respect, and discovered that the “Little White Lie” about which is healthier for you – white “processed” foods, or the brown, marketed as “natural” foods, are best.

So I did some digging and research of my own on this, and came up with the following conclusions to help you decide:

Which is Best White or Brown Rice

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(Photo Attributed to Author: Dan McKay)

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