7 Bizarre Ethnic Food Delicacies

7 Bizarre Ethnic Food Delicacies

Share
Print Friendly

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

(Photo Attributed to Author: Istolethetv)

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

Continue reading

Share

Using Samurai Kitchen Swords

Share
Print Friendly

Worldwide, especially in developed countries, there is a growing interest in using Samurai kitchen swords.

(Photo Attributed to Author: Mara71)

And with good reason. These knives are made in the same, millennia old traditional fashion as the world’s finest swords ever known to man: the swords used in combat by the fierce and incomparable Japanese warriors known as the Samurai.

It is a small wonder, then, that chefs and home-cooking enthusiasts are discovering the satisfaction of using Samurai kitchen swords in their kitchens. They simply cannot be beat. The sharpness of the edge they can be honed to, the length of time and use they hold that razor sharpness, and the ease with which they can be resharpened make them superior cutlery against all others.

For anyone unfamiliar with this high grade of cutlery, there are certain precautions to be aware of, and some usage and maintenance skills that are needed to be aware of and learned. This post is to provide that, as well as more, information about using Samurai kitchen swords.

Let’s get right into it, okay?

A Primer on Using Samurai Kitchen Swords

Continue reading

Share
Many Benefits of Almond Milk

Many Benefits of Almond Milk

Share
Print Friendly

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.

(Photo Attributed to Author: Daniel Schwen)

(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 …

Continue reading

Share
Amazon Prime Day 2017

Special Amazon Prime Day 2017 Best Ever

Share
Print Friendly

A Special Amazon Prime Day Post for All of Our Valued Readers …

Amazon Prime Day 2017 is here, and it is the best Amazon Prime Day ever! 

Special Amazon Prime Day 2017

Yes, this is a rather “off topic” post, here at Ethnic Foods R Us. Just consider it a thank you post to all you wonderful readers who use our affiliation with Amazon. This makes it possible for you to obtain those unique and sometimes “hard to get” ingredients you need to make authentic ethnic dishes from all over the world.

This year’s Special Amazon Prime Day deals are many, and wonderful.

For instance, have you tried voice shopping yet? You can save $20 on an annual Prime Membership by asking Alexa to sign up for Prime – $79 (regularly $99). You must sign up via voice on Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, or Echo Show.

Or, how about, as an Amazon Prime Member, also signing up for Amazon Baby Registry?

Prime Baby Registrants who add a participating CYBEX Aton-2 infant car seat to their registry between July 5 and July 19, 2017, and purchase it by March 31, 2018, will receive $120 credit back to their Amazon account – the equivalent of 40% off!

 

That’s Not All – Not By a Long Shot! There is So Much More on This Special Amazon Prime Day 2017!

All day long, on July 11, every 5 minutes a new special offer will be announced, in addition to the great deals below that are available right now!

Continue reading

Share
Herbed Lamb Chops

Grilled Herbed Lamb Chops Down Under Style

Share
Print Friendly

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

(Photo Attributed to Author: Naotake Murayama)

Grilled Herbed Lamb Chops “Down Under” Style Recipe-

Continue reading

Share
Cioppino

Cioppino All American West Coast Style

Share
Print Friendly

Cioppino is a classic dish that is in a large group of prestigious company. There are seafood soups, stews, chowders, and gumbos to be found galore in almost all regions of North America. But none of them can top seafood in a bowl dishes that are so prevalent and fabulously combined and prepared as those found in West Coast American cuisine. And this Californian Cioppino bears witness to that fact.

Californian Cioppino

(Photo Attributed to Author: Kelly Sue DeConnick)

Californian Cioppino Recipe-

Continue reading

Share

Ethnic Foods – What Are They, Really?

Share
Print Friendly

The other day a friend, who is also into gourmet and ethnic food cooking, asked me to list what I considered as the Top 10 Ethnic Foods. And it gave me pause, because I had to stop and think:

Just what is “ethnic” food, really?

If I were asked to define ethnic foods, I finally came to think, I would first have to take into account all the ethnic food types, the many ethnic food groups, and really, when I started to think globally, the idea of being able to select, prioritize, and list ethnic foods in a “Top 10” category became impossible.

(Image Attributed to Author: Urnanabha)

Why, you ask?

Because what is “ethnic” food to me, living in The Great Lakes Region of the USA, is not going to be the same as someone living in Asia, or Africa, or Australia, or South America, heck—even someone from another region within my own country would consider some of the foods I eat regularly as “ethnic” and visa versa for me.

How about referring to The Random House Dictionary’s definition of “ethnic”:

“Pertaining to or characteristic of a people, especially a group (ethnic group) sharing a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, or the like.”

So here again, it is important to remember that what you or I might consider as ethnic will depend on where we come from and what particular culture, religion, language, or the like that we share with others in our specific culture.

If an Englishman were to sit down to breakfast and be served a typical breakfast I might have,consisting of scrambled eggs, hashed brown potatoes, Canadian bacon, pancakes, toast and jam, and coffee, he/she would consider that as an authentic ethnic American food experience.

ethnic foods

(Photo Attributed to Author: Carlos Menendez, San Juan)

Continue reading

Share
salsa verde

Mexican Salsa Verde Authentic Recipe

Share
Print Friendly

Mexican Salsa verde is an absolute must have item in your kitchen if you are going to prepare Mexican dishes. A staple in every Mexican restaurant and household kitchen, salsa verde is great for topping carne asada tacos (or just about any kind of tacos for that matter). It is also necessary for preparing enchiladas verdes. I even like it on eggs, and of course it is a must have for huevos rancheros. Mexican Salsa verde is easy to make, and exceptionally versatile. There are many commercial brands of this wonderful salsa, but homemade, with fresh and traditional ingredients is, in this humble home chef’s opinion, by far the best!

Mexican salsa verde

(Photo Attributed to author: JEDIKNIGHT1970)

Mexican Salsa Verde Recipe-

Continue reading

Share
Soul Food Fried Frog Legs

All-American Soul Food Fried Frog Legs

Share
Print Friendly

Today we are featuring one of the many Soul Food dishes from the All-American/Southern Soul Food page here on Ethnic foods R Us. This super delicious Soul Food Fried Frog Legs recipe is a prime example of American Soul Food at its ethnic and cultural finest!

Soul Food Fried Frog Legs

(Photo Attributed to Author: Chef Sean Christopher)

Southern Fried Frog Legs are as Deep South an American Soul Food dish as you can get. Please, if you prepare some, purchase farm-raised frog legs, as frogs are becoming an endangered species in the wild. And we need them to keep our precious natural environment in balance.

Soul Food Fried Frog Legs Recipe-

Continue reading

Share

Monaco Frutti di Mare Supreme

Share
Print Friendly

Monaco Frutti di Mare is seafood linguini that bears strong evidence of the heavy French and Italian influences on the cuisine of Monaco. You can use pretty much any seafood you like, but this particular combination makes for an outstanding Monaco Frutti di Mare.

Monaco Frutti di Mare

(Photo Attributed to Author: Coso)

Monaco Frutti di Mare Recipe-

Continue reading
Share
Traditional Cooking with Hemp Seeds

Traditional Cooking with Hemp Seeds

Share
Print Friendly

The term “hemp” refers to cannabis (marijuana), but is generally exclusive of the psychoactive forms of the cannabis plant. Traditional cooking with hemp seeds, the subject of this post, is not about whipping up some drinks, soups, porridge, or brownies to get high on. We are not discussing utilizing the THC-laden buds grown for recreational and/or medicinal purposes nowadays.

Marijuana THC Buds (Photo Attributed to Author: D-Kuru)

Marijuana THC Buds (Photo Attributed to Author: D-Kuru)

winkLet’s get that clear right now, okay?

 

Hemp plants are indigenous to, and have grown wild, in many regions all over the world. For thousands of years, people living in these regions have made use of cannabis seeds in their traditional cooking. And why not? They grow freely, are widely available, and cost nothing more than the labor to go out in the fields and harvest them.

Traditional Cooking with Hemp seeds has been in use for many generations worldwide.

World regions such as China, Mongolia, Germany, Russia and Northeast Europe have, since remote ancient times, made use of wild hemp, and have long ago learned how to cultivate the plant for improved quality and seed production.

Continue reading

Share

Authentic Afghan Chicken Korma

Share
Print Friendly

Afghan Chicken Korma is a wonderfully spicy dish, and a national favorite in this country. It is made with delicious spices, creamy Greek yogurt, and chana dal. The chana dal makes Afghan Chicken Korma especially satisfying and filling. A special bean grown in India, that looks similar to split yellow peas common in the West, chana dal has a low glycaemic index – which serves to make you feel full for a long time. Great food for people with high blood sugar levels and those who are health and weight conscious, Afghan Chicken Korma is not only good for you, it is flat out scrumptious, too!

Afghan Chicken Korma Public Domain

Chicken Korma

Afghan Chicken Korma Recipe-

Continue reading

Share
How to Cook with Moroccan Tagines

How to Cook with Moroccan Tagines

Share
Print Friendly

The tall, attractive, conical cookware common to Moroccan (and other North African cultures) known as the “tagine” is similar in function to the western world’s Dutch Oven.

How to Cook with Moroccan Tagines

(Photo Attributed to Author: Bawdeep2010)

However, knowing how to cook with Moroccan tagines is a different skill set in some ways. This article is intended to help those who would like to begin using the tagine effectively in their kitchens.

First, let’s get into exactly what the tagine is, how it is made, and how it cooks food. Then we will delve into how to cook with Moroccan tagines.

The tagine itself is named after a style of North African dishes by the same name. Tagines, the dishes or meals prepared in the tagine, can be stews (by far the most often prepared in them), meats, vegetables, rice, couscous, just about anything, really. For a great lamb tagine recipe, click here.

Traditionally, for centuries, tagines have been made of clay, baked into an extremely hard and durable type of porcelain. You can still get the traditional, clay-based tagines today, and they are still commonly used in North Africa. In modern times, however, some manufactures have been producing tagines with equally effective cooking capabilities made of other materials, such as enameled cast-iron.

The unique conical shape of the tagine provides a moist, hot cooking enclosure for the foods being prepared. Moroccan tagines have a shallow, wide base. The cone-shaped lid fits snug and tight inside the base. During the cooking process, steam rises up from the base into the cone. In the cone, the steam condenses, forms beads of moisture, and trickles down the sides back into foods cooking in the base.

If you are familiar with the Dutch Oven, you will recognize some similarity here. The difference is that the tagine is even more efficient with respect to how much liquid is needed overall. The design and method of cooking the tagine possesses is such that it requires far less liquid than the Dutch Oven in order to cook foods very slowly until completely tender.

Okay. With this information in mind, now here is …

How to Cook With Moroccan Tagines-

Continue reading

Share