Making Homemade Miso Paste

Making Homemade Miso Paste

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If you love Asian cuisine and enjoy preparing authentic and traditional dishes, then making homemade miso paste is a skill you might want to acquire. Originating in Japan, miso is a fermented food, made with soybeans. And it has for millennia been a staple in their cuisine. But it’s use long ago spread all over Asia, and is highly popular and included in Korean, Chinese, and many other Asian cuisines, as well.

Making Homemade Miso Paste

Large Barrels of Fermenting Miso at Maruya Hatcho Co., Japan (Photo Attributed to Author: Kodachi)

You can, of course, just buy good quality, authentic and traditional miso paste in most major metropolitan areas, around the world. Companies like Maruya Hatcho Co., in Okazaki, Japan, mass produce miso while still using ancient and traditional methods.

You can even purchase from a wide variety here on our online foods store. misoFor making homemade miso paste, you will need just a small amount of already prepared miso – it acts as a “starter”, with the bacteria in it initiating the fermentation process.

But there is nothing quite like the satisfaction of making homemade miso paste yourself, and using it to prepare your favorite Asian dishes. And making homemade miso paste also gives you the ability to adjust the taste with what beans you use, the length of fermentation time, additional kinds of ingredients you can include, etc. – which we get into later in this article.

But first, the basic ingredients and methods for …

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Spinach the Superfood

Spinach the Superfood

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Even before the term “Superfood” became vogue, centuries ago, many people knew of spinach’s health and wellness benefits and, if there had been such a term back then, certainly “Spinach the Superfood” would have been three words put together in sentences a great deal.

Moms in the USA during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, used to have a hard time getting their kids to eat spinach; I know I was one of those kids, because it was usually canned spinach, not fresh, and if not seasoned well or mixed into a tasty dish as one ingredient, well … it just didn’t taste good.

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Campfire Taco Soup Supreme

Campfire Taco Soup Supreme

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Campfire Taco Soup Supreme will delight you and your family and friends. Whether cooked while on a rustic camping trip, or just over an open fire on your home property, it is gourmet eating. But the key to making Campfire Taco Soup Supreme is, that it must be prepared over an open fire. No other method of cooking will impart the earthy, smoky flavor that makes it so exceptional.

Campfire Taco Soup Supreme

(Photo Attributed to Author: Collin Harvey)

If you would like to read up on how to build and maintain a good open fire suitable for cooking over, please read this post.

Now let’s get on with this super delicious open fire prepared dish!

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Southern Soul Deep Fried Alligator

Southern Soul Deep Fried Alligator

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Southern Soul Deep Fried Alligator is about as American “Soul Food” as you can get. If you’re too squeamish about the idea of eating alligator meat, you can substitute pork or chicken. But for the real ethnic experience, hey – turn the tables on those man-eating amphibians and serve some up on the table.

Southern Soul Deep Fried Alligator

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Authentic Dutch Oliebollen Public Domain

Authentic Dutch Oliebollen Supreme Recipe

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Authentic Dutch Oliebollen are traditional donuts from the Netherlands. Now, you may think you know all about donuts – especially in North America, where doughnut shops are on almost every city street corner. But trust me, until you have tasted traditional, authentic Dutch Oliebollen, you just haven’t yet made it to doughnut heaven!

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(Note: This recipe is just one of many, taken from our Dutch Cuisine pages!)

Authentic Dutch Oliebollen Recipe-

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Authentic Bajan Beef Stew Supreme

Authentic Bajan Beef Stew Supreme

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Authentic Bajan Beef Stew is a true “comfort food”. In Barbados, it is traditionally served as the main entree, accompanied by peas, rice, pickled cucumbers, and sweet potato pie. Bajan cooks, however will usually have multiple variations on the meal. Oftentimes the extra ingredients are comprised of whatever is available in the kitchen. They get included into the pot, but always the mainstay ingredients and seasonings are the same.

You can, after trying out this very traditional, mainstream version of authentic Bajan Beef Stew, to improvise in your kitchen. Once you get the basics down, you can get creative and customize it even further toward you and your family’s personal tastes.

Authentic Bajan Beef Stew Supreme

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Authentic Bajan Beef Stew Supreme Recipe-

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Traditional Cooking with Hemp Seeds

Traditional Cooking with Hemp Seeds

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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.

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20 Bizarre But Healthy Super Foods

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Here at Ethnic Foods R Us, we like to share ethnic foods that are everyday fare for cultures around the world, but unusual and “ethnic” foods to people of other cultures. But we also promote healthy diets and eating habits.

So, in keeping with that secondary purpose, this post will provide you with a list of 20 bizarre but healthy super foods you should know about and have in your diet. Looks can be deceiving, but these foods are loaded with health benefits.


1. Millet

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Yep, good old bird feed, a staple in lots of the mixes you put out for our feathered friends. But you should be eating this yourself.

A gluten-free food, Millet is chocked full of phytic acid, fiber, magnesium, and Magnese, and not only safe for human consumption, very beneficial. Magnese promotes good development of connective tissues and bones, and get this – Millet is sexy too, it promotes the production of sex hormones in the body.

If you can’t find millet locally, you can purchase some if you go here, on our online foods store.


2. Chicken Liver

20 Bizarre But Healthy Super Foods

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Lots of people are familiar with, and like, chicken liver pate, but with its ability to deliver to the body a lot of iron, Vitanims A and B12, it should be an inclusion in your diet as an ingredient in menu items as well. Or just sauté some up in butter and eat with a little salt and pepper – delicious.

Another health benefit is how it helps keep your thyroid healthy, because of the Folate it contains, which also promotes fertility.


3. Kohlrabi

(Photo Attributed to Author: Anita Martinz from Klagenfurt, Austria)

(Photo Attributed to Author: Anita Martinz from Klagenfurt, Austria)

This weird looking vegetable is actually a cousin to broccoli and cabbage, but looks more like a turnip with a bunch of spires sprouting out of it. Usually purple or sometimes a light green color, kohlrabi contains a large level of potassium and Vitamin C, as well as many cancer-fighting phytochemicals.

It makes a great addition to salads, and can be added as a tasty and healthy addition to your stir-fry dishes.


4. Amaranth

(Photo Attributed to Author: Dwight Sipler from Stow, MA, USA)

This attractive plant produces a grain that excels over wheat with its extremely high fiber content. Loaded with Vitamins A and C, and potassium, Amaranth is a very good food anytime, but especially good for people recovering from injury or illness, because it is very gentle on the digestive system.

If you can’t find Amaranth locally, you can purchase some if you go here, on our online foods store.


5. Blood Pudding/Sausage

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(Photo Attributed to Author: Rainer Zenz at German Wikipedia)

I know, I know, most people are like, “Seriously? Pudding made from blood?”

But yes, this food, quite popular in England, is made from the dried blood of cows or pigs. It tastes like sausage, is often sold in sausage form, and contains “heam,” which is a type of iron.

Heam happens to be the form of iron most readily absorbed by the human body, hence, it is valuable in aiding in the defense against anemia.

Brave enough to try it? You can get some if you go here, on our online foods store.

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Black Eye Pea Curry Ghanaian Style

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Black Eye Pea Curry Ghanaian Style is one of the most tasty ways of preparing a bowl of beans I’ve ever had. You can control the level of hot & spicy by the kind of hot pepper you use (or don’t). I put Scotch Bonnet in this recipe, because that’s how my wife prepared it for me. But you can use jalapeno, Serrano, Thai Birds-Eye, whatever you like. Also remember it is the seeds that are the hottest part of a hot chili pepper, so leaving them in or out is another way of adjusting to your tastes.

(Photo Attributed to Author: Namitakhaire)

(Photo Attributed to Author: Namitakhaire)

Black Eye Pea Curry Ghanaian Style Recipe-

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Andorran Escudella

Escudella Traditional Andorran Style

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Andorran Escudella is a national favorite in this small country. Escudella originated among the
Catalan people, and some historians claim it to be the first referenced soup in Europe. Andorrans adopted the basic stew recipe and modified it more to their favorite tastes and ingredients. For as long as modern day natives can remember, Andorran escudella has been a revered “special occasion” dish, traditionally served on Christmas.

Andorran Escudella

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Very rich, filling and fatty, it features several different meats and animal parts. Some variations include meatballs. Always, however, it is spiced with parsley and garlic – lots of garlic. Andorran escudella also contains plenty of vegetables, which may vary depending on the season. Cabbage, carrots, celery, parsnips and potatoes are common ingredients. It can be served as a soup, or boiled down to more of a stew consistency. Sometimes Andorran escudella is served ladled over a bed of rice in a deep bowl. This recipe calls for rice – and pasta – as inclusive ingredients.

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