6 Weird Edible Mushrooms

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One of my favorite ingredients in ethnic food recipes is mushrooms, hence today’s 6 Weird Edible Mushrooms post.

I love mushrooms. Morels, Shitakes, White Buttons, and lots more. Especially prevalent in Asian cooking, edible fungi is to me a kind of weird yet delightful food. So I decided to do some research and see what else is out there in the world of mushrooms that I haven’t yet tried. This led me to today’s post on:

6 Weird Edible Mushrooms

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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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Chinese Crispy Steamed Duck

Chinese Crispy Steamed Duck

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Chinese Crispy Steamed Duck is a classic and special dish that utilizes the Chinese bamboo steamer. We have a post dedicated to explaining the many practical and healthy reasons for cooking with this amazingly simple yet effective Chinese cookware. To read it, just Click Here.

Chinese Crispy Steamed Duck

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You will not find any Chinese cuisine recipe more tasty and elegantly prepared than this delicious and exquisitely textured Chinese Crispy Steamed Duck. Trust me, it is out of this world wonderful!

Chinese Crispy Steamed Duck Recipe-

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Authentic Traditional Ethnic Foods

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Did you know that if you do a Google search for “Authentic Traditional Ethnic Foods”, you will, less than a second, get about 2,000,000 results?

Yep. Two million results, in less than one second!
Authentic Traditional Ethnic Foods

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Clearly there is a very large number of people, from all over the world, who are interested in, and searching for, authentic traditional ethnic foods. And that is why this site was started, exactly one year ago.


You will also note, if you click on the link to the above Google search, that you will find this site, Ethnic Foods R Us, listed on Page 1.

We are very pleased and proud to be, in just one short year of service to readers worldwide, ranked among the very best at providing what we do to those who are looking for it.

And … this post just happens to be … (drum roll, please ….)

Authentic Traditional Ethnic Foods

Our 100th post, here on Ethnic Foods R Us!

Woot-Woot!

So I thought it befitting to celebrate the first anniversary and 100th post with an article titled by none other than what this site was created for, in answer to what millions and millions of people are searching for year round, 24/7. And that is:

Authentic Traditional Ethnic Foods!

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Bamboo Steamers Bring It!

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One of my favorite ethnic foods is the cuisine of China. The Chinese steam many of their foods, and this post is all about using the amazing and easy to cook great with …

Bamboo Steamers

Bamboo Steamers

Bamboo Steamer

Because they use no oils or fats to cook with, Bamboo Steamers are a very healthy way to prepare foods. A process that is much gentler than boiling helps to preserve beneficial vitamins and minerals. Additionally, Bamboo steamers allow the foods to retain their color, texture, shape and flavor better than any other method of cooking.

Cooks in China have, for centuries, relied on bamboo steamers. Chinese cuisine calls for cooking methods which will prevent condensation from dripping on the food and absorb excess moisture. The steamers, constructed of a circular bamboo frame, feature a bottom that is slatted bamboo—this allows steam to move freely throughout the cooking chamber. And the lid, a bamboo dome, promotes good heat circulation.

Bamboo Steamer in Wok 3Because Chinese cooks use the wok to cook in so often, bamboo steamers were (and still are) designed for a snug fit inside the various sized woks, held up against the circular sides of the wok and above the steaming water. And, because they can be stacked two and even three baskets high, it becomes possible to steam an entire meal at once: fish, vegetables and meat, all steaming in one wok. The key in doing this is to place foods that take longer to cook in the bottom basket, and have the upper baskets containing foods that take less time to cook.

Traditionally, the baskets are lined on the bottom with leafy veggies, like cabbage or lettuce. Maybe even banana Bamboo Steamer Linedleaves, depending on the food being cooked. But you can also use parchment paper, or even a plate—the main thing is to keep the cooking food separated a bit from the bamboo. This keeps the food from sticking, and also preserves the integrity of the bamboo. It also prevents the bamboo from absorbing the cooking food’s flavors, which is desirable. You don’t want your steaming tomatoes to come out tasting of fish, and visa versa.

Here are three easy steps to follow for effective use of a bamboo steamer in a wok:

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