Gourmet Open Fire Cooking

Gourmet Open Fire Cooking

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Ever since being a boy, I have loved camping. Real camping – the rustic kind, sleeping in tents, fishing and foraging for food, and cooking meals over an open campfire. I was taught, early on, how to do gourmet open fire cooking.

Gourmet Open Fire Cooking

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I cringe when I see other campers preparing their “meals” – which most often are hot dogs, or marshmallows, or maybe, for the more “advanced” campers … even a grilled hamburger! winking_smiley

As far as “side dishes” typically go, they are munching on potato chips or Doritos, and perhaps some store-bought deli items.

Not me. Nothing against hot dogs and hamburgers, I love ’em and will sometimes cook and eat them.

SmoreI also do love a good open fire-roasted S’more as much as anybody. But when I go camping, whoever is with me is going to eat very good. I’m talking about real …

Gourmet Open Fire Cooking!

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New England Lobster Rolls

New England Lobster Rolls

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Today’s post is featuring a new recipe added to our Classic American/Soups and Sandwiches Page:

New England Lobster Rolls

New England Lobster Rolls

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To make perfect New England lobster rolls, you want to keep it simple. The succulent flavor of lobster meat is in itself what you want featured. Avoid the temptation to add much – if anything – to this simple, yet elegant recipe. Too many extra flavors can wind up overshadowing the unique and subtle flavor of the lobster salad filling. Even the use of sriracha hot sauce, if overdone, can ruin New England Lobster Rolls. You may even want to not use any hot sauce at all, but I find just a bit of it actually adds a “brightening-up” taste to the lobster. Experiment for yourself.

Note: If you are going to use fresh lobster meat, and will cook it yourself, you will need to buy four times the weight (in lobster tail form) of the amount you want to wind up with for your lobster salad. In other words, for this recipe, which calls for 1 pound of lobster meat, you would need four pounds of fresh lobster tails.

The below recipe does not take into account cooking time for the lobster, so for your convenience there is a chart below the recipe which shows how long to steam the tails.

New England Lobster Rolls Recipe-

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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!

(Photo Attributed to Author: Luca Galuzzi)

(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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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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Trini Style Curried Duck

Trini Style Curried Duck

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This Trini Style Curried Duck recipe is taken from our Caribbean Islands Cuisine page. For many more great dishes from the Caribbean Islands, click here.

Trini Style Curried Duck

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Trini Style Curried Duck is curried duck like you’ve never had before, trust me. The combination of special spices and curries – unique to their cuisine – is what makes Trini Style Curried Duck a meal to long remember.

Trini Style Curried Duck Recipe-

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Coconut Chicken Adobo

Coconut Chicken Adobo

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This Coconut Chicken Adobo recipe is one of several adobo dishes offered on our Filipino Cuisine page. For more delicious Filipino recipes, click here.

Coconut Chicken Adobo

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Filipino Coconut Chicken Adobo is a classic dish from that country. Adobo can be made with or without coconut, and also without meat (see Aubergine Adobo recipe). You can easily turn this recipe into Coconut Beef Adobo, too, by simply substituting chunks of beef for the chicken.

Coconut Chicken Adobo Recipe-

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red palm oil

5 Health Benefits of Red Palm Oil

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The title of this post, 5 Health Benefits of Red Palm Oil, really falls short of the vast amount of benefits one could list.

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Red palm oil, home crafted in Liberia (Photo Attributed to Author: Antoshananarivo)

Red palm oil, in addition to its many culinary uses as a rich food high in nutrients, also has a long list of beneficial health and medicinal qualities. For the purposes of this article, though, we will concentrate on 5 of the most beneficial qualities it has.

Red palm oil is usually thought of as having originated in Africa but, in fact, it was revered and used in ancient Egypt as far back as 5,000 years ago. Beloved by Pharaohs as a sacred food, they prized the oil so highly that it was common to entomb Pharaohs with a bottle of palm oil – so they could have some in the afterlife.


Palm oil, for centuries has been (and still is now in modern times) produced primarily in the tropical belt of Africa, Southeast Asia and parts of Brazil. And it is a commonly used oil and food ingredient in those countries.

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Guatemalan Fiambre

Guatemalan Fiambre Feast

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This Guatemalan Fiambre Feast dish is traditionally served just once a year, on November 1st. This is Dia de los Santos (All Saints Day), the first of a two day celebration followed by Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Guatemalan Fiambre Feast

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On Dia de los Muertos, Guatemalans have, for centuries, visited their deceased loved ones at the cemetery. They would bring incense, flowers, and a full plate of Fiambre to leave at the grave.

In modern times, Guatemalan Fiambre is most often shared with family and loved ones at home in more secluded celebrations.  There are many variations on the dish, and families typically have their own version that has been handed down from generation to generation.

This recipe is the “red style” of Guatemalan Fiambre (Fiambre Roja). It gets the red color from the use of beets.

You will want to prepare  your Fiambre least one day before serving, and two days ahead is better to start the preparations. This is because the flavor is enhanced by being marinated in caldillo – a sauce made with vinegar and some other special ingredients. Also, preparing a true Guatemalan Fiambre Feast is a very involved, multiple step process. But don’t worry – you and the small army of people you can feed with it will be extremely pleased with the fruits of your labors!

Guatemalan Fiambre Feast Recipe-

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Wilson Hearty Beef Stew

Hearty Beef Stew Wilsonian

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This Hearty Beef Stew Wilsonian recipe is a new addition to our All American Soups and Sandwiches page. It is a very unique take on an age-old stew, that will surely have you wondering how in the world did this get so good!

Hearty Beef Stew Wilsonian

There are lots of beef stews, but until you have tried this Hearty Beef Stew Wilsonian, you have not yet known how wonderful a beef stew can be. This is my own special recipe. Hearty Beef Stew Wilsonian is an outgrowth of my interaction with my Ghanaian wife’s cooking. She is, in her own right, an amazing cook. She has introduced me to spices and food preparations that I had not yet known. Combined with my American ideas about how to cook a stew with her Ghanaian concepts, this Wilson Hearty Beef Stew came to be. Enjoy!

Hearty Beef Stew Wilsonian Recipe-

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All World Healthiest Street Foods

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This subject, the best all world healthiest street foods, is one of great interest to me, and many people. Especially those of us who love ethnic foods of all kinds. Often the best ethnic foods are sold right on the street by vendors whipping up some wonderful taste treats to enjoy while walking through the marketplace.

But which kinds of street foods are the healthiest for you? I did a bit of research on the topic, and found out some rather interesting facts. So let’s get right into it, and which ethnic groups on the planet have …

The Best All World Healthiest Street Foods

all world healthiest street foods

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Kitchen Tips – Easy Peazy Potato Peeling

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Welcome back to Ethnic Foods R Us for another Kitchen Tips post. Today you will discover the hands-down easiest and fastest way to efficiently peel a boiled potatowithout the use of a peeler or a knife.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and if that’s true, a motion picture show is worth millions, eh?

So watch this short (1 minute) video and see for yourself –

Easy Peazy Potato Peeler Kitchen Tips!

Pretty neat, right? I thought so, and considered it a worthy tip to pass along here to you.

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soul food fried alligator

Soul Food Fried Alligator

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Today is the second in a series of three posts, featuring Soul Food dishes from the All-American/Southern Soul Food page here on Ethnic foods R Us. This Soul Food Fried Alligator recipe is not only delicious it’s a unique ethnic culinary experience you’ll not soon forget.

soul food fried alligator

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Southern 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.

Soul Food Fried Alligator Recipe-

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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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