Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Best and Worst Foods

Over the 5 years I've been doing this blog I often get asked (twice now) which food has been my favourite, so I thought I'd make a post with exactly that information.

Behold, my best 10 and worst 2 recipes from around the world:

The Netherlands - Stamppot

A lovely big pile of mashed mixed vegetables with delicious smoked sausage on top, what's not to love.


 Czech Rebublic - Smažený sýr

My first time making fried cheese, I loved the soft texture and saltiness of this dish.

 



There's a part of this recipe where you press the tortilla wrap into a frying pan of eggs and they magically stick to the wrap. Such a clever idea that works perfectly.


 Jamaica - Corned Beef and Cabbage

 I love corned beef and this dish is great with rice or even greater with mashed potatoes.

 

 Belize - Garnaches

I loved how versatile this street food is, we had several different toppings but there's lots more I'd love to try.


Kiribati - Te Bua Toro Ni Baukin

This dish was a big surprise because as we were making it it looked gross, turns out it's delicious! 

 

 Hungary - Hungarian Goulash

Delicious thick, tasty stew. A classic.

 

Norway - Svinekoteletter

We've had this simple, low ingredient count dish several times since we first made it and I can see us making it many more times. 

 

Tuvalu - Coconut Tuna

A nice light dish that looked great and tasted even better. 

 

And now for the worst foods known to woman

 

Estonia - Banana Curry Soup

This dish is just wrong, don't be tempted to try it at home!

 


Liberia - Sweet Potato Pone

If you've ever read (or watched) The Raft - a short story by Stephen King where college students get eaten by a malevolent black oily sludge on a lake - then you'll know exactly what to expect from this dish. 

And that's it, all the best and worst foods from the last 5 years, 7 months and 15 days. I hope you enjoyed seeing all the foods I've made. I mostly enjoyed eating them. :)


Saturday, October 3, 2015

China - Peking Duck






I can hardly believe it's true but here I am with the last country on the list. For a big finish I decided to buy a whole duck and make roast  Peking duck to have in pancakes. Yum!

Ingredients:

1 duck
6 tablespoons of honey
5 tablespoons of Chinese five spice
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of brown sugar


This recipe is a perfect example of my time as a food blogger. Notice the honey upside down in the picture. At the beginning  of the week it was full but now the kids have been having it on their cereal so there aren't 6 tablespoons left. Quick dash to the local Sainsbury's and I'm good to go again!

Mix the honey, soy sauce, sugar and five spice together to make a brown sludge.


Prick the duck all over with a knife (as if it hasn't suffered enough for this meal) and then brush on the sludge. Leave it to dry for 10 minutes or so and then apply another coat. Keep going until you've used it all up.


If you have time leave it overnight in the fridge to marinate.


My recipe said to cook it for 45 minutes at 175C and then turn it over and cook for a further 45 minutes. After 20 minutes the duck was starting to burn so we had to cover it with foil.


After hunting all over Harrogate for chinese duck pancakes we decided to make our own. Hoisin sauce and sliced cucumber made for some very tasty Peking duck pancakes.


BUT the whole Peking Duck experience was very disappointing. The meat on the duck didn't really taste of any of the marinade ingredients and there wasn't much meat on it. The duck cost £10 which is twice as much as we spend on meat for a meal usually. Luckily the delicious hoisin sauce saved the day as it makes anything taste fantastic. What I'd hoped would be a fitting finish to my blog foods turned out to be one of the least enjoyable.

BUT (take two) I'm done! \o/

Over 5 years later I've finally eaten one food from every country in the world. Oh but Emma I hear you cry, what about that time you made Mongolian Beef and it turned out to be an American food instead. Well, hah in your face because last week I made these Mongolian fried cookies.


They were pretty good. :)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Niger - Dounguouri Soko

Niger is a landlocked country in West Africa. I chose this lamb stew because it has a kind of beans I haven't tried before plus JD loves beans.

Ingredients:

1 lb lamb
2 cans white kidney beans
1 onions
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 can chopped tomatoes
3 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Salt & pepper
1 cup water



 I'm almost ashamed how easy this dish was to make.


Chop everything, open up cans and dump everything in the slow cooker.


Give it a stir. Slow cook on high for a couple of hours and then 3-4 more hours on low.  Season with salt and pepper.



Beautiful! The lamb was melt in your mouth soft and the stew was delicious. Embarrassingly easy to make but tastes like a fancy casserole you slaved over. It's a perfect example of how food combinations can work well, even though there were no spices (as often found in African foods) the food was far from bland. We loved it. :)