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Healthy and yummy black bean burger - a big hit in our family. Can be made GF by substituting bread crumbs for Gluten Free bread crumbs or blitzed corn crackers, or vegan by omitting the egg. Place in a bun and enjoy with all your favourite toppings.
The Great Northern bean soup was always my father's favorite. I think it reminded him of his midwestern roots. I wanted to share this recipe (modified as a vegetarian version) and honor the farmers and that grow our food and the story of where it comes from. This scene harkens to those sweeping fields of beans grown in the heartland of America.
Channa is a traditional Guyanese dish using the humble and familiar chick pea or garbanzo bean. This dish hails from the Indian influence in the Guyanese culture and was a recipe passed from my great grandmother, to my grandmother and then from my mother to me. We always say, if you're going to eat channa, make sure everyone else in the room is as well. That way you can to ensure you're not the only one experiencing it's pleasurable flavour and also its familiar legume side effect - bad gas!
I grew up eating lots of delicious Korean food in Los Angeles so of course I love kimchi. I've been making it at home for years, mostly since I lived in Europe and couldn't find it readymade in the shops. This is the recipe I "follow" but to be honest I'm not much of a measurer! Traditional recipes vary a lot, but usually they add rice flour. I always forget to buy it so I never use it! Vegetarians and vegans can leave out fish sauce and add extra salt. I use this recipe for other veggies like green onions and root vegetables too. Enjoy!
Visiting a beach in Mumbai as kid was incomplete without chana chaat, a tangy chickpea salad. Easy enough to recreate at home, this quick recipe works wonderfully as a starter. If you don't have chaat masala in your kitchen pantry, substitute with paprika.
Rita is my good friend's mom. She's Armenian, but she grew up in Iran. Every time I visit her, she cooks the most amazing food like this Indian Red Lentil Dal. On one visit, I begged her to teach me how to make this dish. She was delighted I had asked - but she didn't actually have a recipe to give me. She makes everything from memory and seasons according to taste. Rita showed me how to cook this red lentil dal while I took furious notes. I later worked out the quantities and perfected my own take on her recipe. This Armenian-Persian-Indian dish is one of my family's favorites. Serve with saffron basmati rice (with tadig if you can manage) and a generous dollop of plain yogurt.
Seriously. Best shawarma imho is from a tiny little spot on Main Street in Vancouver, BC called Mitra Canteen. The friendly dude always greets you with a "Hey guys!" and whips up the yummiest shawarma with homemade hummous and extra hot sauce (if that's your thing), and those yummy crispy burny crunchy chickeny bits that can't be beat. We haven't found any other spots locally that compare, this guy knows his shawarma!
I started making Kimchi 6 years ago. Over this time I've tried dozens of recipes and slowly created what makes, in my household, the best kimchi. Frankesteined from at least 50 kimchi recipes, and using pear in substitute of sugar, this recipe has just the right amount of spice and is packed with flavor! We use it in everything and always have a batch in our fridge!
Bell peppers are the main ingredients of Peperonata.
This Mediterranean recipe is originally from the South of Italy. There are many variants of this recipe.
You can eat the Peperonata at any time during the year. It is tasty on toasted bread (bruschetta) or as a side dish with meatballs.
There is a region in bavaria called the Allgäu. It is famous for the beautifull Alps, for fairy tail castles from our former king ludwig the 2nd and of course for Kässpätzle. It´s a kind of handmade pasta with flavourfull Cheese and fried onions, absolutly delicious.
My Sumission to the Global Cuisine challenge
“The secret is to cook the heck out of it!” This was how my my mum’s advice began when I asked her to share one of my favourite childhood recipes. At the time, I was hoping to find meals that were well-suited to batch cooking and cost effective as I was hugely pregnant and freezing mark ahead meals for when I had my baby. “And don’t use a pan you like too much....the burnt bits give it flavour,” she continued. My mum doesn’t love cooking, or food particularly, and I’m still not sure how I became so fascinated with all things gustatory. However, this recipe has stood the test of time from when I was first introduced to it in the (probably) 1980s. The recipe itself may seem a wee bit rudimentary, but there is a certain type of magic that takes place when the sweetness of the ketchup mingles with the bite of the onion and the briny, saltiness of the olives. And as per my mum’s advice: cook it as long as possible to almost caramelize the sugary aspects of the sauce, and to soften the meat or veggie balls and let them soak up the flavours. A perfect combo of sweet, salt and, for me, nostalgia. Delicious over rice :)
Special note: the cooking clips book in the lower left corner and the recipe card were drawn true to form from my mum’s recipe drawer. For me, the cookbooks and recipe cards/clippings are just as memory stirring as the meal!