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Kebob Kobideh – Iran

Ingredients

Part One – Onion & Parsley Salad:

chopped red onions
chopped parsley
chopped lettuce
smoked paprika 1 tsp
fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Part Two – Kebob:

500 grams lean ground beef
100 grams ground lamb shoulder
200 grams shredded yellow onion
100 grams salt
60 grams black pepper

DIRECTIONS

For the salad, mix the chopped red onions, parsley and lettuce in a bowl. Add 1 tsp of smoked paprika and fresh-squeezed lemon juice… then enjoy!

For the kebobs, chop up yellow onions, grind them up and remove the juice. Combine the the lean ground beef and ground lamb shoulder, add salt and pepper and blend thoroughly. Once the mixture is finished, form it along a skewer and grill until fully cooked.

 

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Potato Green Leaf Stew – Liberia

Ingredients

Part one – beef: 
1.5kg of cubed beef
2 tbsp oil
1/8 cup pepper
1/4 cup seasoning salt
1 cup water

Part two – greens:
2 bunches of sweet potato leaves
3 yellow onions
2 cups canola oil
1/4 cup rice seasoning
1/4 cup Montréal chicken spice

DIRECTIONS

Add 1.5kg of cubed beef to a pot with 2 tbsp of hot oil. Stir in 1/8 cup of pepper and 1/4 cup of seasoning salt, then pour in 1 cup of water and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

For the greens, remove the stems from 2 bunches of sweet potato leaves. In another pot, bring 2 cups of canola oil to a boil, then add the chopped onions and sweet potato leaves to the pot, stir and let simmer for 10 minutes. Season with 1/4 cup of rice seasoning and 1/4 cup of Montréal chicken spice.

Add the cooked beef to the greens, stir together and let simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Then serve with rice, and enjoy!

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Turkish Coffee – Turkey

Ingredients

Per one cup of coffee:
a cezve (a special wide bottom pot, usually made of copper)
a fincan (special Turkish coffee cups)
2 cups Turkish coffee (found in most Middle Eastern or Mediterranean supermarkets)
2 cubes of sugar
2 fincans of filtered water

 

DIRECTIONS

Add 2 scoops (or cups) of Turkish coffee into your cezve. Add 2 cubes of sugar (or other, according to individual taste). To measure the amount of water for each cup, use 2 full cups of the fincan you are going to serve the coffee in. Stir the mixture until combined.

Slowly bring it to a boil over medium heat. This will take about 3-4 minutes, so keep a close eye on it. As the coffee warms, you will see a dark foam building up. This dark foam is very important as it is customary for Turkish coffee to be served with foam on top.

Pour coffee into fincan and be sure to leave a layer of foam on top. Serve with a small chocolate or treat, and enjoy!

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Tacos 3 ways – Nicaragua

Ingredients

Part One – Chili Arbol Sauce:

3 tomatoes
10 – 15 chilies de árbol (how spicy do you like it?)
1/4 cup cilantro
2 cloves garlic
salt
1/2 cup water

Part Two – Avocado Sauce:

2 avocados
1 jalapeño
cilantro
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp sour cream

Part Three – Tacos:

seasoned chorizo sausage
carne azada (beef)
carnitas (pork)
salt
chopped onions
cilantro
corn tortillas

 

DIRECTIONS

For the Chili Arbol Sauce, mix 3 chopped tomatoes, 10 – 15 chilies de árbol, 1/4 cup cilantro, 2 cloves of garlic and salt. Blend thoroughly with 1/2 cup water.

For the Avocado Sauce, mix 2 avocados, 1 jalapeño, and cilantro. Blend with 1/4 water and 2 tbsp sour cream.

Cook the seasoned chorizo sausage for 5 minutes. Cook the carne azada (beef) for 10 minutes, then sauté with onions and salt. Then cook the carnitas (pork) and warm up some corn tortillas.

To plate, add each individual meat to a corn tortilla, garnish with chopped onions and cilantro, then add the previously mixed sauces.

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Chicken Bhoona – India

Ingredients

Part One – Vegetables:

1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp garlic and ginger
chopped pepper and onion 1 cup
salt
tumeric
paprika
coriander
fenugreek
cumin powder

Part Two – Chicken:

boneless chicken thighs 180 – 200 grams
diced tomato and red onion
cinnamon/cardomon spices or curry powder
2 tsp minced garlic
chopped onion
chopped ginger

 

DIRECTIONS

Heat 1 tsp oil in saucepan and add 1/2 tsp garlic and ginger. Sauté briefly then add chopped pepper and onion.  Add 1/2 tsp of spices, cook until slightly soft, then set aside.

In fresh saucepan, heat 1 tsp oil and add cardamom and cinnamon mixture (or curry powder). Add and onions and  garlic and sauté.  Add chopped ginger. Cook briefly then add spices:  1 tsp paprika, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, turmeric, and salt. Cook briefly then add 200 grams chopped chicken thighs. Cook until nearly done, then add chopped tomatoes.

Add 1-2 cups chopped tomatoes and boil gently for 8-10 minutes or until done. Adjust the seasonings.

Add vegetables that were cooked previously, simmer briefly, then serve hot with a side of basmati rice.

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Green Onion Cake – Mongolia

Ingredients

Part 1:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
3/4 cup regular temp water
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
half an egg (Mix in bowl first)
1 tsp dry yeast

Part 2:
1 cup of sliced green onions (white & green parts)
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 1/3 cup of oil – heated
1/2 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

In mixing bowl, combine all Part One ingredients
Refrigerate dough at least 1 hour or overnight.

Combine green onions with all purpose flour and mix.
Add heated oil to onion mixture and stir. Set aside.

Roll out chilled dough into log shape.
Cut into 8 portions.
Roll out each portion fairly thin, and add 1/8 of green onion mixture.
Roll up into log then twist into round shape. Flatten with hand.

Preheat heavy-duty fry pan to medium. Coat pan with oil.
Add cakes to pan and cook, turning as required, until both sides are brown. Approx 2 – 3 minutes.
Repeat with remaining 7 cakes.

Serve immediately, or freeze (warm up in microwave, toaster or oven).

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Koththu Roti – Sri Lanka

Ingredients

2 plain thin roti cut into .25 inch pieces
2 eggs
1 red onion, diced
1 tomato, diced
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 green chili, deseeded and diced
1 tsp garlic and ginger paste
1 diced green cabbage
sprig of curry leaves
100 ml canola oil
salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

Add some oil into flat grill and start to sauté the onions, garlic, ginger, curry leaves, green chillies for few minutes. Add the carrot, cabbage, leeks and cook till they sauté. Add the two eggs and season the mix with salt and pepper. Then add the Diced Roti pieces and Chicken Curry (recipe follows) on top of all ingredients. Use the Special Koththu mixing blades and mix them.

Serve immediately.

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Vegemite on Toast – Australia

Ingredients

vegemite
white bread
butter

DIRECTIONS

Slice Bread.
Toast Bread.
Butter Bread.
Add Vegemite in thin layer.
Enjoy (perhaps with a Fosters Beer)

Other options are:
Vegemite and Avocado on Toast
Vegemite and Tomato on Toast
Vegemite and Grated Cheddar Cheese on Toast – grill till cheese melts

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Jerk Chicken – Jamaica

Ingredients

1 tsp jerk sauce
½ tsp dry jerk seasoning
1 tsp garlic Powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp black pepper
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp allspice/crushed pimento
1 tsp thyme
2 green onions
1 tbsp soya sauce
1 tbsp browning
1 onion chopped
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp cooking oil

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients in a food processor or blender, blend. ​Put 4 chicken legs and thighs (bone-in) in a container, cut slits in chicken to allow spices to penetrate then add blended seasoning to chicken. Wearing protective gloves, rub in spices, cover with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator overnight to marinate.

Grilling: Grill at medium heat for 45 minutes or until done.
Oven cooking: Pre-heat oven to 325 F. Cook for 45 minutes or until done.

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Key Meser (Red Lentils) – Ethiopia

Ingredients

3 cups onions, finely diced
1 head of garlic – peeled & chopped
5 tbsp – 1 cup Berbere (how spicy do you like it?)
2 cups red lentils
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp Mekelesha
oil as much as required or preferred
3 cups water
1 tsp Mekelesha

DIRECTIONS

Sauté the onions with oil until very well carmalized. Add Berbere and cook for 10 minutes. Add garlic . Wash and rinse red lentils until water runs clear. Add lentils to mixture and sauté for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually add 3 cups of water. Cover and simmer until lentils are well cooked.

Serve with Injera (flat bread made out of teff, or teff and barley).

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Pansit Noodles – Philippines

Ingredients

100 grams rice noodles
100 grams canton noodles
chicken breast
cabbage
carrots
celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp chopped garlic
2 tbsp soya sauce
pepper
3 tbsp Annatto powder (mix 1 tsp with 3 tbsp water)
2 tbsp Magic Sarap
cala mansi or limes
2 cups water

DIRECTIONS

Sauté chicken with garlic and onion and pepper until tender. Add the veggies and soya sauce and half cook. Put water in the pan, add sarap and and boil. Add Canton noodles and mix in. Presoak Rice noodles in hot water until softened, add to mixture. Add chopped cabbage and Annatto mixture.

Stir – squeeze Cala Mansi juice or limes to finish.

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