A SPOONFUL OF INTERNATIONAL FLAVOURS
Everyone has his own identity, a unique feature or aspect entirely his own that separates him from every other individual in this huge world. And apart from this craving to be unique, we also have a craving to explore others – that’s why we interact, meet, know people. But this identity is not just limited to people, it extends to every single thing. Like milk is something no other drink can be! But we do like to explore them all just to experience their unique taste.
The same applies to nations. Our dream holiday destinations occupy a special place in our hearts not only because of their unique sights, but because of their unique culture, traditions, food, people as well. And September 27 being World tourism Day, we thought it to be the perfect opportunity to share a spoonful of this world with you. No, sorry, but we aren’t sending you on a world tour. But we can bring you the culinary masterpieces of some of the countries right inside your kitchen. So why wait? Hop on to our international culinary journey as we explore the unique flavours found around the world:
Welsh Rarebit (United Kingdom)
This Welsh delicacy is sure to haunt your dreams and then dominate your kitchen, thanks to its incredible taste. Here’s what you will need:
- Cheddar cheese (grated)225g
- Butter1 tbsp
- Milk¼ cup
- Mustard powder1 tbsp
- Worcestershire sauceA dash
- Bread4 slices
- Salt & pepperTo taste
Follow this simple procedure to prepare this excellent dish:
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Put grated cheese, milk, butter, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder and salt & pepper in a saucepan.
- Heat over low flame and stir constantly until cheese melts and the mixture turns smooth and creamy.
- Toast bread and ladle cheese sauce over it. Bake it in the oven for about 15 minutes until crusty.
- Carefully remove the toast to a plate and serve.
Corn Cake (Brazil)
For most of us, the knowledge about Brazil starts with an ‘F’ and ends with an ‘L’ – Football! Gather these ingredients to make a culinary addition to this information:
- Corn (drained)300g
- Butter7 tbsp
- Whole wheat flour1 cup
- Eggs (beaten)3
- Coconut milk 400g
- Baking powder1 tbsp
- Granulated sugar2 cups
Your Brazilian wonder is just a few minutes of hard work away! Get started with it without any delay:
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and slowly add eggs, butter, corn and milk. Mix until smooth.
- Pour this mixture into a greased loaf pan and bake for around 50 minutes.
- Remove the cake and let it cool before slicing and serving.
Our nation’s evergreen friend, Russia, has much more to offer than the ice-covered landscapes. Like this mouthwatering dish! All you will need are these items:
- Cream cheese450g
- Butter1 cup
- Confectioners’ sugar1¾ cup
- Vanilla2 tbsp
- Currants1 cup
- Toasted almonds1 cup
- Butter1 cup
Follow the recipe to make sure you end up savouring the perfect taste of Pashka:
- Beat cream cheese in a large mixing bowl until very smooth.
- Add butter and continue beating until it turns very smooth and creamy.
- Add sugar slowly, beating constantly and add vanilla.
- Add toasted almonds and currants and stir to combine.
- Pour this cheese mixture into a serving dish. Smooth the top surface, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
Papas a la Huancaína (Peru)
Don’t take too much trouble trying to pronounce the name of this dish. You won’t be able to say it anyway with a mouthful of it delighting your taste buds. Here’s what you will need:
- Lemon juice¼ cup
- Ground red pepper⅛ tbsp
- SaltTo taste
- Onion (thinly sliced)1
- Vegetable oil2 tbsp
- Swiss cheese (shredded)3 cups
- Turmeric1/2 tbsp
- Heavy cream1½ cups
- Hard-boiled eggs (garnish)1-2
Here’s what to do to get a plateful of this wonderful dish:
- Boil the potatoes and then let them cool. Peel, cut into quarters and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine lemon juice, salt and red pepper. Add onion and coat them with the mixture. Stir well and set aside.
- Heat oil over low flame in a large skillet.
- Add cheese, heavy cream and turmeric. Continue cooking over low flame, stirring constantly, until cheese melts – giving a smooth mixture.
- Add the potatoes and gently stir for about 5 minutes. Don’t let the mixture boil.
- Transfer it to a serving bowl and garnish with eggs.
- Sprinkle the onion mixture over the potatoes and serve immediately.
Baat Bo Fon (China)
This Chinese rice pudding is sure to get your family hooked on for a lifetime. So the sooner you perfect its taste, the better. Gather these ingredients to begin with:
- Rice¾ cup
- Water1½ cups
- SaltA pinch
- Milk4 cups
- Sugar½ cup
- Vanilla extract½ tbsp
Going through this recipe won’t seem a tedious task once you know the great taste that awaits you at the end:
- Combine rice, salt and water in a large pot and heat until almost boiling, stirring often.
- Lower the heat, cover, and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
- Stir in the sugar and milk.
- Cook uncovered until the mixture is creamy and thick, stirring often – for about 30-40 minutes and then stir in vanilla.
- Garnish with sliced almonds, a sprinkle of cinnamon or whipped cream and serve.
Great ideas to relish international flavours, aren’t they? So surprise your family with a wonderful dinner from across the seas. This World Tourism Day, give them a taste of these international cuisines!