Food

Traveling for food is such an important aspect for learning about a culture. Not only do we try to find the best local food to try, we look into the history, and we bring home a recipe or two.

Turkish Food Recipe – Köfte

Turkish Food Recipe - Köfte sizzling in the pan.

Oçak Köfte Ingredients: 3 finely grated onions 1 kilo (2 lbs.) ground beef 2 Tablespoons black pepper 4 cloves garlic, finely grated 4 Tablespoons salt 2 Tablespoons baking powder 1/2 cup oregano 1 1/2 Tablespoons red pepper 2-4 slices of old bread, soaked in water with no crust Oil, any kind – sunflower is best Directions: Mix all ingredients in large bowl.  You want the meat to be sticky, but dip hands to your fists in water to keep the meat from sticking to your hands. To increase the stickiness of the meat throw it like bread dough, until it all sticks together.  Pull the meat to one side of the bowl and pour some oil over the top of …

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Turkish Food – Pilav Recipe

Turkish Food - Pilav.

You cannot travel around Turkey without trying pilav. It comes with almost every meal; some might say it’s essential Turkish food. Pilav or rice is a traditional Turkish side dish. Unfortunately, in the restaurants, it has largely been replaced by bulgur or bread, since rice is so much more expensive. The Turks take great pride in their rice. I have to agree, it’s buttery and often contains small pasta, like orzo and sometime pine nuts. Here is a recipe for Turkish Pilav: Soak 1 cup of rice in enough salted water to cover it for 30 minutes prior to cooking. Take a skillet and melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the rinsed rice and stir in hot pan until glossy …

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Mongolian Food – Khuushuur Recipe

Mongolia Food Khuushuur Recipe.

A bit travel weary and dirty since we hadn’t had a shower in three days, our adventure was still in its early stages when we learned a couple important lessons. What is traditional Mongolian food, and what is khuushuur? We had been in Mongolia for about three days, and we had hired a Russian van and driver to take six of us around the country, hitting the all the major sights.  We were excited, and maybe a bit naive to what this would mean.  We didn’t even take the hint when Jack, our driver, made a supermarket stop on the edge of Ulaanbaatar right at the beginning of our nine day journey.  None of us really stocked up on much, …

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My First Love – Traditional German Schnitzel Recipe!

Traditional German Schnitzel Recipe

If you’ve never been to Germany or Austria you may not be familiar with this meat dish. Traditional German schnitzel is definitely on our must try foods list for Germany. It is a flat, breaded and fried slice of pure goodness, one of my favorite foods in the entire world. When I’m tired, worn out, sick of the usual work grind and I want a home-cooked, feel good meal, I always want schnitzel. About once a year, my mother used to make her version of Wiener Schnitzel, found no where in the entire world except her kitchen, and it became one of those meals that just feels like a hug from her. It’s that good! Since moving to Germany, we …

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Kawaii Monster Cafe Tokyo

Kawaii Monster Cafe Tokyo

Visiting the Kawaii Monster Cafe is must for kids of all ages, 2 – 99. Located in Harajuku’s pop culture neighborhood, you will love it.

Mont Blanc Top 5 Things to Do if You are Not Skiing

View from the top of the ski run on Mont Blanc.

So yeah, we’re living in Germany, and it is a Christmasy kind of place.  For over a month, we’ve been inundated with Christmas markets, mulled wine, gorgeous wooden ornaments, and the like.  Now all we needed was some snow.  It has been raining off and on for two weeks here, so we decided to drive south to Mont Blanc in France.  As I’ve said before, with the kids all grown up, we have new traditions to keep alive.  One of them is to do something really fun on Christmas day, and who won’t agree that skiing Mont Blanc is totally fun?!! We actually skiied Les Houches since we are a bit rusty, and the slopes of Chamonix looked frightening!  We …

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Traditional Turkish Borek Recipe

Turkish borek is one of the many comfort foods you will find in Turkey. There are many different kinds, but they are all delicious. Click here to learn how to make it with our traditional borek recipe.

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