Recipes

Travel is food. Food is travel. For us, traveling over the last 35+ years, we travel and eat. We collect local recipes. We attend culinary events and lessons. We love food and we love sharing our international recipes with you.

How to Cook Spargel and a Recipe for White Asparagus

Read: Spargel or White Asparagus Sandwich

Every year, here in Germany, they go wild about spargel. What is spargel? White gold…er, um, I mean white asparagus. Pulled from a protective row of soil, never having seen the light of day, this delectable veggie comes out a pretty cream color. We love it, and we think you will too, so we’re going to tell you how to buy it, prepare it, peel it, cook it, and put it into one fantastic recipe. White asparagus will be forever on your menu, that’s for sure. Jump to Our Brunch – Spargel Toast Recipe Why is White Asparagus or Spargel so Popular?

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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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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Lithuanian Recipe Apple Cake

Lithuanian Recipe Apple Cake

Nijole’s (Lithuanian) Apple Cake and Recipe Jump directly to the recipe, here! I stayed with a an amazing host family while I was in Kaunas, Lithuania and Nijole was a fantastic cook. One of her favorite things was the little garden plot the family owned a little outside of the city. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see it, but it sounded lovely. While we were there, Nijole served us all manner of apple products that she had made from the apples in her garden. In fact, she had at least three apple trees, planted and named after her three children.  The apples that we were enjoying came from her first daughter, Victoria’s tree. They were delicious as cider, cake, jam, …

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Turkish Food – Fasulye – White Beans Recipe

Turkish white beans.

A delicious Turkish dish that can easily be converted to vegetarian, fasulye is a staple in Turkish households.  Follow this recipe with any white bean, White Northern beans might be the closest to Turkish beans in the States.   Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons oil (sunflower, if possible) 1 Tablespoon butter 1 small onion – diced 4 medium cloves garlic – diced 1/2 can crushed tomatoes 1 small can tomato paste 2 Tablespoons of red pepper paste beans, already moistened or use canned as well 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon paprika Optional:  Sausage*, skinned and sliced (one or two links) Directions: In large pot, heat oil and butter.  Saute onions and garlic, until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes, …

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Turkish Food – Fried Eggplant and Peppers with Sauces

Eggplant and peppers.

Patlican Biber Kizartmasi or Fried Eggplant and Peppers with Yogurt and Tomato Sauce On a lazy afternoon, thinking about food, of course. This picture and the memory of the taste comes unbidden to mind.  Luckily, I got this recipe from my good friend, Fusun. I discovered this dish at one of my favorite restaurants in Ankara. I just love it! 4 Asian eggplants, the long skinny ones salt 2 spicy green peppers, like a 2 jalapeno peppers 1 large can of crushed tomatoes 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar salt and pepper to taste 4-5 cloves crushed garlic Sunflower Oil Plain yogurt Eggplant: 1. “Stripe” peel the eggplant and slice 2. Salt in a collander and …

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