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We love trying those country-specific conic dishes from around the world. We research it, learn to make it, then share the recipes with you.

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. While it’s true schnitzel probably originated in Austria, we’ve come to look at some schnitzel as being more German. German schnitzel is usually made with pork as opposed to the veal typically used in Austria. Also, schnitzel in Germany is much more likely to be served with some topping or sauce. Regardless, 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 …

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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. Why is White Asparagus or Spargel so Popular?

The Fabulous Eggplant!

Before moving to Asia, I never really considered an eggplant worth eating.  I had had the occasional moussaka, but other than that it was completely lacking from my diet.  Apparently in many parts of the world, it was reputed to drive people insane and was called the “mad apple”.  Now, I think it should be called this simply because if you don’t try it, you’re mad. Living in Japan I began to appreciate this fruit, but moving to Turkey I’ve found it is impossible not to eat it.  There are many varieties of eggplant, but the Turks typically use the smaller and thinner type known as the Asian eggplant. The Turks use eggplant (patlican) in such a variety of dishes …

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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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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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A Savory Spanish Tortilla Recipe

A Savory Spanish Tortilla Recipe

Traveling around Spain, I love to eat tapas and small dishes instead of a big meal, especially since it is so hot.  I love the culture of sitting and sipping a sangria or glass of red wine while sampling all kinds of foods in the evening and on into the night. One of my all-time favorites is a Spanish Tortilla or Tortilla Española, a thick potato-filled egg omelet that can be enjoyed anytime, morning, noon or night.  When we were traveling through Córdoba, we had to try it at Bar Santos next to the Mezquita.  Since it’s a small shop with only a few seats, most people get their tortilla to go, and that’s what we did.  We took our flimsy …

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British Pies – Chicken and Leek Recipe

British Pies and a Recipe

Britain has a long history of pies, and I have a long history with Britain…and her pies, especially meat pies. I love them! I spent a few of my formative years in Ipswich, and I would love it when the family stopped off at the chippie. On every visit, I would get a steak and kidney pie, which is pretty unusual for a little girl, but that was my go-to choice. Maybe it was because I had no idea what a kidney was, and my younger self had no idea that I wasn’t supposed to like them. I remember the first time I ordered one with Jim, not even thinking about it and he just gave me this look like, “What …

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