Monday, October 26, 2009

Eating my way around the world.

I may be too poor to travel very often, but at least I can feel like I’m a jetsetter in my kitchen. Let me point out before I start that I am not claiming any sort of authenticity in these dishes; rather, the flavours and/or the cooking style is inspired by global cuisines.

Starting in southeast Asia with a curry. This one is a yellow curry with coconut milk, full of chickpeas, sweet potato, zucchini, carrots, and snow peas.

From the same region, Thai-style peanut burgers. TVP and gluten flour formed the bulk of these burgers, which were flavoured with peanuts, peanut butter, chilli paste and basil. Topped with a peanutty-yogurt sauce with more basil, and resting on a bed of salad, these were a hearty lunch.

Moving north to China, veggie fried rice and General Tsao’s Tofu. I realise that this is a really anglicised version of Chinese food, but sticky spicy tofu!

Westward, into Eastern Europe with Chickpea Paprikash from The Urban Vegan. Andy made this, subbing mashed sweet potato for half the chickpeas. Served on some chunky spaetzle, from the same cookbook, this was really morish. On the side, half an artichoke with caper-dill butter. This was Andy’s first time eating an artichoke and he wasn’t super impressed. I love artichokes, and thought that the dill and capers went really well with it.

On the other side of the globe, something resembling Mexican food. Another recipe from The Urban Vegan, Bean and Bulgur Tacos. Instead of tacos, we rolled ours up and smothered them in enchilada sauce before popping them back into the oven for a few minutes.

Coming soon—what to do with a ridiculous amount of bananas...

9 comments:

Amy said...

Woweee! I <3 all your foods. That paprikash in particular....

Vegetation said...

Mmm I love dinner table "travel" (it's about the only kind we can afford too!). Mexico is high up on my list of favourites, closely followed by India.

I am absolutely loving that burger!! YUM! And I've never tried a fresh artichoke. I really want to but I'm kind of scared of getting rid of all those little prickly things I've read are hiding inside (I'm sure I'd much it up and end up with a mouthfull of them!)

DJ said...

That yellow curry looks yummy and delicious and I've got to try General Tsao's tofu - I've never made it before but it always looks so yummy when I see it! I'm an artichoke lover too - sounds perfect with dill and capers!

Gina said...

YUM!! The Thai Peanut Burger looks especially yummy. Its fun to travel with food, its about all we can do right now also!

steph said...

this is such a cute idea for a post!

David J said...

Inspirational the food looks delicious as usual but the concept of exploring from the kitchen is a great way to avoid the blues.

Susan said...

Fantastic!

Vaala said...

Everything looks divine. It's like a little dinner-table tour around the world. The chickpea paprikash looks especially awesome!

Mandee said...

I really want one of the thai-style burgers but the tacos look good too because I love thai and mexican inspired foods.

And I would make smoothies, lots and lots of smoothies (green ones) or banana bread/muffins and you could freeze some too.