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World Cuisine Express

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Blog URL: http://www.worldcuisineexpress.com/blog

We specialize in personalized dietary preferences for diabetic, low-carb and low-fat regimes. The finest quality nutrition-specific meals are delivered to your home or office. You make healthy choices from our menu for your low-carb, low-sugar, or low-fat dietary requirements.

World Cuisine Express will also cater at your home, office or special event. Chef Harold has put together a unique offering of gourmet delights in a fusion of tastes from all around the world. [Read more]

3 Varieties of Vietnamese Food and Secrets That You Don’t Want to Miss

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Vietnamese food is known throughout the world for utilizing a diverse range of herbs and sauces. Conventional Vietnamese cooking is widely accepted because it makes use of fresh ingredients suitable for the healthy eating approach. The mainstream culinary traditions in Vietnam share some elemental features that include: the freshness of the food and the ingredients used; the presence of herbs and vegetables; the broths and soup-based dishes and; the traditional presentation.
Isn’t Vietnamese food the same as Chinese or Thai? All those oriental food tastes the same anyway, right? This statement is far from the truth. In fact after you review this Vietnamese food guide, you will discover three varieties of Vietnamese food and secrets that you don’t want to miss…
There are many varieties or types of Vietnamese food. Vietnamese food is so flexible and adaptable that you can be as creative as you want to be. In this article, we will review three specific varieties of food that are special to Vietnamese: soup, stir-fried dishes, and Kho (brined dishes). What makes Vietnamese soups or stir-fried dishes different from Chinese or Thai food? The difference is in the flavor and seasonings. One of the special seasonings that is commonly used by Vietnamese is fish sauce.
Soup is the first variety of Vietnamese food. There are many types of Vietnamese soups. Soup is an essential dish in an average Vietnamese meal. One of the most well known noodle soups is Pho. Pho can be a standalone meal while other soups such as tofu egg dropped are served with rice.
Along with soup, another variety of Vietnamese food that is frequently served during meals is stir-fry. There are stir-fried vegetables, meat, seafood, noodles, etc. To an average Vietnamese like myself, a meal is not complete without stir-fried vegetables such as spinach, cabbage, or cauliflower.
The third and not as well known type is Kho. Kho is a Vietnamese word for brine. Brine is saturated water containing large amounts of salt. Vietnamese country folks frequently serve brine dishes made with fish, meat, and/or vegetables. The meat is soaked and marinated for several hours in fish sauce, salt, and other seasonings. Although these dishes are very salty, the marinade enhances the natural sweetness of meats, seafood, and vegetables. In the Vietnamese cookbook, “A Vietnamese Kitchen: Family Treasured Recipes”, the author shares why brined food is so important to Vietnamese families and culture especially farmers.

Indian Food Blog – Healthy Home Cooking

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Blog URL: http://www.saffrontrail.blogspot.com/

Saffrontrail – the food blog was started in May 2005 to showcase healthy vegetarian home cooking. Being a medical doctor with a specialization in nutrition, the blog reflects the author’s interests in healthy eating. The blog has a variety of recipes from across the world, most of the posts having a tip or two touching upon nutrition.

I also review products, restaurants and any other food events if I think it falls under the scope of my blog. My stories are about health, nutrition, food and lifestyle. I believe in submitting well-researched quality writing and I take deadlines seriously. [Read more]

Differences between Traditional Indian Food and British Indian Food

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Indian cuisine is internationally famous for its diverse food variety. The traditional Indian Cuisine is perhaps one of the most varied cuisines that there are in the world. Each of the various provinces of India has unique traditions and distinctive food choices. The common ingredients used for cooking in these provinces also vary besides their cooking methods and mediums. Besides the countless appetizers, there are vegetable dishes, lentil dishes, meat dishes and then of course there are many snacks and desserts which make up the delicious and rich Indian food.

Traditional Indian food cannot be cooked without the right and extensive use of the numerous spices. From cardamom, chillies, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, coriander, cloves to cinnamon, nutmeg and saffron, Indian Cuisine has it all. There are many ways these spices can be used and these different ways bring out the different tastes in each of the different meals. It is not easy to learn how and how much each spice has to be used in a dish.

The traditional Indian cuisine is very different from the English cuisine that is a part of British history. However it is true that their long association in the past has led to each other’s influence on both the cuisines. Now Indian food is fairly common in Britain. But is the British Indian food and traditional Indian food the same? The simple answer to this question is ‘No.’

There are many reasons why British Indian food and traditional Indian food are not the same. Some of these are listed below.

• First of all, many of the traditional Indian dishes are quite hot and spicy whereas the English cuisine isn’t. Therefore when Indian Cuisine became popular in Britain it had to amend itself in order to be widely acceptable with the Britons. The Indian food found in Britain is not spicy as back home.

• Most of the Indians are vegetarians which is why meat is excluded from most of the dishes. There is no such restriction in Britain and therefore many of the Indian curries which are becoming popular in Britain include chicken and other meat.

• Some of the dishes, like Chicken Tikka Masala, are entirely new Indian dishes that took birth in Britain. Because the BBQ Chicken Tikka is a popular yet spicy food in India, the Britons made a few changes to it and added a bit of gravy to it to cut down on its spice.

Healthy Thai Food

From all of the world cuisines, it is Thai food which provides consistency as a healthy and well balanced diet. Thai food is an amalgamation of various different elements from around the continents taking all the best and healthy options of other countries and leaving out the not so healthy elements. As well as a healthy, balanced overall diet, the individual ingredients used in Thai cooking are well known for their benefits and, in many cases, they are actually used in Southeast Asian medicine.

Turmeric, properties associated with turmeric include anti-flammatory and antioxidant elements. Both of these are great preventers for diseases and illnesses including cancer.

Lemongrass, a lovely, fragrant, lemony herb is used in Chinese medicine in the treatment of colds and flu-like bugs. It is also known to help maintain good digestion.

Galangal, a variant of ginger and, as such, shares many of its properties. Galangal is particularly renowned for its effectiveness in relieving digestive problems and gastric disorders. It is also reputed to assist in the reduction of pain and stiffness caused by arthritis.

Chillies, cayenne in particular, have recently come to the attention of western researchers. Indications are that chillies and their extracts may be beneficial in maintaining a healthy cardio-vascular system, and in supporting the body’s ability to produce insulin. Some researchers have also found positive impact on certain skin conditions, and on digestion. Another, quite unusual, benefit of chillies is that they are known to combat insomnia, so your delicious Thai meal will also help you to sleep soundly at night!

Coriander is probably the most well known ingredient used in Thai cuisine. Like every other herb used in Thai cuisine, coriander is very good for the digestion system and also helps to strengthen the immune system. Thai cuisine includes a range of seafood, fish, salads which are all great alternatives to red meat dishes. Thai cuisine offers meals which are well balanced for a healthy diet.

Coconut milk is believed to assist in the lowering of LDL, a form of cholesterol which is harmful at high levels. It also helps to raise levels of more desirable fatty substances that the body needs in order to function optimally. Like coriander, coconut milk is known for its immunity boosting properties. Some of its components are also known to inhibit some of the effects of aging.

Kaffir Lime Leaves have antioxidant properties like several of the ingredients we have mentioned already. Kaffir is said to purify the blood and assist digestion, while promoting dental and oral health. Kaffir is one of the main flavours used in Thai cuisine.

But there is more to the healthy eating aspect of the Thai diet than the individual properties of its ingredients: one should not underestimate the importance of the freshness of Thai herbs. Where many Asian cooking styles use a lot of dried spices and extracts, Thai cooking tends to make use of fresh herbs in their natural, whole state rather than extracts. Whole foods of any kind are now widely recognised, even in the west, as being the healthier option, and should be preferred over processed or powdered derivatives.

The popularity of salads, fish and seafood mean that there are plenty of alternatives to red meat. That said, body builders and macho traditionalists who don’t consider a meal to be a real meal unless it contains a decent helping of red meat would find that a Thai menu caters for them too.

As with all cuisines, there are some things best enjoyed in moderation. If one ate only dishes rich in coconut milk, for example, then one might reasonably expect to add a few inches to one’s waistline. Similarly, someone on a diet may decide to opt for plain or fragrant, rather than fried, rice dishes in order to keep the calories down, but the great thing about Thai cuisine is that meals are generally composed with all elements very well balanced, so it is most likely that a full meal would contain all these marvellous ingredients in just the right proportions.

My French Cuisine

French, cuisine, travel

Blog URL: http://www.myfrenchcuisine.blogspot.com/

French cuisine has evolved extensively over centuries. The national cuisine started forming in the Middle Ages due to the influence of the work of skilled chefs and various social and political movements. During their lifetimes, these chefs have been held in high regard for contributions to the culture of the country. The national cuisine developed primarily in the city of Paris with the chefs to French royalty, but eventually it spread throughout the country and was even exported overseas.

And at this blog, French recipes… cooked up in California. [Read more]

World Cuisine in an Indian Kitchen

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Blog URL: http://www.worldindiankitchen.blogspot.com/

Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional cuisines native to India. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate and occupations, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices.

Wonderful Cuisines from all over the world, prepared to suit Indian Taste. Some with minor changes in the ingredients and others with a little change in the cooking style. Just with a hope that people would learn to love foods from other parts of the world. [Read more]

Christine’s Recipes

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Blog URL: http://www.en.christinesrecipes.com/

Hi I’m Christine. Welcome you to visit my blog, Christine’s Recipes. I’m living in Australia with my husband and a lovely daughter. She likes eating and I like cooking. We are perfect partners. This blog is also dedicated to her as she enjoys and loves my cooking everyday. Here I’d like to record all my culinary experiments and share my love of cooking. I hope you’ll find what you are looking for on this blog. [Read more]

Easy Cooking

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Blog URL: http://www.divyascookbook.com/

I am Divya,a foodie at heart and a passionate cook.I love cooking and trying out new dishes in my kitchen.The joy I get from reading recipes and figuring out whether it would work or not and finally trying it out gives me an immense high.Every recipe published on this blog is tried and tested/tasted.
I blog about day to day recipes.Mainly Konkani food,in that too,a mix of Kochi Konkani fare and South Kanara[Mangalore]fare.With a dash of Kerala recipes and a bit of North Indian food too.Given my love for baking,some of my successful baking recipes would also feature now and then. [Read more]

The Food of Puerto Rican

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The island nation of Puerto Rico is officially a territory of the United States. Puerto Rican cuisine has evolved from several strong influences, including the original people, the Tainos, and the Spanish who drove most of the natives out and enslaved whoever was left. African and overall Caribbean influence is also reflected in the cuisine of the island, which has been shaped significantly by its climate and geology.

Cocina criolla, one of the main cuisine styles particular to the island, enjoys deep roots, extending far back to the native Tainos and Arawaks. Their culinary traditions were based on tropical fruits, native vegetables, seafood, and corn. With the Spanish came a host of other ingredients that expanded the criolla style. These included olive oil, rice, wheat, and meats, such as pork and beef. As enslaved African people were imported for the sugar cane plantations, their culinary traditions took root as well, and their contributions, which included taro and okra, became assimilated into the whole of criolla cuisine.

Many of the island’s main dishes are seasoned with adobo and sofrito. These are spice mixtures that impart the flavors the island is so well known for. Adobo, which can vary from cook to cook, or from manufacturer to manufacturer, generally consists of black peppercorns, oregano, salt, garlic, olive oil, and lime juice. When bought prepared in powdered form, most include salt, powdered garlic, citric acid, pepper, oregano, turmeric, and MSG, which is a good reason to make your own. While generally used for seasoning meats, it is considered a sort of all-purpose seasoning mixture.

Sofrito is made from onions, garlic, cilantro, peppers, and it often includes achiote, which is from the seeds of the annatoo plant. This seasoning helps to produce a bright yellow color in the finished product. This, too, is used in a variety of dishes, ranging from meat dishes to soups to beans and rice.

Single pot dishes, or stews, are common to Puerto Rican cuisine. These are often made of meats and flavored with a variety of spices and ingredients in addition to adobo and sofrito. Among the extras are Spanish olives stuffed with pimiento, sweet chili peppers, capers, potatoes, onions, garlic, fresh cilantro, and occasionally raisins.

Chicken with rice is a dish that has become a Puerto Rican specialty, with many families having their own recipe, handed down from generation to generation. Chicken is a main ingredient of many criolla dishes, and while these meals enjoy a host of seasonings, they are rarely what could be termed hotly spiced.

Naturally, seafood plays an important part of the island cuisine. Fried fish is often served with a special sauce made of olives, olive oil, onions, pimientos, capers, tomato sauce, vinegar, garlic, and bay leaves. Broiled, steamed or grilled fish is lightly seasoned, sometimes not seasoned at all, during the cooking process and served with a splash of lime juice with just a hint of garlic.

Puerto Rican cuisine has many facets that have arisen from the island’s long, complex history. The blend of native culinary traditions with those of the European tyrants and the enslaved African populations that they brought with them has resulted in a unique and flavorful cuisine that is beloved by many.