Bring the world to your kitchen!
Do you ever find yourself wandering down the international food aisle in the grocery store wishing you knew how to incorporate these ingredients into your cooking? Have you been abroad and miss the excitement of trying new dishes? Do you just love to cook and try new foods? If you answered yes to any of the above, this blog series is right up your alley!
For the remainder of this semester, we will be featuring a new international recipe on our blog every week. Follow along with us as we bring the international food aisle home!
5/2/2016: Recipe #3 is from Kristen, one of our awesome Peer Advisors!
Kristen’s Irish Soda Bread
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
- Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.
Fun Fact: The cross on the soda bread has several explanations. Legend has it that folks did it to “let the devil out” while it’s baking for good luck, and others say that it made it easy to divide into 4 pieces. It was also a symbol for a cross during Christian holidays.
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4/18/2016: Recipe #2 comes from one of our Study Abroad Advisors, Jen!
Jen’s Spanish Tortilla
- 6 large potatoes, diced
- 7 eggs
- 2 small onions, chopped finely
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
- Lots of oil!! probably about 1.5-2 cups (enough to fry the potatoes)
Peel potatoes and dice into small square pieces. Fry the potatoes on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Chop onion(s) finely and add to the potatoes, spreading them throughout. Once the potatoes are golden brown and tender, drain potatoes and onion in a strainer to get rid of excess oil. Add all 6 eggs to the potato mixture, and stir all ingredients so they are thoughtfully mixed. Pour mixture back into round pan, make sure the edge of the tortilla is rounded. Once the egg has cooked through on the bottom, place a large plate over your pan and carefully flip the tortilla (This is the tricky part- it takes a bit of practice. Having a second person sometimes helps!). The egg should look cooked through on the top now, but you’ll still have to let it cook through to the bottom. Carefully slip the tortilla back from the plate into the pan and use the spatula again to make sure the edges are clean and round. Add salt to taste. Cut like a pie or in small squares and serve with a baguette. Enjoy your authentic Spanish tortilla with cafe con leche and you’ll feel like you’re taking a short siesta in a cafe in Spain!
Fun Fact: Tapas, or appetizers, are a staple in Spanish cuisine, and the Spanish Tortilla is considered one of the most classic tapas.
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4/11/2016: We’d like to start off with a recipe from the Director of the Study Abroad Office:
Liz’s Quick and Easy Coronation Chicken
- Shredded chicken (4-6 cups or one medium sized rotisserie chicken)
- 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
- Mild curry powder (approx. 2 – 4 teaspoons)
- Pineapple chunks or tidbits in natural juice (20oz can)
- Cashew nut halves and pieces (8oz can)
- Black pepper
Strain the pineapple chunks saving 2 tablespoons of the juice. Mix the mayonnaise, curry powder, and pineapple juice together until smooth. Add to the shredded chicken, pineapple chunks, and cashew pieces. Salt and black pepper to taste. Serve with chips, crackers, lettuce wraps, or in sandwiches.
Fun Fact: The original recipe was created in honor of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
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Stay tuned for yummy recipes from India, Spain, Chile, and more…