How to Recreate 36 World Cuisines with 3 Spices
When cooking, the importance of spices cannot be overstated. Furthermore, to adequately duplicate any cuisine from another culture, you first have to learn what spices and ingredients are used and learn how to utilize them. For example, to make a Caribbean dish, you will likely need coriander, scotch bonnet pepper and marjoram, while a Mexican dish will often feature chili, lime and tomato.
Therefore, learning the spices that are used in each region will help you as you learn to make dishes from that culture. To get you started, read below for two excellent dishes with a decidedly cultural flare:
Spicy chicken, mango and jalapeno salad: Mexican culture:
- 250g pack of cherry tomatoes, sliced or quartered.
- 2 tbsp finely chopped jalapenos.
- Small handful of coriander, roughly chopped.
- Juice, 1 lime, plus halves to serve.
- 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil.
- 4 cooked chicken breast, torn into bite-sized pieces.
- 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced.
- 1 ripe mango, stoned, peeled and diced.
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- Handful of tortilla chips, broken a bit.
- Fresh crunchy salad.
1. Place jalapenos, lime juice, coriander, onion and oil in large bowl. Season to taste.
2. Put all remaining ingredients, except the tortilla chips, together. Gently mix with salad to coat.
3. Sprinkle the tortilla chips over the salad and serve with lime halves.
Quiche Lorraine Recipe: French Culture:
This dish is best when served warm or at room temperature. However, it can be rewarmed in an oven.
- 1 roll of puff pastry dough, or use homemade pie crust.
- 8 ounces of lean bacon.
- 4 large eggs.
- 1 ½ cups crème fraiche or heavy whipping cream.
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg.
- Salt and pepper.
- 1 cup diced Swiss, emmental or gruyere cheese.
1. Start by baking the tart shell. Do this by fitting the pastry dough into a 10 inch tart pan and pressing it firmly to the bottom and edges of the pan. Use a rolling pin to roll over the top and pinch off extra dough. Prick tart shell in several places with a fork, then place in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.
2. Preheat over to 400 degrees, and remove well chilled tart from shell. Place tarts in oven and bake for around 10 minutes. Remove tarts and allow them to cool.
3.. Slice bacon in ¼ x 1 inch strips and fry in skillet on low heat for around 5 minutes.
4. Whisk eggs with the crème fraiche or whipping cream until blended. Next, whisk in nutmeg and a pinch of pepper and salt.
5. Spread the diced cheese bacon evenly on the bottom of the cooled tart shell. Pour the cream and eggs on top, then place tart back in the oven.
6. Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
These two recipes listed above describe two cultural dishes you can easily duplicate at home. Just remember, don’t ever forget the importance of the spices and fresh ingredients when created culinary masterpieces.