Plinius

Monday, March 8, 2010

PL 8/10: World food

Filed under: smile — plinius @ 11:45 am

Food is going global.

Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Thai, Japanese and Middle Eastern foodstuffs are invading our local grocery – in a green community of five thousand souls. The range of exotic foodstuffs – including fresh fruit and vegetables – at Kaiser’s shop in Lillestrøm (a nearby town) is amazing.

Yesterday I cooked world food – the culinary equivalent of mash-ups and world music – for a joint birthday party.

In this case a mix of Indian and Thai:

  • Chapli Kabab – spicy meat balls
  • Palak Gosht – very spicy lamb with spinch
  • Dal Makhani – lentil curry

and papadoms on the Indian side. I used the spice mixtures and followed the recipes from National. They tasted verauthentic, but I’ll have to lower the heat next time.

  • Pad thai – a rice noodle dish with shrimp and pork
  • Red chicken salad – chicken on top of stir-fried cabbage (several types)
  • Cauliflower and greeen beans with cashew nuts – I did it with green rather than red curry paste, since the chicken was red-curry-flavored.

and shrimp crackers (krupuk) from Thai territory. Thai food is generally gentler (not always).

The cakes – brought by the guests – were Western:

  • kringle
  • marzipan cream cake
  • blueberry cup cakes
  • carrot cake

Yummy!

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