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1. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

anyone pick up some good cooking recipes from around the world, and willing to share them.
i always find cooking and smelling the food from the countreys i have been to or want to go brings back strong memories, or excitment for that next trip, far more than pictures ever could.

2. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 10y

As my husband is South African I always try new things from his homecountry. What we relly enjoyed was:

Bobotie (not really the traditional one, but so yum, but you have to like dried fruit)

The non-negotiables are the egg custard on the top, the curry, the bread, something sort-of fruity, and the bay or lemon leaves. The yellow raisin rice is mandatory.
About 2 lbs lean minced beef or lamb. (For vegetarian version, substitute cooked lentils, baked beans or a combination).
Two or three onions
Curry powder to taste
Two slices white bread
About half a cup of milk
1 egg
1 cup of chopped dried fruit. (optional)
1 cup of finely chopped, or ground, nuts (optional)
1 Tablespoon of quite tart jam (preferably apricot) This should be chutney, if you can get it.
1 Tablespoon of vinegar (balsamic is untraditional but best)
6 fresh lemon leaves or 6 dried bay leaves (laurel).
Other optional additions
Grated carrot is a nice addition, or even grated apple, if you haven't added anything else fruity. A bit of garlic always improves a bobotie.
To make the bobotie
Soak the bread in the milk.
Brown the onions, add curry powder. Add the meat and brown. (If you're doing the veg version, skip this step). Add the fruit, nuts, jam and vinegar. (If you're doing the veg version, add the beans or lentils now) Squeeze all the milk out of the bread. Add the bread. Simmer till well cooked and reduced so there is almost no moisture, and transfer to an oven-proof dish.
Add the egg to the milk, mix thoroughly, and pour it on top of the meat (or bean) mixture. If you have fresh lemon leaves, twist them into little funnels, and insert them into the mixture. If you are using bay leaves, just arrange them on top. (Same with the lemon leaves if they won't stay put.) Bake for 35 to 45 minutes at about 200 deg C, (about 400 deg F) and serve with a green salad and yellow raisin rice.
To make yellow raisin rice
Prepare 3 cups of rice as normal but, before cooking, add 2 heaped teaspoons of turmeric and two cups of seedless raisins.

A NZ cake I liked was:

Banana cake

125g butter softened
¾ cup sugar
2 cups mashed/ripe bananas
2 eggs
2 tblsp hot milk
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

1.) mix butter and sugar
2.) add egg one at a time and beat
3.) add mashed banana
4.) dissolve baking soda in hot milk and add to creamy mixture
5.) sift flour and baking powder and fold in
6.) pour into greased tin, 180 °C 50 min.

There are so many more recipes I could post, but I guess it would just get too much. If you wanna have more send me a message!


3. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

These are two of the receipes I left Zanzibar with. Admittedly, it always tasted better on the beach in Jambinani but I'm getting better at making them.

Tomato Coconut Fish curry (serve 4)
2 large potatoes in large chunks boiled
half kilo of fish
oil for frying
tin coconut cream (only use the stuff that has a really high content of coconut)
half an onion, chopped
tin of chopped tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, minced
one or two teaspoons of garam masala or curry powder
two - four tsp tamarind paste or powder, to taste (this is essential)

Briefly fry fish in hot oil (or cook on an outdoor grill or broil in an oven) so that the outside is seared, but the fish is not done inside.

Stir together the onion, tomatoes, garlic, tamarind and spices. Boil down in pan. Add the fish and coconut milk.

Simmer slowly on low heat until fish is fully cooked and sauce is thickened. Serve with basmati rice.

MASALE - Fried salted fish
Clean and Scale whole fish and remove insides.
Cut a couple of large deep diagonal gashes on each side.

1 Tbs. coarse see salt
1/2 tsp. garlic
1 tsp. COARSE RED PEPPER, ground

Rub salt mixture well into gashes on both sides.
Coat with a little egg.

Fry in 1 cup HOT OIL until light brown.

Reduce heat and continue frying slowly until fish is quite brown but not burned.

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Quoting TylerJames

i always find cooking and smelling the food from the countreys i have been to or want to go brings back strong memories, or excitment for that next trip, far more than pictures ever could.

That is why, i started cooking, as a hobby, in the first place.

Coconut curry
1 tin of coconut milk
1 or 2 handfuls, of fresh basil.
Plain tofu.
Stock cube
1 onion.
1 to 10 cloves of garlic.
Oil for frying

Chop up the onion and garlic, and fry in oil, until golden
Add stock cube and tin of coconut milk.
Chop up tofu, into slices or cubes, and put in an oven proof bowl.
Pour the coconut mixture, on top of this.
Bake in the oven, until it looks hot. It is not important how long. Until it looks good. Sprinkle on the chopped fresh basil. Cook, for no more than 1 or 2 minutes more or no more at all. If u cook basil too long, it loses its flavour.


5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y


I forgot 2 of the ingredients
Add 1 teaspoon of sugar, and juice of half a lemon or lime, to the pot, with the coconut milk.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Chinese Take-Away, Belfast style

  • cook french fries
  • cook chicken breast
  • slice chicken breast
  • put fries and chicken on plate
  • cover everything with curry sauce
  • serve with Diet Coke

Bon Appetit!

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Soo many!

I know this isn't a typical indigenous thing, but here's a really great salad I had at Marahau in the Abel Tasman (or as close as I've been able to replicate), at the great 'Hooked on Marahau' cafe:

1 small butternut squash
1 large handful really peppery rocket leaves
1 large red onion
1 large carrot
1 large red pepper
handful of dates
200g walnuts
maple syrup
2 tablespoons sunflower oil

1) Cut up your squash into small bite-sized chunks, coat 1 tablespoon of the the sunflower oil and bung in the oven at 180 degrees for about 1/2 hour.
2) Slice the red onion, then fry gently in the other tablespoon of sunflower oil until starting to get caramelized and crispy.
3) Heat a ridged griddle pan until really hot, then scorch the pepper black on all sides. Allow to cool, remove the skin, then chop into bite-sized pieces.
4) Crush up the walnuts a little bit, chop the dates into about 3 pieces each and slice the carrot into very thin strips.
5) Mix up all the ingredients together thoroughly in a big bowl, then drizzle over a little maple syrup.


Maybe we should have a non-travel related recipe thread in off-topic?

8. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

Chinese Take-Away, Belfast style

  • cook french fries
  • cook chicken breast
  • slice chicken breast
  • put fries and chicken on plate
  • cover everything with curry sauce
  • serve with Diet Coke

Bon Appetit!

If curry sauce not available - gravy is an alternative - and peas and onions added are acceptable too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

orgin country: Argentina

2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese or romano cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 lbs boneless beef top sirloin steaks, cut into 1/4 inch slices (1-1/2" thick)
oil (for frying)
4 medium ripe tomatoes, sliced
8 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese
lemon wedges

In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs and milk.

In another shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper.

Dip steak in egg mixture, then coat with the crumb mixture.
In a large skillet, heat 1/2" of oil.

Brown steak over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (keep in mind that the longer it is cooked, the tougher it gets).

Drain on paper towels.

Transfer to a baking sheet.
Top beef with tomato, then cheese slices.

Broil 4" from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Serve with lemon wedges.