I am so excited to be co-hosting this month's Weekend Cookbook Challenge with Sara of I Like To Cook. I love all the themes up to now -
Cookbook you've had the longest
Savory Comfort Foods
Shades of Orange I really got carried away with this one!
Easter Breakfast & Brunch
Cinco de Mayo
So it was quite a challenge to come up with something a little different this time around. Even though (in North America, at least) it's quite easy to find restaurants from cultures not our own, but we tend to cook the same "comfortable" dishes we've grown up with.
For example, I was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as was my mother. My father was born in Quebec City but moved to Montreal when he was two. Both sets of grandparents emigrated to Canada in the very early 1900's from Russia and Poland. So, much of the food I ate growing up was either "Canadian" or Eastern European - very meat and potatoes . If we wanted something different, we would go for Chinese, Greek and Italian dishes (except for spaghetti and lasagna that my mother made) in restaurants. Although I did make some exotic meals once I had my own kitchen, it didn't (and still doesn't) happen very often.
Now I live in Toronto which is the most multi-cultural city in North America. You can eat foods from everywhere in the world. In fact, I live just a five minute walk to Yonge Street (apparently the longest street in Canada) and within 10 blocks there are Irish pubs, as well as Indian, Thai, Chinese, Italian, Greek, French, Japanese, Mexican, Middle Eastern as well as fusion (there probably is a new word to describe upscale cuisines that marry flavors from around the world) and, of course American wing, rib & burger joints. I am not exaggerating!!! And I don't have to go much further afield to eat Ethiopian, Korean, Russian...the list is as long as there are countries around the world. It's just so easy to explore different dinner options here. Not only that, we are fortunate to have vibrant ethnic communities with thriving markets where one can purchase ingredients to make "authentic" dishes at home. Hopefully you have access to ingredients for foreign (to you) foods near you - think half-way across the world - up or down, east or west.
Just to be clear...this month's Weekend Cookbook Challenge is to find a recipe in a cookbook you own, that is foreign to you.
I must confess - I love food! From everywhere! I know, you're shocked to find that out. Just kidding....but one of my favorite cuisines is Indian (more from the north because I'm a wimp when it comes to the really spicy dishes from the south of India). I've made a couple of feasts over the years and have some great cookbooks too. I love The Cooking of India from the Time Life Series that is now out of print. It's the most beautiful photo journey through India with the focus on food. Two Madhur Jaffrey cookbooks Quick & Easy Indian Cookeryand her Illustrated Indian Cookery grace my bookshelves. I also have Creative Cooking - Indian with "how to" photos.
Here's my planned menu...I always go to extremes, but one wonderful dish from each of you would be awesome!
See you at the round up, September 5th.