Belgian Carbonnade à la Flamande

Belgian Carbonnade à la Flamande

 

Belgian Carbonnade à la Flamande

Belgian Carbonnade à la Flamande

Dating back to the Flemish region of Belgium in the 18th century, you can find La Carbonnade à la Flamande (“Flemish roasted meat”) all over Belgium today. Every region has a special take on this recipe that gets passed down to every generation. The Belgians take pride in this rich beef and onion stew dish's trademark taste that comes from mustard, thyme, bay leaves, and most importantly, beer.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Belgian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 lb stew beef cubed
  • 2 slices bacon (optional) cut into strips
  • 3 medium onions finely sliced
  • 1.5 cups dark ale preferably Belgian
  • 2 cups stock or broth preferably beef
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Carbonnade Culinary Spice Kit

  • Parsley, garlic, mustard, thyme, allspice, bay leaves

Suggested Sides

  • French fries, boiled or mashed potatoes
  • Slices of (ginger-) bread with mustard
  • Belgian endives, carrots, shallots, and/or green cabbage, braised or steamed
  • Salad with Belgian endives and apples

Instructions
 

  • Season the meat with salt & pepper to taste.
  • In a large PAN, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry the bacon until browned.
  • Take the bacon out and set it aside.
  • Fry the meat over high heat until all sides are brown. Don’t prick the meat.
  • Take the meat out and set it aside.
  • Fry the onions until translucent.
  • Add the sugar. Mix well.
  • Let it cook until the onions start to caramelize.
  • Return the meat and bacon. Mix well.
  • Sprinkle with flour.
  • Add the beer, stock, vinegar, Carbonnade spices, and salt to taste.
  • Cover and let cook over low heat for about 2.5 hours until the meat is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn off. Let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Serve carbonnade with your preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute the beef with lamb, pork, or chicken.
  • Omit the bacon.
  • Add more or omit the sugar and vinegar. Add 2 sliced carrots and a bit more stock instead.
Keyword allspice, bay leaves, mustard, parsley, thyme
Trinidadian Doubles

Trinidadian Doubles

 

Trinidadian Doubles

Trinidadian Doubles

You can find this trendy street food all over Trinidad & Tobago. The garbanzo bean dish is served on two, overlapping small flatbreads, hence its name “Doubles”. The real deal comes from the toppings. Obligatory is a fruit chow. It’s sour, sweet, salty, and hot at the same time. If you can spare the time, make also the green seasoning for the cucumbers. 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Shopping list

  • 2 cans garbanzo beans rinsed, (15.5 oz each)
  • 1 can pineapple chunks drained (keep the liquid), 20 oz
  • 1 bunch cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 English cucumber grated
  • 8-16 Flat bread of your choice (e.g. naan or Mexican tortilla)
  • 5 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1-3 lime for juice
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Doubles Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] cumin, amchoor, turmeric, yellow mustard, curry leaves, fenugreek, onion, ginger, coriander,  cayenne, cilantro, garlic, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon 
  • Pouch [2] Scotch bonnet pepper

Instructions
 

Pineapple Chow

  • In a BOWL, mix the pineapple chunks with 1/4 cup cilantro and half of the garlic.
  • Add to taste: pineapples can liquid, lime juice, Doubles [2] spices, and salt. Mix well.
  • Cover and let rest for 1/2-2 hours.

Cook

  • In a large POT, 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Add the shallots and half of the garlic.
  • Fry over medium heat until the shallots turn translucent.
  • Add the garbanzo beans and Doubles [1] spices. Mix well.
  • Add 1 1/4 cup of water and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Mash some of the beans with a fork or potato masher.
  • Add 1 tbsp cilantro.

Flatbread

  • In a PAN, quickly reheat or fry the bread with some oil or heat the tortilla without oil.

Serve

  • Serve the beans on flatbread, topped with pineapple chow, and cucumber.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute pineapple with mango,
  • Substitute cilantro with parsley or chives.
  • Substitute some beans with ground meat.
  • Prepare a cucumber chutney with our online recipe.
Keyword amchoor, cardamom, curry leaves, fenugreek, Scotch bonnet pepper, turmeric
French Crêpes

French Crêpes

 

French Crêpes

French Crêpes

Savory crêpes make a great quick dinner with versatile fillings, one for every taste. Beetroot powder adds all the health benefits of beetroots and a nice reddish color to the crêpes without a difference in the taste. Give the French dish a global touch with little sprinkles of Togarashi. This original blend from Japan is also preferred by Chefs of the best restaurants in San Diego, California.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Crêpes

  • 1.5 cup flour buckwheat or all-purpose
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs whisked
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • oil or butter salt

Fillings

  • 1 cup cream cheese goat
  • 1 tbsp chives finely chopped
  • 6 oz mushrooms sliced
  • 2 oz baby spinach optional
  • 3 oz cheese grated
  • 1 clove garlic sliced
  • olive oil salt

Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Beetroot powder
  • [2] Togarashi: Chili pepper, orange peel, black sesame seed, seaweed, white sesame seed, Sansho pepper, ginger

Instructions
 

Prepare

  • Mix and sift Crêpes [1] spices with the flour.
  • Mix milk with 3/4 cup of water.
  • Stir in the flour mix, one tbsp at a time.
  • Stir in the eggs, butter, and salt to taste.
  • Cover and let rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Bake

  • Coat a PAN lightly with oil or butter over medium heat.
  • For each crêpe, pour 1 LADLE of batter.
  • Rotate the PAN in all directions to cover the cooking surface evenly thin.
  • Cook until the crêpe is dry on the top.
  • With a LARGE SPATULA, loosen the edges and flip it.
  • Cook the other side until it's lightly brown.

Filling # 1

  • Mix goat cheese with chives.
  • Spread it on the finished crêpe.
  • Sprinkle with Crêpes [2] spices to taste.
  • Roll it.

Filling # 2

  • In a PAN, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat.
  • Fry mushrooms and garlic until mushrooms are just soft.
  • Optionally, add spinach.
  • Season with salt to taste.
  • Place 2-3 tbsp of the mushrooms on half of the crêpe.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and Crêpes [2] spices to taste.
  • Fold and bake it on both sides until cheese is melted.

Serve

  • Serve immediately.
  • Bon appétit!

Notes

* recommended: Gruyère or Swiss cheese
▪ Substitute chives with microgreens.
▪ Substitute mushrooms with ham.
▪ Optional savory fillings: smoked salmon or thinly sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil.
 
Keyword black sesame, orange peel, Sansho pepper, seaweed, sesame seeds
Bengali Panch Phoron

Bengali Panch Phoron

 

Bengali Panch Phoron

Panch Phoron

Panch phoron is an Indian spice blend from five whole seeds. It includes fenugreek which is known as an essential ingredient to Indian curry blends. The seeds are always used whole. They are fried in oil until they pop, or can be used as a spice rub.
This is a simple recipe for fried chicken. Alternatively, the aromatic oil from step 1 can be used as the base for a fried vegetable dish.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Bengali
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb chicken legs, thighs, wings
  • 5 medium tomatoes quartered
  • 4 cups basmati rice cooked or steamed
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 3 cloves garlic grated
  • limes or lemons
  • oil or ghee
  • salt

Panch Phoron Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Brown & yellow mustard, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, nigella
  • [2] Kashmiri chili

Instructions
 

Step 1

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry Panch Phoron [1] spices until they begin to pop.
  • Add ginger and garlic.
  • Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.

Step 2

  • Add chicken and salt to taste.
  • Stir-fry chicken over high heat for about 5 minutes until all sides turn brown.

Step 3

  • Add tomatoes.
  • Add salt and Panch Phoron [2] spices to taste.
  • Cover and cook over low heat for about 10-20 minutes until tomatoes fall apart and the chicken is cooked.

Serve

  • Serve the panch phoron chicken on rice with lime wedges.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute chicken with fish filet, shrimp, or tofu.
  • For a vegetarian version, substitute chicken with  garbanzo beans, potatoes, and mixed root vegetables.
  • Optionally, season the rice with turmeric.
 
Keyword nigella, panch phoron
Cuban Vaca Frita

Cuban Vaca Frita

 

Cuban Vaca Frita

Cuban Vaca Frita

This popular Cuban dish is fresh and juicy. It’s very easy to cook, though it takes some patience. The key to vaca frita or "fried beef" is slow-cooked beef the Cuban way. You can prepare this step in advance. Quick frying is the second and last step in the preparation.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cuban
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1.25 lb brisket or skirt steak
  • 1 green bell pepper quartered
  • 1 green bell pepper halved & sliced
  • 1 large onion quartered
  • 1 large onion halved & sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic or more to taste
  • 2 limes or lemons for juice
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Vaca Frita Culinary Spice Kit

  • Cumin, orange peel, ancho chili, oregano

Suggested Sides

  • cooked rice
  • a fresh salad
  • black beans recipe in the notes
  • fried plantains recipe in the notes

Instructions
 

Step 1: Cooking & Shredding the Meat

  • In a POT, add meat, the quartered bell pepper & onion, 2 cloves garlic, and salt to taste.
  • Cover with water. Close and bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat to low. Cook at least for 2 hours until the meat starts to fall apart.
  • Take the meat out. Shred it into 1/2-inch thick chunks. Keep the broth. Set aside.

Step 2: Frying the Vegetables

  • In a PAN, heat 1/2 cup of oil over medium heat.
  • Fry sliced onion and bell pepper with a pinch of salt until the onions are translucent.
  • Scoop the vegetables out. Set aside.
  • Keep the remaining oil in the PAN.

Step 3: Frying the Meat

  • In the same PAN, add meat, 3 cloves chopped garlic, and Vaca Frita spices.
  • Fry over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes until the meat is golden brown but not crisp.

Step 4: Finale

  • Return the vegetables to the PAN to reheat.
  • Turn off. Add 2-3 tbsp lime juice and salt & pepper to taste.

Serve

  • Serve with your preferred sides.
  • Optionally, add more lime juice.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute beef with chicken thighs. 
  • Optionally, add up to 1 cup of the broth in step 4).

Recipe changes for variation with Mojo Sauce (spiced fried onions):

  • (Step 2) Fry onions and bell peppers separately.
  • (Step 4) Return only the bell peppers to the PAN and don't use lime juice.
  • New Step: To mix the Mojo sauce, place fried onions in a BOWL and season with lime juice and optionally chili or chipotle to taste.
  • (Serve) Top with Mojo sauce.

Recipe for fried plantains as a typical side:

  • Peel 2-3 plantains and cut them into 1/2 inch slices.
  • In a PAN, heat 1/4 cup of oil over medium heat.
  • Fry plantain slices until they turn golden on both sides.
  • Season with salt to taste.

Recipe for black beans as another typical side:

  • In a POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Add 1 can black beans (rinsed).
  • Season to taste with salt, cumin, and black pepper.
  • Fry beans for a couple of minutes.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the broth from step 1 (cooking the meat).
  • Cover the POT and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Keyword ancho, chipotle
Indonesian Nasi Goreng

Indonesian Nasi Goreng

 

Indonesian Nasi Goreng

Indonesian Nasi Goreng

Indonesian nasi goreng is second on the list of the world’s most delicious meals (voted by CNN readers). Because its original purpose was to use up leftovers, it’s best prepared with rice from the day before and you can be creative with your choice of vegetables. Optionally, add meat or shrimp. We recommend giving tempeh a try. For any combination, the earthy aromatic taste of galangal makes this dish outstanding.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Shopping list

  • 2-3 cups vegetables of your choice (see notes) finely chopped or thinly sliced
  • 4 cups rice cooked on a previous day
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • soy sauce or tamari (see notes)
  • agave syrup or sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • salt

Optional

  • 0.5-1 lb shrimp precooked
  • 1 bunch green onions finely sliced
  • 1 cup peanuts finely chopped
  • fish sauce or anchovy paste to taste
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • 1 cup fried onions

Nasi Goreng Culinary Spice Kit

  • Galangal, turmeric, black pepper, nutmeg, amchoor, tamarind

Instructions
 

  • In a large PAN, heat 3 tbsp oil.
  • Fry onions and garlic over medium heat until onions turn slightly brown.
  • Add vegetables and fry them over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes (see notes) until they are almost cooked.
  • Add 2 tbsp soy sauce (see notes), Nasi Goreng spices, 1 tbsp syrup, and salt to taste.

Optional

  • Add 1-2 tbsp anchovy paste or 1-2 tsp fish sauce. Add shrimp. Mix well.

Finish

  • Add the rice. Stir over medium heat until the rice is well blended with all ingredients and reheated.

Optional

  • Garnish with green onions and peanuts.
  • Sprinkle with lemon juice, fried onions, and/or add a fried egg.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Vegetables

  • For instance: carrots, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, cauliflower or broccoli florets, peas, zucchini, mung bean sprouts.
  • Leftover vegetables are fine as well. Reduce the frying time accordingly.

Soy Sauce or Tamari

  •  Substitutes with a similar taste are: coconut aminos, liquid aminos, or Worcestershire sauce.

Variations

  • Add 0.5-1 lb chicken breast or tempeh, cut into 1/4 inch strips or cubes, together with the vegetables.
  • Place a fried egg on top of the rice. 
  • Add any pickled vegetables as a side.
Keyword amchoor, galangal, nutmeg, tamarind