Don't Hold Back... Explore More Exotic Recipes

Don’t Hold Back… Explore More Exotic Recipes

A friendly warning to my fellow Mommys:  Don’t Hold Back… Explore More Exotic Recipes

My biggest disappointment in life right now comes in the form of the boring rotation of dinner menu items that our family seems to be stuck on.  In my early years I was pretty adventurous when it came to eating.  We lived overseas and while I wasn’t in extremely exotic places, unless you call Germany exotic, I was encouraged early on to always try something new.

Don't Hold Back... Explore More Exotic Recipes

Today I’m going to try to help you step out of your comfort zone.  Don’t worry.  I will step out with you.  Let’s take a chance today to embrace the saying: Don’t Hold Back… Explore More Exotic Recipes.

As much as I love my husband’s cooking, he is a mid-west meat and potatoes kind of guy.  Actually he has stated to me that if there isn’t some kind of meat at dinner it’s just not dinner (or something like that).  I personally love to switch it up with a few meatless meals, but other than the rare cheese pizza, Hubby will have no part of it.

My alter-ego here online strives to be adventurous so I took it upon myself to explore what is out there.  Working from the short list of exotic foods that I’ve tried I have come up with a great #fridayfive list of recipes.  The recipes were pretty easy to find, but defining what they were seemed to give me a hiccup.

When I first started to write this blog I called the food “ethnic food”.  I try my hardest not to be too politically correct, but at the same time I wanted to get the right vibe for this post.  The point of this is to expand the menu items that you can prepare at home.  Exotic seemed to better describe a break from the normal menu. Also what I would consider ethnic food is probably just a regular menu item on another person’s dinner list.

Indian Food:

Truthfully the only time I’ve ever had Indian Food was when I was with a person who was from India.  Just out of college when I was working in San Francisco at an advertising agency I explored the most when it came to eating.  Everyone around me seemed to eating their way around the city and I got a front seat ride along on their adventures.

In paying homage to my long lost Indian friend I searched the depths of the internet (aka Pinterest) and found what seems to be a reasonable recipe to make:  Quick Chicken Tikka Masala

From what I remember of the Indian Food I’ve had, there usually isn’t much red meat in the recipes and there always seem to be a lot of sauces that go along with the dishes.  Something like this can be eaten with naan bread (kind of like a pita bread) or rice or even potatoes.

Thai Food:

Thai food is something that I have dabbled very little with.  My first experiences were (as I mentioned) above when I worked in San Francisco and tagged along with co-workers to try something new.  The adventure continued when I would go with my best friend to our local Bangcock 101 Thai chain restaurant.

Sadly though we didn’t veer too far from the meals that we could pronounce on the menu.  Chicken Pad Thai was a recurring item we would eat.  To bring me back to the good old days, I present The Best Easy Homemade Pad Thai Noodles.  This is a meal that definitely can be ordered in.  It can be purchased as a kit to make at home.  I find though that with just a little bit of extra work and knowing the flavors you can make this one of your regular menu items.

Egyptian/Middle Eastern:

If you’re looking for a meatless meal to snack on, I suggest something along the lines of the Crispy Homemade Baked Falafel.  I’ve only had Falafel once or twice, but knowing that it’s made with chickpeas, I know it’s going to be a hearty meatless alternative.

Falafelis a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. It is a traditional Egyptian and Middle Eastern food, commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as taboon; “falafel” also frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way. The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a meze tray (assortment of appetizers) – Wikipedia

Some people might find the texture of this dish a little different.  If I remember correctly, it’s pretty grainy unlike a hush puppy type fritter that I’m used to seeing in American southern comfort food.

Hawaiian:

The cuisine of Hawaii is true melting pot of flavors.  Traditional Native Hawaiian dishes are a staple when you attend luaus on the islands.  It’s crazy but a lot of what we think of as being Hawaiian probably is borrowed.  There have been so many settlers on its soil that bring flavors from mainland USA, Japan, China, and Portugal.

Have you ever heard of Spam Musubi?  My neighbor is from Hawaii and recently gave my husband a taste of it. She explained how to make this as she was making a batch for her husband, but I didn’t write it down.  I had to search out a recipe instead of bothering her again about it.

How to Make Spam Musubi is an easy explanation of how to make this recipe.  If you tend to like sushi or rice dishes, this one is for you!

Armenian:

I’m a sugar addict.  Normally is a bad thing.  Recently it has however broadened my horizons when it comes to food!  Our town is extremely diverse and  our local Winco happens to put out Gata.  I’d never heard of it before seeing in the store, but it’s my favorite snack these days.  Actually I buy it to eat on the way home from grocery shopping.  They say that you should shop hungry.  I don’t like to put my groceries away hungry!

It’s funny when I went to find a recipe for this I didn’t find what “my” gata looks like.  Mine looks like a big circular loaf of bread but is EXTREMELY heavy when you pick it up.  It smells a little big like raisin bread.  It also shares raisin bread’s shiny texture of crust.  To my surprise the recipe I found was in an article Cake of peace: Armenian families welcome religious holiday with round gata!  Who knew I’d have to read an article from www.armenianow.com to find an exotic recipe like this?

What are your favorite exotic recipes?  Post links and I’ll add them to my recipe collection!


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