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The Moveable Feast: Eat the World in Ten Blogs

Categories: East Asia, Latin America, Middle East & North Africa, North America, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, France, India, Iraq, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, U.S.A., Vietnam

Have you ever wondered how the soldiers in Iraq spent the holiday season?  This is the day when you will get the scoop, first hand by Chairbone Stranger [1], an American soldier deployed somewhere very dusty in Iraq. His Christmas eve dinner report [2] will leave you speechless, well, at least for a while!

"The tongs weighed heavy in his hands, and firm in his grip. He was a natural, a TONG-MASTER." Through  braai politics – this is men's business, serious men's business [3] , Mark's Digital Farm [4] gives us a glimpse, a very unique account of the politics and posturing of men standing around a braai, the South African version of the American barbecue.

One Whole Clove [5] decided to play the part of the bored housewife and become all hot and bothered over a novel recipe that would make epicures and gastronomes alike roll their eyes and throw their hands up in despair. Visit her blog to get that scrumptious recipe to prepare Smoked Salmon Cheesecake [6] now!

Sailu's Food [7] presents a very interesting post on the origins and health benefits of a sour leaf called "red sorrel." [8] Hibiscus cannabinus, aka red sorrel leaves, roselle, gongura (telugu), pulicha keerai (Tamil), Ambad bhaji, ambada, ambadi (Hindi) are other names this popular sour green bears in the Southern State of Andhra Pradesh. For a majestic end, Sailu shares a delicious recipe to prepare authentic andhra pickles, a favorite to her mother Amma.

From Vietnam, VietnameseGod [9] offers the most delectable recipe to prepare Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls [10]. As you might know by now, these spring roll beauties are one of the most popular appetizers in Vietnam, and since this recipe comes from the repertoire of a very charming restaurant "Seasons of Hanoi [11]," is a keeper. Hope you like it!

With only a couple of days left in Saigon, No Star Where [12] crossed another item off his ‘to-do’ list with a visit to Chanh Hung [12], the (strangely) little known night fish market near Cho Lon. This is one of the most vivid travels I have made with the help of a blog: a rainbow of colors brings to life his memoirs, just gorgeous!  And now, from No Star Travels [13] he documents a trip through seven countries in Asia, starting in Cambodia. Head over to his blog and follow this one in a lifetime adventure. Just the way I like it!

BlueLotus [14] from Japan shares her 01/07 Dinner: Nanakusa-gayu [15], a traditional seven herb rice porridge. In a delicious step by step recipe illustrated with bright colored photos, she instruct us on how to prepare o-kayu (rice porridge, much like Chinese congee) cooked with the seven herbs of spring. No doubt it is a scrumptious tradition.

Marcela's blog, La Majuluta [16] from Argentina, has become one of the most popular cyber spots to find incredibly delicious recipes and great photography from Argentina. This girl not only cooks beautiful food, she also loves physics, and I have found her blogging around in French, Spanish, Italian and English! Since I have sweet dulce de leche memories from the time I lived in Buenos Aires, I will suggest you pay special attention to Marcela's "Mousse de Dulce de Leche" (Dulce de Leche Mousse) [17], which is a finger licking creation that is worth it's weight in gold!

Saveurs Mexicaines: Les aventures culinaires d'une française au Mexique [18], is a blog about living in Mexico and the exotic culinary creations you will find there. This week, Laurange writes about nopales (Opuntia ficus indica) and shares a very good recipe to prepare "Ensalada de Nopales [19]".

If you are a "caipirinha virgin", I suggest you visit Grace's The Kitchen Journal [20] to get the tastiest recipe to prepare caipirinha [21], which is a very popular Brazilian drink, very easy to prepare. The main ingredient for caipirinha is "CACHAÇA", which is a spirit distilled from sugar cane. Now, please take things easy and do not drink if you are driving  :) Grace is originally from Philippines, but currently lives and writes from Luanda, Angola.

I will be back next week with more!