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Global Fusion: Creating Delicious Food One Meal at the Time!

#1: Madrid Fusion

My colleague Chef Elena was in Spain with three other Panamanian chefs, for the  world famous "Madrid Fusion" one week event, held in the beautiful city of Madrid. No doubt this is an incredible event. It will set the course for the emerging and extravagant cooking techniques, inspiring many and shocking many more. Head over to El Amor por la Cocina to read her first report on this event.

Chef Inés Peña from Apuntes de Cocina desde Venezuela, and VelSid from Directo al Paladar (ES) from Spain, also report on this important event.

#2: Pork Education

"Pig Ignorant, that's me…" is a very tasty essay that Cook Sister wrote on the delicious "gammon" subject. But, to get to that porky end, she goes through a very detailed explanation of each of the pig breeds: lard breed and bacon breed. If you are not confident with your gammon knowledge and need a hand or a ham, this is your lucky day because we have found the right post for you!

#3: A Consumer Report from Bermuda

How many times have you been beaten up by the indifference of a supermarket clerk, and other silent crimes that challenge our existence and our only human need to look for food in those places? BermudaSucks.com … the inside scoop reports almost in tears of joy what happened to him: "Friendly Service in Supermarketplace Shocker"

#4:  Say Cheese!

There is nothing like a fresh, carefully prepared-from-scratch-with-love cheese! That's what two cheese-loving bloggers, in two very distant places of the world, created. In California, Sam from the Becks & Posh blog prepared "homemade ricotta cheese" from a very easy recipe she learned at the Tante Marie's Cooking School. Then, thousands of miles away in India, Anthony from the Anthony's Bachelor Cooking prepared an outstanding paneer, which he later used to cook a colorful "Paneer Masala with Green Peas and Potatoes." You would be amazed at how easy it is to prepare these types of cheeses.

#5: Brazilian Mango Fever

While in Panama we call it "ceviche de mango", in Brazil, the South American paradise with world famous beaches that I enjoyed when I was growing up, it is called "Salada de Mangas Verdes".  This last recipe was beautifully prepared by Karen from the Kafka na Praia. She also prepared a perfectly caramelized pork fillet with mangos "Filé de Porco Caramelado com Mangas", and a juicy fruity chicken dish "Frango com Manga." I so much relate to her motivation, mango being  such a beautiful, unique fruit from the tropics.

#6: From Venezuela with Love

Chef María Eugenia Eiras from the "Experiencia Culinaria (ES), cooks up some nice looking "suspiros" or meringue cookies. They are feather-like and sweet and beautiful, the perfect gift that you could prepare for the high sugar, be-my-Valentine, upcoming season.

From the "Mil Sabores" cooking domain, María Luisa interviews one of Spain's most famous chefs: Martín Berasategui from San Sebastian, the Basque Country. Get in the kitchen with this talented chef by reading "Martin Berasategui: hay ruido en la cocina (ES)."

#7: Roots to be cooked!

From Singapore, Mana Makan – The Feast Crusade reports on cooking with lotus roots. Stephanie's contribution to the Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by Kalyn's Kitchen is an exuberant photographic display of almost every possible way to prepare this interesting looking root.

While this aquatic rhizome looks vaguely rude whole, they are flirtatiously pretty once you cut it up into rings crosswise. With whimsical hollows (the air valves actually) inside, they resemble lacy pinwheels when sliced into thin rings.

She shares her recipes to prepare: "Pork Ribs & Lotus Root Soup", and "Sea Bass Soup with Lotus Root and Red Dates."

When you are at her blog, do not miss her "Send Me Love Letters" post to celebrate the Chinese New Year!

#8: The Year of the Pom

When others prepare to receive on January 29th, the Chinese Year of the Dog, Kitsch'n'Zinc, Culinary Musings from Cape Town welcomes his new-born "Year of the Pom". At this point, using my supernatural mind-reading powers, I can tell that you are thoroughly puzzled, right? To solve that, head over to his blog and find out what the mysterious "year of the pom" will bring to all of us!

#9: Going South

From Buenos Aires, Argentina, SaltShaker offers a complete "Spanish-English Food Dictionary", which will help you order delicious meals when in town visiting the charming and exclusive LOLA Restaurant.

#10: Queen Lemon Beauty

My dearest Michelle from the Accidental Scientist blog in Oregon, crafts from scratch her very first cake: Meyer Lemon Cake. Hmm…, with real buttercream frosting, and made with the queen of lemons, the Meyer Lemon! Yum!

Happy cooking!

  • I’m just loving your food articles!

  • Thank you Beth :)

  • I’m not – they always make me hungry! Just kidding. Boy could I go for some spinach paneer right now.

  • MM

    Melissa, thanks so much for including me in this article! I am incredibly flattered. I really enjoyed the paneer & cheese as well as the meyer lemon cake posts. Now I can make my paneer sag! All I need is a recipe to make mozzarella without me having to move to a rustic farm somewhere full of buffaloes.

    Stephanie

  • Dan

    Thanks for including my mini-dictionary in your listings! Very flattering. I only wish it were complete – maybe one day…

  • Melissa, thank you for including me in the article too! Really nice of you!

  • A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece. Wow… that’s a great cake.

  • Hey Melissa
    Thanks for including my piece in your list! Some really cool stuff in here – I’m in excellent company! :-)

  • Gracias Melissa!

  • Melissa me sorprendió encontrarme aquí, gracias!
    Un beso, María Eugenia

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