#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.
#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.
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!