Global Food Blog Report #21

#1: After almost a month her blog vanished without reasonable explanation, Chef Ines Peña from Caracas, Venezuela is back with her brand new and improved creation: Apuntes de Cocina. Lets head over to her blog and cheer her up a little for her perseverance and the love to share her knowledge and delicious recipes through her blog.

#2: Chef Diva from Colombia cooks up a tasty idea: How does the International Day of the Chef sound? Do not forget to send a note to your favorite cook on June 23!

#3: Pies Descalzos from Mexico (ES) shares her favorite recipe to prepare "Chiles rellenos," a traditional delicacy made with chiles, beans, cheese…Ah, I definitely want some :)

#4: Chef Paz , created a step by step visual guide on how to prepare plantains: Plantain, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways #2 – Simple Fried Plantains.  You will LOVE it!

#5: Lobstersquad from Spain, a very unique & charming new blog. The second, so far I have found that writes in English from "La Madre Patria." Her original illustrations are breathtaking if you like the style, of course, but what I love the most is her unique approach to food through the eyes of an artist! Just take a look at THIS:

Aren´t picnics the best?
Any kind of picnic, wether it´s a full
dress affair, with champagne cooling in the river and a wicker hamper,
or a simple sandwich savoured on a park bench while reading Vogue. The

This spring has been quite picnicful.I´ve had a Retiro
park picnics of cheese and gazpacho. Freesbee tossing and tuna
sandwiches, plus ice cold beer on the beach at Cape Trafalgar.An
elaborate meal for six, with the dogs, in the country, under the

Maybe I´ve been brainwashed by all the Enid Blyton I
read as a child. In her books, the phrase "everything tastes better
outdoors" is mentioned at least twice. Always followed by the same
litany; ham sandwiches, chocolate cake, hard boiled eggs and ginger
beer.Head over to her blog and finish reading this delectable post…

#6: Cream Puffs in Venice loves so much her football team, that she has created a fantastic Risotto Tricolore to honor the Italians during this event:

So … in case you hadn't noticed … I'm cheering for Italy in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Hosted by Germany, this event promises to be a month-long
celebration of "the beautiful game." The most popular sporting event in
the world, the World Cup unites men, women and children in their
passion for football (don't call it soccer!).

How did football come to be called the beautiful game? Naive Cream
Puff that I am I always assumed that it had something to do with the
fact that generally speaking, football players are hot. Apparently this
is not the case.

According to Wikipedia,
football's moniker as "the beautiful game" came about thanks to the
autobiography of the man who is widely considered to be the greatest
soccer player ever: Pelé. In 1977, Pelé's autobiography was published
with the title My Life and the Beautiful Game.
So who's going to argue with the greatest ever?!? Personally, I still
like my "football players are hot" theory. But that's just me.

In my family, football holds a place of extreme honour and the World
Cup is considered an event so grand that regular life is justifiably
put on hold.

Italy's playing but you have to have a filling replaced? Learn to live with the pain of a toothache.

On the other hand, she takes her kitchen adventures to the next level: Crepes Suzetee

Last month, Mrs. B sent out the culinary equivalent of the Bat signal when she asked for recipe testers. In August 2006, the book that she has been editing, The World is a Kitchen,
will be published. To prepare for this incredible event, she asked
fellow bloggers to donate their time and kitchens to test recipes from
the book. How could I resist?

Mrs. B honoured me with four recipes to try and the recipe for
crêpes Suzette was the first to get my attention mainly because I've
never had crêpes Suzette much less made them. Continue Reading

#7: Chiriqui Chatter from David, Panama, gives us the scoop on where is the HOT, really HOT place to watch the games in that region: Restaurante Mi Tierra Chiricana Watches the World Cup!

#8: Cook (almost) Everything at least Once shares a delectable recipe to prepare Carrot Falafel. Just take a moment to see those pictures…in no time you will be at the grocery store getting the carrots, right? Enjoy!

I must admit that I'm quite fond of Falafel, though it took me a while
before I made them for myself. I'd always thought that there was some
secret involved in making them and that they would be "difficult" but
it couldn't be further from the truth. So when I saw this recipe by
Donna Hay for Carrot Falafel, naturally enough I was drawn to it.
Carrots are a wonderful vegetable but I seem to always cook them in the
same ways – a new way to incorporate them in a dish got my interest. Get the recipe NOW!

#9: Cha Xiu Bao presents the most interesting video/report I have seen on "The Pinching Pasta," The kitchen ladies in action—Oh, I would just LOVE to have that dish for lunch! :-)

This team of kitchen ladies (they are the stereotype of what we called
煮飯婆 in Cantonese, rice-cooking woman in English) were making 揪片, a pasta specialty of Shanxi. The closest translation I can come up with for this is "pinching pasta," or "nipping noodles" in that each piece of pasta is nipped out from the chubby dough with thumb and index finger. Look at their speed! …Continue reading!

See you next week!


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