South American Cuisine – Food of South America

South American Cuisine Facts and History

The first people in South America started out as hunter-gatherers, having in their menu the wild equivalent of potatoes, tomatoes, avocado, and corn, hunting lamas and rabbits, and fishing in rivers and ocean. Around 10,000 BC, the native people in South America started growing their food, the first crops could have been the squash crops.
 
 
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But, evidence was found that South American people also grew yucca roots, potatoes, corn, avocados, and peanuts. Today, the South American cuisine is a mix of several influences, having characteristics from the Native American cuisine, and from the Italian, African, and Spanish cuisines. Carne asada is highly appreciated in this cuisine, meaning grilled meat, which is served with a variety of other foods.
 

South American Cuisine Menu

 

Breakfast

 

The breakfast in South America tends to be rather light, consisting mainly in a cup of coffee, served with a lot of milk, and bread or sweet bread. Medilunas, which are some kind of croissants, are also served for breakfast, and some people may choose tea instead of coffee.

Usually, coffee with milk is served only in the morning, the coffee served later in the afternoon containing less milk. Also, if you are somewhere around Argentina, you will see that a cup of steamed milk, in which bittersweet chocolate was added to melt, is another popular drink for breakfast.

Lunch

Served between noon and 2 p.m. the lunch is one of the most important meals of the day, so a variety of dishes will be served during this time of the day.

Meat, like chicken or beef, will be served with pasta, or salads, and accompanied by a drink, such as soda, water or wine, and ended with a dessert. Even so, people that usually go to work don’t have too much time to serve a proper lunch, so they normally have a sandwich, which is made at home before leaving for work, or they may serve food at a fast food restaurant.

 

Snacks

People in South American love food, so you will see a great variety of snacks being sold on the street. Empanadas is one of them, which consists in baked, or even fried, pastries, filled with diverse foods like meat, cheese, spinach, or other various vegetables.

These are very cheap snacks and will be available almost anywhere. Ice cream is another popular snack in South America, especially in Argentina. Don’t be very surprised if you will see hot dogs being served at street food stalls, especially in Chile, as the people here love this kind of snack.
 
 
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Dinner

 

Dinner is another time for serving consistent food, starting in the evening, even as late as 9 p.m., which can last for hours. Rice, beans, cassava, meat, and vegetables, can compose the dinner. Meals can be accompanied by bread, salsas, which are all sort of sauces, and greens. Dessert can also be served after the dinner, and sodas, beer, or wine can be served as well, at the end of the day.

Dessert

In South America, desserts are pretty sweet. Dulce de leche, translated as “sweetness of milk”, is a very appreciated dessert made with simmering milk, vanilla, sugar, and baking soda, the result being a thick, brown, but still fluid, dessert. It looks very much like condensed milk from a can.

Flan is another appreciated dessert, together with rice pudding, and alfajor, which is a sweet sandwich made out of two thick cookies and dulce de leche in between. Cakes, ice cream, and sweet meringue cream desserts, are also found as sweet treats in South America.

 Drinks

While in South America, you will find a lot of interesting drinks to try here. Corn beer may be one of them, tasting similar with regular beer but having a more cloudy appearance. Also, many spirits drinks are made out of distilled grapes, such as singani and fernet. Also, pisco is another popular drink, which is a grape brandy made in the winemaking regions of Chile and Peru. Infusion yerba mate is popular throughout South America.
 
 
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Holiday Menu

 

Christmas

Christmas in South America also means a feast, which starts with a large serving of food on the 24th of December. Roast turkey, pork, or fish, is served with fresh veggies and salad, with potatoes or dishes made out of spiced rice.
Fresh fruits and nuts will also be present on the table, together with a wide array of desserts, like pies, lemon tarts, chocolate cakes, and even panettone, a dessert of Italian influences. Also, people love toasting and hugging each other, wishing only the best, so alcoholic beverages and sodas will be served during the Christmas meal.

 

Easter

 

A few days before Easter, the people in South America avoid eating meat, opting for fish or vegetables dishes. Once the Easter day arrived, the table will be covered in a great number of delicious dishes.

Lamb stew and roast is quite appreciated for this celebration, served with a side dish made out of potatoes, rice with vegetables, or just vegetables. Also, desserts are also present, the Easter cake being one of the most popular. This is a type of fluffy sweet bread, in shape of a ring, decorated with pastry creams, fruits, nuts, and even small chocolate eggs.

 

Most Popular Recipes

 

Asado – lamb, beef, or pork which is roasted in front of a campfire;
Empanadas – pastry products made in the shape of dough pockets, which are baked or friend, after being filled with all sort of ingredients;
Ceviche – raw fish cured in citrus juices, and spiced with chili. Onions, cilantro, and salt may also be added;
Churrasco – grilled meat, usually beef, served hot, directly off the grill;
Tamal – also known as tamale, which is a dish made out of starchy corn dough, filled with a variety of foods, from vegetables, to meat, fruits or cheese, all of them wrapped in leaves and cooked this way.

 

Most Used Ingredients

 

Meat / Fish: chicken, beef, trout;
Veggies: tomatoes, peppers, chili, plantains, potatoes, cassava;
Fruits: bananas, coconut, guava, mango, papaya, citruses;
Other: beans, rice, maize, quinoa.
 
 
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Street Food – What to eat when visiting South America

 

If you are getting hungry while you’re in South America, you shouldn’t worry, because street food is various and highly available. Make sure to try cheviche, which is made out of fresh and raw seafood or fish, marinated in citrus juices and spiced with chili, as it tastes amazingly.

Arepas are another type of street food, made out from small corn bread buns, sliced and filled with avocado, cheese, eggs, or even jam. You should also try the picarones, which are similar to doughnuts, with an orange color given by the sweet potato or pumpkin in their composition, fried, rolled in sugar and cinnamon, and being extremely delicious and sticky. And let us not forget about empanadas, those small pastry pockets filled with all sort of ingredients.

Latino Cuisine History and Facts


Latin American Cuisine Facts and History

 

Latin American cuisine managed to conquer the entire world, through its delicious flavors and spicy notes. But before it ended up being what everybody knows today, it had to be created.

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The dwellers of Latin America were already growing a high diversity of crops when the European discovered this part of the globe. The native already prepared numerous dishes by slow-cooking them, preparing something similar with a stew, or barbecuing the food, using an open fire.

Together with the appearance of the Europeans, new cooking techniques appeared as well in the Latin American cuisine, together with the use of sauces to complete a dish. The Native Americans had a great influence on this cuisine, many of the foods they introduced being kept until today, some examples would be frybread, cornbread, potatoes, taco, pupusas, and tortilla. African and Asian are two other influences that can felt in this cuisine as well.


Latin American Cuisine Menu

 

 Breakfast

Unlike many other parts of the world, the breakfast in Latin America is quite consistent. Eggs, cheese, meat, and even beans are served early in the morning, many breakfast dishes being warm and satisfying. For instance, you may serve tortillas with eggs, avocado, and chiles in the morning. Or a dish with beans and rice. Another example might be bread that is smoldered by refried beans, avocado, tomatoes, and queso fresco, which is a type of cheese similar to feta cheese. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate is served at breakfast as well.

 Lunch

For lunch, Latin Americans serve anything from soups, to sandwiches, salads, and stews. But, the favorites for lunch will be the dishes that can be served rather fast, like tacos, sandwiches, or quesadillas. Tacos are very versatile, using flat bread which is filled with a wide array of ingredients. It can contain chicken, shrimp, tuna, veggies, herbs, spices, and, of course, sauces. You will find all sort of tacos in Latin America, which will fit all tastes and preferences.

Snacks

Latin Americans are gourmands, so you will have plenty of snacks to enjoy while in the area, whenever you have a stomach that upsets you. You will love croquetas, which are small morsels made from bread with a filling of ground ham, cod fish, or chicken, and deep fried. Pastelitos de carne is another type of snack, made from layered pastry dough, filled with ground beef, onions and olives, or pieces of chorizo sausage, or anything you like. Or perhaps you want to try tostones, which are slightly smashed and twice fried plantains slices, served with salty cheese, meat, or dipped in sauce.

 Dinner

The day will end as well with serving delicious foods, dinner being quite filling and diverse. You can enjoy a stew made out of beans with pork, or beef, to which carrots, tomatoes, and cabbage is added. Stew are quite common at dinner, a dish made out of stewed beef, in a tomato sauce, served with plantains, yellow rice, black beans, and fried yucca. Rice is also used for preparing dinner, gallo pinto being one example, which is rice prepared together with brown or red beans.

  Desserts

If the food is plentiful in Latin America, desserts are sweet. A wide variety of dessert recipes can be found here, because people in this area enjoy good food. You want to try churos, especially if you are in Mexico, which are stripes of dough deep fried and tossed through sugar and cinnamon for extra flavor. Dulce de leche is a very popular dessert, resembling a pudding, together with the tres leches cake, a soft and puffy dessert. Ice cream, or gelato as it is called here, will also be found, especially when the weather is warm, and you will be able to try some exotic assortments.

 Drinks

When it comes to drinks, they are plenty to choose from in Latin America, from fruit juices, so spirit beverages and cocktails. If you want to try an authentic Latin American alcoholic beverage, you should try chicha. It is one of the oldest drinks of this kind in this part of the world, every country in Latin American having a different recipe, using different main ingredients, to produce it. In Salvador, you will encounter Marañon juice, a non-alcoholic beverage made from a fruit called Marañon, filled with vitamin C. Tequila is one beverage everybody knows about, even outside of Latin America. But, here, you will also find Mezcal, a type of tequila that comes with a worm in the bottle.

 

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Holiday Menus

 

  Christmas

For Christmas, people in Latin America adopted the Italian panettone, a soft cake filled with dry fruits. They also prepare a special holiday version of tamale, one of the most appreciated dishes. Moros y Cristianos is another dish served for Christmas, consisting of black beans, rice, and shredded beef. They also prepare tostones, fried plantain slices, because they are great for dipping in a sauce or as side dish. And, as a drink, they have coquito, something similar with eggnog, but with rum.

 Easter

Easter is another great holiday, meaning that people will serve rosca de Pascua, which is Easter bread ring, sweet and decorated with candy or almonds. During the Holy Week, cevishe is much appreciated, together with fried fish. Empanadas with fish and seafood are also consumed. Cheese rolls, sweet cream of beans, and spring soup, made with fish and veggies, can also be a part of the menu.

 Most Popular Latino Dishes

 

•    Ropa vieja – it means “old clothes”, and it consists in shredded beef, stewed in tomato sauce, served with rice, black beans, and plantains;
•    Tamal – starchy dough, made from corn, is filled with all sort of ingredients, from veggies, to meat, cheese, or chilies, according to preference, and boiled in a leaf;
•    Feijoada – a stew made out of black beans and meat, pork or beef, and served with rice, vegetables, and even sausages;
•    Asado – this means grilled meat, usually consisting in beef ribs that are spiced and prepared on a grill.

 Most Used Ingredients

 

•    Meat / Fish: pork, beef, chicken, seafood;
•    Veggies: tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, beans;
•    Fruits: mango, pineapple, coconut, avocado;
•    Other: rice, corn, cheese, milk;

 

Latin American Street Food

What to eat when traveling to Latin America

 

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In Mexico, you can enjoy cemita poblana, which is a bread bun stuffed with fried cutlet, chipotle, avocado, queso blanco, pepper, and papalo, which is a type of coriander. Another great street food is the Brazilian roast beef sandwich, made with roasted beef, tomato, and melted mozzarella, all wrapped nicely in a bread bun. Elote is boiled sweet corn, to which an herb called epazote is added, for giving it a floral flavor. If you are visiting Puerto Rico, look for cheese fritters. And don’t forget about tacos, those tasty flat bread sandwiches that you can fill with whatever your hear desires.

 

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Rozalia Fernandez

 

Caribbean Cuisine Facts and History

The Caribbean cuisine is composed of a multitude of elements, each brought in by the people that came to settle in the area over time. So, we can say that the present cuisine in this part of the world is actually made of many influenced that merged together to create the exotic and authentic Caribbean cuisine.
 
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The Arawaks, the first people to live in the area, brought the habit of barbecuing meat. Due to the Caribs, another early population, chili ended up being used as well, together with other spices brought in by this population. The Europeans, who made colonies in the area, introduced the chicken, pig, onion, garlic, rice, and oranges, in the local recipes.

The Africans, who came in as slaves to work on sugar cane fields, brought with them the pigeon peas, taro root, plantains, and okra. The Chinese and Asian Indians introduced the cooking style with the wok and the preparation of curies. Other influences come from Mexico and Central America, due to their proximity, which can also be found in the local cuisine.

 

 Caribbean Cuisine Menu

 

• Breakfast

Breakfast in the Caribbean is as exotic as the place itself. You will find bananas and pineapple cooked and added to the recipe. Fish can also be a part of the breakfast, as it makes it more filling for your stomach. Salted or fresh fish is used, according to the recipe. Eggs are also highly appreciated in the morning, fried or as omelets. Pancakes, various types of bread, sweet, with nuts, or just plain, turkey burgers, or even fruits salads are appreciated here in the morning. Refreshing fruits juices or coffee may also accompany the breakfast.

• Lunch

In the Caribbean, the lunch can be served starting with 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., according to the schedule of each. Soups can be served, although they are not a constant presence in the lunch menu, and they are rather thick. The dishes for lunch are more often served with sauces, like cranberry or red pepper sauce. Rice is often served, with fried chicken, peas, peppers, onions, and spiced with saffron, or other preferred spices. Besides chicken, fish and seafood can also be a part of the lunch meal, which can also be served with rice, pasta, or with vegetable curry.

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• Snacks

You will have plenty of options when you wish to have a bite on the go in the Caribbean. Popular snacks include the cassava cakes. They are used using cassava flour to make the dough, which is filled with various ingredients, from sweet bananas or chocolate chips, to savory types, like salty fish, and backed. Ice cream is another preferred snack, due to the high temperatures in the area. You can find exotic assortments like chocolate and orange, sugar cane flavor, and rum and banana. And you can also try the patties, the Caribbean version of burger, being a fried dough pocket, filled with meat, fish, seafood, or even veggies, and packed in a brown paper so that it can be enjoyed on the go.

• Dinner

Dinner is pretty much the same with lunch, although some beverages may accompany this last meal of the day. Pork, beef, fish, or chicken can also be present on the dish, accompanied by rice, bean curry, sweet potatoes, and even fruits like mango or pineapple, which give the dish a sweet-sour exotic taste. The goat stew or curry is quite popular in the Caribbean, being one famous dish in this area. Slow cooked with a wide array of spices, for tenderness and an incredible taste, containing onions, garlic, chili, curry leaves, curry powder, thyme, tomatoes, beans, lemon, and coriander, will produce an explosion of taste in your mouth.

• Desserts

You will love the desserts in the Caribbean. Make sure you try the prune flan, a soft, full of sweet syrup and fruits dessert. The rice pudding, made with milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon will also make your day. Bread pudding, coconut pulp soaked in syrup, mango marmalade, coconut macaroon, and sweet beans, a soft paste made from boiled beans, with sugar and various flavors, are also a part of the desserts prepared in this area.

• Drinks

When it comes to the Caribbean, the drinks are exotic as well. A wide range of fruity cocktails, with alcohol or without it, are served. Smoothies that contain exotic fruits are also appreciated, especially in the morning or at noon, as a refreshing drink. Rum punches and rum cocktails are very popular, to which various other ingredients are added, according to the recipe. You may also want to try the traditional Caribbean sorrel drink, which is a sweet-sour non-alcoholic drink. It is made with sorrel flowers, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, water and sugar.

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  Holiday Menu

• Christmas

The Christmas menu in the Caribbean contains a lot of food, like appetizers, the main dishes and dessert. As appetizers, beef patties, salt cod fritters, fried plantains with garlic or cilantro sauce, and ginger cocktails are served. As main dishes, you will find grilled lamb, fish, coconut and lime rice, sweet plantains, and pigeon peas. And, for dessert, rum cake and coconut cookies will end the Christmas evening.

• Easter

During Good Friday, no one in the Caribbean will serve red meat, just fish and vegetables. Once the Easter arrive, the Easter bun and cheese is one of the main served dishes. It is a specially made bun, spiced with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, to which dried fruits are added, and served with cheese. Fish is also common during Easter, being served with sweet bananas, or marinated in peppers and other veggies.

 Most Popular Dishes

 

• Roast pork – server with rice, beans, and plantains, this type of roast is very much appreciated;
• Conch – a large sea snail, just like a large clam, which is served as delicious fritters, but also served in soups, salads, and stews;
• Pepperpot – a thick stew made with okra, aubergine, potatoes, squash, and every other veggie that comes in hand, together with beef and cornmeal dumplings, which complete this dish;
• Chicken with rice – other ingredients include tomato, pepper, garlic, and other, according to recipe. The rice is backed until the flavor of the chicken can be felt right.
• Goat stew – as mentioned before, this is an excellent dish here, made from goat or mutton, with an array of veggies and spices.

  Most Used Ingredients:

 

Meat / Fish: chicken, beef, pork, fish, seafood;
Veggies: peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, onion, garlic, squash, cassava;
Fruits: mango, pineapple, coconut, lime, oranges.
Others: chili, beans, rice, maize, cloves, cinnamon.

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 Caribbean Street Food – What to eat when visiting the Caribbean

One thing is for sure, and that is that you won’t feel hungry while walking on the streets of the Caribbean. If you want something light, make sure to try the delicious conch salad, which is a tangy salad made with raw conch, onions, and green peppers. Doubles are another type of snack, very popular in the Caribbean, which consists in rounds of fried dough, filled with spicy curried chickpeas or channa, to which cucumber slaw, mango chutney or a cilantro-based sauce can be added. Be careful because you will serve this by hand, so it can get pretty messy, but also it is very delicious.

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Carlene Evett

Jamaican Cuisine Facts and History

 A Blend of Cultures for a Unique Flavour

Jamaica – land of wood and water. Also known for our sun, sand, sea and of course our cuisine. Jamaican food is second to none in variety, flavour and uniqueness. We love and celebrate our food throughout the year with a variety of food festivals for e.g. Boston Jerk Festival, Little Ochi Sea Food Festival, Trelawny Yam Festival, just to name a few. Today’s flavourful meals have their origins in the country’s long and storied history.

 
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About Jamaican Cuisine 

The Jamaican motto is “Out of Many, One People” and this is epitomized throughout our cuisine. We are the flavours of the former indigenous population, our enslaved forefathers, our European colonizers, and our Indian and Chinese indentured workers and immigrants. These influences have led to a unique blend of cultures which is prevalent in our food choices. We therefore have a lot of stewed, jerked, fried meats. We also have a preference for well-seasoned and spicy foods.

Most Popular Dishes

Ackee and saltfish (codfish) is the Jamaican national dish and one of our most popular dishes which is eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Dubbed one of the most dangerous foods in the world, Jamaica is the only Caribbean country in which ackee is eaten on a regular basis. After all, ackee could kill you. Other popular dishes include jerk chicken or pork served with festival; stew peas made with pig’s tail and kidney beans served with white rice; rice and peas and chicken.

 Jamaican Cuisine – Menu

Jamaicans have varied and delicious options for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

A traditional breakfast

• porridge of which there are quite a few varieties, the more popular ones being cornmeal, hominy corn, peanut, plantain or oats.
• a choice of boiled ground provisions (green banana, yam, potato, dasheen etc.), fried or boiled dumplings, fried plantain or fritters with an option of either ackee and salt fish, salt mackerel, callaloo and salt fish, liver or kidney. This is typically served with tea (chocolate, peppermint etc.).

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Dinner and Lunch

Dinner and lunch are similar, unless you are going for a quick lunch such as a patty and a coco bread and soup.

Dinner menu depends on the day of the week. Weekends are special. Saturdays are soup days with either chicken foot soup or red peas soup with pig tail and/or beef. In Jamaica, we have a saying that ‘we don’t drink soup, we eat soup’. This is because our soups are generally filled with a variety of ground provisions and meat. Sundays are rice and peas days with either one or a variety of meats, usually chicken, pork and/or fish served with tossed salad. Mondays are normally leftovers from Sunday called ‘Sunday-Monday’.

Dinner and or lunch for the rest of the week is generally ‘food’ – boiled ground provisions – or rice. Chicken is a favourite accompanying meat. And some days when you don’t feel like cooking you prepare a little ‘dutty gyal’ and white rice, that is, tin mackerel and steamed rice.

Snacks and Desserts

On the go food options are plentiful and varied. Snack options include bun (small, round, spiced) sliced down the middle with cheddar cheese; banana chips; crackers and cheddar cheese. These are often paired with a box juice.

Dessert options range from sweet potato pudding, coconut drops, grater cake, gizzada to toto and more.

Drinks

Most fruits or vegetables are used to make juice, and a lot of them are spiced with ginger. Jamaicans love ginger. Popular juices include carrot, sorrel, soursop and ginger beer.

 Holiday Menus

 

There are two holidays for which food plays a big part in Jamaican cuisine – Easter and Christmas. Easter is all about bun and cheese, and fry fish. The bun is generally baked as a loaf, sweet and made with a variety of spices, raisins and dried fruits.

Christmas is nothing without gungo peas and rice; multiple meat dishes prepared in a variety of ways (chicken, curry goat, roast pork and the list goes on); ‘mannish water’ (goat soup made from the less popular parts of the goat, but delicious nonetheless) or ‘fish tea’ (fish soup); fruit cake and sorrel juice.

 Most Used Ingredients

 

Jamaicans prefer their meats well-seasoned. As such meats are normally seasoned with a variety of spices such as onion, scallion, thyme, sweet pepper, and for heat there is our famous scotch bonnet pepper. Meat seasoning and all-purpose – blended powdered seasonings – are also highly popular. Ginger is well used in drinks and meat dishes.

For the Travelling Foodie

 

Travelling to Jamaica you should experience the varied options for street and restaurant food.

a. Street Food

Travelling the streets of Jamaica, especially in the cities, it is not uncommon to see persons with a cart selling steaming hot porridge or soup, and patties, the latter sourced from the local patty places. Hot dog carts selling locally made and heavily spiced ‘bad dawg’ sausages and ‘reggae jammin’ sausages and burgers are quickly spreading. However, the most prevalent and traditional street food is jerk chicken from a pan-chicken man. While these can be found everywhere, Yallahs is famous for its pan-chicken. There are other ‘street foods’ specific to an area. So you will find jerk pork and jerk chicken in Boston; saltfish and roast yam in Porus; fish and roast breadfruit in Border.

b. Restaurant Food

Taking in the restaurant scene, there are so many selections for traditional Jamaican fare. Steamed, fried, stewed or escovitched fish with bammy (a cassava flatbread) and or festival. This is especially delicious from Port Royal or Helshire Beach. Oxtail and rice and peas is a must have.

There are a variety of restaurants, local fast food outlets, cook shops, and street food vendors across the island. In the city it is not uncommon to see a variety of Chinese ‘restaurants’ and their cuisine is influenced by the Jamaican palate. You will not find a Chinese restaurant anywhere else in the world that taste like a Jamaican Chinese restaurant.

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Another unique feature of our cuisine is based on Rastafarianism. In some parts of the world it might be interpreted as vegetarian or vegan (depending on the Rasta – some eat fish, some do not) but here in Jamaica it is ‘ital’ food of which it may be cooked with heat or not, and avoids processed ingredients.

Jamaicans continue to expand the variety of our offerings through a fusion of cultural practices. Case in point, today, we are consuming in spades the invasive fish species – lionfish. It is delicious and we recommend that you eat it fried – you are less likely to be poisoned that way.

Jamaican cuisine, as you have seen, is diverse and flavourful. We guarantee you will be sure to enjoy it.

 

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Carlene Evett

Beavertails: Canadian Delightful Fried Pastry Treat

Beavertails History

 

BeaverTails is a Canadian based company that was started by Grant and Pam Hooker in 1978. In 1980, the company opened its first permanent store in Ottawa, Ontario at the Byward Market. Each stand serves beavertails as well as other various treats like hot dogs, fruit smoothies, hot chocolate, beaver bites, poutine and frozen treats. A beavertail is a fried dough pastry that is hand stretched and topped with sweet goodies like peanut butter spread, chocolate spread, fruit and other sweet confections and condiments. The BeaverTail franchise can be found in Canada, the United States, South Korea, Japan and the UAE. There are currently over 40 stores and stands in operation world wide. BeaverTails is a trademarked name and is also known as Queues de Castor.

 

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The Included Ingredients:

BeaverTail pastries are made out of whole wheat bread dough which is cooked fresh upon order. The ingredients may include: warm milk, sugar, water, dry yeast, salt, vanilla, eggs, oil, all-purpose flour and cinnamon. The cinnamon is usually for dusting after it comes out of being baked, but you may choose a flavor that does not have this option.

Different Kinds of BeaverTails

There are several different types of BeaverTail flavors, with the classic being cinnamon and sugar. However, other flavors include:

• Killaloe Sunrise (cinnamon sugar sprinkles, lemon)
• Chocolate Hazelnut,
• Maple,
• Chocolate Banana,
• Apple Cinnamon,
• Avalanche,
• Coco Vanilla,
• Triple Trip (chocolate hazelnut spread, peanut butter and Reese’s Pieces),

You can also get a featured flavor and sometimes you may also be able to get multiple different spreads/flavors on a single BeaverTail. Overall, these are just the main types of BeaverTails that you can get, but you also have the ability to add other sweets or toppings onto your pastry. You can see how much fat, sugar and fiber each kind on the official website. You can also see which kind has specific allergens like nuts, wheat, barely, soy, dairy, etc, on the official website.

BeaverTails Locations: Where to Eat BeaverTails?

If you are looking to get one of these marvelous pastries, you can get them in four different countries: Canada, United States, Korea, and Japan. If you are in Canada, you can find them across these provinces: Ontario (permanent stand being in Ottawa), Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, the Maritimes, and Quebec where it is known as Queues de Castor. If you are in the United States then you can hit a BeaverTails stand at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington Utah, Dollywood’s Splash Country in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee as well as Keystone, Breckenridge and Horseshoe in Colorado. There is one café in Japan near Setagaya-ku, Tokyo and in Gyeongju-si in South Korea. Recently they also added BeaverTail stands at Kite Beach and Ibn Battuta mall in Dubai.

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Joanne Beck

Inuit Cuisine – What Do They Eat in Arctis

The Nations of the Inuit: Northern Life and Arctic Cuisine

 

The Inuit are distinctively different from other First Peoples in the sense that they have a unique appearance and culture that revolves around the survival and adaptation of their people. The Inuit were the last of the natives to arrive to North America, so they settled in the Arctic as it was the only portion of land that was not taken up by other Native Americans as the north had the harshest climates.

Inuit Food Cuisine

The Inuit can be found across Northern Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Siberia and historically were separated into eight groups. These included: Labrador (Atlantic Coast), New Quebec (Hudson Strait and East Coast of Hudson Bay), Baffin Island, Igloolik (Western Baffin Island), Caribou (West of Hudson Bay), Netsilik (Arctic Coast of Canada), Copper (Victoria Islands/Central Arctic) and Western Artic Inuit (Mackenzie River Valley). In addition to being broken into eight groupings, the languages were also divided into the Eastern and Western branches which can then be broken down into dialects. However, the different languages do come from one main language, that being the Inuit-Aleut or Eskimaleut.

Inuit Cuisine Facts and History

 

According to archeological research and findings, the Inuit first originated out of north-western Alaska where they lived both on the tundra and the coast. Here they created their distinct cuisine out of what they could hunt, which is why Inuit food is mostly made up of meat like whale, seals, walrus, caribou and fish. The meat was able to provide them with a diet high in nutrients and fat to help them live in the harsh climates. The Inuit chose to move across Arctic Canada towards the east, migrating in smaller parties, as they wanted to look for a higher quality of life. This lead them to the rich whaling grounds around Baffin Island and the coastal areas where seals, fish and caribou were aplenty. They continued to move east, entering Greenland by AD1250 where they came into contact with the Norse. The Norse colonies ended up disappearing as the cold climates got progressively worse around the 1300s. In order to survive the climates, the Inuit began building houses made out of blocks of snow as these were easier to construct and could be built anywhere, allowing the Inuit to move to available food sources.

Whale inuit food

Inuit Cuisine Menu

Breakfast:

• Muffins,
• Bannock,
• Pancakes,
• Cereal Bread,
• Baked Beans,
• Cinnamon Buns,
• Rye Bread,
• Oatmeal,

Lunch:

• Raw meat (whale, caribou, seabirds, seafood, etc),
• Macaroni Salad,
• Baked Beans,
• Casserole,
• Spaghetti,
• Wild Rice,
• Coleslaw,
• Lentil Soup,
• Rabbit Stew,
• Venison Stew,
• Corn Soup

Snacks:

• Jams,
• Breads,
• Muffins,
• Saskatoon Berry Mix,
• Bannock,
• Mattak

Dinner:

• Cheese stuffed trout,
• Orange codfish,
• Tourtiere,
• Veal/Chicken parmesan,
• Vegetables and meat balls,
• Rabbit stew,
• Moose stew,
• Wild Rice,
• Hamburger soup,
• Sweet and sour moose ribs,
• Roast Grouse,
• Duck,
• Rabbit,
• Lentil Soup

Desserts:

• Brownies,
• Crème Caramel (Caramel Custard),
• Gingerbread,
• Pudding,
• Rhubarb Pie,
• Cookies,
• Crumble and Crisp (made with fruit),
• Banana loaf

Drinks: Traditional Inuit drinks may include

• Burdock root tea,
• Dandelion tea,
• Elderberry tea,
• Coffee,
• Milk,
• Alcohol (Whiskey, Rum, Vodka).

 

Muktuk Inuit Food Recipe


Holiday Menus

Christmas:

A traditional Inuit Christmas dinner may have the following on their table:

• Caribou (legs, stew),
• Bannock (bread),
• Muktuk (often dipped in soy sauce),
• Raw arctic char,
• Kiviak,
• Seal meat,
• Fish (Trout).
• Tea.
• Coffee.

In addition to the above, Inuit may also bring coleslaw, potato salad and other “non-country foods” to the communal dinner from their city’s co-op. The co-op is a place where dry foods are shipped to from the Southern areas of Canada.

Easter:

A traditional Inuit Easter dinner may have the following on their table:

• Wild Rice Cakes,
• Caribou,
• Salmon,
• Seal,
• Buffalo,
• Kiviak,
• Wild Rice,
• Tea/Coffee,
• Bannock,
• Man-O-Min (Ojibwa Wild Rice).


Most Popular Dishes

 

Popular dishes among the Inuit that are considered “country-food” (traditional) include:
• Muktuk: whale blubber and skin that is diced and dipped in soy sauce.
• Kiviak: Auks are sealed into the belly of a seal and left for a few months before being served straight from within the seal.
• Mattak: strip of whale skin with blubber (tastes like coconut but can’t be chewed).
• Bannock: flatbread that is baked in an oven or over an open fire.
• Raw blubber fat is often mixed with berries and enjoyed.


Most Used Ingredients

 

Meat/Fish: Walrus, Ringed & Bearded Seal, Bowhead & Beluga Whale, Caribou, Polar Bear, Muskox, Sculpin, Arctic Cod, Arctic Salmon, Arctic Char, Capelin, Trout, Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare, Black bear, Pheasant, Pickerel, Smelt, Bass, Duck, Deer, Quail, Goose, Beaver, Perch, Musk Oxen and Seabirds. Seafood: scallops, mussels, clams, crabs, and sea cucumber.
Vegetables: Tuberous Spring Beauty, Sweet Vetch, Seaweed, Herbaceous plants, Tubers and Stems, Fireweed, Mountain Sorrel, Willows, Beans, Potatoes, Corn, Squash.
Fruits: Crowberries, Cloudberries, Blueberries, Cranberries, Gooseberries, Baffin berries, Strawberries, Blackberries and Raspberries.
Other: Bannock (Flatbread), Whale’s Bone, Akutaq (berries mixed with fat), Tea, Barley, Oatmeal, Hickory nuts.

 

Inuit food cuisine

 

Travelling Foodies:

What to Eat When You Travel to the North American Arctic

If you’re planning on travelling to the northern sections of Canada, Alaska, Greenland or Siberia then you’re definitely going to have to put a few traditional foods on your list to try. Keep in mind that everything you do eat that is traditional will be very different than what you are used to and most do have an acquired taste needed. The bannock is probably going to be the easiest thing to try if you are hesitant about trying out the foods as all it is, is a flatbread. But if you are feeling a little more adventurous, then definitely think about trying Mattak and Muktuk. Mattak is a strip of whale skin that may have blubber with it and Muktuk is whale blubber that is diced. Other foods that you should think about trying include: seal, whale, caribou, and the raw arctic hare or char.

Now if you don’t want to be crazy adventurous in your food tastes, you can always visit a co-op and see what they have for more southerly foods as these are shipped up to the co-ops throughout the year. You may find things like Sunny D, cookies, chips, canned foods, and other processed foods that are more familiar and to your tasting.

 

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Are you from Inuit lands? Maybe you visited there? Please feel free to comment and add your own thoughts on Inuit ethnic food.

Kalaallisut (Ann Smith)

 

 

7 Best Poutine Recipes Authentic & Modern

Poutine: Ultimate Comfort Food, Ultimate Customization

 

Poutine, pronounced “poo-tin” is a French-Canadian dish that is made out of French fries, cheese curds and gravy. This classic dish has been enjoyed by the masses across the world and is known as a comfort food, generally because it isn’t all that healthy for you. But what makes poutine an amazing dish, is that it can be customized extensively. The classic is French fries, gravy and fresh cheese curds but you can add in pretty much anything like: tomatoes, bell peppers, ground beef, chicken, nachos, onions, sausage, sour cream, olives, bacon, mushrooms, and the list goes on. You can even swap out the cheese curds for grated feta, Swiss, cheddar or mozzarella. You could even swap out the gravy for tomato sauce, vegan sauce or any other sauce.

The Mysterious History of “Poo-tin”

 

No one really knows where poutine was invented other then that it is generally agreed that it originated from Quebec. There are several different stories that have gone around though including:

1. Poutine originating from Le Lutin qui rit restaurant in Warwick found in the Athabasca region. The story goes that the owner, Fernand Lachance had a regular client named Eddy Lainesse who asked him to mix cheese curds in with the fries. This is the most well known and widespread story about the origins of poutine.

2. Another story has a Drummondville restaurant called Le Roy Jucep registering them as the trademark stating that they had invented the dish. The owner of the restaurant, Jean-Paul Roy is said to have been the first to serve it in 1964.

3. The region of Nicolet in Centre-du-Quebec or from Saint-Hyacinthe in Monteregie is a likely place for the origins of poutine as there were a high number of cheese dairies who produced the cheese curds in the two regions.

4. The La P’tite Vache restaurant, founded in 1966, served cheese curds produced from the Princesse cheese dairy. Story goes that customers would order fries from the restaurant and then buy the cheese curds to mix with the fries.
Overall, no one knows which story is the right one or the true one. However, no matter which one it is, everyone certainly loves the dish.

 

Where to Get Poutine?

You can buy poutine from pretty much any fast food restaurant or in any region that has a high population of French-speaking people. For instance, in Ontario you can find a lot of poutine in Ottawa and Quebec. You can buy poutine in New Brunswick, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon. In some cases, there are even dedicated restaurants that only serve poutine. In these types of restaurants, you will find a large variation of kinds, including one in Peterborough, Ontario that has over 100 different kinds of poutine.
You can also find it in the United States mainly in restaurants located in New York and New Jersey. However, these are called Disco Fries rather than poutine and it is their own mix of fries, gravy and cheese. You can also find it in Latin America in Mexico (Zipolite Island), Panama (Royal Decameron Hotel), Cuba (Melia Las Dunas) and Costa Rica (O Rancho Soluna).

You may also find it in Europe in France (Paris), at The Great Canadian (a Canadian pub), as well as at Place du Palais Princier in Monaco. If you head to The Maple Leaf pub in London or the Frittiersalon restaurant in Berlin, you will also find it there. Finally, you can get it in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.

 

10 Best Poutine Recipes

 

1. Authentic Grilled Poutine Recipe  By TheWolfePit

 

Best poutine recipe

 

2. Poutine Pizza By Epic Meal Time

 

Canadian poutine pizza video recipe


3. Poutine with Whisky & Maple Gravy By DJ BBQ

 

Poutine whiskey maple gravy

 

4. Middle Eastern Poutine for Canada Day by Food Busker

Middle East Canadian Poutine

 


5.    Poutine Gone Wild by Frankenfood 

 

Canadian Quebec poutine twist

 


6.   Lobster Poutine by Sam Carlson

 

Lobster Canadian Poutine


7.  
Japanese Poutine by BusanKevin

 

Japanese twist Canadian Poutine

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Are you from Quebec? Maybe you visited there? Please feel free to comment and add your own thoughts on Quebecois ethnic food.

 

Bernadette Beaumont

 

North American Cuisine – What Do They Eat in North America

North American cuisine consists of many types of delicious cuisines of various territory situated across North America. Taking things into contrast, famous cuisines you can find in three different territories. These are Canadian, United States and Mexican cuisines.

The base of the Mexican cuisine is corn which is appreciated in about each cuisine. Some of the more natural vegetables and natural products incorporate sweet potato, tomatillos, mango, tomatoes, avocado, pineapple, and papaya. The Mexico cuisine is a mix of the local Indian cuisine and Spanish impact.

 

 North American Cuisine Facts and History

 

Canada

The customary native Canadian cuisines depended on a blend of foraged foods, wild game, and cultivated agrarian products. All Canadian territories with their specialties and Inuit individuals utilized their local assets and own cuisine preparing strategies for their cooking styles. Pioneers and dealers from the British Isles represent the culinary impacts of early English Canada in Southern Ontario and the Maritimes, while French pilgrims represent the southern Quebec cuisine, New Brunswick, and Northern Ontario. Ontario’s Southwestern areas have solid Scandinavian and Dutch impacts.

Mexico

Mexican food is principally a combination of indigenous Mesoamerican culinary with mainly Spanish in European components included after the conquest of Aztec Empire in the sixteenth century of Spanish. The staples are local food material, for example, beans, corn, avocados, stew peppers, and tomatoes, with rice that was brought by the Spanish. Europeans presented an extensive number of different foods, the most critical of which were hamburger, chicken, pork, sheep, and goat. Aside from it, a dairy product like cheese, different spices, and herbs.

North American Cuisine

United States

The United States’ cuisine has a rich history.  European colonization yielded the identification of various sorts of ingredients and styles of cooking. The different styles kept extending into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Immigrants’ influx from numerous foreign countries continued and such convergence built up rich differences in the cooking all through the nation.

Early Americans used various cooking techniques in very new Cuisines of America, which have been mixed with new food strategies of Europeans to frame the American Cuisine base.

North American Cuisine Menu

Breakfast:

Canada
Fried pork sausages, cooked eggs, deep-fried or grilled potatoes, bagels, pancakes, toasted bread, cereals, syrup, or hot oatmeal.

Mexico

Twist tortillas, beans, and eggs.

United States

Sausages, Toast with jam/butter/ jelly, pancakes with syrup, coffee/tea, cornflakes, grapefruit/orange juice

North American Food Lunch

Lunch:

Canada

Sandwiches, salads and soups and on occasions when people of Canada have more effort and time such as when visiting a restaurant or on the weekend, lunch meals can be similar to dinner meals.

Mexico

Speedy Gonzales, Burrito, Huevos con Chorizo, Huevos Rancheros and many more.

United States

Chicken breast, Steak, pork chops, mashed or baked potato, macaroni, rice and cheese, and much more.

Snacks:

Canada

Poutine, Ketchup chips, Beavertail, Maple-flavored things, etc

Mexico

Chicken Nachos, Tortilla chips, salsa mixture and so on.

United States

Crackers, Bars, Cookie, Nuts, Ice Cream, etc.

Dinner:

Canada

Chicken breast, pork chop, steak, ground beef or hamburger, cooked vegetables in which most commonly are peas, carrots, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, or corn; and a starch or grain-based side for example pasta, rice, bread or potatoes.

Mexico

Garlic Beef Enchiladas, Steak Tortillas, Black Bean Chicken with Rice, Zesty Tacos, etc.

United States

Barbecue, Clam Chowder, Chicken Fried Steak, Fried Chicken and so on.

 

North American Desserts

Desserts:

Canada

Coffee Crisp, Tourtiere, Timbits, Nanaimo bar, Butter tart, etc.

Mexico

Mini Churro Taco Boats, Mexican Fried Ice Cream Dessert, Mexican Cinnamon Brownies, Chocolate-Ice Cream Tacos and so on.

United States

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cheesecake, banana foster, whoopee pie and so on.

Drinks:

Canada

Beer, whiskey, wine, Icewine, bloody Caesar, Ginger ale, milk, and water.

Mexico

Margarita, Michelada, Horchata, Michael’s Bloody Maria, Spicy Margarita and much more.

United States

Milk, Coffee, Beer, Soda and so on.

Holiday Menus:

Christmas

Canada

Tourtière, cooked with beef, pork, or veal, candy-canes, plum puddings soaked with brandy and so on

Mexico

Tamales, Bacalao, Romeritos and so on.

United States

Ham or pork, beef, gravy and mashed potatoes, squash, roasted root vegetables and much more.

Easter

Canada

Mince tarts, hot spiced cider, Yule log cakes, thought wine, etc.

Mexico

Molotes (Oaxacan Masa Empanadas), Red Chile Chicken Chilaquiles, Biscochos (Mexican Wedding Cookies), and Tres Leches

United States

Ham, roast lamb, honey pastries, Hot Cross Buns and so on

Most Popular Dishes

Canada

Calgary-style Ginger Beef, Roast Turkey, Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and Baked Beans.

Mexico

Chilaquiles, Pozole, Tacos al pastor, Tostadas, Chiles en nogada, Elote, and Enchiladas.

United States

Hamburgers, Twinkies, hot dogs, Fried Chicken, French Fries, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Oreo cookies, pizza, and so on.

Most Used Ingredients

Canada

Bacon, maple syrup, beef

Mexico

Avocado, beans, chillies, tomatoes

United States

Beef, beef and pork ribs, turkey, and tomatoes

Street Food – What to eat when you travel to North America

Canada

Bao Sliders, Perogy Poutine, The Narco, Montreal Smoked Meat Hash and Meatloaf Sliders

Mexico

Tamales, Tortillas, Jugo (fresh juice), Tacos de Canasta, Chilli Fruit and so on.

United States

Arepa, Barbecue, Burgers, Crêpes, Falafel, and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

 

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Are you from North America? Maybe you visited there? Please feel free to comment and add your own thoughts on North American ethnic food.

Jessica Johanson

Quebecois Cuisine – What Do They Eat in Quebec

When we take a look at the province of Quebec, located in Eastern Canada, we come across a very distinct culture that has its roots tied deeply into that of the first settlers. The Quebecois hold fiercely onto their heritage, language and French values and it shows in just how different their food is. Recognizable dishes in Quebecois cuisine are: fries and gravy (poutine), meat pie (Tourtiere), and pea soup. They represent the very identity of the Quebecois. However, just like the rest of Canada, Quebec is a province of immigrants and therefore its traditional food has been impacted over the centuries. With regards to Quebec food culture, the First Nations, English and Irish have all had a hand at shaping the distinct tastes of Quebec’s traditional dishes.

Quebec Cuisine Facts and History

The first settlers to Quebec arrived during the 17th and 18th centuries between 1508 and 1607. During this time, the French settlers came into contact with the St. Lawrence Iroquoians (First Nations), who were looking to trade their furs. From here on out small trading posts were established across the land creating a network of cod, fishing, farming and fur trade commerce. This network of trading was extremely profitable and is what brought about the interest of a permanent colonization. By the end of the 17th century there were over 20,000 people of French origin who had settled in New France. The population was predominantly French-speaking Roman Catholics.

Quebecois cuisine

Since Quebecois cuisine dates back to the early 17th century, it is made up of a wide variety of ingredients. From French baked bread, to locally and organically grown maple syrup, to fruits, vegetables, fish and pork are just some of the more common elements. When the settlers arrived and were able to trade with the First Nations, they came across foods like beans which were then baked, corn, and fish like cod and salmon. Most of these ingredients can be found in the more recognizable dishes like cretons which is a pork spread, tarte au sucre which is sugar pie and Tartine d’Antan which is a maple sugar dessert made with fresh bread, cream and maple syrup.

Overall, Quebecois cuisine is a myriad of influences that have come together to make this distinct culture. From the trading with the First Nations, to the impact of the English and Irish, to the trading among their own people, the Quebecois have been improving on their traditional dishes throughout the centuries.

Quebec Cuisine Menu

Breakfast:

French Canadians eat more of a European style breakfast which would include pastries, cheese and bread. A breakfast menu would consist of items like:

• Cretons (pork meat spread),
• Toast,
• Hot cereal,
• Bagels,
• Hash Browns,
• Eggs/Omelettes,
• Pancakes,
• Fried Pork,
• Breakfast sandwiches/wraps
• Crepes

Lunch:

Typical lunch choices tend to be hot foods and may include:

• Baked Beans (usually served with maple syrup),
• Pea soup (carrots, peas, pork, vegetables),
• Soupe aux Gourganes (bean soup)
• Doughboys (dumpings)
• Poutine (French fries, gravy and cheese),
• Sandwiches (meat)
• Sausages

Snacks:

Are usually things like donuts and cookies:

• Oreilles de Crisse (deep fried pork)
• Whippet Cookies
• Poutine
• Apple Donuts
• Butter Tarts,

Dinner:

Is either a meat dish like a stew or soup, or a pie.

• Meatball stew,
• Meat Pie (Tourtiere),
• Pig’s Trotter Stew (potatoes, spices, pork),
• Jambon Braise a la Biere (ham with maple beer)
• Coq au Vin Stew (Chicken, garlic, wine),
• Beef Bourguignon (beef stew)
• Pate Chinois (French Shepard’s pie)

Desserts:

Classic dessert foods include:

• Pouding Chomeur (Pudding Cake),
• Sugar Pie,
• Molasses taffy,
• Gateau aux Bleuets (blueberry sour cream torte)
• Whippet Cookies
• Sugar cream pie,
• Sugar cream fudge

Drinks:

Popular Quebec drinks include:
• Ice cider,
• Maple whiskey,
• Maple cider,
• Fruit wines,
• Spirits
• Locally crafted beer,
• Hot chocolate
• Coffee
• Tea
• Spruce Beer

Holiday Menus:

Typically, the below lists will work for any holiday which includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. However, each holiday menu will vary from family to family and will have a mixture of traditional and modern foods.

Christmas:

• Shepard’s Pie,
• Meat Pie,
• Turkey,
• Ham,
• Cranberries,
• Poor Man’s Pudding,
• Donuts,
• Yule Log,
• Broccoli/Carrots/vegetables,
• Mashed potatoes,
• Fruit Cake,
• Lasagna,
• Torte (Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry)
• French bread.

Easter:

• Sugar cream fudge,
• Meatball stew,
• Poor Man’s Pudding,
• Mashed Potatoes,
• Meat Pie,
• Cake,
• Ham,
• Turkey,
• Wraps,
• French bread
• Steak/Venison

Most Popular Dishes

• Poutine,
• Pea Soup,
• Meat Pie,
• Pudding Cake,
• Sugar Pie,
• Baked Beans,
• Crepes

Most Used Ingredients:

• Meat/Fish: Salmon, Cod, Pork, Chicken, Beef, Venison, Boar, Caribou, Shellfish, Mackerel, Halibut, Herring and Deer.

• Vegetables: Potatoes, Eggs, Onions, Peas, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Beans, Corn.
• Fruits: Apples, Cherries, Blueberries, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Cranberries,

• Other: Nutmeg, Cloves, Pepper, Garlic, Maple Syrup, Cheese, Gravy, Salt, Olive Oil, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Cinnamon, Yogurt.

The above list is not a full representation, but does give you a good idea of what is used in a lot of Quebecois recipes.

Travelling Foodie: What to Eat When You Travel to Quebec

If you’re planning on travelling to Quebec, then there are some dishes that you must try! In terms of traditional Quebecois food, you’re going to want to try apple donuts, blueberry torte, and sugar cream pie. In terms of actual heavy laden dishes, you’re going to want to go with poutine, crepes, poor man’s pudding, and pea soup. Drinks on the other hand, you’re going to want to try the ice cider, maple whiskey, and maple cider. If you’re planning on going to a sugar shack, then make sure to try the meat pie (Tourtiere) and any of their desserts. If you can, also take a look at their cheese and any of the street meat!

Honduran Cuisine – What Do They Eat in Honduras

Although all thе fооd in Central America іѕ very gооd аnd tаѕtу, the Honduran сuіѕіnе is оnе of thе best. Wе tаkе several facts іntо consideration: health, taste, frеѕhnеѕѕ аnd how it rерrеѕеntѕ each rеgіоn wіth іtѕ diversity.
Hоndurаn cuisine is оnе оf the more hеаlthу сhоісеѕ and thе dіѕhеѕ аrе full оf flаvоr!

 

Honduran cuisine


Honduran Cuisine History and Facts:

Hоndurаn сuіѕіnе has taken a lоt оf rесіреѕ from thе Mexican culture and mаdе thеm not оnlу hеаlthіеr, but a bеttеr орtіоn аll around fоr thеу taste аbѕоlutеlу fantastic.

Some оf thе grеаtеѕt сuіѕіnеѕ соmе frоm оthеr соuntrіеѕ аnd оnе of thоѕе соuntrіеѕ іѕ Honduras. Thіѕ small аnd рооr соuntrу produces ѕоmе of thе healthiest and tastiest fооd, it is impossible fоr Americans nоt to рісk uр оn some of the national fооdѕ оf Honduras. Mеxісаn dіѕhеѕ аrе knоwn fоr their flаvоr, spiciness аnd thе exotic ingredients thаt аrе uѕеd. Honduras rесіреѕ аrе known fоr the еxасt ѕаmе things, although thеіr rесіреѕ usually іnсludе a lot mоrе сосоnut аnd аrе hеаlthіеr than Mеxісаn fооd. One оf thе grеаtеѕt national fооdѕ оf Hоndurаѕ is the tаmаlе.

There аrе mаnу dіffеrеnt and ѕресіfіс ways thаt Hоndurаn dishes are рrераrеd. For instance, іn most саѕеѕ whеn уоu аrе сооkіng uр сhісkеn or роrk, уоu are going tо bе frуіng it; if уоu аrе going tо bе сооkіng wіth fіѕh, іt needs tо be brоіlеd wіth some lеmоn juice аnd ѕоmе garlic cloves.

After you hаvе fоund аll thе ѕресіfіс wауѕ tо сооk Hоndurаn сuіѕіnе, уоu wіll nоw nееd to research some of thе ѕресіаl сооkіng еԛuірmеnt. Honduras іѕ nоt a vеrу mоdеrn and uр-tо-dаtе соuntrу; thеу nееd tо соmрrоmіѕе a few thіngѕ іn order tо сооk thеіr food. Fоr еxаmрlе, hаvіng a соffее grinder оn hаnd іѕ a grеаt idea fоr helping grіndіng uр ѕрісеѕ. They do hарреn tо use a lоt оf things уоu probably uѕе еvеrу ѕіnglе day, thіngѕ lіkе; сlаѕѕісаl forks, knіvеѕ, teaspoons, tablespoons, ѕсоорѕ, pans, trays, роtѕ, grаtеrѕ аnd роrtіоnеrѕ.
Aftеr you hаvе lеаrnеd about thе equipment аnd the ѕресіfіс ways thаt уоu need tо сооk Honduran сuіѕіnе, you juѕt nееd tо know what еxасtlу you соuld bе cooking аnd whісh recipes уоu аrе going to lооk fоr.

Most Used Ingredients:

 

Thе Hondurans аlѕо use a lоt оf fruit іngrеdіеntѕ, thеу are hаrvеѕtіng the fruit аnd vegetables right оff оf thеіr оwn lаnd, ѕо аnу fооd thеу get wаѕ grоwn rіght thеrе. A lоt of Honduran dishes, аѕ you wіll notice will call fоr all sorts оf fruits, vеggіеѕ, рlаntѕ and pork оr сhісkеn, nеvеr rеd mеаt.

Bаnаnаѕ, рlаntаіnѕ, pineapples, mаngоеѕ, guаvаѕ and coconuts аrе some оf thе mоѕt рорulаr fruіtѕ іn Hоndurаѕ and thеѕе are used in a lоt оf thеіr dіѕhеѕ. Cосоnut and рlаntаіnѕ еѕресіаllу аѕ thеrе аrе many different uѕеѕ fоr thеѕе two fruіtѕ. Fоr іnѕtаnсе, рlаntаіnѕ can be cooked аll ѕоrtѕ for dіffеrеnt ways аnd coconuts саn bе uѕеd in ѕwееt аnd savory dishes аlіkе.

Bеѕіdеѕ thе рlаntаіn оr bananas, this ѕmаll соuntrу is known for their fruіt аnd exporting сараbіlіtіеѕ. Thе guаvа іѕ оnе оf thоѕе items thаt mау grow іn mаnу dіffеrеnt trоріс аrеаѕ, but Honduras by fаr рrоduсеѕ аnd grоwѕ thе best of thе bunch. Althоugh you mау have heard оf guаvа the fruit, уоu mау nоt knоw еxасtlу what іt іѕ; a guаvа is a fruіt that іѕ ѕіmіlаr tо a lemon. Thеrе are mаnу different tуреѕ оf guava as well аnd mаnу оf them аrе uѕеd іn еvеrуdау Hоndurаn cuisine.

Guava pulp can bе ѕwееt аnd аn off-whitish color оr еvеn a dеер pink with ѕееdѕ аnd hardness tо it. The ѕkіn thісknеѕѕ uѕuаllу depends on which type of guаvа уоu hаvе and іt саn be bitter оr ѕwееt tо taste – аgаіn, іt аll dереndѕ оn which tуре оf guаvа you have. Mоѕt often, іn Honduran cuisine, the guаvа is рrераrеd as a dessert, but іn ѕоmе other соuntrіеѕ уоu саn dір thіѕ fruіt rаw іn рrunе powder аnd/оr ѕаlt.

Guava іѕ аlѕо a grеаt jаmmіng оr jellying fruit, уоu саn еvеn mаkе marmalade оut оf іt and because it is jam-packed with аll sorts оf nutritional vаluе, іt іѕ one fruit that іѕ vеrу high іn dеmаnd аnd grеаt tо еаt. Guаvа juісе іѕ оnе beverage that іѕ аlѕо vеrу popular іn Hоndurаn сuіѕіnе аnd саn ассоmраnу аnу mеаl. Asia has been knоwn tо make guаvа tea with the lеаvеѕ as wеll.

Sоmе very аuthеntіс Hоndurаn сuіѕіnе also includes using rеd guаvа іn thеіr ѕаuсеѕ аnd as a rерlасеmеnt for tomatoes. Aѕ уоu саn see, thіѕ іѕ a vеrу versatile fruit аnd саn be used іn mаnу dіffеrеnt wауѕ bу humаnѕ. Othеr mаmmаlѕ аnd bіrdѕ love this sweet tаѕtіng fruіt аѕ wеll, ѕо when you do hаvе a guаvа bаtсh available, be ѕurе that you kеер it оut оf the wау of аnу аnіmаl.

Thе nutrіtіоnаl aspects of guаvа аrе fаntаѕtіс! Guava іѕ packed wіth аll ѕоrtѕ оf vitamins, ѕuсh аѕ: A аnd C, оmеgа-3 аnd -6 роlуunѕаturаtеd fatty acids (mаіnlу іn thе seeds which must be chewed tо оbtаіn thе omega fаtѕ) and еѕресіаllу high levels оf dietary fіbеr. So not only is thіѕ fruіt аbѕоlutеlу grеаt tasting in аll sorts оf different wауѕ, but it hаѕ bееn affectionately dubbеd a ‘super fruit’ fоr juѕt hоw gооd іt is fоr you.
Nоw, if уоu wоuld lіkе to include guava іn уоur mеnu, you hаvе tо master some оf Honduran сuіѕіnе recipes. You саn ѕtаrt frоm guаvа jam and ѕооn уоu will be mаkіng аll sorts оf dіѕhеѕ you probably nеvеr іmаgіnеd making.

Typical Honduran Dishes:

 

Hоndurаѕ іѕ known for thеіr еxԛuіѕіtе сuіѕіnе and аbѕоlutеlу fаntаѕtіс flаvоrѕ. Onе оf the typical dіѕhеѕ оf Honduras іѕ сеvісhе. If уоu аrе nоt familiar wіth ceviche, you mау be аѕkіng уоurѕеlf еxасtlу whаt іѕ іn this dіѕh. First and fоrеmоѕt, ceviche іѕ a vеrу tурісаl dіѕh оf Honduras and іѕ very popular in thіѕ рооr country. Cеvісhе іѕ, in a nutѕhеll, a mаrіnаtеd ѕеаfооd appetizer whісh іѕ vеrу popular аmоng thе Lаtіn Amеrісаn соuntrіеѕ, like Hоndurаѕ and Mеxісо.

There are mаnу dіffеrеnt wауѕ to ѕеrvе this typical dish of Hоndurаѕ, сеvісhе. In Pеru, іt іѕ ѕеrvеd with slices оf соld sweet potatoes оr corn-on-the-cob. In Eсuаdоr, it іѕ ассоmраnіеd by popcorn, nuts, оr соrn nutѕ. It is аlѕо been knоwn to bе ѕеrvеd іn a large bоwl аnd guests саn ѕрrеаd іt on wіth toothpicks.

But mоѕtlу, thе Honduran cuisine has аn аbundаnсе of frеѕh fruіtѕ, just tо the point condiments, plenty оf corn аnd rісе. They uѕе mostly unрrосеѕѕеd products, whісh makes their food gооd, tаѕtу and dіffеrеnt, as іn оur dауѕ, in almost аll countries, processed products аrе used іn every dіѕh which уоu’ll fіnd the different tаѕtеѕ аnd уоu’ll juѕt lоvе thе Honduran сuіѕіnе!

 

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Silvia Orellana