Clay Pot Fish / Ca Kho

Caramel Sauce is Key
A Fusion Note with Pancetta

Clay Pots

The strong, intense bittersweet Caramel Sauce is the key to this dish.  This version,adapted  from Nguyen Tran of Dallas, uses Pancetta instead of Pork Belly.

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Tandoori Mixture

A Mughal Style Dish
Yogurt in a Clay Oven

Cooking Asian dishes with onionsThe name Tandoori refers to a clay oven in which meats –and sometimes seafood and breads — are roasted over live coals.  The blend of spices Continue reading

Cold Cucumber Soup

Fresh Greens, Cayenne and Rice Vinegar
No Cooking Required

Cold Cucumber Soup, a Fusion Dish

Cold Cucumber Soup

This simple and refreshing soup is ideal for hot weather: as long as you use ready-made Chicken Stock and don’t have to make from scratch, it can be assembled totally without any use of heat in the kitchen.

This recipe will make about 4 servings, and total preparation and chilling time is about half an hour.

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Bitter Melon Braised with Eggplant

An Indian Dish
Another Affinity with Eggplant

Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon teams up with Eggplant in another attractive dish, this time from India, confirming the affinity between Bitter Melons and Eggplants, as in the Philippine Bitter Melon Salad, which matches them up, although in a different way.

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Hawaiian Cuisine

Multi-Layered Cuisine
Luau’s, Poi, Poke, Tikis and Spam

“Mangoes of golden flesh, with turpentine

Coconut Palms

“Peel and odor. Plums of inky stain
“And the pucker of persimmons….” — Genevieve Taggard, “The Luau” [1]

“Shrimps, sea-urchins, lobsters, crabs and various kinds of shell-fish, as well as sea weed….” — Henry M. Whitney, Hawaiian Guide Book, 1875 [2]

The Paradise of the Pacific is truly Continue reading