Posts Tagged ‘Latvian Cuisine’

Who eats a food like this?

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Thousand Year Old Eggs – China

Despite it’s name the eggs are not in fact a thousand years old. They’re created

by burying them in ash and salt for 100 days! This makes the white go grey and smell really quite awful. An acquired taste I don’t think anyone would really want to acquire.

Surströmming – Sweden

This is everyone’s favourite…fermented herring in a can. Most notable for it’s over bearing odour and famously banned by many airlines because of it! The herring is fermented for 2 months in barrels before being canned where the fermentation doesn’t stop. Oh no it continues until you gulp down one of these delicious slippery, slimy and stinking fish.

Isaw Manok – The Philippines

‘What pray tell is Isaw Manok?’ I can hear you ask. Well I can tell you that it’s barbequed chicken intestines on a skewer. Enough said.

Turtle Soup – Singapore

Are you having some problems with your ‘mojo’? Well take a leaf out of a Singaporean’s little book of sex tips and try the sex inducing aphrodisiac that is Turtle Soup. Despite turtles being close to extinction it is still cooked into a broth with Chinese herbs and made into a thick tasty soup. Mmmmm!

Nattō – Japan

It’s morning in Japan and I’m hungry for some breakfast, however I’m all out of cornflakes and there’s not a bacon sandwich in sight. I know I’ll just have some Nattō. Delicious fermented soybeans. Although they are a great source of protein, they’re smelly and sticky so I think I’d remain hungry till lunch…when I’ll ‘enjoy’ some raw fish.

Full English Breakfast – England

Although to a Brit this would entice many an ‘mmmmm’ to many international students it entices much confusion about why on earth we would want to start our day with such a lot of fatty fried food. In addition to this we throw in some fried pigs blood in the form of black pudding.

If you’ve got any experience of eating any of these or have something you think should be added we want to know!

County Cooks: Tessa Tells All…

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

I’m really into cooking and know a lot about Italian, Indian and of course British cuisine, but I’ve never tried Russian, and to be honest, didn’t have a clue about what Russian or Latvian food would be like.
The first thing I noticed was the amount of sausages used in the recipe!  There were so many different kinds, and all in one pot!  It was really interesting as well that the end dish was more of a soup than a stew.  I don’t know if it was supposed to be like that, but it tasted really nice!
Would I try cooking Russian food again?  Yes, definitely!  It was a really warming dish, especially in the winter and it didn’t cost much or take too long to cook.  Have a go!

Country Cooks: Alonas Thoughts…

Friday, November 21st, 2008

It is the first time that I’ve come to England and I didn’t know what to expect when I started cooking Tessa’s dish.  I have tried fish and chips and shepherd’s pie, but I’d never heard of Toad In The Hole-I got confused halfway through because I didn’t know when to put the toads in!  British cooking has a lot of funny names for their dishes!
I found the dish very easy to cook and thought the way the batter rose in the oven was really incredible!  I really want to try and cook it again and will definitely try it when I get back home to Latvia