Greece: Greek Salad

Greece is the chosen country f’r today. with it’s beauteous architecture greece stands out.

Twas’ years ago when the ancient greeks stood strong

Yet their marketh stands knoweth with such tributes as the parthenon.

The dish today tis’ a classic greek salad

Which typically consists of feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, cucumb’rs, and onions.

This is a ingraft meal consum’d throughout the ‘rdinary.

Thou shall require the likes of:

3 tomatoes cuteth into chunks
1 thinly slic’d r’d onion
1/2 seedless cucumber cuteth in bite-size chunks
1 bawbling r’d bell pepper chunk’d and seeded
1 bawbling green bell pepper chunk’d and seeded
1 cubanelle pepper chunk’d and seeded
1 cup kalamata black olives
several sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 slices of greek feta cheese
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons r’d wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dri’d oregano
salt and pepper
pita bread

Thou must:

Mix vegetables, olives, and parsley in a hefty bowl.

Rest slic’d feta on top of the salad.

Combine oil, vinegar, and oregano.

Shake vig’rously to combine oil and vinegar and poureth o”r thy salad.

Season with salt and pepper.

S’rve salad with pita bread.

Adieu!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/greek-salad-recipe.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_salad

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greece

Italy: Pizza

800px-Flag_of_Italy.svgHello and welcome! This week’s country is Italy. Italy was once the Great Roman Empire and was ruled by a tyrant or two throughout its long history. Home of gladiators and lasagna, Italy is located in Southern Europe and is oddly enough 460px-National_parks_of_Italy.svgshaped like a boot. Italy is famous for such architectural wonders as The Colosseum and The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Italy’s renaissance period is said to be the “Golden Age” of painting. This is completely justifiable since Italy is home to none other than Leonardo Da Vinci, who painted the world’s most famous portrait, the mysterious Mona Lisa. One of Italy’s most iconic cities is Venice, whose brilliant buildings and canals running throughout have caused a many tourist to fawn over it. Many people dote upon Italy’s Colosseum which is easy to understand as it was given the title of one of The 7 Wonders of the World. Lastly, Italy’s most popular sport is football with Italy winning a total of four FIFA tournaments.

800px-Colosseum_in_Rome,_Italy_-_April_2007The chosen dish this week is the ever so popular pizza. In case you didn’t already know pizza is flat bread with tomato sauce and cheese on it. There are many variations of pizza involving toppings such as pineapple, mushrooms, olives, meat, etc. The traditional Margherita pizza is rumoured to have been named after Queen Margherita in 1889. This urban legend also claims that the pizza had been made using red tomato sauce, green basil leaves, and white mozzarella cheese to represent the colours of Italy’s flag.

For the Pizza Dough

  • 550g of flour
  • 7g of dried yeast (typically one packet)
  • Tablespoon of salt
  • Tablespoon of caster sugar
  • 320ml of lukewarm water
  • Pepper (to season)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

For the Pizza Base Sauce:

  • Canned tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato Puree
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Pepper (to season)
  • Salt (to season)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
  • Tablespoon of basil
  • Tablespoon of oregano
  • Tablespoon of thyme

For the Toppings

  • Grated cheddar and mozzarella cheese
  • Toppings of your choice
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  2. Sift flour into a large mixing bowl, add salt and pepper. Then add water, yeast, sugar and olive oil into a jug and leave for 3 minutes to allow the yeast to activate.
  3. Slowly pour the wet mixture into a mixing bowl while stirring (using a wooden spoon) until everything is roughly mixed. Then, using your hands, further mix and knead the dough until it is elastic and slightly tacky but not over sticky (This can be quite a lofty task and you must be careful not to mar your pizza dough seeing as it’s the base of your dish). Place the dough in the mixing bowl and cover with a damp tea towel and leave for 1 hour until the dough has doubled in size (due to the yeast).
  4. Take the dough and knead it for a few minutes to take some of the air out. Split it into two equal parts.
  5. For the tomato sauce, put all sauce ingredients (see ingredients above) into a blender for 30 seconds until you are left with a thick, light red sauce.
  6. Flour a work surface and using a rolling pin, roll the dough until it is at your desired size. Place the rolled out dough onto the tray and using your fingers, work the dough until it fills the tray.
  7. Brush the surface of the dough with olive oil and then spread the tomato sauce evenly over the dough (leaving the edges). Sprinkle on the grated cheese then add whatever topping you so desire.
  8. Cook the pizza in the oven for 20 minutes and then serve.

250px-Pizza_med_gorgonzola,_spinat_og_bacon,_March_2010Come back next week for another post, I bid you adieu!

Adieu– Farewell

Lofty- High/hard to attain

Mar– To ruin

Tyrant- A cruel villain

Fawn- To show delight

Dote (upon) – To be infatuated with

SOURCES:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Italy.svg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Colosseum_in_Rome,_Italy_-_April_2007.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:National_parks_of_Italy.svg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pizza

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pizza_med_gorgonzola,_spinat_og_bacon,_March_2010.jpg

Poem

The exhausted moon begs the sun to come back

As he looks upon the worlds deserted streets

and bright lit buildings

and swaying seas

He gazes upon the crowded squares

and lonesome forests

And  scoffs at the variety the world has to offer

He begs the sun to come back

personification, alliteration, repetition 

 

 

Canada: Poutine

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About Canada

Hello and welcome! This weeks country is the hockey-loving Canada. Canada is known for it’s hockey (of course), maple syrup, beavers, and politeness.  Although the second largest country in the world Canada only consumes 

Toronto_-_ON_-_Toronto_Harbourfront70.6% of the worlds food supply. Something unbeknownst to most is that basketball was actually invented by a Canadian. The only town in the world with two exclamation points in it’s name is

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Canada’s eccentrically named Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! (peculiar, yes, but true).  Canada held the record for tallest tower for 34 years before the Burj Khalifa and Canton Tower came along. One fact that is sure to fuel your love for Canada is that they have the largest amount of doughnut shops per capita.  Lastly, Canada’s 100 dollar bills are rumoured to smell of maple syrup (although theses rumours have been denied, we can always hope).

About Poutine

Poutine is a traditional French-Canadian dish that consists of french fries topped with gravy and cheese (to some this may sound a bit unappetizing, but trust me, it’s delicious). The dish was allegedly created when Fernand Lachance was instructed to put cheese curds on top of a plate of fires (they added gravy to it later).  This dish has become so popular throughout Canada that Montreal hosts a “Semaine de la Poutine” (Poutine Week) every February.

You Will Need

Your desired amount of potatoes, skin-on, washed and dried
4 tbsp. of unsalted butter
¼ cup of flour
1 minced shallot
1 minced garlic clove
4 cups of beef stock
2 tbsp of ketchup
1 tbsp of cider vinegar
1 tbsp of peppercorns
½ tsp of Worcestershire sauce
Salt and  pepper
Canola oil  (for frying)
2 cups cheddar cheese curds (these are hard to find)

Directions

1. Cut potatoes into french fries (in your desired size). Place in bowl, fill with cold water, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

2. Meanwhile, heat butter in a pan over a stove. Add flour and stir for 2 minutes until smooth. Add shallot and garlic and cook for two minutes till soft. Add stock, ketchup, vinegar, peppercorns, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil; stirring until thickened for 6 minutes. Remove from heat making sure to keep gravy warm.

3. Fill a pot of oil and bring to a boil. Drain potatoes, and dry well with paper. Working in small batches, add potatoes and fry, until tender and slightly crisp (about 4 minutes).  Drain on paper towels, and let french fries cool for 20 minutes. Repeat steps above.

4. Transfer fries to paper towels to drain briefly. Put fires into serving bowls. Pour gravy over each serving, and top with cheese curds; serve immediately.

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Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/08/13/insane-facts-canada-infographic_n_3748965.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Toronto_-_ON_-_Toronto_Harbourfront7.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Castor_canadensis.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Canada.svg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poutine

http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Classic-Gravy-Fries

Peru: Empanadas

About Peru

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Hello and welcome! This weeks country is Peru. Peru is the 20th largest country in the world and located in South America. Known for it’s ancient landmark, Machu Picchu, Peru has one of the worlds fastest accelerating economies in the world. The worlds  largest River, the Amazon River, snakesFlag_of_Peru.svg through Peru. Another fact about Peru is that the country’s capital, Lima, was once the most dominant city in all of South America. An eccentric fact about Peru is that a traditionally eaten dish there is Guinea Pig or Cuy. Peculiarly, Peru is where potatoes originated from. Lastly, Peru possesses 1625 variations of orchids.

About Empanadas

Although, This dish is common in Peruvian cultures it actually  originates from medieval Portugal and Spain.  The original empanadas were eaten at banquets  and were made using sea food. Eventually,  empanadas were transported to Peru through Portuguese and Spaniard colonists. The name derives empanada from the Spanish verb empanar which means to wrap or coat in bread.

You Will Need:

1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 pound of ground beef
3/4 cup of chopped onion
2 cloves of finely chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon of  ground cumin
a pinch of salt
store-bought pie crust or you could make your own (recipe not enclosed)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Directions:

1. To begin with, Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.

2. In frying pan heat the olive oil (on high heat). Add in the salt, pepper, onion, garlic, beef, and cumin.

3. Cook the ingredients for 5-7 minutes (make sure you stir the ingredients continually). Once cooked put it aside to allow it to cool.

4. Roll out your pie crust dough to make 8 centimeters circles and out a tablespoon of filling on one side of each circle. Fold over the other half and pinch the edges of the dough (making sure the it is completely sealed).

5. Whisk the egg in a bowl and brush the tops of the empanadas with the egg.

6. Finally, place the empanadas on a baking tray and cook for about 15 minutes until golden brownBasketofEmpanadas

 Definitions:

 Enclosed: To be put within

Derives: To originate from

Transported: To be moved

Possesses: To have or to own

Peculiarly: Oddly

Eccentric: (Of a thing or person) to posses strange behaviours or characteristics

Dominant: Powerful, Strong

Accelerating: Increasing at a steady speed

Ancient: Extremely old

Sources: 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/beef-empanadas-recipe.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:80_-_Machu_Picchu_-_Juin_2009_-_edit.2.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empanada

25 Interesting Facts About Peru

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peru

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Peru.svg

http://www.hispanickitchen.com/profiles/blogs/empanadas-de-quinoa-y-queso-de-cabra-quinoa-and-goat-cheese#.Uy3T1vmSySo

The United Kingdom: Scones

About The United Kingdom

Hello and welcome! The country I have chosen this week is the United Kingdom (or Great Britain). Known for it’s heavy consumption of tea, The UK is an island located in Northern Europe. The UK has provided such lovely things 125px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svgas the Beatles and Sherlock Holmes to the rest of the world. Although their monarchy is purely constitutional, the  current Queen has become quite a recognizable feature of the UK. England’s most famous city is undoubtedly it’s capital, London, which is home to such wonders as Big Ben, The London Eye, Stone Henge, Westminster Abbey, and 220px-BenNevis2005Buckingham Palace. As a result, The UK has become nothing other than an iconic nation. Moreover The UK was as iconic in history as it is today. Seeing as English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world (due to the British Empires  power and influence throughout the 19th and 20th centuries). Something you may not know about the UK is that they fought the shortest war ever recorded in all of history. The said war was fought against Zanzibar which went on for a meager 38 minutes before Zanzibar promptly surrendered. 

About Scones

To begin with Scones are a thick, round bun commonly eaten with cream and jam. Scones were originally cooked on a griddle

800px-Palace_of_Westminster,_London_-_Feb_2007and the size of a medium dinner plate. Over the years scones have evolved into what they look like now but are still traditionally eaten for tea. Scones are usually cooked with barley, oatmeal, or wheat. In spite of the scones country of origin scones are eaten in other countries and prepared in different ways (such as being eaten savoury instead of sweet).

Recipe

Level of difficulty:  Relatively Easy

Preparation Time: 10-25 minutes

Baking Time: 10-20 minutes

You Will Need

-2 tablespoons of caster sugar

-1/4 cup of butter

-Pinch of salt

-1 and 1/5 cup of flour

-2/3 cup of milk

Directions

1. Set the oven on fan mode to 160 degrees

2. Mix together the butter, salt, and flour.

3. Add in the sugar and milk. Eventually, the dough will become soft.

4. Once the dough is soft roll the dough with a rolling pin and cut the dough out into thick circles (or other shapes)

5. Brush milk over the top of the scones (to glaze).

6. Place your unbaked scones into the oven. Bake for about 10-20 minutes until the sconces are golden brown. Finally, take out the scones and eat them (I recommend eating them with strawberry jam and cream).

Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scone

http://britishpatriotssociety.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=202:trivia-and-weird-strange-fun-facts-about-the-uk&catid=36:our-articles&Itemid=53

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/scones_1285

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BenNevis2005.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Palace_of_Westminster,_London_-_Feb_2007.jpg

France: Crepes

About France

Hello and welcome to my blog! This weeks country is the ever so famous France. Located in Western Europe, France is 125px-Flag_of_France.svgconsidered the biggest tourist destination in the world. France is arguably most famous for it’s interesting and historic landmarks (such as the Louvre and The Eiffel Tower). France has also had a violent history. What with beheadings and turmoil the French revolution was a pivotal yet gruesome point in the history of France. eiffeltowerThis country is also the home to a many famous philosopher including Voltaire and the Baron de Montesquieu (who came up with the idea of the separation of powers). What you may not know about France is that it is were stilts originated.

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About Crêpes

Crêpes come from Brittany and are eaten throughout Europe as well as France. There are many variations of the simple crêpe ranging from savoury to sweet. The French word crêpe actually orginates from the Latin “crispa”, meaning “curled”.  On February 2 France celebrates Avec Crêpe Day, which translate to National Crêpe Day. On this day, Legend has it that if you a throw a crêpe using your right hand then catch that crêpe using a frying pan all while holding a coin in your left hand, that year you will become wealthy.

Recipe

Level of difficulty: moderate (it all go a bit wrong when you try to flip your crêpe

Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes

Baking Time:  5-10 minutes

You will need

  • 100g (3/4 cup) plain flour
  • Teaspoon of caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 225 ml milk
  • 1 egg

Directions

  •  Mix together the flour, sugar, and salt. Add in the egg and milk  and beat to combine

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  • Turn stove on to medium heat and pour the batter onto a circular pan. Make sure to butter your pan or complications will arise. Also tilt the pan so that the batter spreads out.
  • When the crepes turn golden brown (after about 2 minutes) flip them over using a spatula. Then cook the
    other side until golden brown as well. Once cooked you can put on the filling of your choice (sugar, lemon, sprinkles, nutella, whipped cream, etc.)

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Sources 

http://www.noodletools.com/noodlebib/mybib.php

Australia: Fairy Bread

 

About Australia

koala                      Hello and welcome! The country I have selected this week is Australia. Australia is often referred to as the “island continent” Flag_of_Australia_(converted).svg and resides in the Southern hemisphere. A commonwealth country since 1907 Australia is acknowledged for its unique koalas, lively beaches, odd tasting Vegemite, and  myriad of lethal animals.  Once used to harbour criminals that England could no longer accommodate, Australia  is now a favoured tourist destination because of its vast range of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. A well-known landmark of Australia is the Sydney Opera House. Something you may not know is that there are more than 200 dialects and languages spoken in Australia.

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About Fairy Bread

   Fairy bread is an extremely easy to make dessert commonly used at birthday parties throughout Australia. Fairy bread is composed of bread, butter, and sprinkles.  The name is said to originate from Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Fairy Bread” (featured in his book  A Child’s Garden of Verses).

Recipe

Level of Difficulty: easy

Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes

Time to Bake: 0 minutes

*If you are a small child or a particularly clumsy person I suggest getting the help of an adult to cut the bread as I do not want you to lose any fingers (that would be unfortunate).

You will need

  • white bread (however many slices you want)
  • multi-coloured sprinkles
  • butter

Directions

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  • Then cut the bread in half diagonally (to make triangles)
  • Spread butter on the slice of bread
  • Cover the buttered bread with sprinkles

So that’s all you need to make fairy bread, enjoy!

Definitions

Resides – To live permanently or for a long period of time

Acknowledged – To be widely and generally recognized

Myriad – a large number of things or persons

Lethal – Causing death or great danger

Harbour – To contain or house something

Vast – Of a great size

Composed – Made up of

Originate – To start or begin from

Accommodate – To provide housing or shelter

 My sources

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