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Gandhi’s Birthday Feast

Today is Gandhi’s Birthday, a major holiday in India. He is revered as the father of modern India, now 60+ years ago. A man of strong will and gentle ways, he led the (mostly) nonviolent ejection of the British from their largest colony, and was featured on the cover of Time magazine three times. He […]

The Unfortunate Incident of the Indian Green Chile

The Great Chile Underground Hurricane Escape Tour Indian Food Exploration and Mad-Crazy Karnatakan Taxi Dash Bangalore Cultural Safari continued today. I was warned that Monday traffic could be an epic battle against the forces of darknessa a real challenge, so I got down to the breakfast buffet (one of my seven favorite meals of the […]

Hellfire and Brimstone on Burn’em Up Thursday: Jamaican Brown Fish Stew, Hellfire Chicken

No, I’m not opening a branch of the Church of the Underground. However, I’m giving you plenty of advance warning: Today’s dishes are about as zesty-hot as they can get without being puréed Bhut Jolokias. Despite that, there’s more flavor here than you might assume.

I’ve gotten in the habit of posting fish & seafood dishes […]

The Nonyas of Malaysia

The Nonyas of Malaysia are an interesting story. Originally, the Chinese dominated trade in the Strait of Malacca and on down the southwest coast of present-day Malaysa. Of course, these traders and explorers brought their culture and cooking with them. Because only men were permitted to leave China for trade, they set up businesses and […]

More Malaysian: Fish Curry and Mee Goreng

Malaysia has an advantageous geographic position, as far as food influences go. For the last many centuries, travelers going north and south have used the peninsula to travel from China and Indochina to Indonesia and beyond. Those traders and travelers going east-west have had to deal with this long reach of land in their road. […]

Special Edition Food Follies to Kick Off July: Killer Wings and Spam…

College Station, TX: Wings to Die For, But Only If You Sign the Release First…

A traditional eatery in the hometown of the Texas Aggies (traditional = restaurant & laundromat) now serves buffalo wings so hot that you have to sign a special endemnity release to get a serving of them. One visitor wrote of his […]

Scorch-Your-Tastebuds-Off Shrimp and Tomatoes

Once upon a time, there was a group of Zoroastrians who got crosswise with the emerging Muslim culture in ancient Persia. These good folks moved (some say fled) to the coast near Hormuz, and eventually on to India in the region of Mumbai. They became known as Parsi.

These folks like their food hot! No, make […]

A Thai Dinner Party at Home, Part I

I found a stash of recipes I’ve worked on before and then somehow forgotten. Someday I gotta get organized! In the meantime, I’d like to share this collection of Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian dishes. I’ll be adding them to Dad’s Chile Cookbook, and of course I’ll upload the majority of them to the Recipes du […]