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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Biscuits and Gravy at the Broadway Diner

I went drinking recently with my American undergrad classmates at The Old Heidelberg, and when we had our share of alcohol, they said we absolutely had to go to Broadway Diner. They told me that everyone went there for a post-drinking greasy (super early) breakfast to sop up all the acid after drinking binges. Also, since the cops are very strict here about driving while intoxicated, eating at the diner is also a good way to get your alcohol level down before driving home. (It's also one of the few places in Columbia which are open past 1 a.m.)

The diner looked exactly as diners are depicted on TV, in the movies, and actually, it looked pretty much like American-themed diners back home. The glare of fluorescent lights, the barstools, decor using primary colors... What I was interested in was the kind of food that they served. It was mostly a breakfast place, so I had hash browns and pancakes. My friends told me that I really had to taste Biscuits and Gravy, since that's as American as anything can get. They ordered some and I tasted it, though I didn't get too much because I saw some pieces of meat swimming in it. It tasted nice (gravy usually is) and cholesterol-laden.

Broadway Diner
22 S. 4th Street
Columbia, MO 65203
875-1173

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Cucumber Salad (Sichuan)

Here's another dish which JingQian taught me. Since it's another Sichuan dish, you have the option to make it hotter.

What You'll Need

Cucumber (cut into thin strips)
Seaweed (boiled)
Tofu (cut into thin strips)

Soy Sauce
Sugar
Chinese Vinegar
Sesame Oil
Spicy Sauce
Salt

What You'll Do

Simply mix everything in a bowl, chill, and serve.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Brigadeiro (Brazilian Sweets)

This recipe was given to me by my sweet Brazilian friend Luisa, the girlfriend of my (American) classmate Eric. This dessert is apparently very popular in Brazil, especially in children's parties. A quick google search showed me that it was "named after a Brazilian politician of the 1920's, Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes. He was an Army brigadier general who first gained notoriety for playing a part in quashing a communist coup in Rio. He later ran unsuccessfuly for the presidency in 1946 and 1950, during a brief breeze of democracy which blew after WWII."

The website wasn't quite sure why the dessert was named after a general, but the author said it might have been because he was yummy ;) Someone else said this might not be entirely accurate, and said "it is rumoured that this name was created by someone who didn't like Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes very much... it's about the fact that he had lost one of his testicles during the war (he was shot). Then people during the elections called the candy "brigadeiro" because it doesn't need an egg and "egg" in Portuguese is slang for "testicle".

The recipe that Lu gave me actually calls for eggs, but if you want to "honor" Brigadeiro Gomes' fallen egg, you may leave out the yolks.

What You'll Need

1 can condensed milk
2 egg yolks
3 tablespoons chocolate (Nesquik, or something similar. Cocoa powder, if you want a stronger chocolate taste)
1 tablespoon butter
Chocolate sprinkles

What You'll Do

Mix everything together in a heavy saucepan over low heat and stir until the mix detaches from the bottom of the pan.
Shape into balls and roll in chocolate sprinkles.
Refrigerate before eating.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Crab and Cheese Pasta

Here's another recipe from Gigi, my eating partner back home.

What You'll Need

Onions
Green Peppers
Olive Oil
Crab Meat
Cream
Pesto
Cheese (Parmesan or Cream Cheese)

What You'll Do

Saute chopped onions and green peppers in olive oil.
Add crab meat, stir for a few minutes until cooked.
Add cream, pesto, and cheese; stir till cheese melts.
Cover pasta in pesto before topping with crab sauce.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Red Lentil Soup (Turkey)

Here's another recipe that Ayca, my Turkish friend, shared with me. She cooked this for our International Women's Group potluck lunch as well.

What You'll Need

1 cup of red lentil
6 cups of water
2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon dry mint
1 onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 big potato
4 little carrots

What You'll Do

Wash lentils in hot water to remove dirt and foam. You need to drain in approximately seven times.
Peel the whole onion, but don't chop it.
Peel the potato and carrots, cut them into very small pieces using a mixer.
Boil the water with olive oil.
Add washed lentils into boiling water.
When you add lentils, it will not boil immediately; so when water starts to boil again add your potato-carrot mix.
Add the mint and mix the soup.
Then add the whole onion, put it in the middle of the pan.
When lentil boils, it can make some foam, so you need to remove it with a
spoon. Otherwise, it makes your soup darker.
Cook until lentils melt. It will take total app. 40 min to cook them.
Some lentils will not melt as easily as others, so you can use a hand blender to make it more smooth.
If your lentil is not easily melting, it may require more time for
cooking, so you may need to add more water, depending on desired thickness.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Corn a la Nikki

My friend Nikki invited me over for Easter dinner, and she prepared this delicious corn dish which she said her Haitian aunt often cooks.

What You'll Need

Butter
Milk
Flour
Corn
Parmesan

What You'll Do

Melt butter, add milk and flour.
Stir until thick.
Add corn.
Top with parmesan.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Shrimp Salad Sandwich

What You'll Need

1 pound cooked shrimp, peeled and de-veined
3 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped
3 celery stalks, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Salt
Pepper
8 slices bread, toasted
Lettuce and tomato slices

What You'll Do

Mince shrimp finely.
Put shrimp in a bowl and add eggs, celery, and mayonnaise; mix well.
Add seasonings to taste, and stir to combine.
Spread additional mayonnaise on both sides of bread.
Heap shrimp salad onto bread and then cut sandwiches in half.
Serve with lettuce and tomato.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Milk Pudding (In Turkey, Kazan Dibi)

My friend Ayca who is from Turkey, prepared this dessert for us when we had lunch at her house. It's a specialty in Istanbul, and is served with ice cream in the summer.

What You'll Need

1 teaspoon Butter or Margarine
2 1/2 tablespoons Confectioner's Sugar
2/3 cup Rice Flour
1/3 cup Starch
4 cups Milk
1 1/5 cups Sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla
Cinnamon

What You'll Do

Grease bottom of a baking pan (9x13 x 1 1/2 inch).
Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar. Set aside.
Combine rice flour, starch and milk in a saucepan.
Cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
Stir in sugar, blending well.
Simmer for 1 minute over low heat stirring gently and constantly. Remove from heat.
Add vanilla; stir well. Spread into baking pan.
Bake in a moderately hot oven for 15-20 minutes or until sugar is caramelized.
Remove from oven.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Place the tray in cold water. Let stand for 10 minutes. Remove from water, chill.
Cut into 6 even portions.
Fold each portion in half lengthwise with a turner, top sides in.
Chill before serving.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Holly's Chocolate Chip Cookie at Pizano's

I had a pizza and pasta dinner at Pizano's in Chicago. I made sure I had room for dessert, since I saw on the menu that Holly's Chocolate Chip Cookie was "to die for". It was described as a cookie with ice cream, whipped cream, topped with chocolate syrup. The menu also said it was good for two. When the cookie arrived, the serving looked like it was good for two. But I found out that a lot of it was whipped cream. I'm not a real big fan of whipped cream so I just put a lot of it aside. The cookie was good though, chewy and well done, which is what I like. It was hot so the ice cream on top was melting, just the way I like it. Overall I would give Holly's Chocolate Chip Cookie a score of 3 1/2 forks.