With summer vacation starting for so many of you, I thought it would be fun to take a pretend culinary vacation around the globe, a world tour so to speak. The pictures have been taken off the internet since I have not been able to go to the places featured…yet.
Monday’s dinner visits the Greek Islands. It is on my list of places I would love to visit and hopefully someday I will. In the meantime, I will be eating Moussaka and drink Ouzo!
On Tuesday we are off to Italy to visit my favorite country. I love the way of live in Italy. The “dolce far niente” approach to life. I feel time stands still whenever I’m there and one truly gets to enjoy life. Hope you have the opportunity to slow down a little and enjoy your family and friend!
Wednesday we are hopping onto the other side of the globe to experience a little bit of Japan. OK, I agree, the only ingredient that makes the dinner remotely Japanese, is the soy sauce and mirin. I know, it’s a little far fetched to claim this dish to be Japanese, but I really would like to visit one day and since we are taking a fake mini vacation, I thought the soy sauce and mirin are as good a reason as any, besides, I don’t know about you, but I rather go out to eat sushi than to cook it myself.
Thursday a visit to the mainland of China is on the program. Instead of deep fried chicken for a traditional orange chicken, we will be experiencing the lighter version of it, marinated and baked. A couple of my friends are of Chinese heritage and they have talked about their trips to Hong Kong. It sounds exotic, interesting and exciting!
We end the week in England. I don’t know why, but Lamb chops and potatoes remind me of England. After a busy week “traveling” to exotic places, England feels safe and familiar, after all, they speak perfect English with that lovely accent. I can’t wait to stand in a Q to go to the loo!
The shopping list is organized according to the grocery store aisles. I hope this makes shopping much easier.
The meat/seafood will NOT stay fresh the entire week. Make sure you freeze what you do not need right away. Take the meat/seafood out the night before and defrost it inside the refrigerator.
Tip: As you have been cooking for a while, herbs seem to accumulate in the pantry. I have an entire cabinet dedicated to all the different herbs and seasonings I use. Before you go out and buy more of the “same stuff”, check your pantry to make sure you don’t already have it.
A list of must have items in every kitchen.