What have you cooked/eaten lately?

Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
Staff member
I have just (Friday) decided I am going to eat my way around the world.

Mostly because my lifelong goal is to travel the world (since I was a tyke) and I will never be rich enough to do so.

so 195 recognized countries, (minus Vatican because it doesn't have a unique long term food culture, plus Scotland and Whales)
Three dishes for each country, I have to have real food from there, I have to be able to purchase it while in the country (so American pizza, nachos or chimichangas, or general tso's chicken, all count as American , not Italian, Mexican, or Chinese)(or that pork vindaloo counts as English, not indian) famous restaurants known for authentic, count. good friends from said countries, count.

so far I have dregged up the old cook books and some handwritten recipes I received from native friends and knocked out Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, and tomorrow is leftover day.

I'm having a lot of fun too, which is the most important.
If you need any ideas for a Dutch dish; I've got your back. I'm thinking either boerenkool met worst or perhaps stampot met gehaktballen. A lot of Dutch dishes are winter dishes, so give me a shout out when the first snows start falling and I''ll hook you up.
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
Staff member
I'm learning german, and this looks vaguely familiar lol
So without the help of google translate let me try and decipher this as I would if I was in a dutch restaurant
met reminds me of german 'mit' so I'm guessing that's 'with'
worst is probably wurst, so sausage
and boerenkool I have no idea, although saying it reminds me of german 'kohl' so cabbage.

So this is some kind of cabbage with sausage?

stampot met gehaktballen
stampot doesn't ring a bell.
met is mit is with
gehakt is similar to german gehackt which is chopped or minced. Hackfleisch is mince in german for example.
ballen is balls probably, so gehaktballen is minced meat-balls, so meatballs?

So this is something with meatballs?


How did I do Silv? Can I trust myself to order something decent in a dutch restaurant? :D
 

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
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If you need any ideas for a Dutch dish; I've got your back. I'm thinking either boerenkool met worst or perhaps stampot met gehaktballen. A lot of Dutch dishes are winter dishes, so give me a shout out when the first snows start falling and I''ll hook you up.
Good chance snow won't fall where he lives...
 

Andrew.J

Journeyed there and back again
If you're interested, I have something for Christmas time as well. We have something called 'kūčiukai' where I live (they have different names in different regions). They're flour chips with poppy seeds that can be eaten alone or soaked in poppy seed milk. This dessert is traditionally served with a thick cranberry drink 'kisielius'. They're one of the best things about Christmas for me. I can hook you up with a recipe. :D

Here's a link to google images to get an idea of what they look like.
 

Bierschneeman

Journeyed there and back again
If you need any ideas for a Dutch dish; I've got your back. I'm thinking either boerenkool met worst or perhaps stampot met gehaktballen. A lot of Dutch dishes are winter dishes, so give me a shout out when the first snows start falling and I''ll hook you up.
ohh, ill take you up on that for sure. I know nothing of Dutch cooking.

no, I don't get a lot of snow... possible one or two flurries... likely zero sticks

Ohh I did a count before I started, I have had meals from 60 countries. but ill start over for this.

@Andrew.J what country are those from?
 

Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
Staff member
I'm learning german, and this looks vaguely familiar lol
So without the help of google translate let me try and decipher this as I would if I was in a dutch restaurant

met reminds me of german 'mit' so I'm guessing that's 'with'
worst is probably wurst, so sausage
and boerenkool I have no idea, although saying it reminds me of german 'kohl' so cabbage.

So this is some kind of cabbage with sausage?


stampot doesn't ring a bell.
met is mit is with
gehakt is similar to german gehackt which is chopped or minced. Hackfleisch is mince in german for example.
ballen is balls probably, so gehaktballen is minced meat-balls, so meatballs?

So this is something with meatballs?


How did I do Silv? Can I trust myself to order something decent in a dutch restaurant? :D
You did exceptionally well Alucard. Boerenkool met worst is a dish that contains potatoes, boerenkool/farmer's cabbage (typical Dutch type of winter cabbage which is harvested after the first frosts), gravy, little strips of spek (bacon) and rookwost (a fatty smoked sausage). It's absolutely delicious. It looks like this:



And again you're right on spot with stamppot met gehaktbal. If made with carrots its called hutspot. It's a dish with potatoes, carrots, unions and gravy mashed together with meatballs on the side. It looks like this:

 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
Staff member
I didn't know I would be so close, but it's comforting to know I can use German as a crutch in Dutch restaurant if I ever end up in one :) Although, I think English is pretty normal to use all over Europe in restaurants, and I think you guys have one of the highest rates for English speakers in Europe, apart from UK of course.
Not sure I would order any of those two though they look delicious and very much like comfort food to me. I eat mainly vegetarian now, although not exclusively.

Bierschneeman if you like any of the stuff from my post http://bestfantasybooks.com/forums/threads/what-have-you-cooked-eaten-lately.2245/page-7#post-45405
let me know and I'll give you the recipe.
 

Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
Staff member
I didn't know I would be so close, but it's comforting to know I can use German as a crutch in Dutch restaurant if I ever end up in one :) Although, I think English is pretty normal to use all over Europe in restaurants, and I think you guys have one of the highest rates for English speakers in Europe, apart from UK of course.
Not sure I would order any of those two though they look delicious and very much like comfort food to me. I eat mainly vegetarian now, although not exclusively.

Bierschneeman if you like any of the stuff from my post http://bestfantasybooks.com/forums/threads/what-have-you-cooked-eaten-lately.2245/page-7#post-45405
let me know and I'll give you the recipe.
According to some studies the % of English speakers (those that can make themselves understandable in the language) is actually higher in the Netherlands than in England. Go figure.

And you are right: German and Dutch are very similar in that most people would understand most of what you are saying when you speak German (slowly). I've been told it's a bit like Portuguese and Spanish.

The cuisines of Germany and the Netherlands are somewhat similar too (although we can't boast of a haute cuisine, like I mentioned some years ago in this thread). Still sausages, unions and cabbages are some common popular foodstuffs. I guess the thing that really differentiates our cuisine from that of the Germans is fish (mussels, clams, herring, macrow etc).
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
Staff member
According to some studies the % of English speakers (those that can make themselves understandable in the language) is actually higher in the Netherlands than in England. Go figure.
I didn't know that. That's hilarious :D
 

Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
Staff member
I didn't know that. That's hilarious :D
Just found out its also not true (its a meme from a popular comedian here in NL. I should have known...)

These are the actual numbers:


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Still, we're pretty close.
 

kenubrion

Journeyed there and back again
You did exceptionally well Alucard. Boerenkool met worst is a dish that contains potatoes, boerenkool/farmer's cabbage (typical Dutch type of winter cabbage which is harvested after the first frosts), gravy, little strips of spek (bacon) and rookwost (a fatty smoked sausage). It's absolutely delicious. It looks like this:



And again you're right on spot with stamppot met gehaktbal. If made with carrots its called hutspot. It's a dish with potatoes, carrots, unions and gravy mashed together with meatballs on the side. It looks like this:

That looks wonderful. My wife likes to make new stuff (to us) so maybe I'll get lucky, as I did 41 years ago when she said I do.

We had Chinese last night. And today I'm hungry again. It's true what they say about Chinese food.
 

Bierschneeman

Journeyed there and back again
week two, of "around the world in 80 Plates"
I did Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Vanuatu

I reaize I should give highlights
from last week, Singapore xi yang cai zhu gu tang, pork rib soup. I can give a recipe if youd like, super easy.
and a Bangladeshi Goat dish I got from a good Bangladeshi friend in college.
MYANMAR SUCKS, all three meals were horrible (given ive tried cooking Bitter Melon several times now, its always sucks, so one of them)

this week it was the Israeli Pastel, the Iraqi Mekhlama.
But Vanuatu, was the low point, everything was made with Banannas and Coconut, it was good, or okay. but I'm thinking this is a sneak preview of what I will being eating to represent every isolated pacific Island nation. that's a lot of banana and coconut in my future.
 

Bierschneeman

Journeyed there and back again
This week Nepal, Oman, Phillipines, Qatar, Fiji, France, Greece
I live in Louisiana, so I'm surrounded by French bakerys, one of my favorite Nepalese dishes is a garlicky potato dish.

Oman was quite interesting with Kabouli, very familiar to the Afghani Qoboli I will cook tonight. (I grew up on something very similar, but it may have been a morrocan version, or, it seems this dish is pretty universal in the whole region from Morrocco to the stans.
 

Bierschneeman

Journeyed there and back again
Albania, Australia, Armenia, Afghanistan, Algeria, Thailand, Japan.

Baramundi stew, Australia. Albanian tave kosi (a pie made of mostly lamb and yogurt)
 

Bierschneeman

Journeyed there and back again
Ive hit a snag. There are areas with very small similar countries, discerning unique culinars (new word) Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Former Yugoslavian states, and more specifically I can't find any difference in Moldova and Romanian recipes. Any suggestions?
 

Anti_Quated

Journeyed there and back again
Boerenkool met worst is a dish that contains potatoes, boerenkool/farmer's cabbage (typical Dutch type of winter cabbage which is harvested after the first frosts), gravy, little strips of spek (bacon) and rookwost (a fatty smoked sausage). It's absolutely delicious...

And again you're right on spot with stamppot met gehaktbal. If made with carrots its called hutspot. It's a dish with potatoes, carrots, unions and gravy mashed together with meatballs on the side.
Winter is nearly over down under and I only just saw these two :(:( Also, onion/union made me chuckle.
 

Bierschneeman

Journeyed there and back again
I think its obvious this hobby is devouring my reading time.

Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Laos. I sifted through over 100 recipes and could not find a single unique to Cyprus not in Greece or Lebanon or Turkey. I'm crossing it off.

Major Highlight Ivory coast had a salad with a strong colonial influence. a leaf of butterhead lettuce, half an avocado on top filled with Shrimp and Pineapple and drizzled with vinagrette
 

Bierschneeman

Journeyed there and back again
One of favorite meals from the midde east is goat kebsa. I've had it many times from people of various nationalities. Each country cooks it differently, when I use tomato paste, and mince my onions, the comment is "only a Saudi would cook it like that" . As I'm finishing off the middle east and south Asia, I am hesitant as moving on will bring me out of my comfort zone, making distinct meals for similar countries will only get harder from here.

Also cooking the national dish for Jordan tonight menasaf

Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, united arab emirates, turkey, tuvalu