Come on a culinary adventure around the Globe with award winning Australian Chef Rosalie Bryant as she cooks a meal from each of the 196 Independent Countries in the World. The aim is to cook courageously and encourage others to share in the food of the Globe with the hope we can BREAK BREAD TOGETHER and BREAK DOWN BARRIERS:
Bangladesh: Bengali Fish Curry, Pumpkin Flower Pakoras Stuffed With Mango, & Aromatic Pulau Rice With Spices, Nuts & Raisins
The Q-Zine team
recently enjoyed a beautiful night of friendship & laughter
when we cooked the food of Bangladesh
Our Menu included:
Pakoras Stuffed With Mango,
& Aromatic Pulau Rice With Spices, Nuts & Raisins
We served this meal
with side-dishes of
sliced fresh red
chilli, Papadums & Mango Chutney
Bangladesh is a country in South Asia which is officially known as the People's
Republic of Bangladesh. It has a large maritime territory in the Bay of Bengal
& shares land borders with Myanmar (Burma) & India. Bangladesh is
probably better know for its food security issues & history of
famine than for its fabulous food, but we found the Bengali cuisine to be fragrant, fabulous & delicious. In fact it was a huge
success with all our dinner guests.
I loved the language in the original recipes & it
inspired me to get a sense of how a cook or chef from Bangladesh might explain
how to do something, so rather than erasing their words into a western way of
describing their food I have left
much of the language intact. I hope it inspires other western cooks to respect
the many ways the people of the Globe view food & cooking, & to cook
with courage & heart.
BENGALI FISH CURRY
Note: the spices in this curry are fragrant but not hot.
·3 teaspoons coriander seeds
·1 ½teaspoon cumin seeds
·3 whole cloves
·10 dried cardamom seeds
·6 cm of cinnamon stick
·1 .2 kgor
6 fillets Mackerel or Mahimahi cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
·1 teaspoon ground turmeric
·1/2 teaspoon salt
·3 tablespoons organic sesame oil
·1 finely chopped red onion
·1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
·2 garlic clove, minced
– sliced in chunks
·3/4 cup water
·1 ½teaspoon salt
·1 teaspoon sugar
·1 ½ cup plain whole milk yoghurt
·fresh cilantro / coriander
·4 fresh red chilli sliced thinly; for those who like
food spicy to sprinkle on the fish
1.To prepare spice mix, combine first 5 ingredients in a spice
or coffee grinder; process until finely ground.
2.To prepare fish, combine cubed fish with turmeric and 1/2
teaspoon salt in a large bowl; toss well.
3.Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over
4.Add fish & cook 5 minutes or until fish is lightly browned
and flakes easily when tested with a fork (do not overcook). Remove from pa
5.To prepare sauce, add onion to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until
6.Add ginger, garlic, and bay leaf; sauté 2 minutes.
7.Add ground spice mix; cook 2 minutes.
8.Stir in water, 1 teaspoon salt, and sugar.
9.Remove pan from
heat; & gradually stir in yoghurt.
Note: Slowly add the yoghurt to the sauce for smooth
10.Cook over low heat 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
11.Return fish and accumulated juices to pan.
12.Cook over low heat 5 minutes or just until heated.
13.When ready to serve garnish with sprinkling of fresh
Q Zine really stepped out when we cooked the food from
the island Nation of Kiribati
Our Menu included Chicken roasted
in pepper & soy sauce Coal baked Whole Whiting in banana leaves Sweet Potatoes
& Bananas fried in butter & coconut curry rice
Kiribati, officially theRepublic of Kiribatiis an island
nation of 33 atolls & islands spread out across the equator in the central
Pacific Ocean. Snuggled just inside the International Date line, the most
eastern of the Kiribati Islands has the most advanced time on the Globe,so
quite literally the World’s day starts here on these lovely islands. Kiribati has
significant food security issues. Whilst fresh local foods such as fish &
coconuts are abundant, there is limited variety. On top of this there is a
shortage of vegetables & clean, fresh water. So the people of Kiribati are
heavily reliant on supplementary foods coming in by boat.
There were a few Kiribati recipes we would have loved to try cooking, for instance Kir…
The Q Zine family
cooked an amazing feast
when we visited the food of the Marshall Islands
included Coconut Fish, Roast sweet potato salad with passionfruit mayonnaisePapaya Salad & steamed rice
The republic of Marshall Islands
is located in the North Pacific Ocean & includes twenty nine atolls, with
24 being inhabited. The people of the Marshall Islands have experienced increasing food security issues due to limited land mass & increasing
population/urbanisation. In addition, the Marshallese people face a larger
threat from global warming, as their country is on the list of island nations predicted to be inundated in the future byrising sea levels. COCONUT FISH
Ingredients: ·6 pieces white fish fillets, cleaned, filleted &
de-boned (we used Monk Fish) ·2 cups coconut cream ·½ an onion, finely chopped ·1 teaspoon salt ·2 freshchilli, thinly sliced in rounds ·1 tablespoon cornstarch ·1 tablespoon lemon juice ·2 tomatoes, sliced ·6 tbs peanut oil