En Qoquille; any of various seafood or chicken dishes baked with a sauce and usually served in a scallop shell or a shell-shaped serving dish.
A great Italian inspired snack recipe found on saveur.com
Test kitchen director Farideh Sadeghin at Saveur likes to use Italian bread crumbs to bread her mozzarella, but you could use panko if you were so inclined. Double breading insures that the outside gets nice and crispy while the inside cheese has time to melt when frying. These freeze well, so keep them in your freezer and pull them out to defrost before frying whenever you feel like.
I’m a real sucker for deep fried bananas. When at a Thai or Chinese restaurant I don’t even bother to check the menu when it’s time for dessert, I know what I want, deep fried bananas
A unusual pie recipe found on Tunspit & Table
Kim who runs ‘Tunspit & Table’ writes: Pies were sold piping hot and ready to eat by street-peddlers from at least the 13th century. According to Martha Carlin, cookshops and street vendors primarily served the poor in large, over-populated towns where cheap lodgings didn’t always have a fire for cooking, let alone an oven for baking. The cries of the peddlers, tempting their customers in, are recorded in collections or in literature.
Deep fried mussels, shrimp, crayfish and other types of shelfish are suitable as a starter or snacks. A mixture of various shellfish and boiled fish cut into pieces, offers many delicious possibilities.
A great fish recipe found on aperitif.no
Fish fingers will never be an epithet after you’ve tried this recipe signed success chefs Tom Victor Gausdal and Stian Floer.
Everyone wants fish fingers served like this. The recipe is taken from the super chefs’ cookbook “Fiskekokeboka” (The Fish Cook Book) which was published in 2012 and was a finalist in “The Best Norwegian cookbook” that year.
A classic Indian festival snack found on sailusfood.com
This classic Indian snack is very popular namkeen in North Indian states especially Rajasthan and Punjab and is served with achaar (pickle) as a tea time snack. It is prepared for festivals like Diwali, Holi and Karwa Chauth. The mathri dough is flavored with an assortment of spices like anardana (dried pomegranate seeds), tymol seeds (ajwain), cumin (jeera), black pepper (kala mirch) and dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi).
A fairground classic recipe found on lostrecipesfound.com
Here’s a little-known fact: Early corn-dog purveyor Ed Waldmire, Jr., wanted to call his corn-dog stand “The Crusty Cur”….his wife convinced him to change the name to “Cozy Pup.” Like most other American fried-food-on-a-stick, batter-fried weiner wands have state fair connections.
Vaudeville actors Carl and Neil Fletcher abandoned their Dallas song-and-dance act tent show in 1938 when the Texas State Fair offered them the chance to operate a food booth. The two had read about a man in the Oaklawn neighbourhood of Dallas who was baking corn-battered hotdogs in moulds, and the idea intrigued them, so the brothers set out to improve on the product. They perfected their batter-dipped and fried corn dog in time for the 1942 Texas State Fair.
Easy, portable and quick, corn dogs soon became fast-food-restaurant darlings. Cozy Dog Drive-in in Springfield, IL claims first-to-market status (1946) but restaurateur Dave Barham started selling at Hot Dog on a Stick in Santa Monica, CA, that same year.
A classic Chinese recipe found on food.com
These appetizers disappear quickly! They are also great dipped in a mixture of soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
Sambucus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae. The various species are commonly called elder or elderberry. The genus was formerly placed in the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae, but was reclassified due to genetic and morphological comparisons to Adoxa. In Sambucus, there are between 5 and 30 species of deciduous shrubs, small trees and herbaceous perennial plants.
The genus occurs in temperate to subtropical regions of the world. More widespread in the Northern Hemisphere, its Southern Hemisphere occurrence is restricted to parts of Australasia and South America. Many species are widely cultivated for their ornamental leaves, flowers and fruit.
The leaves are pinnate with 5–9 leaflets (rarely 3 or 11). Each leaf is 5–30 cm (2.0–11.8 in) long, and the leaflets have serrated margins. They bear large clusters of small white or cream-colored flowers in late spring; these are followed by clusters of small black, blue-black, or red berries (rarely yellow or white).
Elder in food
The French, Austrians and Central Europeans produce elderflower syrup, commonly made from an extract of elderflower blossoms, which is added to Palatschinken filling instead of blueberries. People throughout much of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe use a similar method to make a syrup which is diluted with water and used as a drink or as a flavoring in several food products. In Germany, yoghurt desserts are made with both the berries and the flowers. Fruit pies and relishes are produced with berries. In Italy (especially in Piedmont), Germany and Austria, the umbels of the elderberry are batter coated, fried and then served as a dessert or a sweet lunch with a sugar and cinnamon topping, known as “Hollerküchel”.
Every year, Romanians produce a traditional soft drink in May and June called “socată” or “suc de soc”. It is produced by letting the flowers macerate with water, yeast and lemon for 2–3 days. The last stage of fermentation is done in a closed pressure proof bottle to produce a fizzy drink. The beverage has also inspired Coca-Cola to launch an elderflower-based drink, Fanta Shokata.
The flowers of Sambucus nigra are used to produce elderflower cordial. St. Germain, a French liqueur, is made from elderflowers. Hallands Fläder, a Swedish akvavit, is flavoured with elderflowers. Despite the similarity in name, the Italian liqueur sambuca is mostly made with star anise and fennel essential oils extracted by vapor distillation. It also contains elderflower extracts with which it is flavored to add a floral note, to smooth and round off the strong licorice flavor.
Hollowed elderberry twigs have traditionally been used as spiles to tap maple trees for syrup.
Elder in folk medicine
Black elderberry has been used medicinally for hundreds of years. Some preliminary studies demonstrate that elderberry may have a measurable effect in treating the flu, alleviating allergies, and boosting overall respiratory health.
Elder is used in traditional Chinese medicine, dissolved in wine, for rheumatism and traumatic injury.
This is a classic Scandinavian dish. When I studied at the art and handcraft college in Oslo we used to eat this at one of the oldest inns in town. And the waitresses were always very nice to us. We always got a second helping of both potatoes, remoulade sauce and cucumber salad. Good memories, I do eat there from time to time still – Ted 😉