May 27, 2011

Foodie Friday #10 - Travelling The Globe



Foodie Friday has been up and running for 10 weeks now...I can't believe how fast time goes by...especially when you are drooling over delicious looking recipes! :) Thanks to everyone who linked up last week!!

This week I was back at work flying again so I wanted to make sure I shared a little bit of what my life looks like on the road...more specifically and in honor of Foodie Friday, how I cook on the road.

Many of you have flown on an airplane before but you may not be well versed in the galley of a 737 plane. We have 2 galleys (one in the front one in the back) both conveniently located next to the bathrooms. There is no microwave, no oven, and no refrigerators. There is, however, a coffee machine which is where wonders never cease to amaze weary travelers as they stumble to the back for the bathroom and will find Flight Attendants whipping up a batch of something yummy for dinner...or lunch as was the case for me. For this trip, with an abundance of black bean dip at home, I decided to make "Burritos On The Fly". This recipe (and type of cooking) will also work in a hotel room where the one appliance you are often guaranteed is a small coffee maker. Here is how we do it F/A style...

1. Take your spinach tortilla and wrap it in foil...



2. Place foil wrapped tortilla on the coffee makers hot plate...


3. Add a bit of weight on the top so it gets warm faster...I like to use 2 cans of water...yes, cans of water. Side note - The air pressure tends to build up in plastic bottles often causing beverages to explode in flight...we forgo the messy cleanup by using cans...


4. Get out your black beans and give them a stir...


5. Make an easy double boiler by adding hot water from the coffee maker to a bigger plastic container and let your bean container float in there for about 10 minute stirring every few minutes. If the water starts to cool off just replace with new hot water...


5. Get your precut veggies and cheese ready for your steamy tortilla


6. Carefully unwrap steamy tortilla in case it got a bit stuck to the foil...


7. The rest is pretty self explanatory... Add Cheese, beans, and veggies and wrap it up!





8. Keep the foil wrapped around the burrito while eating to keep the heat in. Peel back and enjoy!

Oh - another side note - deciding the best place to enjoy your burrito will be hard as you will be surrounded by 137 people all peeking over your shoulder wanting to know if they could have a bite in between their trips to the above mentioned bathroom causing constant opening and closing of the door and all the smells that come with it...


Seriously? Who ever said being a Flight Attendant was glamorous??

Due to my burrito rambling I will make sure to keep this weeks features brief but tasty. Last week I featured Chillin' and Grillin' which worked perfectly for the hot weather we were having. This week, as I am back on the road flying, I thought I would reflect that in my features and Travel The Globe.

First we are starting in Italy...surprised? I have to say, growing up in an Italian household, food has always been reason to celebrate. My mom is a wonderful cook who often would make a pot of sauce (aka gravy to my paisan's) and meatballs on the weekends. I can still smell the remnants of my childhood when I walk into her house and get a whiff of that tomato and garlic goodness...unfortunately, the sauce is not vegetarian so I no longer eat it but the smell alone can make me smile. Back to the Italian feature...


Girli Chef linked up a delicious looking Stromboli this week. Bread, cheese, a variety of meats, and a great dipping sauce...how can you go wrong?? We make pizza at least 2 times a week here so this would be a nice spin to our traditional style of 'Za!


We are now heading over to China to cook up some Kung Pao Chicken from It's a Keeper. This homemade version is most likely going to be healthier than take out and custom made to your liking. Ginger is such a great flavor to work with but is often overlooked when people don't know what to do with it or how to use it. This recipe should be step one in the Newbie to Ginger handbook! :)


Speaking of ginger - let's head to India for some delicious Tarka Dhal posted last week by McGreen Experience. This vegetarian recipe is right up my alley with ginger, garlic, lentils and turmeric (another often overlooked spice) this dish is not only healthy but also super delicious.


Next stop - the Philippines! Marelie from Cookie Droplets Etc posted this Filipino Mamon which is better described as a yellow sponge cake. Marelie always posts a wonderful recipe and usually adds a bit of history from her culture and/or the food in which she has prepared. For a great recipe and a bit of foodie history make sure to pop on over and say hi!!


Let's stay put in the Philippines for another dessert delight. Pinay in Texas Cooking Corner linked up a Bibingka recipe which is an alternative spin on the traditional dish. Since I have never heard of this I thought I would explain it to you in her own words...

"Bibingka is a type of rice cake native to the Philippines. This is traditionally made from galapong (milled glutinous rice), coconut milk, margarine, and sugar. During dawn masses on Christmas season, side street vendors are a common sight preparing and selling this delicious rice cake."

Sounds good to me!!

From all this globe trotting I am certainly exhausted so that concludes the features for this week. Make sure to grab a button if you were featured!!




NOW ON WITH THE PARTY

There are no rules to this linky party except...duh duh duh done...

  • It would be super nice if you Followed LBR, your hostess with the most-est...while you're at it, leave a comment if you so desire!
  • Your link MUST be a food related item, duh! It can be a recipe, a specific dish you are craving, a new foodie product you just found, a specific restaurants specific dish...it can be a picnic you had - I really don't care! Just make me want to eat it!
  • {mandatory} Please post my button or a clickable link in your post so others can join in - they are located on the bottom of the right sidebar...Walnuts or Garlic? I dig em' both! I don't want to delete posts but this is kind of a scratch my back Ill scratch yours sort of thing...
  • Try not to post and run - check out another recipe and see what's cookin' elsewhere! You may just learn something! :)
  • Please DO NOT link up your linky parties.

Here is what I'll do in return besides hosting this fabulous bash of course...


Each week E and I will pick a recipe (maybe a few) to try out for our weekend feasting. If we likey - we will feature your recipe and blog in an upcoming party. If we don't likey...well, we won't mention you at all. We all know the golden rule - if you don't have anything nice to say then shut up!


Let the mouth watering, drool inducing, stomach grumbling fun BEGIN!! I'm Hungry...
LET'S EAT!!

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