How To Easily Add A Foreign Flair To Home Cooking
International cuisine can seem intimidating to anyone who’s not a top chef. But in reality, it’s not difficult to add a pinch of foreign flavor to your kitchen, says Blakely Trettenero, a chef, world traveler and host of Cooking for Bimbos and Hungry for Travels. Trettenero, who makes difficult dish-es easy on her cooking website with the tongue-in-check name, has visit-ed more than 30 countries and made many food discoveries along the way.
“While in Italy, I realized pasta in the United States is second rate,” says Trettenero, who has been featured on several TV shows. “That dried stuff we buy in a box doesn’t cut it. If you've ever had homemade pasta, you know what I mean.”
Once, after a night of dancing in Greece, Trettenero and others worked up an appetite and at 6 a.m. landed at a restaurant that never closes on Mykonos Harbor.
“We ordered this amazing chicken soup with fresh lemon juice squeezed on it,” she says. “It was unreal.”
Here is a recipe from Trettenero to help bring a taste of international cuisine to your home:
Thai Style Quinoa Salad Salad
- 3 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa
- 1/4 red cabbage head, sliced thin
- 1/2 cucumber, diced
- 3 scallions sliced
- 1 carrot shredded
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 1 cup thawed edamame
- Juice from three limes
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Chopped unsalted peanuts
- Grilled Chicken
- Cook quinoa according to package directions. Put cooked quinoa in large mixing bowl. Add sliced cabbage, diced cucumber, shredded carrot, sliced scallion, edamame, and diced red bell pepper.
- In small bowl, mix the lime juice minced garlic, grated ginger, soy sauce, honey, and vegetable oil.
- Add the vinaigrette to the quinoa and mix everything until combined and coated in the vinaigrette.
- Serve in a bowl and add optional toppings.