**Book Update** I’ve almost finished “Try This: Traveling the Globe without Leaving the Table” by Danyelle Freeman. Truthfully, I thought it was a recipe book. Nope! She’s a food critic in New York City. Now that is a city to be a food critic in! I really enjoyed the book and fully think it is worth the 99 cent kindle price. She goes through each type of major cuisine and breaks down the good, the bad and the spicy. For example, if there are flour tortillas at a Mexican restaurant – that is Tex Mex. Real Mexican restaurants would only use corn tortillas. Most of what we eat here in St. Louis is Tex Mex. Italians eat pasta as a second course after the appetizer — not part of the main meal. French toast was invented by a New Yorker named Joseph French – it didn’t originate in France. It is considered the norm to arrive 30 minutes late to your reservation in Mexico (which sounds really familiar to the rule I read about in “Bringing up Bebe” where everyone shows up late for birthday parties as the norm in France).
It also gave me an idea to do this summer with the kids: do our own traveling around the globe at the dinner table. Using another library book: The Multicultural Cookbook for Students and perusing a few close restaurants in St. Louis, we are going to try different cuisines from around the world.
The first task was where to start. I asked Juliana and Maddox to pick out a country on our map. They pointed to Korea. Oh boy, what a place to start. Kimchi is served everywhere over there… but I don’t think any of us but the hubby would eat it. So, we are going to try Beef Bulgogi.
**Recipe Update** I was trying to come up with healthy and quick lunch ideas that also incorporated by co-op produce basket and came up with this. I also include below a few variations I have made over the years. These have been a favorite of mine since my second ever Pampered Chef party back in 2005.
- 2 flour tortillas (whole wheat, spinach, flour, etc.)
- 2 Tb. roasted garlic hummus (Trader Joe's carries it), or favorite hummus
- 1 cucumber
- 1 carrot
- 1 red bell pepper, seeds removed
- 1/2 cup chopped lettuce
- Lay out the tortilla on a place.
- Spread hummus.
- Chop vegetables into sticks (julienne). Lay on top of the tortilla in the middle. Lay lettuce on top
- Roll up and cut in the middle!
- Eat immediately. Or make a few and wrap in plastic wrap to grab and go for later.
- 2 tortillas (flour, whole wheat, spinach, etc.)
- 2 Tb. soft cream cheese
- 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 lb. sliced deli turkey
- 1 cup lettuce
- 1 roma tomato
- Lay out tortilla.
- Mix cream cheese and ground cumin. Spread on tortilla.
- Lay out the turkey and lettuce on the cream cheese.
- Slice the tomato thin and lay on top of the tortillas.
- Roll up, slice and eat!
- 2 flour tortillas
- 2 Tb. softened cream cheese
- 1/2 tsp. horseradish
- 1 roma tomato, sliced thin
- 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 lb. roast beef, deli style
- Lay out tortillas.
- Mix cream cheese and horseradish. Spread onto tortillas
- Layer veggies.
- Layer beef on top.
- Roll, cut and eat!
For more healthy and fun food, we used cucumbers and carrots to create words on a platter 🙂