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Strawberry Mango Salad with Balsamic Dressing

For this month’s International Food Challenge, we are going to explore the Bordeaux cuisine from France. Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in southwest France. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble” of the 18th century. Bordeaux is also an upscale place- a city for luxury shopping, drinking, and eating. It sits in the center of the world famous wine region that bears its name and thus tourists come here come to eat, drink, experience wine, and be merry. Saraswathi, our host, gave us…

Russian Honey Cake — Medovik (with Eggless Custard Filling)

For this month’s International Cooking Challenge, Saras @ Saras Yummy Bites is taking us to the world’s largest country in the world, Russia. Russia’s cuisine is very diverse just like the country and she gave us 3 traditional recipes to choose from. I picked this irresistible Russian Honey Cake from the list. I made it as a part of my Russian meal I did earlier this month. This honey cake is very different from any cake I’ve ever made. The cake part is not a cake after all, it is basically rolled out dough that is baked in the oven…

California Veggie Pizza Recipe on Whole wheat Crust

I have missed the last edition of International Food Challenge because of summer vacation and possibly poor planning on my side. Even this post is late, but I didn’t want to miss the 1st Anniversary of IFC. Hearty congratulations to Saras and Shobana for coming up with the event idea and completing 1 successful year. For this month’s challenge, Saras picked 2 dishes from each of the previous years challenges. It was quite tough picking just one and I ended up making California Veggie Pizza that Joanne T Ferguson suggested. My son has been asking for a pizza and I…

Thai Sticky Rice with Mango

We are exploring the beautiful northern part of Thailand for this month’s ‘International Food Challenge’. Northern Thailand is blessed with the best scenery in the kingdom, it is the region with forests and mountains, rivers and waterfalls. It is the home to Thailand’s hill tribes, whose conventions and customs differ from mainstream Thai culture. Rice is the staple of this region and they use both ordinary and glutinous varieties. Food is seasoned with fish sauce and chili peppers. Our host for this month, Sangeetha Priya, gave us some amazing Northern Thai dishes to try. After looking through the dishes, I…

Cucumber & Carrot California Sushi Roll (Vegan Recipe)

We are going on a Culinary tour of California for this month’s International Food Challenge. Our host for this month, Joanne T Ferguson who blogs @ What’s on the list picked some amazing dishes from California. As Joanne says there are no “official” dishes of California. California cuisine is based on fusion foods, from many cultures and recipes that were adapted throughout the history. Personally I feel California is a country in itself. One reason being it is one of the largest states in US (FYI: 3rd largest in US and when compared to New Jersey which is in the…

Cucumber & Carrot California Sushi Roll (Vegan Recipe)

We are going on a Culinary tour of California for this month’s International Food Challenge. Our host for this month, Joanne T Ferguson who blogs @ What’s on the list picked some amazing dishes from California. As Joanne says there are no “official” dishes of California. California cuisine is based on fusion foods, from many cultures and recipes that were adapted throughout the history. Personally I feel California is a country in itself. One reason being it is one of the largest states in US (FYI: 3rd largest in US and when compared to New Jersey which is in the…

Bavarian Dumplings/ Dampfnudel (eggless recipe)

This month’s host of International Food Challenge, Saraswathi Tharagaram (Sara’s Yummy Bites) is taking us on a culinary tour of Bavaria region in Germany. Germany is located in Western Europe. The topography of the country is varied, and includes regions of deep forest and high mountains, as well as a wide valley surrounding the Rhine, Germany’s largest river. The highest mountain peak, the Zugspitze, lies on the border with Austria. Less than 3 percent of Germans are farmers, and the country must import much of its food. Apples, pears, cherries, and peaches, as well as grapes for wine production, are…

Iranian Jeweled Rice (Vegan recipe)

For this month’s International Cooking Challenge, our host Savitha Ramesh @ Savitha’s Kitchen has taken us on a culinary tour of Persia/ Iran. Iranian cuisine or Persian cuisine refers to the traditional and modern styles of cooking related to Iran. Situated in the Middle East, the Iranian culinary style is unique to Iran, but it has been influenced by Iran’s neighbouring regions at various stages throughout its history. Many foods famously associated with Middle Eastern, and indeed World cuisine have their origins in Iran, such as kebab and ice cream. Fresh green herbs are frequently used along with fruits such…

Andalusian Courgette Tortilla (Zucchini Omlet)

For this month’s ‘International Food Challenge’, Sharanya of Just Not the Cakes is taking us on a culinary tour of Andalusia, Spain. Andalusia is one of the most populous and second largest autonomous communities in Spain , stretching south from sunny cities Cordoba and Seville all the way to Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea . The name “Andalusia” was derived from the Arabic word “ Al- Andalus”. Andalusia boasts many delicious foods offering travelers a chance to stimulate their palettes while exploring. Sharanya gave us 4 very simple recipes from the Andalusian region and I picked the Courgette Tortilla…