Saying Goodbye to Cheap Ethnic Eatz with the Best of 2015

So this is it! Not only is this the last post of 2015, but it will be my last post under the name Cheap Ethnic Eatz! I announced a few days ago my new name for my blog rebrand: CulturEatz.

The end of the year and the last post of 2015 are the perfect setting to say goodbye to Cheap Ethnic Eatz. I want to thank every member who’s ever joined the dinner group I ran from 2007 to 2011. They are the ones who inspired me to start a blog in the first place. Cheap Ethnic Eatz will have lived for 8 1/2 years. It has changed a lot over the years. And now it is a cocooned caterpillar that is about to emerge into a beautiful butterfly.

Best of Cheap Ethnic Eatz 2015

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Carrot Curry Canelés, a savory treat

Savory Carrot Curry Canelés are wonderful flavor packed curry bites, beautifully baked in a quintessential French fluted shape.

It’s Food ‘n Flix time and this month it is also a very special cross-over with Cook the Books! In both groups this month two host picks the same movie/book that pertains to food. I prepared for the book/movie “The Hundred Foot Journey” a fusion Indian/French recipe: Carrot Curry Canelés

To participate we had to either read the book or watch the movie, or do both. Then participants made a recipe inspired by the film. It could be any recipe you wanted. Both groups are a lot of fun so consider joining!

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Bridget Jones’s Diary for Food ‘n Flix

Wishing you a wonderful New Year! May 2015 bring you health, prosperity, amazing food and happiness! I feel so privileged to start of a new year of Food ‘n Flix as the host for this January. This month I’m challenging you to watch Bridget Jones’s Diary, and then head into the kitchen to make a dish inspired by the film.

At the start of the New Year, 32-year-old Bridget decides it’s time to take control of her life — and start keeping a diary. Now, the most provocative, erotic and hysterical book on her bedside table is the one she’s writing. With a taste for adventure, and an opinion on every subject – from exercise to men to food to sex and everything in between – she’s turning the page on a whole new life.

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Pork Sag Curry with the Clipso Pressure Cooker

When I moved out of my parents home I invariably inherited some kitchen items that my mom had in 2s or 3s, or some of my grand mother’s old things. One such treasure handed down to me was a dark avocado green aluminum pressure cooker. You know the kind with the chrome metal heavy weight that you had to check carefully in case it would explode right of the vessel. Gee, thanks mom!

I have to admit I used it only a handful of times. Not so much out of fear – although I kept a very watchful eye – but I knew only one recipe, the classic brisket with the onion soup mix. It’s good but I associate that taste with the 70s. Everything I tried tasted passé. I gave it away eventually. Little did I know then that I had yet to write the final pressure cooker chapter of my life. All good things get better with time and anything retro is in. Cue in the revisited and modern pressure cooker by T-Fal, the Clipso. And I prepared the very fragrant Indian Pork Sag Curry from the included recipe book.

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The Liver Experiment Week 4: Indian Liver Curry

This week for the 4th instalment of The Liver Experiment where I will try to acquire a taste for liver. Over a 10 week period I will cook, consume and post my experience once a week about trying to appreciate my food nemesis. If you want to know why I am doing this in the first place please read my Week 1 post. Again, thank you all for your comments and support. I am really enjoying the exchange with my readers with this series all over the social medias and comments. I hope my experiment will inspire you to try the same with your own personal food nemesis. And even if you are determined to hate liver for life I hope you will follow along throughout the whole series.

This week I prepared a most fantastic Indian Liver Curry with a recipe given to me straight from India!

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Guest post on ici et here

I am so proud to share with you today a link to my guest post on ici et here, entitled…

Ethnically Tasting Montreal, Frugally

 

In this special post I discuss why we are a city of foodies and tell you about my favorite ethnic hangouts.

PLUS you can listen to an audio interview I did with Fait Ici this week.

The ici et here concept is simple and brilliant: ici et here is a group blog with a fixed lifespan of 52 weeks where 52 posts will be published by 52 different people in both French and English. This blog endeavors to document the interplay of food and life in Montreal. Today is my turn for post number 29.

We had also a fabulous pot-luck launch party back in November 2010 where we got to meet most of the participants and our host Fait Ici. Remember my Best Thai Curry Tofu Ever, our hosts loved it so much they make it once in a while for their lunch menu.

I encourage you to check out the other guest posts on ici et here if you want the real inside-scoop of food in Montreal!

Best Thai Curry Tofu EVER for Fait Ici

I have done a lot of curries in my life. Some were good and some were misses. I kept trying new ones now and again. And then I fell on a recipe I changed so much it barely resembles what it was in the first place. So I can calling it my own. This is the Best Thai Curry Tofu EVER recipe. I first did it for Raquel on her birthday dinner, remember the one where I did a cute cartoon Rat Cake? We were both in awe of this curry. Seriously, it is that good and carnivores will not feel depraved.

So when I was invited to very special foodie potluck blog launch party (say that 3 times fast) I knew this was the dish I wanted to contribute to the magnificent spread there would be. This summer I made 2 new friends, Lindsay and Jackson. They are the owner of a very special store called FAIT ICI, an eco-conscious general store. I got to interview them in the store 2 days before opening. The place was a construction zone and the anxiety was palpable yet they took a good 90 min to chat with me. They really have made a point of getting in touch with the people and with the foodie community.

This camaraderie paid off when they contacted some of us foodies about a great project they had in mind: the ici et here blog project. The concept is simple and brilliant: ici et here is a group blog with a fixed lifespan of 52 weeks where 52 posts will be published by 52 different people in both French and English. This blog endeavors to document the interplay of food and life in Montreal. The launch party coincided with the first published post and all the people involved were invited. Yes, yours truly will be one of the 52 authors. I’ll keep you posted when mine is up!

Best Thai Curry Tofu Ever

Ingredients

1 tablespoon oil
12 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained and cubed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 bell peppers (red, yellow, orange best), cut into nice chunks
2 zucchinis, sliced thick
10 ounce can coconut milk
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon, fresh or frozen lemongrass (1 teaspoon dried)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander

Directions

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu cubes, salt and fry until golden on all sides, stirring occasionally. Set aside in a bowl.

2. Melt butter or margarine in the same skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook and stir until translucent. Add bell peppers and zucchini; cook and stir 5 minutes.

3. Stir in coconut milk, curry powder, lemongrass, salt, pepper and coriander.

4. Return the tofu to the skillet.

5. Simmer over low-medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has thickened up a lot.

Serve on udon noodles, basmati or jasmine rice.