Call it luck or call it by design, but my family likes to experiment eating and making a wide variety of international cuisines somewhat often. Some of our favorites include this Easy Pad Thai or Asian Chicken & Cabbage Potstickers or Spanish Paella (I just re-learned how to make this from my Spanish mother-in-law which I will share here in a future post!)
Aside from Mexican (which is pretty prevalent here in southeast Texas. Well, really it’s Tex-Mex) or Italian (from my mother’s side of the family), my culinary adventures hadn’t made it too far well into adulthood. Thankfully it didn’t stay too limited for me for long. It’s strange, because I can almost distinctly remember the day I tried Vietnamese food for the first time over 10 years ago. I was a bit skeptical but willing to try as my sister-in-law was so encouraging! Ever since then, we’ve learned to enjoy all kinds of Asian cuisines on a regular basis including Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese and Chinese. And my brother-in-law makes some really delicious Greek and Indian food too (which I am slowly coming to love) so it’s always fun to experiment when we’re visiting. I’ve got a nice collection of recipes going, too, on my Around the World Pinterest board that I hope to start putting into our recipe rotation.
And while I do like to experiment in my own kitchen, sometimes knowing where to start can be tricky. Awhile back, I asked on my Facebook page, what other international foods people like to cook and I was surpised to see that the answers were somewhat limited, so maybe the same is true for many of you too! It was not too long ago that I learned about the Hungry Globetrotter, I was excited to try it out. I received a package from them to review with ingredients to make Indian food—something I’ve never really tried to make myself (and only eaten a few times).
We got some popcorn that was a nice change from the normal butter and salt. This was spicy with a hint of curry—my daughter actually loved it! And the masala sauce is spicy but not too much. I like to sauté a bit of firm tofu in oil then add the masala sauce and pair it with a garden salad for a simple yet filling meal. Never fear though. Each shipment comes with a selection of recipe cards that help you get started using the ingredients in other ways too! My last experiment was to make Saag Paneer, an Indian dish that uses the garam masala spice blend I received. Saag Paneer is a blend of Paneer (a South Asian cheese that I found at a local Middle Eastern market –but you can also substitute fresh mozzarella), sautéed spinach, onions, garlic and tomatoes. There are actually lots of variations but this is the recipe I used (I varied it a bit though and used 2% milk instead of the heavy cream). This was SO easy and delicious and a great intro to Indian food!
Here’s how the Hungry Globetrotter service works:
–You can sign up for the monthly, quarterly, 6-month or annual plan (the more you commit to, the cheaper it gets per month).
–Then, each month, you will receive a box full of ingredients that let you enjoy flavors from around the world. How easy is that?
–Each box includes information about the origin of the ingredients or foods and also recipes so you can get to cooking!
–Looking for a unique gift idea? You can order just one box to send to a friend by choosing from a variety of samplers available on the Hungry Globetrotter website.
–You can find out more about how the service works by clicking here.
I’m glad I got the opportunity to try out the Hungry Globetrotter service and I hope you will give it a try too!
Disclaimer: I received no additional compensation for this review other than a sample shipment box from The Hungry Globetrotter. All opinions are my own.