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So here’s one of the things the relocation guides never mention: no matter how long you live in a foreign country, no matter how integrated you become, eventually you will fall prey to the cravings for (literally) a slice of home, and it will, inevitably, be incredibly cumbersome to replicate.  One of the joys of moving to a new place is experiencing a new food culture – but different food cultures tend to make things you would otherwise take for granted at home remarkably difficult to come by.

We can get a bit desperate and start spending an exorbitant amount of money on imported goods, and that’s all well and good but the best (and most fun) thing to do is to get creative.

As ¾ of our little blog-team are expats, you will frequently find us doing the following: stalking pharmacies across town in search of proper red food colouring; visiting the English bookshop (of all places) to stock up on *actual* tea as if war were about to break out; hoarding treasured things like greedy little goblins (syrup is rationed in Four’s house, Argentinean Tea has nearly-sacred status, tins of allspice have been known to last over a decade); resorting to creating the most basic ingredients, like condensed milk, from scratch (WHO DOES THIS?!) and, ultimately, begging anyone going back to the homeland to bring certain unobtainables back with them (like clingfilm that actually sticks, OTC effective painkillers … but now we’re getting off track).

There’s a whole story behind Cincinnati Chili, where it came from and why it’s different than normal chili, but you can go read about it somewhere else if you’re really that interested. Suffice it to say, it was one of Number Four’s favourite meals Back Int’ Day and upon moving to Europe she promptly had to learn how to make do. Usually it’s served with spaghetti but corn bread is yummier and less bad for our diets, so tough. The chilli recipe isn’t necessarily authentic (it doesn’t taste a thing like Skyline, for instance) but it is really damn good anyway. We won’t tell you how many years it took Number Four to realize that instead of using corn meal (definitely unavailable in unimaginative Swiss stores) she could use fine, dry polenta instead because frankly it’s embarrassing. Regardless of where you’re from, this chili is a hit.

Cincinnati Chili and Cornbread

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This IS the Stir-Fry You Were Looking For

This scrumptious recipe was the birth of our glorious food blog! One day as were all sitting on the couch watching Star Wars, Number One decided to start annoying the rest of us to create this blog. She managed to reel us all in, wasting tons of money and getting us disturbingly excited about kitchen utensils. Admittedly, it’s probably a wiser investment than re-enacting The Hangover on a weekly basis.

So here we are once again, eating this absolutely delightful meal and Number One is squealing at the appearance of the oh-so-handsome Harrison Ford. Instead of being educated on the cultural significance of the Star Wars phenomenon, Number One quickly latched on to the hotness of Hans Solo (*german accent*) instead: she continues to ask us, “When are we watching ‘Hans Solo Strikes Back’?” Silly girl.

Chicken with Thai Basil, Chili and Cashews

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The Importance of Eating Waffles

The Waffle (/Wå:ffledh/) was discovered in 1824 by the Belgian Pierre le Waffe when he accidentally dropped waffle batter onto a waffle iron. They instantly became a hit, causing the Second Great Flour Rush of the 19th Century.

Few people know that Margaret Thatcher’s full nickname is, in fact, The Waffle Iron Lady, title which she earned when she was crowned winner of Parliament’s Annual Waffle Eating Competition in 1957, beating both Winston Churchill and William Pitt the Elder by an astounding 27 waffles.

Waffles have been known to cure any ailment, ranging from the common cold to chicken pox. Research shows that people who eat an average of 2.4 waffles a week are happier, more successful and have more fulfilling sex lives.

Faced with the overwhelming evidence of the benefits of regular waffle consumption, we had no choice but to eat a shedload of them so as to increase our average health and general quality of life.

Better Homes and Gardens’ Waffles

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