Thursday, August 25, 2011

ethnic melting pot!

this place is like a haven for a foodie like me...
i have always been the experimental kinds and i love to potter around in my kitchen with a new recipe downloaded from the net/read in the latest issue of good housekeeping...
dont get me wrong- i am not the kinds to love cooking the everyday dal and vegetables
(get me a maid for that,pleeeeaaaase)
though my blog headline says otherwise,hahaha
....but give me a new ingredient...and i am just itching to try it out!
and in that matter the U.S. has all the ingredients that you can think of and more!!
esp. the place where we live...New so cosmopolitan that whichever way you will hear a new language...whichever direction you will find a different ethnicity...
there are mexicans, spanish (i didnt know they were so different in looks coz i had termed them loosely as just latin americans-but they have completely different features)
then you have all the different east asians-from china to taiwan to japan to malaysia... and i have started to make out the teensie bit of facial difference that they have with each other!
even with the caucasians...the Europeans look so different from Americans..
then there are a lot of Russians where we live- lots of jews (and even among them there are so many kinds-who dress differently-behave differently)
and the various cuisines....mindboggling!!
so like i said for a foodie "family" like ours..its heaven!
and i am slowly trying out various flavours and cuisines in my tiny kitchen....
on top of that i give it an "indian" twist and have a new recipe!
so i am thinking..... just thinking out loud if there would be anyone out there who would be interested in "not my recipes" actually-but maybe my twist on the existing ones that i am trying in my kitchen???
to start with is the new chicken marinade that i tried...
i tried with the store bought duck sauce (not made of duck  heheheh-but i guess a sauce to marinate a duck...asian style) to know more about the reason behind the name click (here)
but it was a little tooo bland and sweet for my indian taste so i tried turning the recipe a little fiery to suit my taste....

Home-made Duck Sauce

  • 5 cups coarsely chopped mixed fruit (apples, plums, and pears)(i used only plums)
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vineger
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apricot preserves
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed pepper (red pepper flakes) or even tabasco sauce if you want a bit of zing!
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard


  1. Place fruit in a stock pot over medium high heat. Add water, apple juice,vineger, soy sauce, apricot preserves, brown sugar, garlic powder, and dry mustard. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently to dissolve brown sugar. Reduce heat, and continue simmering for 40 minutes, or until fruit is completely soft. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Blend sauce in a food processor or blender until completely smooth, adjusting consistency with additional water, if desired. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
another shortcut that you can apply is that instead of the fresh fruits you can also use thier preserve or jams...apricot,plum, and even applesauce- in these you wont have to cook-just mix and blend and store.

you can use this with chicken( fried chicken in batter works very well) a good stir fry base and also with chinese fried rice...awesome!!
just adding a picture that i took of the dish...topped it with mango salsa and served with steamed broccoli and beans on the side....mmmmmm...

 For more tried and tasted and slurrped over recipes, please click here


  1. For question asked in the blogpost, ME ME MEEEEE. Bhabi your cooking has always been amazing!!! and this dish looks great! cant wait to try it allllll. yay!!

  2. looks really good... will definitely try ... :) and yes btw... for your questions... me too... i love your cooking as well.. and the way you eat your food.. it always makes me hungry.. :)


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