Taste Trends: Ethnic-inspired Dishes

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Article By: Calphalon Team
Originally Published: 10/24/2009

Make Your Own Spice Mixes

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It's the seasonings that differentiate international cuisine. Below are some basic spice mixes to try as is, or make your own by adding a bit more of this or that. For the purest flavor we recommend using whole spices and a spice grinder. Why? Not only do whole spices last longer, but when freshly ground, their essential oils are released for superior flavor and aroma.

  • Basic Curry (India): Coriander, Cumin, Mustard Seeds, Black Peppercorn, Ground Ginger, Turmeric & Fenugreek
  • Jerk Seasoning (Caribbean): Cinnamon, Thyme, Chiles, Allspice, Ginger, Cloves, Garlic & Onion
  • Poultry Seasoning (France): Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Marjoram, Celery Seed & Whole Peppercorns
  • Chermoula (Moroccan Green Sauce): Garlic, Cilantro, Parsley, Paprika, Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, Lemon Juice & Olive Oil
  • Gremolata (Italy): Lemon, Fresh Parsley & Garlic

Cultural Notes: Music to Set the Mood

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Music from the same country or region as your dish can turn an exotic meal into a memorable event. Here are a few selections to accompany the recipes - all available on iTunes.

  • Braised Beef with Moroccan Flavors, and Lentil Tagine
         • Halim (Natacha Atlas)
         • The Greatest Songs Ever: Middle East (various artists)
  • Curried Clam Chowder
         • Glimpses of Great Masters: An Indian Classical Music
            Sampler (Various Artists)

  • Coq au Vin
         • 100 Classic French Songs (various artists)
         • Bare Bones (Madeleine Peyroux)
  • Osso Bucco
         • Italian Dinner Party (various artists)
         • Traversata – Italian Music in America
            (Beppe Gambetta, Carlo Aonzo & David Grisman)

  • Bahamian Pumpkin Lime Soup
         • Bahamian Ballads (Andre Toussaint)