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Wedding Anniversary

Happy Anniversary! Mocha Chocolate Chunk Icebox Cake

Here is my rendition of Ina Garten’s Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake, it looked incredibly easy and delicious on “The Barefoot Contessa” Old School Retro Mix episode, so I had to try it for my anniversary. I know I am missing out on many great recipes as a cook who does not eat mascarpone or cream cheese (its substitute), and it certainly is difficult to come up with the right consistencies or flavors without them. But during an episode of “The Pioneer Woman”, Ree Drummond talked about one of her secret “weapons”, Cool Whip. So an idea was born, and here is my take on a delicious cake.

P.S. and as I am writing this entry on April 8, 2014, my family is still talking about the cake.

P.S.S. I used Cool Whip Lite because we had it on hand, and it still tasted great. I do want to try it with regular Cool Whip the next time and I have been told there will be a next time. If you use thinner cookies, and an 8″ springform pan, this recipe will make 5 layers, but trust me, the three layers with these thicker, chunkier cookies are perfectly scrumptious.

Link to recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/wedding-anniversary/


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Syria

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Zip Facts about Syria:

  • Damascus, the capital city of Syria, is the oldest continuously inhabited community in the world, for over four thousand years, and part of the Fertile Crest.  It was originally known as the city of Jasmine
  • It was on the road to this city that St. Paul had his vision which led to his conversion
  • A popular Syrian dish is tabbouleh, which is made from bulgur, tomato, onion, parsley, and mint
  • The Syrian goddess Atargatis became a mermaid after accidentally killing a shepherd she loved. This became one of the first stories of the half woman-half fish creatures
  • Pet hamsters are all descendants of the Golden (Syrian) hamster found there in 1930

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Family – Fateh Moudarres (1922-1999)

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/fateh-moudarres-family-5546347-details.aspx

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/syria/

Link to Map:   https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-middleeast.pdf

syria mothers day 1994

 


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Wales

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Zip Facts about Wales:

  • “Gorau arf, arf dysg” is an old Welsh proverb which means “The best weapon is the weapon of learning”
  • The Welsh wear daffodils (the national flower) and leeks (popular in Welsh cuisine) on March 1, St. David’s Day, in honor of the Patron Saint of Wales
  • Visit:http://www.llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.co.uk/, which is the website of the Welsh village with the longest name in Britain (58 letters, translated as “St. Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the church of St. Tysilio of the red cave”) and one of the longest place names in the world
  • Wales (Cymru) is the mythical land of King Arthur.  In 1962, Lawrence of Arabia was filmed on its Myrthyr Mawr Sand Dunes
  • Sir Thomas John Woodward, knighted in 2006 by the Queen, is the famous Welsh singer, Tom Jones

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Chinese Pears – Sue Hunt

http://56groupwales-art.co.uk/SHIndex.htm

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/wales/

Link to Map:   https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-europe.pdf

1998 Princess of Wales

 


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Switzerland

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Photograph:  Cheese Rosti Side Dish

 Zip Facts about Switzerland:

  • Switzerland is landlocked but there are more than 1500 lakes there
  • Switzerland (Switzerland and Confoederatio Helvetica) has no national motto, flower, or animal
  • Despite its neutrality, every citizen is required to have access to a bomb shelter
  • Frank Zappa burned down a casino in Montreux, hence the song “Smoke on the Water”
  • The Swiss army knife is red so it can be easily seen in the snow

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Insula Dulcamara (1938) – Paul Klee (1848-1940)

http://www.paulklee.net/insula-dulcamara.jsp

Link to Recipe:   https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/switzerland/

Link to Map:    https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-europe.pdf

Switzerland_2013_Smurfs_fdc

 


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United Arab Emirates

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 Zip Facts about United Arab Emirates:

  • The federation of the United Arab Emirates is divided into seven emirates, each governed by a hereditary emir.  Before 1970, UAE was a British colony known as the Trucial States
  • The largest shopping mall in the world is the Dubai Mall.  At 2,722 feet, the Burj Khalifa became the tallest building in the world in 2010
  • The Palm, two gigantic islands in the shape of outward palms, extend off the mainland of UAE
  • There are no income or personal taxes in the UAE
  • 80% of the population is made up of foreigners.  Retired people must hold some job or return to their home country

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Colloquialism, Dr. Hamad al Falasi, Winner of the International Emerging Emirati Artist Award 2013

http://emergingartistaward.com/img/golden10-2012-2013/hamad-landscape2.JPG

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/united-arab-emirates/

Link to Map:   https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-middleeast.pdf

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St. Patrick’s Day

Our family is incredibly diverse, across nationalities, ethnicities, religion, etc., but sadly, as far as I know, there is no Irish ancestry or any link to Ireland.  When I was growing up, I was told that everyone could be Irish for a day on St. Patrick’s Day, if you wore green and celebrated the day.  I know there is great controversy over turning everything green and about really how Irish is Shepherd’s Pie, but my daughter wanted green beer and her boyfriend loves Shepherd’s Pie, so there you go.

Additions/Omissions:  not a fan of sour cream so used a little extra butter, had to leave out rosemary for one diner, used turkey bacon

Taste Test:  Harp beer was good (I’m not a big beer drinker) and one drop of food coloring does not hamper the taste.  Excellent Shepherd’s Pie, even without the sour cream and rosemary.                                                                                                         

Zip Facts about St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish, and the color green:

  • The Celts called their idea of heaven “Green Erin” a nickname eventually given to Ireland.
  • Green, the symbolic color of St. Patrick’s Day, is mainly due to the lush ground cover of clover over the entire country of Ireland, also known as the “Emerald Isle”.  The original color associated with St. Patrick’s is blue.
  • St. Patrick, born Maewyn Succat in Scotland, was known for being the first to use the Irish 3 leaf clover, also called the Shamrock, or Tri-foil, as an illustration of the doctrine of the Trinity. He did not drive the snakes out of Ireland because there were no snakes there.
  • There is a legend started around the 1700s that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns that will pinch anyone they can see.
  • In 1961, parade organizer Stephen Baily, head of Plumbers Local Union #110, discovered that a dye used to detect leaks in plumbing had escaped into the river.  Hence, the idea of dyeing the entire river bright green for St. Paddy’s was born.

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/st-patricks-day/


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Taiwan

Taiwanese meatballs served with my recipe for pasta salad (Ronzoni Rotini).  See Tanzania post for the rationale for mixing cuisines.

Additions/Omissions:  I always take a bit of license with meatball recipes but hopefully preserve the flavors of the country’s cuisine.  I didn’t use an egg as I would normally do because there are some wet ingredients.   I omitted the cornstarch in favor of the breadcrumbs, shorted the brown sugar a tad, and since I made average sized meatballs, I did not use the presentation leaves (certainly would have been a much better presentation).

Taste Test:  Great, would definitely make them again.

Zip Facts about Taiwan:

  •  Taiwan is considered one of the “Four Asian Tigers” with South Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore
  •  Taiwan was originally Formosa (beautiful island) as named by Portuguese sailors.  In Chinese, Taiwan means “terraced bay”.  The official language is Mandarin, but Fujianese and Hakka are the most spoken
  •  Taiwan is world famous for its films, which have a long history, and its award-winner director, Ang Lee
  •  In 2004, Taipei (the capital city) completed the 101 skyscaper, which was the world’s tallest building at the time
  •  The color white and the number 4 symbolize death, the color red is used for wedding ceremonies and monetary gifts are presented in red envelopes

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Drifting Bamboo (2012) – Suling Wang

http://www.inceptiongallery.com/FR/artistes/suling-wang.html

Link to Recipe: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/taiwan/

Link to Map:   https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-asia1.pdf

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