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Nov 4, 2006 04:30 AM

Favourite tips you picked up while travelling ? [Moved from Home Cooking]

I’m curious to know what little food tactics you-all have picked up while traveling. I don't mean the kind of thing you’d learn in a cooking class or by asking a chef – just little things that other cultures do, that you saw and adopted yourself.

Here’s some to get you started:

In Oaxaca, I learned to put a little chili pepper and lime on fresh fruit. Sharpens up the flavour and undercuts the sweetness.

In Florence, I learned to squeeze some lemon onto steak (just before eating it). I never would’ve guessed that’d be so good.

In London, I learned to love bacon jam and mayonnaise sandwiches. Okay, that one probably doesn’t count – it was one quirky friend, I can’t blame all of London. But you get the gist ;-)

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  1. In England I learned Malt Vinegar on French Fries, Baked Beans on Toast with a sunny-side up egg, and Steak and Kidney Pie!

    1. In Melbourne, I learned the breakfast combo of yoghurt, stewed rhubarb and meusli. Delicious!

      1. In Israel, I learned to love chopped salad and cheese for breakfast. :-)

        1. In France, mayo for fries.
          In Spain, fresh crushed tomatoes on toast sprinkled with salt and olive oil for breakfast.

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          1. re: akp

            From France (and Holland), a second for the mayo for fries! YUM!
            In Austrailia (where Thai food is better than "Austrailian" food!), add cilantro to fried rice.

          2. In Italy, I learned to toss a chunk of Parmesan rind into simmering soup/stew for flavour.

            In the UK, I learned that leftover Indian food makes great pizza toppings (tandoori chicken is a standard offering, though I prefer saag paneer).

            In the US, I learned all about semi-homemade.

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            1. re: piccola

              "In the US, I learned all about semi-homemade."


              1. re: JudiAU

                I didn't mean it in a (completely) bad way.

                Plus, since Canada - where I'm from - is pretty close to the US, almost everything else was already familiar.