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Introduction to Culinary Travel

Posted on: August 7, 2009

Culinary Travel is a new area of travel specialization that Celebrations International Travel is launching this year.  Culinary travel is one of the hottest travel trends out there, and we’re very excited to be a part of it.

I am  a graduate of Penn State’s Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management program, a gourmet cook, a connoisseur, and of course, a world traveler.  Simply put, I cannot think of a better way for my passions in life to come together than culinary travel.  I am American-born Chinese (originally from South Carolina), and Agni was born and raised in Kolkata, India.  Agni and I have enjoyed a wide range of travel experiences, both individually and as a couple, and as ardent epicureans, we look forward to sharing our love of travel and culinary delights with you.  Our agency’s tagline is “Celebrating Life Through Travel”.  What better way to celebrate than with great food and wine enjoyed in the world’s most authentic settings?

Here are two great recipes I found for Spanish tapas.  If you make them, let me know how they turn out, and if you like them!

Broiled Bell Pepper Tartlets
Serves 4

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
Pinch of Salt
6 Tbs. Chilled Butter, Diced
2-3 Tbs. WaterS
1 Red Bell Pepper, Seeded and Quartered
4 Tbs. Heavy Cream
1 Egg
1 Tbs. Parmesan, Freshly Grated
Salt & Pepper to Taste

1.  Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.  Add the butter and work it with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.  Stir in enough water to make a firm, not sticky, dough.

2.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.  Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and line 12 individual molds or a 12-hole muffin pan.  Prick the bases with a fork and fill the pastry shells with crumpled foil.  Bake for 10 minutes.

3.  Meanwhile, place the bell peppers skin-side up on a baking sheet and broil for 10 minutes until the skin is blistered and blackened.  Cover with a dish towel and let stand for 5 minutes, then peel away the skin.

4.  Cut each piece of bell pepper lengthwise into very thin strips.  Remove the foil from the pastry shells and divide the bell pepper strips among the pastry shells.

5.  Whisk the cream and egg in a bowl.  Add plenty of salt and pepper and pour over the bell peppers.  Sprinkle the Parmesan over each filled tartlet and bake for 15-20 minutes until firm and golden brown.  Cool for 2 minutes before removing from the molds.  Transfer to wire racks and serve warm or cold.

Stewed Eggplant
Serves 4

Ingredients
4-6 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 Large Eggplant, Sliced into 1/2-inch Rounds
2 Shallots, Thinly Sliced
4 Tomatoes, Quartered
2 Garlic Cloves, Thinly Sliced
4 Tbs. Red Wine
2 Tbs. Parsley, Fresh Chopped, plus extra to garnish
Salt and Pepper to Taste

1.  Heat 1 Tablespoon of the oil in a frying pan.  Cook the eggplant slices in batches (adding more oil as necessary, but reserving 1 Tbs.), until golden brown.  Drain the slices, cut them into strips about 1/2-inch wide, and set aside.

2.  Heat the reserved oil in a saucepan and cook the shallots for 5 minutes until golden.  Add the eggplant strips with the tomatoes, garlic, and wine.  Season to taste.  Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.  Sir in the parsley, check the seasoning and serve, sprinkled with chopped parsley.

Enjoy, and stayed tuned for more!  Meanwhile, visit Celebrations International Travel to learn about all of our services, and check out the Culinary Travel Homepage.

Please write us with your questions, comments, suggestions for future blog articles.  Tell us about your favorite foods, beverages, and travel experiences, and we will expand upon your input in our blog!

Celebrate Life Through Travel!!

Adrienne

Agency Owner, Celebrations International Travel

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