Wednesday, 14 November 2012

#globalhub November Insights: Voting From Abroad

Like this beautiful shot of the New York skyline it was plain sailing for the blue states on Election Day. Obama now has to deal with the rest of the world. What's next?

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Cookalong: Healthy Tailgating with Turkey Chili

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It's almost playoffs time. This is a great alternative to your normal tailgating food. This is a recipe that you can make beforehand or if you like to cook at your tailgate, you can make there.

Turkey is a superfood and tastes great with chili. The spices used here are more complex than your normal chili, but blend together to create a smooth heat. 

How Do I RSVP for the Cookalong?

You can see, hear and chat with me while we cook together using Liveplate Video Chat. To get access to the video chat you need to RSVP by creating a liveplate.com account (you can use your Facebook account) and clicking on the RSVP (this event) button. Once you have RSVP'd you will see a Join the Event icon. On the day, use the icon to join the Liveplate Video Chat.

Turkey Chili Recipe

This recipe was invented in New Jersey. I was looking for a way to get turkey in to my diet and I thought that a chili would be a great way to enjoy it.

The recipe and preparation is part of the video chat, but here is the recipe if you want to try it yourself.

Ingredients Preparation
1 tablespoon of olive oil 1. Heat the oil in a frying pan.
2 dashes Worcester Sauce 2. Soften the onions in the pan and then add the chili powder (to taste).
3 bay leaves 3. Add the chopped turkey bacon.
2 dashes Cholula 4. Brown the mince.
3 teaspoons chili powder (or to taste) 5. Add the tin of plum tomatoes.
1 teaspoon tomato paste 6. Add the kidney beans.
1 chili (chopped - only add if you like it hot) 7. Add the tomato paste, the Worcester sauce, Cholula, chili and bay leaves.
1 medium onion (finely chopped) 8. Simmer on a low heat until the flavors fuse together for about 30 to 40 minutes.
1 pound turkey mince (ground turkey)
Family, places and...
By Sharon Lorimer
4 slices turkey bacon
1 tin of kidney beans
1 tin plum tomatoes

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Monday, 12 November 2012

Book Launch: From the Global Scottish Kitchen

Learning to cook is a culturally specific experience. We are taught by our parents and grandparents when we are growing up and most chefs talk about who taught them to cook and what dishes inspired their love for food.


How Does Living Abroad Influence What You Cook?

The change in the way things taste is one of the first things you notice when you move abroad. Immigrants all know where to get brands that have been imported from their home country; their favorite dishes don’t taste the same with a local substitute.

One of my first failures when I moved abroad was in a supermarket. I was trying to make Pavlova, which needs a fine-grained sugar. Unfortunately, I couldn't see the sugar and I didn't understand the labels. The words I had weren't understood by the locals and I ended up coming home with lots of different packets! 

My first experience of Mexican cuisine in New York was eye opening. I had never been to Mexico or eaten traditional Mexican food and I was surprised at the range of dishes that I could choose from. I always enjoyed Tex Mex, but Chili Rellenos and mole sauce were two Mexican classics that I hadn't had.

Why Is It Global and Not Fusion?

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Most ethnic restaurants are run by immigrants who bring their national dishes from other countries and tailor the dishes to locally-available ingredients and the eating habits of their customers. This creates a fusion of cuisines, but in this cook book you will find influences from all over the world and not a fusion of two regional styles.

The recipes in my cook book are all original. They are influenced by experiences that I couldn't have had without living abroad. Traveling doesn't give you the time you need to find the small stores and local cooks that can help you to reinterpret your cuisine.

Many of the dishes include unusual herbs or sauces common in other people's cuisines. The invention of mass transit and refrigeration has changed the way that we cook. Now that we can ship and store produce around the world, we don't have to cook with just local ingredients.

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

#globalhub November: Voting from Abroad

When deciding to take an international assignment, you rarely discuss how you will feel about losing your vote. When you start to understand how political living in another country can be, you start to question why you are excluded from the system.

Foreign policy has a larger impact on your daily life when you are abroad. People have strong opinions on politics and you can be forced to represent your nation in absentia.

Most expats pay taxes in their host country, but don’t get voting rights. It is difficult to come to terms with losing your rights, especially if you have grown-up in a young country where your rights are protected under a constitution.

The US Presidential Election is one of the elections that you can vote in if you are an American citizen living abroad. The states have different ways of collecting your vote, but it can be counted. You might feel that your vote is unimportant because you belong to a small group, but the US expat vote could have been used to decide the outcome of the 2000 election.

The questions for this month’s #globalhub:

Q1: Is it easy for you to vote from abroad?

Q2: Why do you want to vote if you live abroad?

Q3: Does it make a difference who runs your country if you aren’t living there?

Q4: Does your party affiliation change depending on the nation you live in?

Q5: What’s the most noticeable difference between the political systems in your home and host country?

Q6: Who do the people where you are in the world want to win the US Presidential #election2012 and why?