Different cultures prepare their meals using pots and pans unlike the basic ones found in most of our kitchen cupboards. You can add international flair to your cooking by using them.
A clay roaster used in Europe is called Romertopf. It allows roasting without adding any liquids. This helps preserve flavor and nutrients. Just remember to soak the pot in water for 15 minutes before using.
Preparing a Spanish dinner? A paella pan adds something special. This pan has a thick base that is ridged. Newer ones have a non-stick surface that prevents burning and sticking. Tasty rice, with shrimp and other paella ingredients, blend together nicely when using this pan.
People have been banging pots and pans since they were invented. Some do it:
For a happy celebration like New Year's Eve
In a form of a protest to draw attention to a cause
To scare away wild life from intruding campsites
To keep away spirits and mythical creatures
A karhai is an Indian wok is made of a heavy-gauge carbon steel with a nonstick surface. The karhai is deeper and narrower than a Chinese wok, but both have rounded bottoms so that they can be filled with oil for deep frying.
Why not create a Moroccan dish with a tagine? This uniquely shaped, thick earthenware pot is used in North Africa for a slow-cooked dish of the same name.
Classic French dishes, such as moules a la marinieres, as well as stews and braises, are traditionally prepared in Brittany pots. They are made of enameled cast iron, and are rounded pots with gently flaring sides.
You don't have to be a gourmet cook to impress family and friends. Simply prepare and serve delicious and nutritious meals using your favorite new piece of "cultural cookware".
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff