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April - Ethnic Foods 
May 9, 2013 12:32 pm 
Updated: May 16, 2013 4:04 am
This Month!
May’s Theme:  Try a recipe that is especially popular to your region (or using an ingredient associated with your region).  Send a picture and a review to armonthlychallenge@gmail.com by May 31.

April’s theme was… Find a recipe from your ethnicity or culture that you have never made before.  Send a picture and a review to armonthlychallenge@gmail.com by April 30.

Cook:  BigShots Mom
Ethnicity:  Ireland
Recipe:  Irish Soda Farl

Irish Soda Farl

Irish Soda Farl
Review:  My family's roots are in Ireland, my mother's mother, my G'ma, was sent to this country to marry my grandfather.  

Life was hard at the time she was in Ireland.  The famine was officially over but food was still scarce and extra mouths were a burden, but the Irish are nothing if not proud, so a guest must be offered tea and a bite to eat.  Frequently farls were that offering.  Easy to toss together, cheap, and really quite tasty.  Farls are similar to English muffins in that they are cooked, rather than baked, but the texture is closer and finer.  I first encountered them as an adult, visiting the "auld sod" and meeting distant relatives.

Cook:  Jacolyn
Ethnicity:  Greek
Recipe:  Tzatziki Sauce

Easy Tzatziki Sauce
This was easy and delicious (and very healthy too)!  The only change I made was to use dill instead of the parsley.  Served it with round butter crackers and sliced green peppers.  I will definitely make this again!

Cook:  Lela
Ethnicity:  Italian
Recipe:  Focaccia Bread

Focaccia Bread

Focaccia Bread
The focaccia is a great recipe if you lower the temperature to 425 degrees and use bread flour. Also, I used only 1/2 teaspoon of thyme because I felt the spice was too overpowering.  Next, I added a second rise for thirty minutes. Then, I spread out the dough in a pizza shape and made wells in the dough after the second rise. I also added Roma tomatoes, which was not part of the recipe.
I baked the bread on a pizza stone.  I loosely covered the bread with heavy-duty aluminum foil for 15 minutes. Then I uncovered and baked for approximately 10 minutes.  I baked the bread for a total of 20-25 minutes instead of 15 minutes. 

After baking, I cut the bread into strips and then cut the pieces on the diagonal. The bread was phenomenal with the changes. My son loved the focaccia. The bread is now one of my family's favorite breads. I would give this recipe a lower rating as written and a 5 with all the above changes.
About Focaccia: 
I always wanted to learn how to make focaccia which is a popular bread in Italy. Focaccia is a yeast flat bread topped with olive oil and spices. Toppings can vary.  Multiple wells are made by using a finger or the handle of a utensil to poke the unbaked dough. To preserve moisture in the bread, olive oil is then spread over the dough before baking. 

I chose the following recipe and unfortunately had the bread fail due to a couple of reasons. The temperature was too high and living at high altitude, I needed to use bread flour. So the first, second, and third attempt resulted in burnt and raw parts in the middle. Needless, to say on the fourth attempt I finally got it right. My family loved the bread after the alterations.
This focaccia is infused with basil, dried oregano, dried thyme, and garlic powder. I topped the bread with Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and Roma tomatoes.

Cook:  Sueb
Ethnicity:  English

Carrot Cake Sandwich

Carrot Cake Sandwich
My family routes originate in the United Kingdom. I've never researched to find out if English muffins are fro the British Isles, but like many things, the name might be lost in controversy!
At any rate, I like to combine the old with the new, so chose to make this recipe.  Old being English muffins, new being lots of vegetables!  I started a week early by making the sprouts.  On the day of serving, I made cinnamon raisin English muffins using spelt flour.  The recipe called for making a sandwich starting with half of an English muffin, mayonnaise, sprouts, carrots with nutmeg, peanut butter, then finally topped with the other half of the English muffin.  That is a mouthful!
My preferred choice was to make an open faced sandwich, layering peanut butter, carrots, sprouts and mayonnaise between the English muffin halves.  Both options were tasty, but the open faced sandwich was much easier to enjoy!

May 9, 2013 12:45 pm
Love the pictures and love your blog idea, Jacolyn! I couldn't think of anything for April. Boy, May is another hard. Hmm, I'll but don't know if I can think of anything!
May 9, 2013 1:02 pm
Nice blog Jacolyn. I am thinking avocados from California. It has to be an AR recipe, correct?
May 9, 2013 1:07 pm
Love the blog idea too! Cat, morels comes to mind - they don't grow in just this region but... And unless you found a bunch, I am one happy camper just sauting them in a little butter! (So no putting them in a recipe for me LOL)
May 9, 2013 1:55 pm
Great blog Jacolyn. I agree with Baking Nana - avocados. In So. Cal. there's a plethora of avocados, some places selling them 6 for $1.00.
May 9, 2013 2:10 pm
I got May's the hard part is picking just one.
May 9, 2013 2:18 pm
This looks good! Thanks!
May 9, 2013 6:46 pm
You forgot me! That's what I get for being very early. No problem. I like May's theme and know exactly what to make.
May 9, 2013 8:38 pm
Jacolyn, very interesting reading! I hope more people participate next month. I enjoy reading and viewing their photos.
May 10, 2013 4:59 am
Joey Joan!!! You thinking what I am thinking? Jersey Tomato's???? ;-)
May 10, 2013 5:53 am
Great looking food everyone! April escaped me before I could make anything. Looks like May has some great recipe ideas going already.
May 10, 2013 10:00 am
I think I might make focaccia for dinner tonight! Good Lord knows I need more carbs! Great looking photos and food.
May 10, 2013 10:24 am
I just picked out the recipe for May. I don't have the ingredients, so hope I don't forget before I can get to the grocery store. Great idea!
May 10, 2013 8:26 pm
Heather I was thinking Cheese Steak, or chicken steak or maybe steak hoagies with Jersey tomatoes.
May 10, 2013 11:14 pm
Jacolyn, it's amazing that you do this! If you ever "repeat" this in a colder time of year this http://allrecipes.com/recipe/waser-kipfels-water-lillies/detail.aspx . . . is on my "bucket list" lol! I don't know what I would choose from Indiana. While I suppose we're "famous" for corn and soybeans, there are actually many things grown here. Well done!
May 13, 2013 9:44 am
Thank you, Cat Hill. You don't have to participate. It's just as fun as seeing what other people have done.
May 13, 2013 9:46 am
Baking Nana, it doesn't need to be an AR recipe. I had no idea So Cal was known for avocados.
May 13, 2013 9:54 am
Thank you, HeidiS, it was a fun theme this past month.
May 13, 2013 10:09 am
Wow, Bd.weld! That is really cheap for avocados. Our stores are selling them for approximately $5 for 5.
May 13, 2013 10:11 am
Joey Joan, I would love to see a good cheesesteak recipe. My husband loves cheesesteaks, but I have never made them before.
May 13, 2013 10:15 am
Thanks, sueb, I am glad you were able to participate. That sandwich looks amazing!
May 13, 2013 10:16 am
BigShotsMom, I updated the blog to include your Farl and sent you an explanation email. Sorry about the omission!
May 13, 2013 10:17 am
Thank you, Lela, I am happy you enjoyed the theme. Your focaccia looks great!
May 13, 2013 10:17 am
Thanks, Sherri! I hope you can participate this month as your food always looks delicious!
May 13, 2013 10:18 am
Thank you, Doc! I was thinking the same thing when I saw Lela's pictures.
May 13, 2013 10:19 am
Paula, I'm excited to see what you come up with for May. Thanks for reading!
May 13, 2013 10:21 am
LadySparkle, you must be German! I have never heard of Waser Kipfels, but I just checked out the recipe, and it looks like a yummy dessert. I make baklava all the time, so I think I would enjoy it.
May 13, 2013 8:49 pm
Big Shots Mom- I have never heard of Farl. I l really want to makethe Farl after seeing the photos.-will have to give this recipe a whirl! Jacolyn-thanks for coming up with the great cooperative effort-you never know what people will make.
May 13, 2013 9:26 pm
You didn't have to update, but thank you for doing it. This is a fun blog and I have saved several other's recipes, including your tzatziki sauce - we loved it over our falafels.
May 14, 2013 4:42 pm
Jacolyn, I love that you're reviving and updating what we used to do when Gitano was around. Thank you for doing this each month. Also, I absolutely love your Blog format too. You make it easy to follow whose recipe goes with which picture. You can bet I'll be participating. Love everything about your Blog!
May 15, 2013 9:14 am
Thank you for your kind words, Candice! It is a little different from Gitano's GangUp Challenges in that we are just trying new recipes, not necessarily creating our own, but it's fun to do things like this. It seems like a nice way to promote AR community fun. :)
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