I grew up in a large city and loved everything that the New Orléans area had to offer. I now live in a small town. I love everything that it has to offer as well. When I visit a large city, I fall in love with the new and big flavors restaurants offer. I become infatuated and long to eat my way across the city.
I am always happy to return to my little slice of joy, my home. Home is, truly where the heart is. The kitchen is the heart of a home. In my kitchen, I also long for those exotic big city flavors.
Big city traffic, is something to endure. The non-stop pace in a large city is electric and exciting. After several days of the frenetic pace, I am missing our quiet hideaway. I love to travel and get-a-way to foreign destinations. I have been fortunate to travel throughout the US and witness the beauty of our land.
The excitement of trying new foods and touring through food markets is a delight. Shopping in grocery stores in foreign locals, is always a treat for me. Each city, state, region, cultures and countries all over, offering their own spin on cuisine. The spices, fruits and vegetables are blended to offer an entirely different flavor combination.
While traveling in foreign food markets, it doesn’t take me long before I want to fill up a basket of the unique items and run to a kitchen to begin cooking. The endless supply of flavorful cheese and breads. The variation in dried meats. The exquisite beauty of the fancy chocolatier. The eye-popping color of the bulk spices and sauces they create make my mouth water.
Using these ingredients to cook , is not an option if your staying in hotels. Imagine a knock at the door, upon opening, a happy and crazy female carrying a basket loaded with food. Hello, It’s Mimi. It might help you gain entrance, if your also bringing wine.
I wonder how many doors you would have to knock on before you could gain entrance and be allowed to cook in their kitchen. I haven’t had the nerve to actually put this into action, yet. It’s still in fantasy mode.
Spices are a food item that you may easily bring back from your travels. It is lightweight, economical and makes a great souvenir for friends that enjoy cooking.
Select a spice or sauce, and then start incorporating it into your recipes. Or choose a chef that you like and see if they offer an opportunity to use the spice in their recipes. Spices add flavor that may allow you to cut the items that may make our foods high in calories.
In this recipe, I added chipotle in adobo sauce. I am a big fan of this item. It will bring a flavor all its own to your dish. I love the flavor of it and have added to the following:
The Chipotle Sauce in an egg pie, was bound to happen. In this version, I chose not to add crème or cheese to cut calories and fat content.
Shout out to Alexa for Miles Davis for a music to greet the morning.