Michel Richard, the celebrated chef of Central in Washington, D.C., has been hired to design and implement menus for OpenSkies flights between the U.S. and Paris. Dishes including fried chicken, crab coleslaw and Caesar salad must be modified for travel.
Scotland is seeking European Union protection status for chicken tikka masala, a dish popular in British restaurants, that would recognize it as a local specialty. A Glasgow chef says he invented the curry dish, which contains yogurt, cream and spices. It could take as long as two years before the commission reaches a decision.
Immigrants from Northern Europe introduced America to the pound cake, a simple dessert with an unforgettable recipe: one pound each of flour, butter, egg and sugar. The basic formula remains unchanged, but today's baker can experiment with variations including citrus, liquor or spices.
Spices such as cinnamon and red curry have distinct flavors that really make dishes pop. The key is knowing how to properly use the spices. A Tandoori roast chicken recipe made with yogurt and ginger root is inspired by Zanzibar red curry.
Chili powder, paprika, ground sumac, colored peppercorns and red sea salt can help chefs introduce some appropriate Valentine's Day colors to their dishes. Recipes for spicy garlic shrimp, Hungarian-style chicken paprikas and chicken pie with onions and sumac can help chefs take advantage of the vibrant flavors and hues of these spices.