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 Post subject: Re: Little Tiny Dried Up Shrimp
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:03 am 
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Fuzzy,

I guess I just haven't come across those recipes, yet. Actually, that's not too surprising with the Mexican food, since I don't really cook that much of it. For that matter, I've only made a few Southeast Asian dishes. I do love the food, so I'm sure I'll eventually dive in, but right now I'm cooking for the decidedly unadventurous.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:08 am 
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Mary,

Do you have any of Diana Kennedy's books? I remember she has a lot of recipes w/dried shrimp - I think more than fresh shrimp, in one book! Oaxacan cuisine uses a lot of dried shrimp. Mexican dried shrimp are larger, as a rule, and some of the recipes have what seems like a very large amount in them. They have a slightly different flavor, but the Asian variety can be substituted.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:59 pm 
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Dave,
I have looked at Diana Kennedy's books but ingredients for Mexican food are rather hard to get here. I might do some investigating of Oaxcan recipes though.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:40 pm 
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I had that same thought, Mary, while looking at some of the recipes I have made. They called for epazote, avocado leaves, and hoja santa. Not even easy to get around here, with a large Mexican population!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:56 am 
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I can't even get fresh jalepeños. My Mexican cooking has not been very adventurous.
I need to restock dried chillis next time I am in the US.
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So I take it spicy cooking hasn't become popular over there, as it has in the US? It is amazing how many peppers are available over here, even in hole-in-the-wall markets. A friend of mine in Vermont, who could find these things just 5 years ago when he first moved there, can now find 3 or 4 fresh chiles, and a bunch of dried ones, and one place even stocks lemongrass, due to the interest in Thai and Vietnamese cooking. Maybe you will be as lucky some day soon.

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Asian and Turkish things are pretty easy to get. I recently found something very much like a banana pepper in the Turkish grocer in my town. There is a Mexican grocer in Zurich that I really need to get back to. The fresh stuff she had was very limited and expensive.

Swiss people tend not to eat very spicy food so peppers are not a big sell. We keep getting more and more things, so I need to be patient. I am always surprised at the stuff my parents can get now in rural PA. When we first moved there no one knew what a bagel was!

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