Since my team released Cook and Go, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about some of the foods in the game. “Enquiring minds want to know!”. That’s one of my favorite things about Cook and Go – it gives me a chance to travel the world and make unique and delicious foods that I otherwise might not know! I’d like to list the 10 most unique dishes I have come across in the first edition of Cook and Go. I’m sure there are many others that you are curious about – if you don’t see your most interesting food on the list, please let me know! I may do another topic about this in the future!
The dishes I served in Hawai are all light and refreshing and of course ice cream to cool off after a hot day of sightseeing or just laying on the beach. 😉
These are very popular snacks in Holland, especially with kids since they’re bite-sized! They are small balls of beef ragout covered with a crunchy breaded coating. Normally they’re served with mustard for dipping. They’re also great with an ice-cold beer!
2) Beschuit met muisjes:
Beschuit is a round, hard and dry biscuit. Typically beschuit is spread with butter and then topped with the “muisjes” (little mice). Muisjes are anise seeds covered in a sugar candy coating. Dutch people serve them when a baby has been born – pink and white muisjes for a girl, blue and white for a boy.
3) Beef Wellington:
Beef Wellington is made by covering a fillet steak with pâté and duxelles (a mushroom paste), then wrapped in puff pastry and baked until golden. Some recipes call for a whole tenderloin to be prepared, which is then sliced for serving, while others use individual sized steaks that are then served whole. Beef wellington is named after Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington.
4) Sheperd’s Pie
Shepherd’s Pie is a very tasty dish of minced meat (usually lamb… if it is made with beef it is called a Cottage Pie) topped with mashed potatoes. It is a great way to serve leftover meat and it has been popular since the 18th century!
Escargot, meaning “edible snail”, seems to date from 1892. It is a French delicacy and a lot of work goes in to cleaning the snails to make them palatable. They are served in their shells with butter and sauce and can also have spices such as garlic, thyme, parsley and pine nuts. Although they may sound a bit strange, they are definitely worth a try if you’re ever in France!!
This dish was created by Africans who were brought to Brazil as slaves in the mid 16th century. They would serve the choice cuts of meat to the colonial Portuguese and use the leftover cuts together with beans and spices to make a delicious, hearty stew that would help give them the energy they needed for the day and also helped keep them warm in the winter.
A Portuguese-influenced dessert in Brazil that was most likely created in the 17th century by slaves. It is a coconut custard cake, mostly made of egg yolks and sugar, as are many of the tradional Portuguese desserts.
This is a bit confusing. To most Germans, “Berliner” is a jelly filled donut. To people from Berlin, however, it is called a “Pfannkuchen” (pancake to the rest of Germany). Nice and simple, isn’t it? A funny anecdote: for New Year’s, Berliners will place a plate of these donuts on the table, but one will be mustard-filled. The person who gets the mustard donut supposedly will have good luck all year! I don’t know if a year of good luck is worth a mustard-filled donut… what do you think??
Brezel are soft, white pretzels, sprinkled with salt (and sometimes different seeds). They are great to eat as a side dish or snack – or with a cold, refreshing beer! You can find them everywhere, in bakeries and on the streets, sold plain, sliced and buttered (butterbrezel) or filled with slices of cold meats or cheese.
Mooncakes are often called the “Chinese Fruitcake” because they are a traditional gifting item during the festival season. They can be anything from plain to fancy, but all consist of a soft, compact filling that is covered by a thin crust. There are several stories claiming the origin of mooncakes – if you’re interested, there is a lot of information to find online. Well, whatever the true origin is, mooncakes are amazing and I hope you get a chance to try one some day!
So that’s it! I hope this blog post has explained a bit about some of the foods in my game, and maybe even nudged you towards trying to make them yourselves?? If you do, I would *love* to see pictures of the finished product! Feel free to send samples, too… 😉
I’m sure I will come across more new and exciting foods when the next edition comes out… I can’t wait for you to experience them!
Love, Emily ❤