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Old 11-28-2007, 08:05 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by larry_stewart View Post
Yes, the Jambu leaves come from an ugly flower, that looks like an eyeball. Also referred to as Spilanthes acmella, toothache plant, eyeball plant

There is another tree called the Jambu tree, also Jambu Ayer, Djamboe Aer, Watery Rose Apple. This produces a fruit that is edible

2 totally different plants

Ive personally never tasted the fruit, but I have tried the leaves, which dont have much of a flavor, but definately make your mouth numb, just like the topical anesthesia applied prior to getting a dental injection. It lasts about 5 - 10 minutes

I know of these things only because my friend from Brazil introduced me to them. I also think the jambu leaves are more of a northern Brazilian thing.
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:03 PM   #12
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Try living in Japan where they sell beef by the GRAM. I ate off base as often as I could
got to like fish,chicken and mystery meat all cooked in some very flavorful sauce;s
One dish I never figured out was O soba sold by vendors on bicycle after curfew it was a mismash of fine eating, especially after one to many Nippon barley pop

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Old 11-28-2007, 09:45 PM   #13
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:29 AM   #14
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Stassie we even have a Kiwi foods shop here to cater for our South-Eastern cousins! It was an amazing place!
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:31 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Rom View Post

Isn't that the same as we get in a meat pie at the footy???LOL
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:47 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by bebopdobop View Post
How funny! I love both dried cranberries and cherries, never heard of cherry flavored cranberries. What is the point?
My guess is that cranberries are cheaper. I know that sometimes what I think are cherries in buffet restaurant fruit salads are cherry flavored and colored grapes.

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Old 11-29-2007, 09:55 AM   #17
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Barbara, it's possible. Dried Cherries ARE NOT cheap, but boy, are they tasty! If you ever get up to the northern part of Michigan's Lower Pennisula, or up into Goodweed's area, you might find dried cherries in all sorts of things.

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Since I work in the food industry, I like to know the foreign terms and slang for food items. By any chance, could you explain to me, what the "footy" is? Some kind of local market? I think I know what the "meat pie" is, something like a pasty.

One of my step-sisters pulled up stakes and moved to Christchurch, New Zealand, about 10 years ago. She's sent me a few cookbooks from local authors there, and even some food items (which Customs decided to open a few of...grrrr). I never did try the Marmite.
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:19 AM   #18
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I'm like Buck and Katie, didn't move from one country to another, but did move from Southern California to North Carolina and there's a HUGE difference. I miss the Mexican store/restaurants that you could get to go food at and get fixings for future meals. Some of the ingredients that I could easily find in California, can't/couldn't be found here when I moved. I miss a particular salami and am craving it so bad this time of year. I'm hoping having Trader Joe's here will reduce some of that but not the salami issue.

I miss that salami.
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:29 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by larry_stewart View Post
I have friends in Brazil, and when we were comparing Our favorite pizza's , hers included one with ketchup, mayonaise and ham on it. Huge culture shock for me.
This reminds me, our exchange student from the former East Germany ate French fries with mayo, and our student from Slovakia said they eat ketchup on spaghetti there.
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:35 AM   #20
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When I returned to South Africa after travelling in Europe and the US for a year and a half it was a culture shock coming back - that was a long time ago and we have caught up quite a bit but there's still some stuff that's hard to find eg I cannot find lime juice anywhere at the moment and no one has heard of canning salt! (Also our best stuff gets exported) I really envy people in the US in that everything is so readily available!
My best country for food shopping was Thailand - we spent hours in the supermarkets just trying to figure out what the foods were (and you can't understand their writing so it doesn't help!)

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