Brodet: Croatian Seafood Stew

Brodet: Croatian Seafood Stew

In order to make a dish in the real, authentic sort of way, you might find yourself employing a particular trick or tactic that seems a bit odd, a little funny and maybe even slightly counterintuitive. With not one but two of these kinds of tricks, brodet certainly fits the bill for these types of recipes. Don’t worry… we’ve … Read more

Ajiaco (Vegetarian)

Ajiaco with salsa

One of the truest joys of cooking recipes from around the world is when we come across a special herb or spice that is truly unique in taste. Granted, we didn’t really expect to find such an ingredient when we first came across ajiaco, but lo and behold, there is guascas. And indeed, guascas (and subsequently … Read more

Pira Caldo

Pira Caldo

It’s safe to say that we’re generally a fan of spices and spice-filled dishes. Call it a personal preference for Arousing Appetites. As a result, it might not be everyday that you’ll see us so enthusiastically approach a recipe that is so noticeably devoid of spices. Pira caldo, however, is undoubtedly an exception to the rule. Pira … Read more

Doro Wot: Ethiopian Berbere & Chicken Stew

Doro Wot: Ethiopian Berbere & Chicken Stew

Coming from the DC area, there is a true abundance of high-quality and amazing Ethiopian restaurants around town. This cluster of amazing Ethiopian food is, oddly enough, one of the few things that the DC food scene is known for. After recently going to one of our favorite places nearby, it dawned on us that … Read more

Sopa de Caracol – Coconut Conch Soup

Sopa de Caracol - Honduran Conch Soup

When finding recipes to test and adapt for here on Arousing Appetites, we look not only for great taste but also for an intriguing history. And while the story for sopa de caracol may not trace as far back as earlier millenia (like ropa vieja or latkes, for example), it’s certainly not every day that a dish … Read more

Hudut: Belizean Mashed Plantains and Fish Stew

Hudut: Belizean Mashed Plantains and Fish Stew

If there were ever a recipe that epitomizes putting “tender loving care” into a dish or a recipe, it would be hudut. When made entirely from scratch, there’s hand grating coconuts and manually mashing plantains involved! Unfortunately (and kind of fortunately), we didn’t do that ourselves. And when using a few “shortcuts,” these mashed plantains can … Read more