By now, it’s no secret. Ray J & his wife, Princess Love, have welcomed their second child. The child’s name is Epik Ray Norwood. Both parents have gone public with teasers.
Here’s the latest from Ray J!
So, this got me to thinking. How should we celebrate? My west side of Chicago roots would deem a pan of chicken and fried fish appropriate (with tons of mild sauce). However, let’s see how the world celebrates.
The Middle East – Baba Ghanoush
If you’re in the Middle East, then this rich smoky eggplant dip is for you. It can be made a variety of ways. Most commonly it’s loaded with tahini (sesame paste) and tons of garlic. Top it with loads of olive oil and grab the toasted pitas and bring on the celebration!
China – Bao!
Can we hear it one time for steamed buns?! And not the kind you get from sunbathing in the Caribbean. If you’re Chinese, you dare not have a celebration without the beloved bun. They can be baked or fried, but steamed is the traditional way. They’re usually stuffed with a variety of fillings – from beef to pork to chicken! Grab some soy sauce or Ponzu and let’s dip our hearts away.
Afghanistan – Bichak
So, check it. These may be hard to pronounce, but I bet they’re delicious to eat. You can get them sweet OR savory. And they put just about anything inside them – meat, pastry, jam, vegetables…you name it. Word on the curb is that these are a must-have during tea time. I mean, come on – perfect for celebrations!
Brazil – Coxhinas
It’s a finger food. Last time I checked, there weren’t many finger foods I didn’t like. Which, if you think about it, is perfect for a celebration. Because you can have wine in one hand and finger foods in the other. It’s perfect. Like, epic and life changing. These have shredded chicken and cheese in them. Then, they’re wrapped in pastry and then deep fried to a golden brown perfection. I’d say these are worth having – celebration OR not.
Germany – Geffulte Eier
I’m not sure how to pronounce it – but, if I ate eggs, I’m sure these would be divine. They’re Germany’s answer to the standard southern deviled egg. They can be adjusted by adding picked onions or pickled beets. I’m almost certain the clean taste of acid through all the fattiness would be absolutely delicious.
Either way you slice or dice it – we’re happy for the couple and wish them a healthy and joyous future. Grab your favorite celebration foods and take a bite in their honor!
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