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10 Exotic Dishes You Can Try At Home Without Traveling Around

10 Exotic Dishes You Can Try At Home Without Traveling Around

We travel around the world to experience the different cultures and heritages, to taste the exotic dishes that represent the countries, to acquire knowledge and most importantly, to witness the beauties every country posses. But for various reasons, whether it is monetary or lack of time management or holidays, it is always impossible to travel so much. It is said that if you want to see a country without visiting it, then try their local dishes. The food will tell you a lot about the country. This article will mainly focus on cuisines taken from all over the world, for you to try at home, so that, at least, you can feel the exotic lives of our fellow human beings all over the globe.

1. Pan Fry Teriyaki Chicken

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    Hello Japan! Here is a recipe that is easy to make, and can go with any types of rice. My personal favorite is jasmine rice. It is a bit sticky, and has a jasmine flavor. You can add boiled carrots and some fresh cherry tomatoes on top of the beans. It will look colorful, and healthy as well.

    2. Boo Paht Pong Karee (Thai Crab Curry)

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      What is Thailand without their crab curry? Spicy, juicy, and scrumptious, crabs are all time favorites, besides their traditional red and green curry. This stir fried crab curry has the deadly combination of fresh spices and coconut milk. So, the next time you are craving something spicy, and exotic, you can easily make this dish.

      3. Singapore Rice Noodles

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        Say hello to Malay Peninsula! This is a well loved dish, especially among the Chinese. If you and your family are spicy food lovers, then this is a perfect Saturday brunch for all of you to enjoy. You don’t have to add any other dishes to go with this.

        4. Dal Makhani

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          Dal Makhani, or Whole Black Lentil, is a very famous dish in India. Originated from North India, it has spread throughout the whole nation, and beyond. The main ingredients are Whole Black Lentil, Red Kidney Beans, butter oil, or ghee, and full fat cream. These are what make this food very rich. Dal Makhani goes best with naan or pita bread. But you can also eat it with white rice.

          5. Lamb Biryani

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            Biryani is a highly popular dish in South Asia. This dish is commonly served as the main meal in weddings, and on special occasions. The aromatic basmati rice is combined with lambs cooked in spices, and yogurt, making this an exotic cuisine. You can try it with chicken instead of lamb, or even substitute with shrimps. Vegetarians can omit all and can add their favorite veggies to make a vegetable biryani.

            6. Shish Kebabs

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              What is Middle East without Shish Kebabs? This beloved dish consists of chicken, or lamb, or beef chunks, all boneless, and is marinaded before hand. It is usually said not to marinade for more than 30 minutes. You can grill your personal choice vegetables to go with this exotic dish. The best way to enjoy Shish Kebabs are with naans.

              7. Frikkadels (South African meat balls)

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                Welcome to South Africa! This authentic dish is basically a baked meat balls based on tomatoes and tomato soup powder. If you want, you can fry them on a stove. You can try it with rice, or pita bread. It is better to have it with salads though.

                8. Roasted Ducks with Apples

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                  This classy, elegant dish is a traditional Russian dish that is cooked in nearly every household. Personally, I believe this could be a great idea for Christmas dinner. A very easy and simple ingredients to follow, this exotic meal is best to have it with red wine, and lots of salads.

                  9. Gaufres de Liege (Belgium Waffles)

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                    If you haven’t ever tried Belgium waffles, now is the right time to do it! If you are the lucky person with a waffle iron at home, then I think you should put on your apron now. This waffle is different from the usual waffles you eat. They are not served with ice cream or maple syrup. They are crisp, and the entire waffle is made out of generous amount of butter. You can dust sugar powder on top.

                    10. Kompot (European Drink)

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                      Lastly, here’s a drink for you to quench your thirst after traveling the world cuisines with me. This European drink is a perfect fruit drink that is non alcoholic, and bursts with the flavors of currants and peaches. It is basically an ideal beverage for summer, but can be drank any time of the year.

                      With these, I bid farewell from you all. I hope you have  tasted some exotic world cuisines through this article, and hope you will, at least, try one or two recipes at home.

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                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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