Assignment 102: Czechia

Location: Central Europe Population: 10.7 million Capital: Prague Geography: A landlocked nation with low mountains and forest Language: Czech Signature flavours: Pork, beef, dairy, berries, cabbage, mushroom, plum, cucumber The Menu Eric followed up my Austria assignment with neighbour Czechia. When he drew Czechia, he immediately thought of kolace pastries, which he enjoyed when he…

Assignment 101: Austria

Location: Central EuropePopulation: 8.9 millionCapital: ViennaGeography: A mainly mountainous nation in the AlpsLanguage: GermanSignature flavours: Pork, beef, cabbage, potato, dairy, apple The Menu It has been over two and a half months since our last wander, and so much has happened. We lost Eric’s father to COVID in April, and the dust is only just…

Assignment 100: San Marino

Location: Southern EuropePopulation: 33,600Capital: San MarinoGeography: A small mountainous microstate surrounded by ItalyLanguage: ItalianSignature flavours: Pasta, tomato, pork, rabbit, ┬ádairy, garlic, honey, olive oil The Menu We reached our century with San Marino, which shares a lot of their dishes with the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, situated next door. Eric sourced his recipes online. We…

Assignment 99: Republic of the Congo

Location: Central Africa Population: 5.2 million Capital:Brazzaville Geography: Sub-Saharan with some forest coverage Language: French Signature flavours: Peanut, greens, eggplant, tomato, chicken The Menu When I get an African assignment, my first inclination is to turn to the wonderful Africa Cookbook by Jessica B. Harris. As usual, it didn’t disappoint, featuring Congo’s national dish: Mwambe….

Assignment 98: Pakistan

Location: South Asia, bordering the Middle East Population: 193.2 million Capital: Islamabad Geography: A mix of desert, plains, plateaus, and towering mountains Language: Urdu, English Signature flavours: Lamb, goat, rice, cumin, coriander, mint, dairy, pulses, hot peppers, cardamom The Menu Eric tried Pakistani food for the first time at a restaurant called Khan’s when he…

Assignment 97: Tonga

Location: Oceania Population: 100,600 Capital: Nuku’alofa Geography: A tropical rainforest-rich archipelago consisting of 169 islands Language: Tongan, English Signature flavours: Coconut, seafood, tropical fruit, root vegetables The Menu So Tonga likes the coconut milk. Not a surprise, given our past forays into Oceania’s culinary cultures, but still — Tonga likes that coconut. It was featured…

Assignment 96: Bahamas

Location: The CaribbeanPopulation: 386,000Capital: NassauGeography: A tropical archipelago of over 700 islands with coastal areas, forest, and mangrovesLanguage: EnglishSignature flavours: Seafood, corn, nutmeg, ginger, coconut, tropical fruits, rice The Menu Incredibly, on the underused shelves of our local rural library, Eric discovered a Bahamian cookbook. He used it exclusively to create his menu, although it…

Assignment 95: Taiwan

Location: East Asia Population: 23.5 million Capital: Taipei Geography: A small island nation with a mix of mountain, forest, and urbanized areas Language: Mandarin Chinese Signature flavours: Beef, pork, rice, scallion, soy, pickled vegetables, bamboo, pineapple The Menu I was really excited for this assignment, not only because I love Asian food, but I felt…

Assignment 94: Hong Kong

Location: East Asia Population: 7.5 million Capital: Hong Kong Geography: A highly urbanized area on the South China Sea Language: Chinese (mainly Cantonese), English Signature flavours: Pork, rice, seafood, garlic, shaoxing wine, soy, sesame, greens, egg, beans The Menu Hong Kong boasts a diverse culinary history, with influences ranging from China (their big neighbour to…

Assignment 93: Bermuda

Location: North AtlanticPopulation: 71,000Capital: HamiltonGeography: An isolated island at the same latitude as the CarolinasLanguage: EnglishSignature flavours: Seafood, root vegetables, beans, rice, banana, rum The Menu I was thrilled to draw Bermuda as my next assignment, knowing from experience that my menu would include a few choice seafood-laden dishes, and most importantly, a rum cake….