Assignment 76: Tibet

Location: Central Asia Population: 3.2 million Capital: Lhasa Geography: Extremely mountainous and receiving little precipitation, and host to the sources of several of Asia’s major rivers Language: Tibetan Signature flavours: Barley, beef, garlic, szechuan peppercorns (also called prickly ash), blue cheese, daikon, dumplings, scallions The Menu Eric and I fondly remember our trip to New…

Wheat Belly

In the spring of 2019, I decided to stop buying bread. I felt that we could eat better bread for less money and with less packaging, and the only thing it would take was a few hours each week, most of which would be time spent waiting for the bread to rise. I didn’t know…

Assignment 75: Costa Rica

Location: Central America Population: 4.9 million Capital: San Jos√© Geography: A forested, mountainous, highly biodiverse country with coasts on the Pacific ¬†Ocean and Caribbean Sea Language: Spanish Signature flavours: Rice, beans, root vegetables, corn, cilantro, seafood, chicken, dairy The Menu I built most of my menu from a great little book called A Taste of…

Assignment 74: Botswana

Location: Southern Africa Population: 2.3 million Capital: Gaborone Geography: A flat landlocked nation, most of which lies in the Kalahari desert Language: English, Setswana Signature flavours: Sorghum, beef, corn, beans, nuts, marula, mopane (silk worms), melon The Menu It has become habit for us when a new assignment comes up to log on to the…

Assignment 73: Georgia

Location: Western Asia, between Russia and Turkey Population: 3.7 million Capital: Tblisi Geography: Mountainous, with areas of fertile valleys Language: Georgian, Abkhazian Signature flavours: Dairy, lamb, beef, tarragon, egg, nuts, shallot, plum The Menu Georgia’s culinary tradition tells the story of its geography: nestled at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. This…

Assignment 72: Rwanda

Location: Central East Africa Population: 11.2 million Capital: Kigali Geography: A highly mountainous country comprising forest, savannah, and lakeland Language: Kinyarwanda, English, French Signature flavours: Corn, greens, peanuts, eggplant, chicken, beans, dairy The Menu When Eric drew the Rwanda assignment, his first thought was that another pap was going to be on the menu. He…

Assignment 71: Saudi Arabia

Location: Middle East Population: 33 million Capital: Riyadh Geography: A desert nation with coastlines on the Persian Gulf and Red Sea Language: Arabic Signature flavours: Rice, cardamom, cinnamon, tomato, parsley, sesame, lamb The Menu I ordered a couple of cookbooks from the library for this assignment. One ended up being more focused on Lebanon, but…

Assignment 70: Algeria

Location: North Africa Population: 42.2 million Capital: Algiers Geography: A country of varied desert terrain, including mountainous, coastal, and grassy desert Language: Arabic, Berber Signature flavours: Couscous, mint, dried fruit, dairy, lamb, cayenne pepper The Menu Eric’s Algeria assignment followed right on the heels of my Morocco assignment. We learned through our respective research that…

Assignment 69: Morocco

Location: North Africa Population: 35.7 million Capital: Rabat Geography: A mostly mountainous country with areas of desert Language: Arabic, Berber Signature flavours: Cinnamon, citrus fruits, dried fruits, nuts, beans, chicken The Menu Morocco was our first assignment after an extended hiatus that allowed us to travel for while, then get very sick, then get well,…

Assignment 68: Peru

Location: South America Population: 32.5 million Capital: Lima Geography: A mix of coastal plain, mountains, and Amazon jungle Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara Signature flavours: Seafood, potato and sweet potato, corn, hot peppers, cheese, chicken The Menu Peruvian food is unique to South America — it doesn’t really look like any of its continental counterparts. Eric…