Assignment 65: Ukraine

Location: Eastern Europe Population: 42.4 million Capital: Kiev Geography: Fertile plains Language: Ukrainian Signature flavours: Potato, beets, cabbage, mushrooms, pork, dairy products, fish, vinegar, berries, dill The Menu My research on Ukrainian food started and finished with The New Ukrainian Cookbook by Annette Ogrodnik Corona. I was inspired early on by her descriptions of the…

Assignment 60: Italy

Location: Southern Europe Population: 60.5 million Capital: Rome Geography: A largely mountainous country extending into the Mediterranean Sea Language: Italian Signature flavours: Bread and pasta, tomato, garlic, dairy products, coffee, basil, oregano, beef, olives and olive oil The Menu At the outset of the Wooden Spoon Wanderer project, Eric and I agreed that we should…

Assignment 41: Iceland

Location: Western Europe Population: 351,000 Capital: Reykjavik Geography: A sparsely vegetated, highly geothermic island nation Language: Icelandic Signature flavours: Dairy, lamb, seafood, potato, rhubarb, berries The Menu We receive our cooking assignments through a randomized process that narrows down our options first by region, then by country or territory. This assignment, however, is an exception…

Assignment 40: Norway

Location: Northwestern Europe, in Scandinavia Population: 5.3 million Capital: Oslo Geography: A long, mountainous, northern nation with a very rugged coastline Language: Norwegian, Sami Signature flavours: Seafood (especially smoked fish), dill, potato, dairy, lamb or mutton, rye bread, berries The Menu Eric and I travelled in Norway this past winter, and we loved it. Oslo…

Assignment 39: Bulgaria

Location: Southern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula Population: 7.1 million Capital: Sofia Geography: A mix of plains and mountains with a coastline on the Black Sea Language: Bulgarian Signature flavours: Beef, lamb, sirene cheese, paprika, bell pepper, phyllo The Menu Before I even started searching for Bulgarian recipes, Eric was hinting at what he would…

Assignment 36: Croatia

Location: Southern Europe on the Adriatic Sea Population: 4.2 million Capital: Zagreb Geography: A mix of mountain, plain, river valley, and seashore Language: Croatian Signature flavours: Seafood, tomato, green peppercorn, pork, orange, fig The Menu Croatia is divided into four regions, and Eric wanted to represent them all in his Croatia assignment. The result was…

Assignment 35: Liechtenstein

Location: Western Europe Population: 38,000 Capital: Vaduz Geography: About half the country is in the Alps, and the other half is in the valley of the Rhine River Language: German Signature flavours: Milk products, pork, potatoes, asparagus, apples The Menu I was excited to have my first Western Europe assignment, and was pleased to find…

Assignment 20: Finland

Location: Northern Europe Population: 5.5 million Capital: Helsinki Geography: A low-lying country of lakes, fens, and coniferous forest. Language: Finnish Signature flavours: Salted and smoked fish, rye, potato, white pepper, mushrooms, butter, pork. The Menu Eric and I have been to Estonia and Norway and loved the food, so Eric was excited to have the…

Assignment 15: Kosovo

Location: Eastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula Population: 1.9 million Capital: Pristina Geography: A landlocked country of mountains and plains Language: Albanian, Serbian Signature flavours: Cabbage, meat, parsley, garlic, onion The Menu One thing I like about the Wooden Spoon Wanderer project is that it expands my thinking about places that might have previously been…

Assignment 13: Romania

Location: South eastern Europe Population: 19.6 million Capital: Bucharest Geography: A country of hills, mountains, and plains with a coastline on the Black Sea Language: Romanian Signature flavours: Potato, meats, bell pepper, parsley The Menu “The randomizer [we use to assign ourselves countries] must know I was born in Russia,” says Eric. “I keep getting…