Assignment 92: Sweden

Location: Northern Europe Population: 10.3 million Capital: Stockholm Geography: A forested country with mountainous subarctic regions in the north Language: Swedish Signature flavours: Beef, fish, dill, potato, beet, ginger, rye, dairy, berries The Menu Oh, that Wooden Spoon Wanderer insecurity…that feeling in the middle of an assignment when a little thing goes wrong and derails…

Assignment 91: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Location: Southern Europe Population: 3.3 million Capital: Sarajevo Geography: Mostly mountainous with a very small Adriatic coastline in the south Language: Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian Signature flavours: Beef, pork, dairy, potato, onion, apple, fermented foods The Menu This assignment followed Eric’s culinary journey to Moldova, and my expectations were confirmed when I saw that there was…

Assignment 90: Moldova

Location: Eastern Europe Population: 2.6 million Capital: Chisinau Geography: A landlocked country of plains bordered by two rivers Language: Romanian Signature flavours: Beef, pork, dairy, eggs, bell peppers, dill, potato The Menu Eric has made several forays into Eastern Europe for this blog, but it had been a while since his last adventure into the…

Assignment 87: Malta

Location: Southern Europe Population: 515,000 Capital: Valletta Geography: An archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea Language: Maltese, English Signature flavours: Seafood, almond, citrus, marjoram, garlic, olives, dairy The Menu Malta sits at the crossroads of Italian, Middle Eastern, and North African cuisines, and as such has a fantastically diverse flavour profile that I was eager to…

Assignment 80: Greece

Location: Southern Europe Population: 10.8 million Capital: Athens Geography: The country comprises a largely mountainous peninsula projecting into the sea, and some thousands of islands Language: Greek Signature flavours: Seafood, lamb, garlic, dairy products, oregano, olives and olive oil,¬†honey, nuts The Menu I grew up in Toronto’s Greek town, and Eric has been sharing in…

Assignment 79: Poland

Location: Eastern Europe Population: 38.4 million Capital: Warsaw Geography: A country of plains and mountains, with a coast on the Baltic Sea Language: Polish Signature flavours: Mushroom, potato, apple, beef, pork, chicken, fish, poppy seed, dill, dairy products The Menu Toronto is a great city to live in — it’s safe, contains a fair bit…

Assignment 78: Russia

Location: Northern Europe and Asia Population: 146.8 million Capital: Moscow Geography: Varied mountain, steppe, tundra, forest, and coastal ecosystems across the largest country in the world Language: Russian Signature flavours: Dairy, pork, dill, cucumber, beet, hazelnut, beef, fish, mushrooms The Menu Eric’s parents met and married while studying abroad at university in Moscow (in what…

Assignment 67: Portugal

Location: Western Europe Population: 10.3 million Capital: Lisbon Geography: A mainland of mountains and rolling plains on the Iberian Peninsula, and two Atlantic archipelagos (the Azores and Madeira) Language: Portuguese Signature flavours: Seafood, potato, tomato, egg, piri piri, olives and olive oil, pork, pastry The Menu Eric and I went to Portugal and the Azores…

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…