Assignment 112: Luxembourg

Location: Western Europe, between France and Germany Population: 634,000 Capital: Luxembourg City Geography: A hilly, forested nation and one of the smallest in Europe Language: Luxembourgish, French, German Signature flavours: Dairy, pork, beef, apple, potato, cabbage, Riesling, strawberry, stone fruit, savory The Menu On a warm June day (not so many days ago at the…

Assignment 111: Germany

Location: Western Europe Population: 83.2 million Capital: Berlin Geography: A forested, mountainous nation with sea borders in the north Language: German Signature flavours: Pork, dairy, egg, bread, potato, asparagus, dill The Menu In an unprecedented turn of events, Eric and I swapped assignments. I had drawn Luxembourg and he had gotten Germany, but he was…

Assignment 110: Cyprus

Location: Mediterranean Sea Population: 1.2 million Capital: Nicosia Geography: An island nation in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Language: Greek, Turkish Signature flavours: Lamb, seafood, olives and olive oil, citrus, sesame, beans, cheese The Menu Eric’s foray into Cypriot cuisine was exhaustive. The more he learned about it, the more his menu grew. He…

Assignment 106: Wales

Location: Great BritainPopulation: 3.2 millionCapital: CardiffGeography: A mountainous nation in south western Great BritainLanguage: Welsh, EnglishSignature flavours: Lamb, mutton, beef, dairy, leek, seafood, potato, cabbage The Menu Eric’s Wales assignment marked our first foray into British cuisine. He went in having heard only of Welsh rarebit — cheese on toast — which he learned was…

Assignment 105: Andorra

Location: Western EuropePopulation: 77,500Capital: Andorra la VellaGeography: A small, mountainous, landlocked nationLanguage: CatalanSignature flavours: Garlic, tomato, pork, chicken, cabbage, olive oil, egg The Menu I had no idea what to expect from Andorran cuisine, and went into this assignment ready to be surprised. In the end, I learned that Andorrans enjoy a sort of French-Spanish…

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 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…