Assignment 58: Kenya

Location: East Africa Population: 49.1 million Capital: Nairobi Geography: A mix of savannah, desert, and fertile highland Language: Swahili, English Signature flavours: Corn, ginger, leafy greens, beans, chicken, potato The Menu When Eric got his Kenya assignment, he wondered how similar he would find it to  Zimbabwe, another East African country from which he cooked…

Assignment 57: Cabo Verde

Location: Off the coast of West Africa Population: 539,600 Capital: Praia Geography: An volcanic archipelago of ten islands and eight islets. Language: Portuguese Signature flavours: Corn, pork, seafood, beans, sweet potato, tropical fruits The Menu Eric and I had just gotten back from a trip to Portugal and the Portuguese islands of the Azores when…

Assignment 56: Guyana

Location: South America Population: 773,000 Capital: Georgetown Geography: A densely forested country with areas of savannah, mountains, and coastal plain Language: English Signature flavours: Cassava, garlic, wiri wiri pepper, curry, vanilla, cinnamon, demerara sugar, beef The Menu Eric’s main resource was a blog called Alica’s Pepperpot. He built his menu around her recipes as well…

The Wooden Spoon Wanderer Showcase Dinner

On the Wednesday night before the Showcase, Eric and I stayed up late, sitting side by side, carefully cutting the pith off orange peels to make narancini, candied orange peels in the Croatian style. We talked as we did so, about the work itself, about the relationship that comes from a shared task, about the…

Assignment 55: Singapore

Location: Southern tip of the Malay Peninsula Population: 5.6 million Capital: Singapore Geography: A highly developed island city state Language: English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil Signature flavours: Seafood, kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), garlic, chillies, anise, noodles The Menu Recipes abound for Singaporean cuisine, so my challenge for this assignment was choosing between them all. Singaporean…

Assignment 54: Seychelles

Location: The Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa Population: 94,000 Capital: Victoria Geography: An archipelago of 115 islands Language: French, English, Seychellois Creole Signature flavours: Seafood, coconut, ginger, cinnamon, hot peppers, garlic, curry The Menu Seychelles was largely uninhabited, save for the odd passerby, until the 18th century, so the archipelago nation has…

Assignment 53: Jamaica

Location: The Caribbean Population: 2.9 million Capital: Kingston Geography: A tropical island of diverse ecosystems over coastal plain and mountains Language: English Signature flavours: Seafood, curry, beans, rice, hot peppers, chicken, pork, beef The Menu I was really excited for my Jamaica assignment. I love Caribbean food, and have enjoyed it done well in a…

Assignment 52: Jordan

Location: Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia Population: 10 million Capital: Amman Geography: A mix of arable land and desert, with a short coast on the Dead Sea Language: Arabic Signature flavours: Lamb, rice, yoghurt, eggplant, nuts, cinnamon, tomato, garlic The Menu Eric discovered plenty of resources online. The first recipe he chose was the…

Assignment 51: Laos

Location: Southeast Asia Population: 6.8 million Capital: Vientiane Geography: A heavily forested and mountainous landlocked nation Language: Lao Signature flavours: Sticky rice, fish sauce, lime, mint, shallot, chilli pepper, lemongrass The Menu I love the flavours of southeast Asia, namely Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese foods. Having no experience with Laotian cuisine, I was looking forward…

Assignment 50: Antigua and Barbuda

Location: The Caribbean Population: 101,000 Capital: St John’s Geography: Two main islands and a collection of islets, mostly consisting of sandy soil and limestone Language: English Signature flavours: Seafood, rice, coconut, corn, thyme, banana, sugarcane The Menu Here we are at assignment 50! It’s hard to believe we’ve cooked so many meals from around the…