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…

Assignment 49: Namibia

Location: The west side of southern Africa Population: 2.6 million Capital: Windhoek Geography: A mix of desert and plain Language: English Signature flavours: Corn, beans, oyster, beef, chicken, lamb The Menu Namibians eat a lot of meat. I mean A LOT. If you’re a tasty animal, it’s a bad place to live. Namibian cuisine revolves…

Assignment 48: Zimbabwe

Location: Southern Africa Population: 16 million Capital: Harare Geography: Landlocked country of savannah, with some forested areas and a mountainous eastern region Language: Shona, Ndebele, English, and 13 other official languages Signature flavours: Corn, peanut, beans, beef, squash, leafy greens The Menu This week we have Wooden Spoon Wandered our way across Africa to Zimbabwe….

Assignment 47: Tuvalu

Location: South Pacific Population: 10,640 Capital: Funafuti Geography: A volcanic archipelago consisting of three islands and six atolls Language: English, Tuvaluan Signature flavours: Coconut, pulaka, taro and taro leaf, breadfruit, seafood, sea bird The Menu Tuvalu is a tropical island paradise and a fresh seafood-lover’s dream. It is also the least visited nation on earth….

Assignment 46: Bahrain

Location: The Middle East, on the east coast of Saudi Arabia Population: 1.4 million Capital: Manama Geography: A small, mostly flat desert island nation Language: Arabic Signature flavours: Saffron, rice, seafood, cardamom, cinnamon, lamb, rose water The Menu Bahrain is one of those teeny-tiny places with a very rich culinary tradition. Because it has been…

Assignment 45: Mexico

Location: North America, between the USA and Central America Population: 124 million Capital: Mexico City Geography: A mix of mountains, fertile valleys, desert, and coastal plains Language: Spanish Signature flavours: Chillies, tomato, beans, corn, avocado, rice, chicken, beef, chocolate The Menu Mexico was my most difficult assignment so far. Because this is a cuisine with…

Assignment 44: Eritrea

Location: The Horn of Africa Population: 5 million Capital: Asmara Geography: A mix of desert and fertile highlands and plains Language: Tigrinya, Arabic, English (working languages — Eritrea has no official language) Signature flavours: Teff, fenugreek, ginger, lentils, turmeric, berbere, lamb The Menu Like Uruguay to Argentina, Guatemala to Mexico, Eritrean cuisine’s online presence is…

Assignment 43: Fiji

Location: Oceania Population: 899,000 Capital: Suva Geography: A subtropical mountainous archipelago of two main island and almost 900 other islands and islets Language: English, iTaukei, Fiji Hindi Signature flavours: Coconut, seafood, curry, taro, tropical fruits The Menu This is our third assignment out of the South Pacific island nations, and while Fiji enjoys a nice…