Assignment 61: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Central Africa Population: 78.7 million Capital: Kinshasa Geography: An equatorial country covered in jungle and savannah Language: French Signature flavours: Beans, roots vegetables, leafy greens, peanuts The Menu This was the first assignment after a holiday hiatus that gave Eric and I some much-needed rest. I have to say that I enjoyed taking a…

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 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 33: Lesotho

Location: Southern Africa, contained within South Africa Population: 2.2 million Capital: Maseru Geography: A high-lying, mountainous country with a relatively cool climate Language: Sesotho, English Signature flavours: Root vegetables, greens, corn, beans The Menu I am not exaggerating when I say I could only find a handful of recipes from Lesotho. I did find a…

Assignment 31: Liberia

Location: West Africa Population: 4.5 million Capital: Monrovia Geography: Plains and low mountains with some rainforest covering Language: Liberian English Signature flavours: Peanut, thyme, cabbage, rice, root vegetables, chicken, shrimp The Menu Liberian recipes were a little hard to come by, until I stumbled upon a large list of dishes on a website called Liberian…

Assignment 29: Egypt

Location: North Africa Population: 96.8 million Capital: Cairo Geography: Sandy desert except around the Nile Valley and Delta areas Language: Arabic Signature flavours: Pita bread, legumes, garlic, parsley, lemon, cheese The Menu I picked up a fantastic cookbook at a used bookstore a few weeks ago that I finally got to crack open for this…

Assignment 26: Guinea-Bissau

Location: West Africa Population: 1.8 million Capital: Bissau Geography: Savannah in the east, and low-lying plains and swamp as the land approaches the coast Language: Portuguese, Upper Guinea Creole Signature flavours: Millet, rice, cashew, avocado, cassava, seafood The Menu As we’re often finding with the world’s tiniest places, it was hard to find recipes for…

Assignment 25: Chad

Location: North central Africa Population: 13.7 million Capital: N’Djamena Geography: A southern half of savannah grassland, and a northern half of Saharan desert Language: Arabic, French Signature flavours: Millet, okra, peanut, fish, beef The Menu The main hazard of gathering recipes for Chad was thinking I had come across a great dish, only to learn…

Assignment 24: Madagascar

Location: A large island off the east coast of Africa Population: 24.9 million Capital: Antananarivo Geography: A varied landscape of grassland, rainforest, desert, and rice paddies Language: Malagasy, French Signature flavours: Peanut, rice, vanilla, seafood, tomato, root vegetables and their leaves The Menu Eric found that meals in Madagascar often consist of rice and laoka…

Assignment 19: Malawi

Location: Southeast Africa Population: 18 million Capital: Lilongwe Geography: A semi-mountainous landlocked country, a third of which is taken up by freshwater Lake Malawi. Language: English, Chichewa Signature flavours: Corn, peanut, tomato, freshwater fish The Menu I was excited to undertake the cuisine of an east African country, because I love the flavours of Ethiopia…