Assignment 70: Algeria

Location: North Africa Population: 42.2 million Capital: Algiers Geography: A country of varied desert terrain, including mountainous, coastal, and grassy desert Language: Arabic, Berber Signature flavours: Couscous, mint, dried fruit, dairy, lamb, cayenne pepper The Menu Eric’s Algeria assignment followed right on the heels of my Morocco assignment. We learned through our respective research that…

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 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 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 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 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…