Assignment 88: British Caribbean

Location: The Caribbean Population: 158,000 Capital: Various Geography: Various tropical islands Language: English Signature flavours: Seafood, corn, coconut, allspice, thyme, chicken, greens, ¬†rice, chilli peppers The Menu When we first conceived the Wooden Spoon Wanderer blog, one of our first tasks was to create a list, as exhaustive as possible, of places we wanted to…

Assignment 87: Malta

Location: Southern Europe Population: 515,000 Capital: Valletta Geography: An archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea Language: Maltese, English Signature flavours: Seafood, almond, citrus, marjoram, garlic, olives, dairy The Menu Malta sits at the crossroads of Italian, Middle Eastern, and North African cuisines, and as such has a fantastically diverse flavour profile that I was eager to…

Assignment 86: Marshall Islands

Location: Oceania Population: 58,000 Capital: Majuro Geography: Over 1100 volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean Language: Marshallese, English Signature flavours: Coconut, seafood, breadfruit, pandan, papaya, rice, chicken The Menu Eric went into this assignment expecting to struggle to find recipes, but was surprised to find enough resources to put together a menu. The Marshall Islands…

Assignment 85: St Kitts and Nevis

Location: The Caribbean Population: 52,400 Capital: Basseterre Geography: Two main islands with central rainforest-covered mountainous terrain and coastal flats nearer the coast Language: English Signature flavours: Coconut, plantain, seafood, pork, breadfruit, rice, tomato, peppers The Menu It’s been over 25 assignments since we last visited the Caribbean, so I was looking forward to the fish…

Assignment 84: Brunei

Location: South Asia Population: 459, 500 Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan Geography: Two disconnected pieces of land on the island of Borneo, mostly covered with tropical rainforest Language: Malay Signature flavours: Seafood, shrimp paste, chilli peppers, coconut, garlic, tamarind, ambulung, pandan The Menu Sayur Lodeh: A vegetable and shrimp curry with cabbage, carrot, and green beans,…

Assignment 83: Niger

Location: West Africa Population: 22.4 million Capital: Niamey Geography: A landlocked desert nation with a small area of savannah Language: French Signature flavours: Peanut, beef, mutton, tomato, corn, millet, leafy greens, baobab The Menu I had a little trouble finding recipes at first, in part because Nigerian cuisine is much better documented on the internet…

Assignment 82: Tanzania

Location: East Africa Population: 56.3 million Capital: Dodoma Geography: A mix of mountains, plains, and warm coastal regions, including several offshore islands Language: Swahili, English, Arabic Signature flavours: Beef, coconut, potato, seafood, cumin, cardamom, eggs, banana The Menu It was Eric’s first time undertaking an assignment since January. A combination of procrastination on my part…

Our Biggest Wander Yet

We’ve Wooden Spoon Wandered to Bhutan and Togo, Dominica and Norway, but now Eric and I are undertaking our biggest wander ever…we are leaving the big city behind for the green forests and cold lakes of rural Ontario. Tomorrow morning, we are loading up a van and setting out to a town of 600 people,…

Assignment 81: Canada

Location: North AmericaPopulation: 35 millionCapital: OttawaGeography: A wide array of landscapes, including forest, mountain, prairie, and northern tundraLanguage: English, FrenchSignature flavours: Seafood, beef, pork, maple, potato, eggs, dairy, orchard fruits, berries The Menu This is a special one. Not just because I was born a Canadian and Eric chose to become one, not just because…

Assignment 80: Greece

Location: Southern Europe Population: 10.8 million Capital: Athens Geography: The country comprises a largely mountainous peninsula projecting into the sea, and some thousands of islands Language: Greek Signature flavours: Seafood, lamb, garlic, dairy products, oregano, olives and olive oil,¬†honey, nuts The Menu I grew up in Toronto’s Greek town, and Eric has been sharing in…