Assignment 95: Taiwan

Location: East Asia Population: 23.5 million Capital: Taipei Geography: A small island nation with a mix of mountain, forest, and urbanized areas Language: Mandarin Chinese Signature flavours: Beef, pork, rice, scallion, soy, pickled vegetables, bamboo, pineapple The Menu I was really excited for this assignment, not only because I love Asian food, but I felt…

Assignment 94: Hong Kong

Location: East Asia Population: 7.5 million Capital: Hong Kong Geography: A highly urbanized area on the South China Sea Language: Chinese (mainly Cantonese), English Signature flavours: Pork, rice, seafood, garlic, shaoxing wine, soy, sesame, greens, egg, beans The Menu Hong Kong boasts a diverse culinary history, with influences ranging from China (their big neighbour to…

Assignment 92: Sweden

Location: Northern Europe Population: 10.3 million Capital: Stockholm Geography: A forested country with mountainous subarctic regions in the north Language: Swedish Signature flavours: Beef, fish, dill, potato, beet, ginger, rye, dairy, berries The Menu Oh, that Wooden Spoon Wanderer insecurity…that feeling in the middle of an assignment when a little thing goes wrong and derails…

Assignment 91: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Location: Southern Europe Population: 3.3 million Capital: Sarajevo Geography: Mostly mountainous with a very small Adriatic coastline in the south Language: Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian Signature flavours: Beef, pork, dairy, potato, onion, apple, fermented foods The Menu This assignment followed Eric’s culinary journey to Moldova, and my expectations were confirmed when I saw that there was…

Assignment 90: Moldova

Location: Eastern Europe Population: 2.6 million Capital: Chisinau Geography: A landlocked country of plains bordered by two rivers Language: Romanian Signature flavours: Beef, pork, dairy, eggs, bell peppers, dill, potato The Menu Eric has made several forays into Eastern Europe for this blog, but it had been a while since his last adventure into the…

Assignment 89: Cameroon

Location: Central Africa Population: 26.5 million Capital: Yaound√© Geography: A varied landscape of coastal regions, mountains, savannah, desert, and rainforest Language: English, French Signature flavours: Seafood, chicken, legumes, root vegetables, plantain, corn The Menu I would be lying if I said the prep for this assignment was anything other than chaos. Despite careful planning (I…

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…