Assignment 100: San Marino

Location: Southern EuropePopulation: 33,600Capital: San MarinoGeography: A small mountainous microstate surrounded by ItalyLanguage: ItalianSignature flavours: Pasta, tomato, pork, rabbit, ┬ádairy, garlic, honey, olive oil The Menu We reached our century with San Marino, which shares a lot of their dishes with the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, situated next door. Eric sourced his recipes online. We…

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 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 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 65: Ukraine

Location: Eastern Europe Population: 42.4 million Capital: Kiev Geography: Fertile plains Language: Ukrainian Signature flavours: Potato, beets, cabbage, mushrooms, pork, dairy products, fish, vinegar, berries, dill The Menu My research on Ukrainian food started and finished with The New Ukrainian Cookbook by Annette Ogrodnik Corona. I was inspired early on by her descriptions of the…

Assignment 41: Iceland

Location: Western Europe Population: 351,000 Capital: Reykjavik Geography: A sparsely vegetated, highly geothermic island nation Language: Icelandic Signature flavours: Dairy, lamb, seafood, potato, rhubarb, berries The Menu We receive our cooking assignments through a randomized process that narrows down our options first by region, then by country or territory. This assignment, however, is an exception…

Assignment 40: Norway

Location: Northwestern Europe, in Scandinavia Population: 5.3 million Capital: Oslo Geography: A long, mountainous, northern nation with a very rugged coastline Language: Norwegian, Sami Signature flavours: Seafood (especially smoked fish), dill, potato, dairy, lamb or mutton, rye bread, berries The Menu Eric and I travelled in Norway this past winter, and we loved it. Oslo…

Assignment 36: Croatia

Location: Southern Europe on the Adriatic Sea Population: 4.2 million Capital: Zagreb Geography: A mix of mountain, plain, river valley, and seashore Language: Croatian Signature flavours: Seafood, tomato, green peppercorn, pork, orange, fig The Menu Croatia is divided into four regions, and Eric wanted to represent them all in his Croatia assignment. The result was…

Assignment 35: Liechtenstein

Location: Western Europe Population: 38,000 Capital: Vaduz Geography: About half the country is in the Alps, and the other half is in the valley of the Rhine River Language: German Signature flavours: Milk products, pork, potatoes, asparagus, apples The Menu I was excited to have my first Western Europe assignment, and was pleased to find…

Assignment 20: Finland

Location: Northern Europe Population: 5.5 million Capital: Helsinki Geography: A low-lying country of lakes, fens, and coniferous forest. Language: Finnish Signature flavours: Salted and smoked fish, rye, potato, white pepper, mushrooms, butter, pork. The Menu Eric and I have been to Estonia and Norway and loved the food, so Eric was excited to have the…