Assignment 30: Palestine

Location: Middle East Population: 4.5 million Capital: Jerusalem/Ramallah Geography: A flat or rolling-dune desert with low mountains in the West Bank region Language: Arabic Signature flavours: Sumac, lamb, sesame, pita bread, thyme, mint, eggplant The Menu We try to keep WSW a place about food, the joy of eating together, our discovery of unfamiliar flavours…

Assignment 28: Sri Lanka

Location: South Asia, off the southern coast of India Population: 21.4 million Capital: Colombo Geography: A tropical island nation, mostly of plains, with a small mountainous area Language: Sinhala, Tamil Signature flavours: Rice, ginger, chilli pepper, curry leaves, fennel, roti, treacle The Menu Eric and I have been eating Sri Lankan food for years at…

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 22: Timor-Leste

Location: South Asia Population: 1.2 million Capital: Dili Geography: Mountainous and tropical Language: Tetum, Portuguese Signature flavours: Seafood, chicken, ginger, hot peppers, basil, lemongrass The Menu I got to cook back-to-back assignments since Eric hasn’t gathered all his ingredients yet for Kiribati. Still recovering from my 56-course Japanese meal on Saturday, I had no idea…

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…

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…

Assignment 14: St Pierre et Miquelon

Location: Two small French islands off the coast of eastern Canada Population: 6000 Capital: St Pierre Geography: Rocky Language: French Signature flavours: Seafood, pastry, apple, butter, cream The Menu We debated whether to have St Pierre and Miquelon on our list in the first place, given its size, but decided that its unique history and…

Assignment 11: Dominica

Location: The Caribbean Population: 74,000 Capital: Roseau Geography: A small island nation comprising mountains, rainforest, and natural hot springs. Language: English Signature flavours: Coconut, tropical fruits, seafood The Menu From the get go, finding recipes from the country of Dominica was a challenge. Search “Dominican cuisine” or even “Dominica cuisine” or even “Dominica country cuisine”…

The Hungry Traveller

Eric and I are big travellers. We don’t own a house or a car or nice furniture or the newest in technological gadgets, but we travel at least two or three times a year. This year, we’ve been to Italy, Bermuda, the US, Norway, and Iceland, and a big part of our travels is tasting…

Assignment 8: Serbia

Location: South eastern Europe in the Balkans Population: 7 million Capital: Belgrade Geography: A landlocked country with mountains in the south and east Language: Serbian Signature flavours: Bread, cheese, cured meats, bell peppers, relishes, flaky pastry The Menu Serbia, Eric learned, has a culinary tradition that intersects European and Mediterranean tastes. Eric loves bread (he…