Assignment 56: Guyana

Location: South America Population: 773,000 Capital: Georgetown Geography: A densely forested country with areas of savannah, mountains, and coastal plain Language: English Signature flavours: Cassava, garlic, wiri wiri pepper, curry, vanilla, cinnamon, demerara sugar, beef The Menu Eric’s main resource was a blog called Alica’s Pepperpot. He built his menu around her recipes as well…

Assignment 52: Jordan

Location: Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia Population: 10 million Capital: Amman Geography: A mix of arable land and desert, with a short coast on the Dead Sea Language: Arabic Signature flavours: Lamb, rice, yoghurt, eggplant, nuts, cinnamon, tomato, garlic The Menu Eric discovered plenty of resources online. The first recipe he chose was the…

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 42: Uruguay

Location: South America Population: 3.4 million Capital: Montevideo Geography: A country of plains, rivers, and fertile coastland Language: Spanish Signature flavours: Beef, dairy, yerba mate, egg, pasta, dulce de leche, quince The Menu Uruguay, like its South American neighbour to the west, Argentina, is a land of many cows, and as a result, many beef…

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 29: Egypt

Location: North Africa Population: 96.8 million Capital: Cairo Geography: Sandy desert except around the Nile Valley and Delta areas Language: Arabic Signature flavours: Pita bread, legumes, garlic, parsley, lemon, cheese The Menu I picked up a fantastic cookbook at a used bookstore a few weeks ago that I finally got to crack open for this…

Assignment 18: Venezuela

Location: South America Population: 31.5 million Capital: Caracas Geography: A tropical country of varying landscape of beaches, mountains, and plains. Language: Spanish Signature flavours: Corn, rice, beans, cheese, plantain, cocoa The Menu Eric lived in Venezuela up until going off to college, so he was well-versed in the local foods. Initially, he had hoped that…

Assignment 15: Kosovo

Location: Eastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula Population: 1.9 million Capital: Pristina Geography: A landlocked country of mountains and plains Language: Albanian, Serbian Signature flavours: Cabbage, meat, parsley, garlic, onion The Menu One thing I like about the Wooden Spoon Wanderer project is that it expands my thinking about places that might have previously been…

Assignment 13: Romania

Location: South eastern Europe Population: 19.6 million Capital: Bucharest Geography: A country of hills, mountains, and plains with a coastline on the Black Sea Language: Romanian Signature flavours: Potato, meats, bell pepper, parsley The Menu “The randomizer [we use to assign ourselves countries] must know I was born in Russia,” says Eric. “I keep getting…

Cooking Towards Recovery

When I was seven years old, I became a vegetarian. For many, this might have been a precocious exploration of ethicality, but for me, it was bound up in the beginnings of an eating disorder. This may sound like an over-complication of the situation — what seven-year-old doesn’t love animals? — but deciding to not…