Salsa di noci, or walnut sauce for pasta (Italy)

Tweet Italy is a large country in Southern Europe, well-known for its history, culture (especially opera and classical painters), architecture, cuisine and fashion. The criminal organization Mafia is also very infamous and still holds significant power in many areas, though overall crime rates in the country are low. Besides the Mafia the Catholic church is […]

Bajadera torte, or a rich no-bake chocolate biscuit torte (Croatia)

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Bigilla, or broad bean dip with parsley and garlic (Malta)

Tweet Malta is a small country in the Mediterranean, often thought of as an island, but in reality an archipelago with three main, inhabited islands and numerous smaller, uninhabited oness. It is one of the smallest countries of the world, with about 450,000 inhabitants, most of them of Maltese ethnicity who speak Maltese, though English […]

“Cerdo” con peras y ciruelas pasas or “pork” with pears, prunes and almonds (Balearic islands)

Tweet The Balearic islands are an archipelago in the Mediterranean, to the east of Spain, which are an autonomous community of Spain. Both Catalan and Spanish are speaken there and the total population is about one million. The most famous Balearic Islands are Majorca (Mallorca) and Ibiza, both popular tourist destinations – Majorca for older […]

Halushky, or potato dumplings (Ukraine)

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Liptauer/Šmirkás, or spicy “cheese” spread (Slovakia)

Tweet Slovakia is a landlocked country in Central Europe, though traditionally culturally associated with East Europe. Until 1993 it formed the country Czechoslovakia together with what is now the Czech republic. Earlier it used to be a part of Austria-Hungary. The economy is very quickly growing, in 2006 the growth in GDP was the highest […]

Podvarak, or braised sauerkraut and seitan (Serbia)

Tweet Serbia is a landlocked country located in Central/Southeast Europe, formerly a part of the state of Yugoslavia. Over 30% of the country is covered by forest and it also has significant mountainous area. The river Danube also runs through Serbia. Spas, festivals, river cruises and mountain resorts are the main tourist attractions. The country […]

Fasolia salata, or three-bean salad (Greece)

Tweet Greece is not hugely popular at the moment thanks to its severe money problems. It’s a shame, considering the rich history and culture of this Mediterranean country, being the Western birthplace of many arts, sciences, ideas and traditions, including the Olympic games. Apparently the Greek healthcare system remains one of the best in the […]

Beet salad with walnuts (Moldova)

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Tkemali, or tart, spicy plum sauce (Abkhazia)

Tweet First I have to mention that I recently got Bryanna Clark Grogan’s World Vegan Feast. What a lovely cookbook! I’ll probably use it to make something for Vegventures. I still don’t understand why she put yeast in a “Finnish” pancake as no Finn ever does that, but I’ll forgive her. She’s a great cookbook […]