Ponche, or hot dried fruit punch (Guatemala)

Tweet Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America. It’s a former colony of Spain, but indigenous culture and influence remains particularly strong, with most of the population having indigenous roots. Because of the country’s rich history there are many important archeological sites. However, there was a civil war from 1960 to 1996, of […]

Chiles en nogada, or stuffed peppers with walnut sauce (Mexico)

Tweet Mexico is one of the largest and most populous countries in the world, located south from the United States. It has a long history, especially known for housing the Aztec and Maya culture, but also many others. Of the 120 million inhabitants 10-15% identify as indigenous. Both the name Mexico and the names of […]

Chimichurri, or parsley condiment (Nicaragua)

Tweet Nicaragua is an ethnically and culturally diverse country in Central America, a a former colony of Spain. It gained independence back in the 1800s, though it was occupied by the U.S. from 1912 to 1933, which was followed by several dictatorships. Nicaragua has three distinct geographical regions: the Pacific lowlands, the Amerrisque Mountains, and […]

Salsa de albahac, or basil sauce (Bolivia)

Tweet Bolivia is a large landlocked country in South America, named after Símon Bolívar, an important figure in the independence of several Latin American countries. A former part of the Inca empire, it remains a very multinational country with 37(!) official languages. It is also one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, with […]

Spicy brown beans (Suriname)

Tweet Suriname is the smallest country in South America, located on its northeastern coast. very close to the equator. It is a former colony of the Netherlands and Dutch remains the official language. The population is only about 560,000, most of whom live in the north of the country. The largest ethnic group is Hindustanis […]

Curtido, or tart cabbage slaw (El Salvador)

Tweet El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America, located on the Pacific side. It is a former colony of Spain. Most of the five million inhabitants are mestizos and slightly over half are Catholic, but there are also large Protestant and non-religious minorities. Despite its small size, El Salvador […]

Docinhos de abobora, or pumpkin coconut candy (Brazil)

Tweet Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country both by area and by population (almost 200 million). With that in mind most people in the west know relatively little about it, besides their love for football, the Amazon rainforest and that they speak Portuguese. As could be expected, Brazil used to be a colony of […]

Sweet plantains with lime and spices (Costa Rica)

Tweet Costa Rica is a small country in Central America. A 2009 study proclaimed it as both the happiest and greenest country in the world. In general it ranks pretty high in various human development indices. It is a former Spanish colony, but acquired its independence already in the 1800s. After a bloody civil war, […]

Lechona Tolimense, or stuffed “pork” skin (Colombia)

Tweet Yes, today’s recipe is vegan “pork” skin filled with “pork”. More about that below. Colombia is a large country in the northwestern South America. Considering that it houses almost 50 million inhabitants I’d say it is very poorly known here in Europe, compared to other Latin American countries. Ethnically it is very diverse and […]

“Carne” Mechada, or seitan and black beans in tomato sauce (Venezuela)

Tweet Venezuela is located in the north of South America. It was the first permanent settlement of the Spanish in South America, but gained its independence as early as 1821 thanks to the revolutionary Simón Bolïvar. He lended his name to Bolivia, but also remains in the official name of Venezuela, the Bolivarian Republic of […]