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 […]

Riz des Iles, or curried rice with corn and “fish” (Comoros)

Tweet Comoros is a tiny island nation on the African coast near Madagascar. It consists of four main islands and many smaller ones. One of them, Mayotte, remains an overseas department of France. The rest gained independence from France in 1975, though sadly there have been several coups after that. There are less than a […]

Black-eyed bean fritters (Burkina Faso)

Tweet Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa, perhaps best known for its funnily named capital of Ouagadougou (which at least in Finland commonly features in quizzes). It is a former colony of France. About 2/3 of the people are Muslims and 1/4 are Christian, though animist beliefs are also widely incorporated in […]

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 […]

Lentil sauce with herbs (Kazakhstan)

Tweet Kazakhstan is the world’s ninth largest country and the largest landlocked country (though it borders the Caspian Sea), located in Central Asia/Eastern Europe. The former Soviet state is ethnically very diverse, though over half of the people are Kazakhs. Religious diversity and tolerance is also very big, though 2/3 of the people practice Islam. […]

Eggplant curry (Botswana)

Tweet Botswana is a large landlocked country in Southern Africa, a former colony of the United Kingdom. Because 70% of the country is covered by the Kalahari desert, the population is only about two million, making Botswana one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Botswana used to be extremely poor, but now […]

Choy sum Macau, or vegetable stir-fry (Macau)

Tweet Macau is one of the two “special administrative regions of China” together with Hong Kong, which is about 60 km away. It is a former colony of Portugal and nowadays partially governed by China. Both Portuguese and Chinese are still official languages. Peculiarly the traffic is on the left-side, unlike both China and Portugal. […]

Kansiye, or a peanut butter tomato stew (Guinea)

Tweet There are no fewer than three different Guineas in Africa: Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea (and none of them should be confused with Papua New Guinea!). This recipe is from Guinea, sometimes called Guinea-Conakry to better distinguish it from all the other Guineas. Formerly a French colony, the fairly large country is located in […]

Maakouda, or roasted eggplant “frittata” (Tunisia)

Tweet Tunisia is a relatively small Arab country in North Africa – much smaller than its neighbours Libya and Algeria, which are quite huge. Its history dates back to about 4000 BCE. Later it became a part of the Roman empire. Soon after the birth of Islam the region was conquered by Arab Muslims who […]

Halushky, or potato dumplings (Ukraine)

Tweet Ukraine is a large country in the Central/East Europe by the Black Sea, until 1991 a part of the Soviet Union. The Eastern Orthodox Christianity has heavily influenced the architecture, literature and music. Ukraine is sadly mostly known for negative things, like the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 and the 2006 Orange revolution after […]