Cabbage, celery and pineapple salad (The Gambia)

Tweet The Gambia is a tiny country in West Africa, the smallest country in mainland Africa, and geographically quite peculiar. It is essentially just the delta area of the Gambia river, less than 50 km wide at its widest, and completely surrounded on the land side by the much larger Senegal. E.g. in the African […]

Gado gado, or steamed vegetable salad with spicy peanut sauce (Indonesia)

Tweet Indonesia is a geographically small country in Southeast Asia consisting of almost 18,000 islands, several of which only partially belong to it. Yet it has over 250 million inhabitants (nearly as many as in the U.S.!) belonging to over 300 ethnicities, with over 700 different languages, which is quite special. At least one country […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bánh xèo, or mung bean crêpes stuffed with tofu, vegetables and herbs (Vietnam)

Tweet Vietnam is a quite long but mostly very narrow country located in the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. A former colony of France, the country suffered a a war from the 1950s/1960s until 1975, which killed millions of people, also many in the neighbouring countries. (For some reasons, many Americans think the U.S. “won” […]

Ceebu jen, or spicy stuffed “fish”, vegetables and rice (Senegal)

Tweet Senegal is a country in the very west of Africa, which completely surrounds the tiny Gambia, save for its tiny coastline. Sometimes the countries are called “Senegambia”. Owing to its colonial past most of the people speak French (besides African languages), but almost all are Muslims. In the west Senegal is probably best known […]

Le chou au beurre, or “buttered” cabbage (Mauritius)

Tweet Mauritius is a small island nation located in the southeast coast of Africa, a bit further away than Madagascar. There are a little over a million inhabitants, who are mostly a mix of Indian and African descents who speak Mauritian Creole, English and French. Hindus and catholics both make up about 35% of people […]

Braised red cabbage (Germany)

Tweet Germany is pretty much one of my food nightmare places, sorry Germans, and it’s not just because of the meat/sausage culture. Yes, Finnish food is horrible too, but at least we have some decent foods, like bread. When I travelled in Germany a few years ago, I struggled to find anything tasty. Even things […]

Okonomiyaki, vegetable pancake with tun-peh (Japan)

Tweet It wasn’t easy to choose a Japanese dish to feature. There are so many enticing options containing tofu, vegetables, seaweed… I only knew I didn’t want to go for sushi or miso soup – too common. I had bought some fancy-colored green tea noodles and thought maybe I’d cook something for them, but in […]

Krautfleckerl, or noodles and cabbage (Austria)

Tweet Yes, I’m cooking cabbage again. And all you cabbage haters should really try out this recipe. The cabbage is fried for so long that it resembles caramelized onion more than boiled cabbage. Austrian cuisine has got heavy influences from e.g. Hungary and Germany and this recipe is sometimes known as “Austrian cabbage and noodles”. […]