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 […]

Puha, or spicy tamarind soft drink (Ghana)

Tweet As far as African (especially West African) countries go, Ghana is doing pretty well. It was the first African country to declare independence from European colonisation. It is one of the stablest countries and largest economies in Africa and has possibly the best healthcare system on the continent. Ghana has large natural resources of […]

Maschi, or stuffed tomatoes in tomato sauce (Sudan)

Tweet Sudan used to be the largest country in Africa and one of the largest in the world, until the southern part separated into South Sudan in 2011. There are hundreds of different ethnic groups, but most Sudanese are Muslims and speak Arabic. English is the second official language. With the names Nubia and Ethiopia […]

Le canard au tangor et à la vanille, or “duck” with clementine and vanilla (Réunion)

Tweet Réunion is an island on the East coast of Africa, a bit farther away than Madagascar. It is an overseas department of France, so technically a part of France, the EU and the Eurozone. There are two volcanoes and three calderas. The world records for rain in 1 day (over 73 inches or almost […]

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 […]

Peri peri kari, or “shrimp” in a spicy sauce (Mozambique)

Tweet Mozambique is a large country located on the coast of Southeast Africa. For almost 400 years it was a colony of Portugal, which has left major cultural influence on the country. Portuguese remains the official language, even though most people speak a Bantu language as their native tongue. After gaining independence in 1975, Mozambique […]

Salad de mangue, or mango and pineapple salad (Niger)

Tweet Niger, not to be confused with the neighbouring Nigeria, is a large (almost twice as big as Texas) landlocked country in Central/Western Africa. With just 15 million inhabitants it is much more sparsely populated than Nigeria, which houses 170 million people. It is a very poor country and has the second poorest human development […]

Oignons à la Monégasque, or sweet and sour onions (Monaco)

Tweet Monaco is a tiny city state in Southern France near Nice and the Italian border. With an area of about 2 km2 it is the second smallest (after Vatican) and with its population of about 37,000 the most densely populated country in the world. The official language is French, while a minority speak Monégasque, […]

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. […]

Mango coconut fool (Liberia)

Tweet Liberia is a small country on the coast of West Africa, originally founded by liberated American and Caribbean slaves, though nowadays their descendants only form a small fraction of the inhabitants. English remains the official language, but ethnically the people are very diverse. There have been two recent civil wars, which have left the […]