Roosamanna, or whipped semolina and cranberry pudding (Estonia)

Tweet Estonia is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It only has a population of some 1.3 million people, one of the lowest in EU. Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union from World War II until the fall of the Soviet Union, but nowadays is very much a Western country with […]

Kutia wigilijna, or Christmas wheat pudding with poppy seed (Poland)

Tweet Poland is a large country in Central Europe, located by the Baltic Sea. It has several mountainous areas and even one of the five deserts in Europe. About 1/3 of the country is covered by forest. Poland is an important agricultural producer of potatoes, rye, triticale and sugar beets. It has a very healthy […]

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 […]

Coconut pandan pumpkin (Kiribati)

Tweet Kiribati is a rather unusual country geographically. It is a very poor island nation located in the center of the Pacific ocean comprised of 32 atolls and one coral island, dispersed over an area of 3.5 million square kilometers(!), with a permanent population of only about 100,000. It used to be called Gilbert islands […]

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 […]

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, […]

‘Ataif, or sweet pancake pockets stuffed with walnuts (Palestine)

Tweet Palestine. What can one say about Palestine without opening a can of worms? Probably nothing, seeing as a large part of the world’s countries don’t recognize the independence of this Middle Eastern state. Besides the current, contested area (which refers to two separate geographical areas, West Bank and the Gaza Strip, inside of Israel, […]

Halva de floarea soarelui, or sunflower seed halva (Romania)

Tweet Romania is a large country bordering (somewhat) the Black Sea. The name comes from a Latin word meaning “the citizen of Rome”. Not surprisingly, the Romanian language is also a Romance language, linguistically quite close to French and Italian. Romania has one of the largest areas of undisturbed forests in Europe with about half […]

Croquette de marron, or sweet chestnut croquettes (Luxembourg)

Tweet Luxembourg is a member of the Benelux countries along with the Belgium and the Netherlands. It is among the smallest countries in the world (definitely among those that are real countries – as in not Vatican and such – and are not island nations). It’s also the world’s only remaining sovereign grand duchy, which […]

Poke, or baked banana pudding (Cook Islands)

Tweet Cook Islands is a “self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand”. What is more interesting than this bureaucratic monster of a word is that it has about 20,000 inhabitants, while there are nearly 60,000 people of Cook Islander descent living in New Zealand (a unique situation, perhaps?). The group of fifteen small […]