Charoset, or dried fruit and nut sweets with spices (Yemen)

Tweet Yemen is a fairly large country located in the very Southwest of the Arabian Peninsula, very close to Africa. Until 1990 it used to be two separate countries, North Yemen and South Yemen. The territory also includes over 200 islands, many of them volcanic, including the Socotra archipelago whose biodiversity has made it a […]

Black bean salsa with mango and lime (Aruba)

Tweet Aruba is a part of the Netherlands Antilles (or Dutch Antilles) and hence also a part of the Netherlands. The island is located very close to the Venezuelan and Colombian coast and has about 100,000 inhabitants. Aruba has a drier climate than most of the Caribbean and is outside of the hurricane belt, which […]

Sòpi di binja, or dessert soup with red wine and prunes (Bonaire)

Tweet Bonaire is a special municipality of the Netherlands, which consists of the tiny island Bonaire and an even smaller uninhabited islet in the Caribbean. It used to be a part of the Netherlands Antilles until 2010 when the country was dissolved. The population is only about 16,000 and speaks Dutch and Papiamentu, a Creole […]

“Cerdo” con peras y ciruelas pasas or “pork” with pears, prunes and almonds (Balearic islands)

Tweet The Balearic islands are an archipelago in the Mediterranean, to the east of Spain, which are an autonomous community of Spain. Both Catalan and Spanish are speaken there and the total population is about one million. The most famous Balearic Islands are Majorca (Mallorca) and Ibiza, both popular tourist destinations – Majorca for older […]

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, […]

Tkemali, or tart, spicy plum sauce (Abkhazia)

Tweet First I have to mention that I recently got Bryanna Clark Grogan’s World Vegan Feast. What a lovely cookbook! I’ll probably use it to make something for Vegventures. I still don’t understand why she put yeast in a “Finnish” pancake as no Finn ever does that, but I’ll forgive her. She’s a great cookbook […]

Papaya bread (Hawaii)

Tweet Hawaii is a state of the United States (since 1959), but since it’s so far from the mainland both geographically and culturally it gets its own entry. It is an archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands, of which the eight are known as the main islands. Only about 10 % of the people are […]

Papaya candy (Cape Verde)

Tweet Cape Verde is an archipelago of ten volcanic islands located near the coast of West Africa. They were uninhabited until the Portuguese colonization in the 15th century and later served as an important hub in the slave trade because of their location. Now it houses about 500,000 people, mostly of creole origin. Cape Verde […]

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 […]