“Shrimp” with mushrooms and dill (Cayman Islands)

Tweet Cayman Islands are a “British Overseas Territory” consisting of three small islands located in the Caribbean. Columbus originally called them Las Tortugas (tortoises), but soon later they were named after the caiman, a close relative of the alligator. There is no evidence of indigenous inhabitation before the settlers arrived. Nowadays the place is best […]

Maharagwe, or curried black-eyed beans in coconut milk (Mali)

Tweet People know very little about Mali, considering that area-wise it is the 24th largest country in the world. Few would be able to place it on the map: it is in West Africa, landlocked. The natural resources include gold and uranium, but Mali is still one of the poorest countries in the world, with […]

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. […]

Bigilla, or broad bean dip with parsley and garlic (Malta)

Tweet Malta is a small country in the Mediterranean, often thought of as an island, but in reality an archipelago with three main, inhabited islands and numerous smaller, uninhabited oness. It is one of the smallest countries of the world, with about 450,000 inhabitants, most of them of Maltese ethnicity who speak Maltese, though English […]

Stir fried kang kong (water spinach) with spices (East Timor)

Tweet East Timor (or Timor-Leste) is a small country located in Southeast Asia, formerly a part of Indonesia, which consists of several small islands, the Eastern half of the Timor island and a small enclave on the Western side, which belongs to Indonesia. It gained independence in May 2002, after a bloody conflict with Indonesia […]

Loubieh bizeit bil kizbara, or green beans with cilantro and garlic (Lebanon)

Tweet Lebanon is a small country in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean sea. Despite the small size of the country, it has four distinct physiographic regions: the coastal plain, the Lebanon mountain range, the Beqaa valley and the Anti-Lebanon mountains. The country has a long, rich history, but has also suffered tragedies, like a […]

Gobi panch phoran, or spicy cauliflower (Bangladesh)

Tweet Bangladesh is a relatively small country to the East from India. Even though it houses about 150 million people, most people in the West know very little about it. It gained independence (from Pakistan) in 1971. Unlike India and many other South/Southeast Asian countries, it is ethnically quite homogenous. 98 % of people are […]

Mashed sweet potatoes with roasted garlic (Virgin Islands)

Tweet Virgin Islands are a part of the Lesser Antilles, which form the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. They were originally named by Columbus, after a Catholic legend. The eastern islands form the British Virgin Islands and the western ones form the United States Virgin Islands (which used to belong to […]

Djibouti lentils (Djibouti)

Tweet Djibouti is a tiny country in the Horn of Africa, mostly consisting of stony semidesert, with a population of less than a million. It used to belong to France and still maintains close relations to France. French is the official language and the currency is known as the Djibouti Franc. It is, however, also […]