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 […]

Maakouda, or roasted eggplant “frittata” (Tunisia)

Tweet Tunisia is a relatively small Arab country in North Africa – much smaller than its neighbours Libya and Algeria, which are quite huge. Its history dates back to about 4000 BCE. Later it became a part of the Roman empire. Soon after the birth of Islam the region was conquered by Arab Muslims who […]

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 […]

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 […]

Soupe d’avocat abidjanaise, or cold avocado soup (Côte d’Ivoire)

Tweet Côte d’Ivoire is a country in West Africa, also known as Ivory Coast. As the name suggests it is a former colony of France and French remains the official language. Religion-wise it is quite heterogenous, with large populations practicing Christianity, Islam and their mixtures with local religions. In the past 15 years it has […]

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 […]

Bobotie, or curried “meatloaf” (South Africa)

Tweet South Africa is a large country in Southern Africa (well, duh), unfortunately perhaps best known for its apartheid policy. About 80% of the people are of black origin, showing that yes, you can discriminate against the majority. It is also infamous for some other things, like the mind-blowingly high number of rapes and the […]

Fasolia salata, or three-bean salad (Greece)

Tweet Greece is not hugely popular at the moment thanks to its severe money problems. It’s a shame, considering the rich history and culture of this Mediterranean country, being the Western birthplace of many arts, sciences, ideas and traditions, including the Olympic games. Apparently the Greek healthcare system remains one of the best in the […]