Ponche, or hot dried fruit punch (Guatemala)

Tweet Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America. It’s a former colony of Spain, but indigenous culture and influence remains particularly strong, with most of the population having indigenous roots. Because of the country’s rich history there are many important archeological sites. However, there was a civil war from 1960 to 1996, of […]

Kugel, or sweet noodle casserole (Jewish)

Tweet Judaism has a country, kind of – there are slightly more Jews living outside of Israel than in there – but Israeli cuisine is not the same as Jewish cuisine. The latter of course has geographical differences and some Jewish specialties only exist in one area. Judaism is considered a religion, but it’s also […]

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 […]

‘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, […]

St. Catherine’s taffy (Quebec)

Tweet Quebec is the second largest province in Canada and essentially a country of its own, French-speaking, mostly Catholic and culturally different from the rest of Canada. Many Quebecers would like it to be independent, but so far the idea has been turned down in referendums. If it was a country, it would be a […]

Lefse, or thin potato pancakes (Norway)

Tweet When thinking about the cuisine of Norway, at least here in Finland people will think fish, especially cod. It’s kind of a running joke that Norwegians only eat cod. They also eat a lot of other meats (especially reindeer and other kinds of game), bread, dairy products and wild berries and are the heaviest […]