Borani kadu, or roasted butternut squash with spices and yoghurt (Afghanistan)

Tweet Afghanistan is a large landlocked country in Central Asia, unfortunately one that nowadays most would first associate with war or terrorism. Many also know the Afghan hounds, which originated from Afghanistan. It is a dry, mountainous country which gets quite a few earthquakes. The area has been inhabited by humans for up to 50,000 […]

Salsa de albahac, or basil sauce (Bolivia)

Tweet Bolivia is a large landlocked country in South America, named after Símon Bolívar, an important figure in the independence of several Latin American countries. A former part of the Inca empire, it remains a very multinational country with 37(!) official languages. It is also one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, with […]

Nigvziani badrijani, or eggplant rolls with walnuts and cilantro (Georgia)

Tweet Georgia (not to be confused with the U.S. state with the same name) is located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, and a former part of the Soviet Union. It also considers Abkhazia and South Ossetia parts of the country. The character of the country is highly defined by the mountainous location. The deepest […]

Peri peri kari, or “shrimp” in a spicy sauce (Mozambique)

Tweet Mozambique is a large country located on the coast of Southeast Africa. For almost 400 years it was a colony of Portugal, which has left major cultural influence on the country. Portuguese remains the official language, even though most people speak a Bantu language as their native tongue. After gaining independence in 1975, Mozambique […]

Mushrooms with caraway (Czech)

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Salsa di noci, or walnut sauce for pasta (Italy)

Tweet Italy is a large country in Southern Europe, well-known for its history, culture (especially opera and classical painters), architecture, cuisine and fashion. The criminal organization Mafia is also very infamous and still holds significant power in many areas, though overall crime rates in the country are low. Besides the Mafia the Catholic church is […]

Kansiye, or a peanut butter tomato stew (Guinea)

Tweet There are no fewer than three different Guineas in Africa: Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea (and none of them should be confused with Papua New Guinea!). This recipe is from Guinea, sometimes called Guinea-Conakry to better distinguish it from all the other Guineas. Formerly a French colony, the fairly large country is located in […]

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 […]