Älplermagronen, or potato pasta casserole with applesauce (Switzerland)

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Lemony “chicken” and okra soup (Sierra Leone)

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Creole sauce, or ketchup-based condiment with herbs (Saint Barthélemy)

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Cucumber tomato salad with sumac (Iraq)

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Black bean, red pepper and squash casserole (Martinique)

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Jeow mak keua, or spicy eggplant dip (Laos)

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Black-eyed bean fritters (Burkina Faso)

Tweet Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa, perhaps best known for its funnily named capital of Ouagadougou (which at least in Finland commonly features in quizzes). It is a former colony of France. About 2/3 of the people are Muslims and 1/4 are Christian, though animist beliefs are also widely incorporated in […]

Mushrooms with caraway (Czech)

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

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Oignons à la Monégasque, or sweet and sour onions (Monaco)

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