Älplermagronen, or potato pasta casserole with applesauce (Switzerland)

Tweet Switzerland is a small landlocked country in Central Europe, known internationally for many things: the Alp mountains (and related things, such as skiing and alphorns), Swiss banks, Swiss chocolates, Swiss cheese and Swiss watches. Many also know that the Red Cross (and the Geneva Convention) originates from Switzerland – its logo is actually the […]

Riz des Iles, or curried rice with corn and “fish” (Comoros)

Tweet Comoros is a tiny island nation on the African coast near Madagascar. It consists of four main islands and many smaller ones. One of them, Mayotte, remains an overseas department of France. The rest gained independence from France in 1975, though sadly there have been several coups after that. There are less than a […]

Crnogorska corba od kopriva, or nettle soup (Montenegro)

Tweet Montenegro is a country in the Balkan, formerly a part of Yugoslavia. It has a fairly low population, only 620,000 people. After dissolution of Yugoslavia it remained in union with Serbia and only gained independence in 2006. Montenegro is perhaps best known for its mountains and mountainous regions. It is also a highly biodiverse […]

Halushky, or potato dumplings (Ukraine)

Tweet Ukraine is a large country in the Central/East Europe by the Black Sea, until 1991 a part of the Soviet Union. The Eastern Orthodox Christianity has heavily influenced the architecture, literature and music. Ukraine is sadly mostly known for negative things, like the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 and the 2006 Orange revolution after […]

Tortilla de patatas, or potato “omelet” (Spain)

Tweet Spain is the second largest country in Europe, located in the Southwest, by the Mediterranean. It also includes the Balearic islands, the Canary islands and three exclave states out of the country: the cities of Ceuta and Melilla in Morocco and Llívia in France (how come we were never told about these in school?). […]

Lechona Tolimense, or stuffed “pork” skin (Colombia)

Tweet Yes, today’s recipe is vegan “pork” skin filled with “pork”. More about that below. Colombia is a large country in the northwestern South America. Considering that it houses almost 50 million inhabitants I’d say it is very poorly known here in Europe, compared to other Latin American countries. Ethnically it is very diverse and […]

Laghman, or noodles with vegetables and spices (Uyghur)

Tweet An Uyghur dish sounds very interesting, doesn’t it? Even better if you know who they are. The Uyghurs are an ethnic group of Turkic people living in Eastern and Central Asia, mostly in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China, but also in other parts of China and several other nearby countries. Their total […]

Black-eyed beans with coconut and cilantro (Tanzania)

Tweet Tanzania is a fairly large country in East Africa, which is thought to be the earliest areas inhabited by humans and prehuman hominids, as far as two million years ago. Like many African countries, it gained independence (from the UK) in the early 1960s, as two separate countries, Zanzibar and Tanganyika, which merged soon […]

Tukpa, or spicy noodle and vegetable soup (Tibet)

Tweet Oh boy. Life has been busy. Interesting but busy. My first novel will be out soon, so a lot of work with proofs, promotion, etc. And I signed a contract for a food-related book (partially also a vegan cookbook!) which will be out next year. Quite excited about both! Unfortunately for most of you, […]

Draniki, or mushroom filled potato pancakes (Belarus)

Tweet Belarus is a landlocked former Soviet state in Eastern Europe. The name of the country (also in several other countries) means “White Russia”, though its origins are not completely clear. They have had the same president Alexander Lukashenko since 1994, as he has won the latest four elections. He is often referred to in […]