Lemony “chicken” and okra soup (Sierra Leone)

Tweet Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa, unfortunately perhaps best known for the recent Ebola epidemic, which has basically ended in Liberia and Guinea, but still affects Sierra Leone. It has also broken havoc on the country’s infrastructure, which was already devastated by the Sierra Leone civil war (1992-2001). Diamonds and minerals form […]

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 […]

Maschi, or stuffed tomatoes in tomato sauce (Sudan)

Tweet Sudan used to be the largest country in Africa and one of the largest in the world, until the southern part separated into South Sudan in 2011. There are hundreds of different ethnic groups, but most Sudanese are Muslims and speak Arabic. English is the second official language. With the names Nubia and Ethiopia […]

Black bean, red pepper and squash casserole (Martinique)

Tweet Martinique is an island in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean and an overseas region of France, so a part of the Eurozone and officially French-speaking, though the local Creole is also used. The French have also influenced the local culture. Martinique was “found” by Columbus, though it had been been inhabited by indigenous […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ceebu jen, or spicy stuffed “fish”, vegetables and rice (Senegal)

Tweet Senegal is a country in the very west of Africa, which completely surrounds the tiny Gambia, save for its tiny coastline. Sometimes the countries are called “Senegambia”. Owing to its colonial past most of the people speak French (besides African languages), but almost all are Muslims. In the west Senegal is probably best known […]

Arroz con leche, or lemon-flavoured rice pudding (Portugal)

Tweet Neighboured by Spain, Portugal is the westernmost country in Europe. It has had a number of colonies in its history. Most people know that Portuguese is spoken in Brazil, but also in some African and Asian countries such as Angola and East Timor. Still, unlike most former colonial powers, Portugal remains rather homogenic religion […]

Mujaddara, or lentils and rice with caramelized onion (Egypt)

Tweet Mujaddara is eaten in several Middle-Eastern, Mediterranean and North-African countries. A funny fact is that in some countries it’s known as “megadarra”, which in colloquial Finnish would translate to a massive hangover! Other spellings include moujadara, mujadhara, mujadarra, moukentra, moujendra, mejadra and mudardara. Mujaddara couldn’t really be simpler: it’s just rice, lentils, onion and […]

Ash-e anar, split pea and pomegranate soup (Persia)

Tweet Persian (or Iranian) dishes often feature fruits, either fresh and dried, spices and herbs, which suits me great. I’m a big fan of pomegranate, so ash-e anar found its way to my browser’s bookmarks as soon as I first heard about it. It is a split pea soup with herbs and pomegranate molasses (or […]