Monday, February 21, 2011

One Tween's Travelogue of World Food: A to Z

After her flirtation with Indian food last week, Olivia has decided we should embark on an international culinary adventure. For the next who-knows-how-long, she plans to work her way from A to Z making a new dish from a different country each week.

(Yeah, she may be small but she sure doesn't think small!)

It's a great chance for the kids (and us... and hopefully you!) to learn more about the world's countries and cuisines. But we could really use some suggestions. What's your favorite Angolan appetizer? Bolivian breakfast? Latvian lunch?

And pleeeeeeeze, give us a good suggestion for an Icelandic dish or she'll intensify her lobbying effort to build a shed out back so we can ferment raw shark for Hakarl!

So, here's a reminder of the countries... leave your suggestions for favorite meals in the comment box. And if you've got a link to a recipe, all the better!

Thanks!

A
Afghanistan (Chicken Kabuli Pulao)
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan

B
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium (Mussels Marinieres and Frites)
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burma
Burundi

C
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo, Democratic Republic of the (Congo-Kinshasa)
Congo, Republic of the (Congo-Brazzaville)
Costa Rica
Côte d'Ivoire
Croatia (Baked Calamari and Potatoes)
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic

D
Denmark (Meatballs, Caraway Cabbage and Fruit Dumplings)
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic

E
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia (Ethiopian Honey Spiced Bread)

F
Fiji
Finland
France (Chateaubriand with Bearnaise)

G
Gabon
The Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana (Shoko - aka beef & spinach stew)
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana

H
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary (Hungarian Goulash)

I
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy (Italian Dinner Party -- a 5 course meal!)
Ivory Coast

J
Jamaica
Japan (Pork & Vegetable Soup and California Rolls)
Jordan

K
Kazakhstan
Kenya (Vegetable Curry and Ugali)
Kiribati
Korea, North
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan

L
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon (Lebanese Meatballs)
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg

M
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia, Federated States of
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco (Rockin' Moroccan Meatballs)
Mozambique

N
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria (Suya a.k.a. Nigerian Chicken Skewers)
Norway

O
Oman (Tandoori Chicken)

P
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal

Q
Qatar

R
Romania
Russia
Rwanda

S
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
São Tomé and Príncipe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria

T
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste → East Timor
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu


U
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan

V
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam

Y
Yemen

Z
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Did we leave anyone out?

9 comments:

  1. Here's an easy (looking) El Salvadorean recipe I've long meant to try:

    http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/pupusas-de-queso-cheese-stuffed-tortillas/Detail.aspx

    And make sure to make the slaw too; that's the best part:

    http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/curtido-el-salvadoran-cabbage-salad/Detail.aspx

    Maybe Olivia will inspire me to get off my duff and finally try making papusas myself.

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  2. Thanks Megan -- I'll be sure to share this with her tomorrow!

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  3. My friend Sarah suggested these, from her friend who has an Iranian father and works in the foreign service in Damascus. Anybody have experience with making any of these dishes? (I'm gonna have to set Olivia off on some googling this afternoon!)

    Sarah Fowler McCammon Suggestions from my friend JJ - he has an Iranian father, works in Damascus for the Foreign Service, and has traveled more than anyone I know!

    Afghanistan, Pulao

    Argentina, Chimichurri

    Bolivia, Pique Macho

    Brazil, Feijoada (FYI there's a great Birmingham Band with this name. Love their music. We featured them on my radio program: http://www.wbhm.org/Tapestry/Dec25-08.html)

    Chile, Chilean-style hot dog

    China, kung pao chicken

    Costa Rica, gallo pinto

    Cuba, ropa vieja

    Egypt, koshari

    Ethiopia, doro wat (though I must admit we might cover Ethiopia with a trip to Zed's in Washington DC this summer)

    Greece, saganaki

    India, butter chicken

    Indonesia, nasi goreng

    Iran, mast o khiar

    Ireland, fish and chips

    Italy, carbonara

    Japan, karagge

    Lebanon, muttabbal

    Mexico, torta de chorizo

    Morocco, tagine

    Peru, papas a la huancaina

    Phillipines, chicken adobo

    Spain, tortilla espanola

    Syria, mohammara

    Thailand, iced coffee

    Turkey, turkish pizza

    Vietnam, fresh spring rolls

    Yemen, fahsa.

    (WOW - Thanks Sarah!)

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  4. Tanya,
    I can help with the Butter chicken and the Pulao from Afghanistan. Pulao is rice cooked with vegetables, cashews and raisins. It can be cooked with different combinations.

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  5. Thanks Archana. I already pulled a recipe for Pulao that we're going to try tonight. I"ll let ya know how it goes!

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  6. Based on my travels and eating often at street vendors.

    Bosnia--Cevapi--delicious little sausages served with onions and pita like bread

    Serbia--Burek--one of my favorite foods. Meat, cheese, or spinach in this delicious pastry crust. I tried to recreate it once at home and failed miserably.

    Belgium-Fries with mayo.

    Hungary--Goulash

    Poland--Pierogi

    Spain--Iberian ham. Of course besides getting some and cutting it thinly there's not a lot to do. My next suggestion is churros.

    Wales-Welsh cakes!

    England--Sunday roast with Yorkshire pudding

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  7. Wow, Maria, you're really traveled a lot! What took you to all those interesting places?

    Thanks for the suggestions... I'll have to share them with Olivia, once she's over the stomach flu. She's been sick all night (and for the record, I don't think it's the AFghan Pulao ... she came home from school feeling "not quite right" yesterday).

    Kinda sucks b/c I was supposed to be in Montgomery today doing an interview that's already been rescheduled once for a story that has to air next week. You know the life!

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  8. It sounds really good, but i cant cook soooo...........

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  9. Oh, c'mon Pandalyndsey - everyone can cook!! You need to come over here and we'll get ya cookin' in no time!

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