Bahrain: Uukkous Al-Badinjan

I must admit that sometimes my decision to cook certain dishes is based on convenience – like what I have in the house. This is mainly because the cooking can get super expensive, and I try to utilise certain ingredients and produce for more than one dish. In this case, I had brinjals in the…

Albania: Një Mbrëmje Shqiptare

Një Mbrëmje Shqiptare: An Albanian Dinner Party…And what a dinner party it was! As with many of these larger cooks, I tend to bite off more than I can chew. I also generally have a well rounded menu – no specific dish noticeably better or worse than another…this would be the first time for that….

Papua New Guinea: Coconut Kau Kau

I found this wonderful recipe on one of my favourite cooking websites – 196 Flavors. When I first started this cooking challenge I stumbled upon them, and actually did a little guest cook for Heritage Day – a delicious Milk Tart. Anyway…I was trying to plan a cook for when I was with my family in PMB…

Iran: Khoresh-e-Fesenjan

I cooked this dish AGES ago (On the 16 February to be exact), and have only just realised that I never blogged about it. The reason I forgot about it is very clear to me…I didn’t like the dish very much at all. I do keep wondering if perhaps the fact I used Balsamic vinegar…

Netherlands: Speculaas Cookies

I have to admit something at the start of this blog. Well, two things. Firstly, I thought Netherlands and Holland were the same place (although I see from Wikipedia I wasn’t entirely incorrect – Holland is a region in the Netherlands, but is often used as another name for the whole country). The second thing…

Tunisia: Khobz Talian

My earliest memory or knowledge of Tunisia was a Brainstrain (I think that’s what it was called) question we got given in Grade 3 (back in 1996). Basically in order to enhance our general knowledge we would get asked a couple of questions and had to go home and find the answers – these were…

Austria: Vanillekipferl

I put off making this dish because it seemed a little bit tedious (well, a lot tedious!). The recipe calls for Vanilla sugar which I couldn’t find anywhere (didn’t really look hard enough) and also just lots of steps and ya, it just seemed difficult. I’m so glad though that I decided to take the…

Luxembourg: Quetschentaart

As with many of the food that I’ve cooked (Tinginys, Gozinaki, Man’oushe, Bajadera, Kladdkaka – you get the picture), I have absolutely no idea how to pronounce Quetschentaart. I have an idea about how you pronounce it in my head, but any Luxembourgish person would either laugh at me, or perhaps be deeply offended by…

Bangladesh: Lamb Curry

Ah Bangladesh…when I first think of Bangladesh I think of cricket. The team has only ever won 10 test matches – 8 against Zimbabwe (not much of a feat really), and 2 against West Indies. They’re slightly better in ODIs with some wins against some of the stronger teams – NZ, England, India, Sri Lanka,…

Iceland: Pancakes (Pönnukökur með þeyttum rjóma

Since living in Joburg Shrove Tuesday has been a tradition among our friends. We make pancakes and bring different fillings to contribute – some savoury, some sweet. Last year on Shrove Tuesday (we actually celebrated on a Monday) I made German Berliners – doughnuts that were just so delicious. I decided to be strictly traditional…

Lithuania: Tinginys

In South Africa we have ‘Marie Biscuit Fridge Cake.’ I don’t know if it originated here, but I know that it is a staple at various fetes and school cake sales around the country. The reason for this, I think, is that it’s incredibly easy to make, with only a few ingredients – Maries, sugar…

Thailand: Vegetable Curry

I love cooking for big groups of friends. I love entertaining, and this challenge has helped me to create such different dinner parties, and cook different meals for my friends. Our general trend with dinner parties is that people bring their own drinks. Generally somebody will offer to bring dessert (this is usually Laura, and…