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…

Russia: Chicken Kiev

I was watching a little preview of one of Trevor Noah’s shows in New York, and he mentioned that he loves accents. He especially loves when certain accents have so much power over us. He goes on to say that Russians, for example, are the most feared people on the planet and even if they say…

Afghanistan: Lavand-e-Murgh

Like with Syria I don’t really know a lot about Afghanistan, and the stuff that I do know is usually, unfortunately, associated with negative news and stories. A very small part of Afghanistan’s border is shared with China, which I think is incredible, mainly because I just didn’t know that. I imagine them to be…

Georgia: Gozinaki

The only Georgia I’m vaguely familiar with is the state in the USA. I have ‘Georgia Tech’ in mind, and am not sure if maybe it’s been referenced in a movie. Anyway, I digress, because that is in fact not the same Georgia that I cooked this week. Georgia is a country which borders Russia,…

Lebanon: Red Lentil Soup and Man’oushe

I can’t say that I make the wisest decisions when it comes to the type of meals I cook. I don’t stick to seasons and am not afraid to mix different nationalities with starters and desserts. This cook was an example of an incorrect seasonal cook. I made soup. In the height of the South…

Croatia: Bajadera Nougats

I’m not gonna beat around the bush. These Bajadera Nougats were the most delicious thing I’ve ever made in my whole life, and possibly the best thing I’ve ever tasted. Words cannot comprehend how much joy I felt, and how many endorphins were released when eating them…although my waistline and glucose level after eating them…

Romania: Ardei Umpluţi

I’m a sucker for bargains and buying in bulk. Makro is one of my most favourite places in the world because the thought of being able to buy a box of 72 chewing gum packets excites me incredibly. Admittedly though, especially for sweets, I have no will power, and buying chocolates or sweets in bulk…

Syria: Muhammara

The unfortunate reality at the moment (and for the last few years) is that Syria is not generally associated with positive news or connotations. You hear ‘Syria’ and you think ‘Civil war,’ ‘airstrikes,’ ‘refugee crisis’  and ‘human rights violations’ (among other things). You Google Syria and what comes up straight away are news items of…

Cuba: Ropa Vieja

Toward the end of November I acquired a Slow Cooker. I hadn’t really been interested in buying one, or know much about how they operated, until my mom bought one and encouraged me to do the same. Out of excitement the first dish I cooked was a Chicken Tikka Masala which filled my house with…

Barbados: Salt Bread

Throughout 2016 I felt that one of the greatest things I learnt was working with dough. I made pizza dough, pasta dough, shortcrust, dough for cardamom rolls, dough for pitas, dough for challah, dough for Swiss bread, dough for empanadas, dough for doughnuts (Berliners) and dough for samosas. They methods are similar, the outcomes very…

Italy: Natale Festa

As many of you know, from October to December 2015 I went on a little Soul Searching trip overseas. I traversed many countries…Italy being one of the main ones. I stayed in Venice for 3 nights, Riomaggiore on the Cinque Terre for 2 nights, Florence for 3 nights and Rome for 4 nights. It was…