Pakistan: Chicken Karahi Curry

I debated cooking this dish for quite a while. The jury is still out on whether a Karahi Curry is Indian or Pakistani, with Wikipedia (the Oracle of anything) saying the origin is either Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Nepalese. When searching for ‘Pakistan curry’ a Karahi curry shows up though, so I decided to run…

Azerbaijan: Sweet Saffron Custard with Rose Water

I need to be entirely honest upfront and say that the title of this recipe is a bit of a lie. I didn’t have saffron at my disposal (it’s crazily priced in the stores) so I used turmeric instead. While there is nothing quite like saffron, Google explained that turmeric would be the closest substitute)….

São Tomé and Príncipe: Sweet Potato Frittata

I can honestly say, without a shadow of a doubt, that prior to this cooking challenge (well, this year’s stage) I had NEVER heard of São Tomé and Príncipe. If somebody had asked me who/what it/they was, I would likely have said that they were two Brazilian footballers, or characters in an obscure play – but…

Botswana: Pumpkin Soup

When I was in Grade 6 (so about 11 or 12 years old) I did a cooking class during my school holidays. I remember loving it, and being so keen to teach my family what I had learnt (I only remember 2 of the recipes, but have the little booklet, with grubby finger/food marks on…

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…