Finland: Cardamom Rolls

I decided to combine the Israel and Finland evening purely because the Finland cook is due to be this week and the recipe I had decided on for Finland was for these Cardamom rolls. And I was keen to rather cook them to share than cook them and eat them all to myself (very possible…

Israel: A proper Jewish mom’s cook up

When I moved to Joburg in 2011 I met Kim. She was studying with me and one day I gave her  a lift home, and the rest is history. We became friends very quickly and effortlessly and nearly 6 years on, I feel like I’ve known her forever. Kim is Jewish, and through her I’ve…

Argentina: Empanadas de Carne

I knew when cooking an Argentine meal that meat would be involved. Not only does Argentina give off that kind of vibe (like South Africa does), but also my dearest friend, who is a very strict and somewhat influential vegetarian, ate steak when she visited Argentina in 2009. This for me is a good indicator…

Malaysia: Chicken Curry

As with Singapore and Indonesia I found it quite difficult to find a dish that was distinctly and definitively Malaysian. These places are influenced by the same areas and share ties with each other – making many of the dishes interchangeable. This Malaysian Chicken Curry recipe is very similar to the Indonesian recipe (almost identical…

Czech Republic: Sušené švestky pečené ve slanině

I was in Prague for all of 36 hours in November and I fell in love with it over and over again during those 36 hours. It was one of the most magical cities I’ve ever traveled to. It was also probably the coldest I’ve ever been to date. The first morning we were there…

Australia: Anzac Biscuits

I had originally planned to make proper Aussie Meat Pies. My friend Dante who I met in Budapest last year is from Aus, and when I asked him for some ideas he said meat pies were the way to go. So I went off to Pick n Pay and found all of the ingredients. The…

Jamaica: Chicken Curry

“Some people say they know, they can’t believe…Jamaica we have a bobsled team” I was 6 when Cool Runnings was released. I don’t think I watched then, because I remember watching with Tom who would have only been 3 at the time…but it probably wasn’t too long after that. Along with The Big Green (Google…

Portugal: Espetada à Madeirense

I remember learning at primary school that Natal had been discovered by the Portuguese. I thought it was Vasco de Gama, but upon reading now, I’m not entirely sure (history was never my strong point). Bartholomew Dias was another chap who did some exploring and investigating around South Africa and Natal (now known as KwaZulu…

Indonesia: Chicken Curry

For the first time in this cooking challenge I swapped a country. I had a very good reason for it though. I’m heading home to PMB tomorrow and will therefore be cooking while I’m home. Most of my family do like curry, but this Indonesian curry is not one that my Dad would enjoy. Also,…

Norway: Arme Riddere

Arme Riddere, translated from Norwegian to English means ‘French Toast.’ So basically for this week I made Norwegian French Toast. I understand how Irish that all sounds (let me see how many nationalities I can include in today’s blog), but it seems like it’s a real thing. The recipe, found here, is supplied by Whitney,…

Cambodia: Saraman Curry

The Saraman Curry, or Cari Saramann is a Khmer curry. Khmer people are the predominant ethnic group in Cambodia (about 90% of the population). Because the curry is a time consuming one, it’s made on special occasions for Khmers, especially in the Muslim communities of Cambodia. Let me start off with an apology to the…

Switzerland: Zopf

Heidi, Roger Federer, Martina Hingis (Loved her), Lindt Chocolate, The Alps, Princess Diaries (Oh no, that was Genovia, not Geneva), Trevor Noah’s dad, Jean Jacques Rousseau (who wrote ‘On Education’ which I think I studied at Varsity), good schools and great prisons (according to my work colleague) are what I think of when I think…