Tonga: Kale Sipi (Lamb Curry)

Friend: Which country are you cooking from? Claire: Tonga Friend: oh, ok. Friend (about 30 minutes later): Where is Tongaat? Claire (thinking this was an unrelated question): Up the north coast of South Africa. Friend: oh. Which country are you cooking from? Claire: Tonga! Haha. Not Tongaat! Maybe you had to be there, but my…

Tuvalu: Tuna Curry

Yes, Tuvalu is a country. A tiny little island nation in the Pacific Ocean. It is situated to the north east of Australia. It is comprised of 9 little islands and has an overall population of just over 11 000 people. Queen Elizabeth II serves as the head of state and bears the title of…

Kenya: Beef Stew and Chapatis

I’m ashamed to say, but I have found Southern and Central African countries the most difficult to cook for, or find recipes for. That’s not to say that there aren’t recipes available, they just don’t always appeal to me. There seems to be a strong trend of quite carb-filled recipes (especially rice and breads), which…

San Marino: Swallow’s Nests

The first time I ever heard of ‘San Marino’ was when Paula and I were arranging for me to go and look at the flat she lived in. I was moving out of my digs and she had a room available. The place – San Marino. I realise now, nearly 3 years later, that there…

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…