New Zealand: Pavlova

One of the main things I learnt during this cook is the importance of reading recipes thoroughly and beforehand. Luckily my lack of attentive reading didn’t turn into a culinary disaster, but it was a valuable lesson. We have a family friend who makes the most outstanding meringues – they can’t be beaten. They’re light,…

Eritrea: A whole feast

This dish, like typical Ethiopian and as I discovered, Eritrean dishes is comprised of a variety of smaller dishes. The idea is that all the bits and pieces are eaten off the Injera (flatbread) with the hands. To explain what’s going on in the picture I’ve arranged the recipes in order clockwise from the flag…

Bhutan: Chilli Chicken

I’m not gonna lie. I cooked this dish so long ago that I’m honestly not sure about the intricate details of the cook. What I do remember (thanks to a reminder from the Instagram post I made about the dish) is that the chicken was meant to be crumbed, and you can see from the…

Uganda: Cardamom Peanut Brittle (Kashata)

I generally try to find the positive in these cooks – even the ones that don’t work out so well or don’t taste like I’d expect. The statement “every cloud has a silver lining” is the cheap reassurance I try to give myself throughout life. However, with this cook, there is no positive, and there…

Estonia: Gingerbread Ricotta Tart

This blog is WAY overdue. Like “I made this dish on the 5th September and it’s now the 24th January” kind of overdue. I don’t have any excuses, except (and this is where I offer some excuses) that the end of last year (well the last 3 months) were exceptionally busy ones in my life….

Nauru: Coconut Crusted Fish and Island Fries

Before looking at the recipe, or tasting the dish you may be inclined to say “it’s only fish and chips” but boy oh boy will you be wrong. There is nothing ‘only’ about this meal (except maybe the All Gold Tomato Sauce – although is that ever ‘only’ tomato sauce?). The recipe for the fish…

Andorra: Pa Amb Tomaquet

I have to apologise upfront for the ‘up close and personal’ nature of this picture. I accidentally placed the wrong flag on the board (the one for Moldova). They’re not even remotely close in distance (with Andorra being near Spain, and Moldova near Romania), but their flags are pretty similar. Anyway, that’s why there’s no…

Algeria: Hummus bi’l Kammun (Spicy Chickpea Soup)

I have my friends at The Global Table Adventure to thank again for this recipe. I say friends, but I don’t think they know who I am! Their recipes are super easy to follow, and it seems they’re on a similar adventure with trying out different dishes, that it makes it fun to follow and…

The Gambia: Domoda

The Gambia is a country on the west coast of Africa. It is completely surrounded by Senegal, except for, obviously, the side that’s on the Atlantic ocean coast. It has a population of under 2 million people, and is the smallest country in Africa. The official language is English. It’s a narrow country, and only…

Slovenia: Potica

During the course of this cooking experience I’ve tried, where possible, to be more health conscious with the dishes that I cook. I’ve mainly tried to make some of the dishes low carb and have been very successful in places. This cook, while it ended up relatively successful, did not start off that way. I’ve…

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…