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…

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…