Menu: Taiwan

Taiwanese-menu

This week, while we're visiting family in Boston and New Jersey, I'm sharing one simple celebration recipe with you... afterall, what is visiting family, if not a celebration! It's been more than a year since I've seen any family on my side (where does the time go?!)... the last time was when we cooked Maldives. Since one treat doesn't feel like nearly enough to represent an entire country, I thought I'd flash back to an old favorite from an earlier Global Table. As I mentioned on Tuesday, … [Read more...]

Menu: Syria

Syrian-menu

"If your friend is honey, don't lick him all." Syrian Proverb If I'm going to be honest, I'd have to say I'm not exactly sure what this proverb means (or, more to the point, I'm not sure I should be visualizing my friends as honey bears). My theory: the proverb is not literal (so few are), but it does teach that good things should not be taken advantage of. Lest we lick them all up. But what a vivid picture the Syrians paint to teach this message. The food is just as vivid. There are … [Read more...]

Menu: Switzerland

Swiss-menu-switzerland

"Who doesn't honor the Rappen isn't worth the Franken" Swiss Proverb I'm not one to pass up a penny on the ground. If I were in Switzerland, I suppose I'd pick up a Rappen with the same thrifty care as any penny on our soil (Rappen are like Swiss Pennies). Apparently, I'm not alone. Enough Swiss people feel the same way, that they came up with the proverb at the top of this post: "Who doesn't honor the Rappen isn't worth the Franken" (100 Rappen make up a Franken). But this proverb isn't … [Read more...]

Menu: Sweden

Swedish-menu

"Att våga är att tappa fotfästet en stund, att inte våga är att förlora sig själv." "To dare is to lose your foothold for a moment, to not dare is to lose yourself." (Strom, 1981)* Oh, this week. This beautiful week of Swedish cooking. As with all the "big hitter" countries, I entered this week with trepidation. It wasn't because of the entree. I knew I'd make Swedish meatballs from the moment I began this Adventure. No, the main reason I was a bundle of nerves had everything to do … [Read more...]

Menu: Swaziland

swaziland-menu

There's an old Swazi saying that goes: "A man who prides himself on his ancestry is like the potato plant, the best part of which is underground." Do you agree? Do we need to know our ancestors?* And are they the best part of who we are? Once upon a time, we got our recipes from our ancestors. Grandma's cornbread. Uncle's avocado salad.  Today we can find just about anything online, but the best recipes come from someone ... from the long line of way back when. They've been tested and … [Read more...]

Menu: Suriname

menu-suriname

Don't be confused. Though this menu looks and feels quite Asian, these dishes represent Suriname as well as any other. We have everything from the traditional plantain fritters so beloved in South America, to Asian-inspired cabbage salad and even an addictive lemongrass slushie. Coconut milk is the common thread in the drink and the salad - the result being sweet for the drink, spicy for the salad dressing. All recipes and the meal review will be posted throughout the week. Mixed Vegetable … [Read more...]

Menu: South Sudan

south-sudanese-menu

"A man without money goes fast through the market." South Sudanese Proverb This week we're digging into a menu that shows off South Sudan's love of peanuts, sorghum, and spinach. These three staples can be found in many forms throughout the tropical country, although we've used them in traditional recipes that will be accessible to most home cooks. And while we're talking about spinach, can we talk about spring for a second? What on earth is happening? No, really. Tulsa is all kinds of … [Read more...]

Menu: North Sudan

sudanese-menu

"Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fatted ox where there is hatred." Sudanese Proverb I'm taking this proverb to heart. This week happens to be a simple week. We're breathing easy with vegetables, grain, and tea. We're making room for love in a busy, busy time.  The end result? This is a quick menu, something that can be made on a weeknight... without stress or strain. Thankfully, North Sudan accommodated us easily (and I felt guilt-free about going so simple since … [Read more...]