Fun Fact Friday: Cambodia (with 2 polls)

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Fried tarantulas are a delicacy in Cambodia. For 8 cents a spider, you can eat your very own. But watch out for funky spider breath (they cook it with garlic)! (Source: Woman's Day). Photo courtesy of Paul Mannix via Flickr. If you aren't into spiders, you might prefer Amok - a cooking method common in Cambodia, specifically food steamed in banana leaves. Mmm, now that sounds more like it! :) . Feel like taking a quiz all about Cambodia? National Geographic has one! Have … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Burkina Faso (with poll)

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Happy Friday! I'm craving a giant slice of chocolate cake. But enough about me, let's talk about Burkina Faso! Most meals in the villages are shared out of a single pot (true family style) and the right hand is used to scoop up the food. The cities eat European style - fork, knife, spoon, plate. Frog and toad meat is eaten "dried or fried" in Burkina Faso, with hundreds of frogs laid out to dry in the hot African sun (Photographs are available to view on National Geographic,  Fried … [Read more...]

Video Saturday: Bulgaria

Happy Saturday! In this video you will take a virtual tour of Bulgaria's varied landscape, described by the narrator as a "piece of paradise." Just beware the string bikini in the middle. Yikes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC5HZ00MgkU&feature=related httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC5HZ00MgkU&feature=related … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Bulgaria (with Poll)

Photo Courtesy of The Bulgarian National Museum of History

It's a beautiful morning here in Tulsa. The birds are chirping, the sky is blue, and Keith got up with the baby last night! Here's a few fun facts ... Bulgarian Rose oil Bulgaria is one of the world's largest producers of rose oil. This liquid gold is used to flavor chocolates, liqueurs, and jams. Oh, and rose scented perfume, but you shouldn't eat that. The primary producer is called the Valley of the Roses (located in central Bulgaria, in the town of  Kazanluk). Hidden … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Botswana (with poll)

Photo Courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

Aren't Friday's are just ... the best? A day of completion - the week's end - on the eve of renewal! I hope your Friday is wonderful. For a little entertainment, check out these factoids about Botswana... On the dry side... Two thirds of Botswana is covered by the sands of the Kalahari desert. In these parched areas, a variety of wild melon supply water and nutrition to inhabitants. Vegetables are often salted and dried for preservation. The marama bean, encased in a hard shell and … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Bosnia and Herzegovina (with poll)

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We've made it to another Friday! If you live in the United States, have a wonderful holiday weekend! We'll be celebrating Miss Ava's first birthday on Sunday.... :) Here are our fun facts for Bosnia & Herzegovina: Have a heart! Bosnia and Herzegovina is nicknamed the "Heart Shaped Land" due to the country's slight heart shape. What's in a name? The name "Bosnia" comes from an Indo-European word, "Bosana." Bosana means"water." Bosnia is full of beautiful rivers, lakes, … [Read more...]

While I’m Cooking: About Azerbaijan

Here's a 25 minute video all about Azerbaijan with great production quality. http://www.vimeo.com/10422538 I read the most fascinating fact in this article by Laura Kelley about Azeri food and culture: Like Georgia, Azerbaijan has a wide variety of climatic zones as well. In fact, nine of eleven climatic zones are represented, and in Azerbaijan one can simultaneously see all four seasons just by traveling from one end of the country to the other. High mountains, fertile foothills growing tea … [Read more...]