About the Food of Botswana

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Today is a great day. While learning about the food of Botswana, I raised my eyebrows at least five times. I love days like that. Plus, I almost convinced my husband we were going to be eating worms. That's right. Worms. You should have seen his face. The people of Botswana prize Mopane worms as a national specialty. This unusual delicacy is actually a caterpillar who earned its name by feeding on the local Mopane tree. The worms are eaten fresh, dried, or canned with tomato sauce or … [Read more...]

While I’m Cooking: Bhutanese Video

I hope everyone has a wonderful Father's Day weekend! The recipes, photos, and meal review will be up by Monday morning. Until then, here's a video about Bhutanese culture, their dragon king, and more ... Enjoy! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcoQjoZ6toI&NR=1&feature=fvwp … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Barbados

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TGIF everyone! - Barbados is tiny at only 430 square kilometers. The island was uninhabited when the British moved in to make sugar plantations. As a result there is not much that can be grown commercially on the island, aside from sugarcane, some vegetables, and cotton (Source: CIA World Factbook). - Although the supersonic Concorde planes have been permanently grounded, one was retired to Barbados to serve as a museum for tourists and locals. http://www.barbadosconcorde.com/ - … [Read more...]

About the food of Barbados

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A couple of years ago my husband spent a week in Chicago for a work training program. Every day his teacher spent 4 hours off-topic, gushing about his trips to the beautiful island. You'd think this would make my husband an expert on Barbados, but unfortunately he didn't take notes. Also known as "Little England," the island of Barbados is an ethnic melting pot. Although the majority of the Bajan people originally came from Africa, the people and the cuisine are also peppered with influence … [Read more...]

About the food of Bangladesh

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Once in a while I hear a word which causes the most curious knee-jerk reaction harking back to my formative school years. For example, whenever I hear the word "Bangladesh" my mind automatically and violently spits back "Dhaka!!!!!" Take this to be a testament to my 7th grade geography teacher. Similar reactions occur when I hear Lima (Peru!!!!!), or Bhutan (Thimphuuuuuu!!!!).  The exclamations marks are subtle compared to how passionately these words materialize. Once out of my … [Read more...]

About the food of Argentina – Beef, it’s what’s from Argentina

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My mom tells me I didn't like meat when I was a baby. My little chubby fingers pushed past the pot roast to get to the potatoes. To this day, I'll almost always pick a black bean burger (or turkey burger) over a regular, beef burger. In fact, we eat vegetarian most nights. Well, here we are in Argentina. Land of Beef. Think Americans like their moo? Check this out... the average Argentinian consumes 2-4 servings of beef per meal, making their per capita beef consumption double … [Read more...]

About Algerian Food: Sand, ho! Algeria

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Look left. Sand. Look right. More sand. Yep, you guessed correctly. There's a whole lot of desert in Algeria. In fact, 80% of Algeria is covered by the Sahara Desert, forcing most of the population to live to the north, along the Mediterranean coast (source). The surplus of sand must have inspired the national dish: couscous (couscous is also the national dish of Morocco and Tunisia). Couscous is a very fine pasta shaped just like, well, grains of sand. A warm bed of … [Read more...]