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Mali

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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

Zip Facts about Mali:

  • In the early 1300s, the Malian emperor, Mansa Musa, built a mosque every week throughout Mali, but unintentionally created economic inflation with all of the gold he left his people along this elaborate Mecca pilgrimage. Today, Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world
  • In Malian cuisine, rice, grown in the rural areas, is considered a luxury to sell to those in the city, where it is the primary staple. More commonly eaten are cereals of millet and sorghum, either with meat or fish, or as a porridge
  • Both men and women are involved in agricultural activities, and women, in addition to the majority of household duties. work mainly in the collective fields of their husband’s family. While both are also involved in trade, women sell mostly the food and low cost items
  • There are three forms of marriage ceremonies performed in Mali, traditional, civil, and religious and couples consider it ideal to be sanctioned by all three
  • The city of Timbuktu, capital of the Timbuktu region of Mali, which is still used as a metaphor for any faraway place or at the end of the world

Mali Issa-KONe1Issa Kone, “Maternal Love”

http://www.festivalsegou.org/expo-arts-eng

Link to Recipe: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/mali

Link to Map:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/map-of-africa.pdf

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Malta

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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

Zip Facts about Malta:

  • The Maltese archipelago is composed of 5 major islands (Malta, Gozo, Comino, Cominotto, and Fifla, and a few small limestone outcroppings. Over 90% of the Maltese people live on the largest island of Malta, with some on Gozo and a few farmers on Comino
  • The Megalithic Temples of Malta have been considered to be the oldest free standing structures in the world but the structures of Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey, which still remain largely buried, may actually be older
  • Main meals in Malta include pasta, meat, vegetables, and a dessert or fruit. Lamb or Fenek, their national dish of rabbit stewed in wine, is eaten for special occasions. Stuffed cephalopods, minestra soup, or bragoli (beef roulade) are popular Maltese dishes
  • Kinnie, made from tart oranges and savory herbs, has been a popular Maltese beverage since 1952. Pastizzis, a flaky Maltese pastry, is a favorite in Malta usually filled with a variety of local ingredients, especially ricotta cheese and peas
  • Marriage is sometimes consider as an opportunity for two families to connect and sometimes dowries may improve statuses. Most young Maltese adults remain with their families until they get married

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http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/2013/12/Goxwa-Borg.html#more

Link to Recipe: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/malta

Link to Map:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-europe.pdf

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Mauritania

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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

Zip Facts about Mauritania:

  • Mauritania comes from the Latin word, “Mauretania”, meaning “west”. According to the Mauritanians, they consider themselves as Sunni Muslims in the most Islamic society in Africa living under sharia law
  • Meals in Mauritania are more of a social experience, people eat from a calabash (large bowl), using their right hands, then drink cold water or mix it with sour milk, Meals composed of meat or fish, and millet, rice or potatoes, are often followed by green tea with mint and sugar
  • Etiquette precludes eating with or in the presence of one’s in-laws or addressing the elders by name
  • Traditionally, girls were strongly encouraged to eat more food than boys, as believed that the size of the girl would occupy that much space in her future husband’s heart
  • Mauritania was one of the last countries in the world to abolish slavery in 1981

Mauritania Heavy-burde_oeuvre_grand-291x410Ba Djibril Ngawa, “Heavy burden”

http://fi2w.org/2013/07/25/the-picasso-of-mauritania-takes-a-turn-in-new-york/

Link to Recipe: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/mauritania

Link to Map:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/map-of-africa.pdf

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Mauritius

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I found several versions of this recipe with more thyme, more cloves, with marinated chicken or not, so I decided to make my own version which is hopefully true to the flavors of the dish.  I chose to do some slow cooking, you could do more slow cooking and less searing, if you wish, with similar results.

Additions/Omissions:  Since I modified several recipes, I don’t have any changes, but I would have removed the cloves before I mixed them in with the tomatoes.

Taste Test:  Overall, the dish was very good, I had originally made the dish with more thyme, but adjusted it down to write the recipe.             

Zip Facts about Mauritius:

  • Mauritius, a large volcanic island surrounded by coral reefs and its smaller islands, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, is the most densely populated country in Africa, as well as the richest and most developed country
  • Originally named “Dina Harobi” from its Arabic discovery, it was changed to its current name by the Dutch after the Prince of Orange, Maurice of Nassau
  • Mark Twain enamored by Mauritius expressed it this way: “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.”
  • Seggae is the fusion music of the folk dance of Mauritius, “sega”, and its background reggae music
  • The extinct Dodo is the national bird and was Lewis Carroll’s inspiration for “Alice in Wonderland” in 1865

Mauritius Janine Casse

Janine Casse

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Link to Recipe: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/mauritius/

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Micronesia

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Taste Test:                                                                                                    

Zip Facts about Federated States of Micronesia:

  • The four stars of the national flag (still in the color of the UN flag) represent the four culturally different states (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap) united over a blue background (West Pacific Ocean). The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) along with the Republic of Palau make up the archipelago, the Caroline Islands
  • The inhabitants of Pohnpei, the largest island and capital of FSM relax with a drink of sakau, the numbing ceremonial drink which is also sold in bars. This may also be accompanied by the local custom of chewing the beetle nut with coral lime powder
  • Kosrae, the second largest island in the FSM, is unique in Micronesia as a solitary island surrounded by a reef. The other islands have small islands in close proximity
  • Chuukese lovesticks are slender, dagger-shaped wooden rods carved on each side. Traditionally, an Island man would carve his personal notches on the lovestick and would kneel beside the thatched wall opposite where a girl lay sleeping at night, poke the stick through the wall entangling her hair.  She could then identify the owner by feeling the shaft’s notches
  • Although not legal tender in the international currency market, the doughnut-shaped limestone coins of Yap (largest in the world) are still used as money on the islands

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Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/micronesia/

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Mongolia

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Taste Test:                                                                                                    

Zip Facts about Mongolia:

  • Mongolia, as the least densely populated country in the world, ranks second behind Kazakhstan, as the world’s largest landlocked country. Like New Zealand, there are more sheep than people in Mongolia
  • Mongolia is the home of the world’s oldest national park, Bogd Khan National Park, built in 1778
  • If a person from Mongolia accidentally bumps into someone or steps on their foot, they will automatically reach out their hand to shake or as a symbol of apology
  • Mongolians whisper a prayer instead of making a wish on a shooting star, for the person who may be dying
  • Do not whistle indoors in Mongolia, you would be calling evil spirits into the dwelling

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Before the Performance – Yadamsurengiin Oyunchimeg, Meritorious Artist of Mongolia

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Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/mongolia/

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Monaco

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Taste Test:                                                                                                    

Zip Facts about Monaco:

  • There is only one university in Monaco, the International University, which is a business school that was founded in 1986
  • As the second smallest country in the world, it takes on average less than one hour to walk the entire width of the country
  • The flag of Monaco and the flag of Indonesia are identical
  • France is responsible for Monaco’s defense, there is no navy or air force and a small military contingent slightly over 100 troops
  • You need to be 18 and not a local resident to be a guest of the Monte-Carlo casino, which was the site of several films including three James Bond flix; Casino Royal, GoldenEye, and Never Say Never Again

Monaco ClerissiHubert Clerissi (1923-2000)

http://www.timotca.org/art/Monaco.html

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/monaco/

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