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Latvia

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Zip Facts about Latvia:

  • Before the Soviet occupation, Latvia was predominantly a rural society, which has been captured both in its folk songs (dainas) and in its landscape art movement
  • Riga, the largest city of the three Baltic States (Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania) and the capital of Latvia, is known for some of the best Art Nouveau architecture in Europe
  • Wheat, rye, and potatoes are the mainstays of the Latvian diet, along with dairy products, such as curd cheese, sour cream, butter, and milk. Pork and smoked fish are commonly eaten and celebrated meals may contain yeast breads, such as klingeris, or piragi bread stuffed with onions and bacon
  • While men and women share equal employment levels, and more women graduate from university than men, Latvian males are four times more likely to become employers. Women are still underrepresented in the political arena, and may be primarily employed as teachers or nurses, or other lower paying occupations
  • The Latvia, Jacob Davis, invented and brought the rivets to Levi Strauss to make their very famous jeans

Latvia Alvis Zemzaris 1961 - Latvian painter - Tutt'Art@Alvis Zemzaris

http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/search/label/Latvian%20Artist

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

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

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Lebanon

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Zip Facts about Lebanon:

  • Lebanon is considered the oldest country name in the world (from “Ibri” meaning “white”) and has remained the same for over 4000 years. The cedar tree in the middle of the flag represents thousand years of Lebanese history as cedar was the chief export and mentioned 75 times in the Old Testament
  • The Lebanon city of Byblos is considered to be the world’s oldest city still in existence, the origin of the first alphabet, and the derivation for the name of “The Holy Bible”
  • Cities in Lebanon are very densely populated and most people live in western-style apartments. Generally, the architecture of city and government buildings are simple, with little adornments or paintings
  • Lebanon is the only Asian country without a desert
  • The cuisine of Lebanon is mainly Mediterranean in style, pita bread, hummus, bean dishes, rice, and pasta are very popular

Latvia Alvis Zemzaris 1961 - Latvian painter - Tutt'Art@Kal Gajoum

http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/2012/12/Kal-Gajoum.html#more

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

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Laos

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Zip Facts about Laos:

  • Almost 60% of the population in Laos is ethnically Lao, although more ethnic Lao live in Thailand than in Laos. Most people in Laos live in rural villages centered around a temple
  • The original name of Laos was “Lang Sang” which means “the country of the million elephants and a white umbrella”
  • Laos is the only Southeast Asian country which is landlocked and has no navy, but does offer beach holidays on the shores of its large lakes
  • Sticky rice is the traditional staple food, which is usually eaten with fingers and dipped into fish or chili pastes. Laab is a popular dish of chopped meat and spices, eaten either raw or cooked. Rice whisky and rice beer are often consumed on special occasions, although foods do not usually have any special meanings
  • Women were granted full citizen rights and the right to vote in 1957

Laos marisa-darasavath_3_864Marisa Darasavath,Untitled(2013)

http://artasiapacific.com/Blog/SpotlightLaosAtSingaporeBiennale2013

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

Link to Map:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-asia1.pdf

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Lesotho

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Zip Facts about Lesotho:

  • Lesotho (le-Soo-too), originally Basutoland, is often referred to as “The Kingdom in the Sky” and compared to Switzerland for its beautiful rugged mountainous terrain
  • Lesotho is the only independent state totally elevated above 4500 feet (highest low point in the world at 4593 ft)
  • The nation of Lesotho is very homogeneous in its ethnicity, its religion, and its culture, but despite these potentially unifying features, the national identity of this small country is influenced greatly by its dependence on its surrounding nations
  • Lesotho Brown, a 601 carat diamond was found in 1967 in the mountains by a Basuto woman. It has not been the only large diamond found there
  • Pap-pap, a cornmeal porridge, is a main staple of Basotho cuisine and it is usually accompanied by assorted vegetables. Cows may be sacrificed for ceremonial occasions, but local beers (joale) are served at more informal gatherings

lesotho Art-Steve-1-297x394Steve Mashoabathe Rasehloho

http://www.morija.co.ls/arts-and-culture/basotho-artists/steve-mashoabathe/

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

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

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Libya

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Zip Facts about Libya:

  • Idris, the only King of Libya and the head of the Senussi Muslim order, was overthrown by the Revolutionary Leader Muammar Al Qadhafi in 1969
  • Libyan cuisine is quite consistent despite differences in urban, rural, and nomadic lifestyles of the people. Couscous is the national dish, and, as for most meals, is eaten out of a communal bowl
  • Libya has the highest literacy rate in North Africa (over 80%) and provides a free education system for all of its citizens
  • In Libya, girls may marry at fourteen, while men are expected to wait until their mid-twenties. About 20% of the marriages, arranged by the parents, follow the rule of “first right”, where the male first cousin needs to waive his right to the girl before she can marry someone else
  • While there is a strong move toward female emancipation, purdah (traditional custom of secluding and veiling women) still persists

Libya 56-3958860-meemol-moroaat-ali-omar-ermes Ali Omar Ermes, “Meemol Moroaat”

http://www.aliomarermes.co.uk/artwork/artworks/available-artworks/meemol-moroaat/

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

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

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Liechtenstein

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Zip Facts about Liechtenstein:

  • Liechtenstein (along with Uzbekistan) are the only countries to be doubly-landlocked, bordered on all sides by landlocked countries
  • Liechtenstein’s population is slightly more than 30,000, it has no army and about two dozen police officers
  • There is a semi-formal dining etiquette in Liechtenstein which includes dressing appropriately and arriving on time, bring a gift or bottle of wine, and if the guest of honor, be prepared to give a toast after the host. “Guten appetite!”
  • If you can’t cut the food with your fork which is preferred, keep your knife in your right hand and your fork in the left and place both in the 5:00 position on your plate when finished. Make sure to clean your plate
  • Liechtenstein was slow to give women the right to vote which didn’t happen until 1984

Liechtenstein DagmarDagmar Frick-Islitzer, “Silver Plum” (2010)

http://www.artnet.li/?page=1&sid=578&lan=en

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

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

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Luxembourg

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Zip Facts about Luxembourg:

  • “Mir wëlle bleiwe, war mir sin”, the national motto of Luxembourg, means “We want to remain what we are”
  • Native born Luxembourgers are generally trilingual, learning Luxembourgish (Letzebuergesch) from infancy, German in elementary school, to be replaced by French in the later grades
  • Luxembourg has the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in the world at about three times the average GDP of all of Europe, and has been ranked first in Europe and fourth in the world for economic freedom
  • The traditional food of Luxembourg was primarily a mixture of fine French dishes with hearty German flavors, and currently .influenced by Italian and Portuguese ingredients. Reisling wines and plum brandies (eaux-de-vie) produced in Luxembourg are popular beverages and are used in sauces as well
  • When invited to someone’s home, it is expected that you bring a gift of flowers or fine chocolates to the hostess, flowers usually in odd numbers, but never 13

Luxembourg BrandyRobert Brandy

http://www.timotca.org/html/artists/luxembourg.htm

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

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

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Lithuania

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Zip Facts about Lithuania:

  • Ethnic Lithuanians constitute over 80% of the mostly homogeneous population
  • The Lithuanian cuisine is representative of seasonal, readily available, and generally inexpensive ingredients. Popular Lithuanian dishes include cepelinai (oval shaped potato dumplings filled with meat), which derived its name from the shape of the zeppelin, and saltibarsciai (cold beet soup)
  • The national bird of Lithuania is the stork and is considered the land of the storks, holding on to the European myth for their young children that storks deliver babies
  • Lithuanians were the first to make vodka from corn
  • As in certain other countries, typical marriages require both a legal and a religious ceremony

Lithuania Arunas Rutkus  - Tutt'Art@ (61)Arunas Rutkus

http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/search/label/Lithuanian%20Artist

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

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

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Marshall Islands

marshall islands-flagI have had a difficult time trying to find a really great Marshallese recipe online, except for the many renditions of Macadamia nut pie.  So after an exhaustive search which turned up one good travel site that raved about, but had no recipes for, their deliciously fresh and tender roasted chicken, I changed search engines and stumbled across this inspired recipe that was “approved”  at a Marshallese dinner party.  So here goes…

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Zip Facts about Marshall Islands:

  • The Republic of the Marshall Islands comprise two parallel archipelago chains: the Ratak Chain (sunrise) and the Ralik Chain (sunset)
  • Their motto is “Jepilpilin ke ejukaan” which means” Accomplishment through Joint Effort”
  • The Marshall Islands have the highest rate of leprosy in the world, the only other animal that can contract the disease is the armadillo
  • While there are many indigenous aquatic mammals in the Marshall Islands, the only indigenous land mammal is the kiore, or Polynesian rat (Rattus exulans)
  • Two of the atolls, Bikini Island and Elugelab (which no longer exists), served as U.S. testing sites for atomic bombs in the 1950s

Marshall Islands Enos_Stamp3Amram Enos , “Boiling extracted coconut oil”- Tobolar and the Coconut Industry (1987)

http://marshall.csu.edu.au/Marshalls//html/art/Enos_Stamps.html

Link to Recipe: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/marshall-islands/

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

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Malaysia

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Zip Facts about Malaysia:

  • A species of upright elephant ears, Alocasia macrorrhiza, which sports the largest undivided leaf in the world, comes from Malaysia and has been seen to grow to a record 3.02 meters long and 2 meters wide. The largest flower in the world, Rafflesia, is also found here
  • A Malay tradition is to remove your shoes before you enter a household or into some traditional shops
  • The Kuala Lumpur Tower is the tallest in Southeast Asia at 421 meters high and the fourth tallest in the world. The Petronas Twin Towers, located in Kuala Lumpur, are the tallest twin towers in the world
  • If you see the global brand, Intel, on your computer, you can thank Malaysia for those Pentium chips
  • There is only one Jewish cemetery in Penang which houses 120 graves

Malaysia latiff_mohidin_d5568060hLatiff Mohidin, Pago-Pago (1966)

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/latiff-mohidin-5568060-details.aspx

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

Link to Map:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-asia1.pdf

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Macedonia

macedonia-flagChicken and rice, chicken and rice, rice and chicken, this challenge is definitely living up to its name.  It’s a good thing that most of my family can eat chicken once or twice a week.

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Zip Facts about Macedonia:

  • Macedonia, a landlocked country, is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia and is the only country to secede peacefully
  • Mother Teresa was born in Shopje (Uskub)
  • Full access to wireless broadband was first established in Macedonia
  • In 2002, the Macedonian flag was voted the second best in the world behind Bhutan by the World Almanac’s editors
  • Ajvar is a traditional food of mashed eggplant and roasted peppers with garlic, oil, and salt
  • For the Macedonians, anything goes and they show up at your door unannounced so it pays to be prepared

Macedonia Vasko Taskovski - Tutt'Art@ (9)Vasko Taškovski

http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/search/label/Macedonian%20Artist

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

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

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Maldives

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Zip Facts about Maldives:

  • Maldives is considered the flattest country in the world, the smallest country in Asia, the smallest Muslim country in the world, and the Earth’s lowest country averaging about 5 feet above sea level
  • The word atoll, which denotes a ringed coral island surrounding a lagoon is the only English word derived from a Divehi word (atholhu)
  • Public floggings are expected for those who commit adultery and women are the most sentenced for this offense. Men are more likely to walk free if they deny the charges
  • Belief in black and white magic is quite strong and persists. In 2013, a coconut was arrested for suspiciously loitering during the presidential elections.  After being examined by a white magician, no threats or curses were found, and the innocent coconut was released
  • Maldivians celebrate the weekend on Friday and Saturday

Maldives lovers embraceAfzal Shafiu Hasan, “Lover’s Embrace” (2006)

http://tamilweek.com/news-features/archives/1070

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

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

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Madagascar

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Zip Facts about Madagascar:

  • Madagascar, referred to the Red Island because of its soil, is the fourth largest island in the world (barring island continents) after Greenland, Papua New Guinea, and Borneo. It was originally attached to the Indian subcontinent and has more Asian than African influences
  • Vanilla is one of Madagascar’s largest imports, so when Coca-Cola switched to artificial vanillin with the introduction of the new coke formula in 1985, the economy of Madagascar dramatically dropped. Fortunately for Madagascar, Coca-Cola switched back
  • The lemur in its natural habitat is only found in Madagascar, 70% of its wildlife species and 90% of its native plants are found nowhere else in the world
  • While soccer is popular in Madagascar, rugby is the national sport but also enjoyed is moraingy (hand-to-hand combat) and tolon-omby (wrestling zebu cattle)
  • Patricia Wright, American primatologist, anthropologist, and conservationist has rediscovered the greater bamboo lemur and serendipitously found a new species, Hapalemur aureus, the golden bamboo lemur in Madagascar

madagascarart1 chenJean-Yves Chen, “Le beau village”

http://www.art-place-berlin.com/english/02pastprojects/08-madagascar2.html

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

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

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Mexico

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Zip Facts about Mexico:

  • In 7/7/07, online voters determined the “new” Seven Wonders of the World, the Mayan City of Chicken Itza, Mexico was one of them (if you stand by its pyramid, you might be able to hear a bird singing). The others were, in no order, The Great Wall, China; The Taj Mahal, India; Machu Picchu, Peru; Christ Redeemer, Brazil – Large Statue; The Roman Colosseum, Italy and Petra, Jordan – Ancient City
  • We can thank Mexico for introducing the three C’s to the world: corn, chilies, and chocolate
  • Originating in Mexico, the red poinsettia (cuetlaxochitl), commonly decorating the Christmas season in the U.S., was named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S ambassador to Mexico
  • It took a while longer than in the U.S. before women had the right to vote in presidential elections, until 1958
  • Mexican children are given both their father’s last name and their mother’s maiden name in an effort to preserve their heritage

Mexico Diego Rivera - Tutt'Art@ (18)Diego Rivera (1886-1957)

http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/2011/10/diego-rivera-1886-1957-mexico.html#more

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

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

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Malawi

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Zip Facts about Malawi:

  • Stone implements and other remains found around Lake Malawi suggest earliest settlements dating back 60,000 years ago. Human remains from 8000 B.C. have also been discovered in Malawi
  • The staple dish of Malawian cuisine is nsima (boiled cornmeal supplemented with meats such as goat, chicken, and occasionally pork). Coca-Cola, beer, and chibuku (a homemade brew) are the beverages of choice for both everyday and special occasions. Lakeside residents favor fish, especially chambo and cichlids
  • Greetings between Malawians are accompanied by a right handshake, the left hand grips the right forearm as a show of no weapons. Eating is also done with the right hand, as in other countries, the left hand is considered improper or unclean
  • Marriages, especially in rural areas, are still often arranged and occasionally polygamy is practiced. Divorce is increasingly more common, but still difficult for women who must return to their family home and lose all of the marriage assets and possessions to their husband
  • The chitenje, the traditional dress worn by Malawi women, is a colorful rectangular fabric, tied like a sarong, and has many uses including covering other clothing, or serving as a pot holder or as a baby-carrying sling

Malawi Village_Thoughts070_300Sudi Mwale, “Village Thoughts”

http://www.malawiart.net/artists/sudi_mwale.php

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

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

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