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India

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Zip Facts about India:

  • There are major geographic and religious difference in the Indian diet, those that eat rice and those who subsist on wheat and other grains, those that do not eat pork (Muslims, Jews, and Sikhs) and those that do not consume beef (Hindus)
  • Farming is the largest source of employment with 73% of India’s population living in rural areas
  • Although the caste system has its origins in the fate and reincarnation theories of Hinduism, organization by castes are still prevalent throughout the Muslim, Christian and Jewish populations in India
  • Mumbai (formerly Bombay and known as the “City of Dreams” houses the largest movie industry in the world. Almost of the Bollywood movies (the B in the name comes from Bombay) are musicals
  • Marigolds are symbols of happiness and good fortune and are used to decorate many Hindu weddings. The lotus flower is considered sacred for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • It is impolite to eat with the left hand, and in addition to washing hands before meals, the face and legs may also be rinsed. Women often eat after the men

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

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

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United States

US-flagYou may have noticed that I skipped over the United States way back in February.  I guess it was harder to choose from the country in which you live and eat.  There is nothing like a good Brooklyn New York pizza, a traditional homemade apple pie, a down home backyard barbeque, or the perfect baseball stadium hot dog to conjure up the image of traditional American faire, but food in the U.S. is so much more than that. So, instead of going state by state in this blog (you will have to wait for my next adventure), I thought I would wait until our biggest food fest or feast, Thanksgiving.  If you click on the Holiday/Special Occasions page below, you will find the links to my Thanksgiving menu and the recipes I followed, as well as some other fun dishes from the 4th of July, St. Patrick’s Day, and Super Bowl Sunday, to name a few. 

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Link to U. S. Holiday/Special Occasions page:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/united_states/

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


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Thanksgiving

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

Link to Map for U.S.:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/north-america-map.pdf

Link to U. S. Holiday/Special Occasions page:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/united_states/

 


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Iceland

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Zip Facts about Iceland:

  • There are no military forces in Iceland. The unemployment rate is very low, and crime here is minimal
  • Iceland exhibits better gender equality than many other countries, women are welcomed into the workforce, politics, and the clergy
  • There is long-standing support for the arts with several artists attaining “state artist” status with government funded studios, which will eventually revert to public museums
  • Iceland has full 24 hours of sunlight during June and July and many Icelanders enjoy midnight sun outdoor activities
  • One of the most popular foods in Iceland is Skyr, a very soft cheese with the consistency of yogurt, high in protein with almost no fat

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Louisa Matthíasdóttir, “Woman in Street” (c. 1980)

http://www.tibordenagy.com/artists/louisa-matthiasdottir/

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

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

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Ireland

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Zip Facts about Ireland:

  • Irish nationalism and Catholicism go hand in hand for the 90% majority in Ireland
  • On December 26, St. Stephen’s Day (Wren Day) is celebrated by the “Wren Boys”, young men who dress up and parade in the hunt for the wren, sacred to the ancient druids
  • On October 31, the Irish celebrate the Gaelic festival of Samhain (halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice) to mark the end of the harvest. By the 9th century, this holiday merged with All Soul’s/All Saint’s day to become the more contemporary Halloween celebration
  • There are typically four meals in Ireland, breakfast, dinner (midday and main meal), tea (different from British high tea) and supper (lighter meal before retiring for the night). Meat roasts and stews and seafood are traditional with sides of potatoes, bread, and vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, carrots, and turnips
  • The Irish-born physicist, John Tyndall, helped to answer the question of why the sky is blue. The Tyndall effect, light scattering by particles in a colloid or fine suspension, the longer wavelength blue light is scattered more strongly than shorter wavelengths

Ireland Lorraine Christie - Tutt'Art@ (33)Lorraine Christie

http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/2013/07/Lorraine-Christie.html

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

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

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Italy

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Zip Facts about Italy:

  • In 1870, the twenty regions of Italy were united into one country. Rome separates the wealthier northern and central “European” region from the historically forgotten “Mediterranean” southern part of the mainland
  • While Italian fathers are the head of the household, mothers do wield great power, especially over their sons
  • Pasta was not invented by the Italians but it is definitely the national food, especially in the southern regions. Espresso, very strong coffee, is a popular Italian beverage that can be served in a variety of ways, including black, lungo (diluted), freddo (iced) or macchiato (with milk)
  • Pasta may not have been invented by Italians, but pizza was and so were ice cream cones, eyeglasses, espresso machines, the telephone, and the typewriter, to name a few
  • Italians love their leisure time and is expressed in their popular phrase, “”Ars longa, vita brevis” translated as “Art is long, life is short”

Italy LaJaponaise-8-55648Alberto Magnelli (1888-1971)

http://www.vallauris-golfe-juan.fr/-Le-Musee-Magnelli-Musee-de-la-.html?lang=fr

Link to Recipe: http://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/italy

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

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Iraq

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Zip Facts about Iraq:

  • Arabs in Iraq have names which start with their first name, followed by their father’s name, their paternal grandfather’s name, and lastly their family name. Women normally do not take their husband’s name
  • “The Thousand and One Nights”, a collection of Arab folk tales from Iraq which includes the famous stories of “The Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor”, “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”, and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp”. tells of Scheherazade who marries a king who had disposed of his previous wives. To stay alive, she tells him a story each night for 1001 nights, leaving the ends as cliffhangers
  • The meat in an Iraqi meal is commonly sheep or goat, and includes organ meat, along with the feet, eyes, and ears.   The main meal may start with an appetizer, such as kebabs, and end with a salad and khubaz (a buttered flat wheat bread)
  • Iraq is the purported birthplace of Abraham and Isaac’s wife Rebekah and the site of the biblical Garden of Eden
  • Traditional marriages are still arranged, although urban couples prefer to find their own spouse. In about half of the cases, preference is given to first and second cousins

Iraq wasimaWasima Al-Agha (a thought-provoking depiction of Iraqi women)

http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/contemporary/Iraqi-Art.html

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

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Japan

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I wish I could say that I made the sushi that you see on the plate, my husband arranged it and I photographed it.  I did make the food in the recipe section, but since my family loves sushi, we ordered it in as appetizers.  I think the last time I had Japanese food (except for the food I made today, I am not a fan of sushi) was when I was nine months pregnant with my daughter, a little over 25 years ago.  I remember that the food was good, but unfortunately, I became violently ill.  And once you tag a digestive problem (I probably had a virus) to a particular food, it is hard to unring that bell.  The only time I felt it was any issue at all was when we opened our home for a year to a wonderful Japanese exchange student, who quickly became part of the family and I truly consider her my other daughter.  Thankfully, she wanted to experience all kinds of foods.

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Zip Facts about Japan:

  • The Japanese names for the country, Nihon and Nippon, translate to “origin of the sun” or “Land of the Rising Sun”. The Japanese archipelago, encompasses four main islands, Hokkaidō, Honshū, Shikoku, and Kyūshū and over 6000 minor ones
  • While the Japanese have an extremely varied diet with influences from all over the world, there is still a sense of traditional cuisine which rely on specific ingredients, aesthetics, and preparation styles and techniques. White rice is a staple, along with soy, seafood, and pickled vegetables, small dishes of contrasting textures and milder flavorings
  • In Japan, love marriages have almost replaced traditional arranged marriage, with a few vestiges remaining, such as matchmakers and background checks. Weddings can be elaborate, combining Shintō marriage rituals with stylized Christian traditions
  • The first Geisha (“person of the arts”) in Japan were men
  • Japan has one of the world’s highest average life expectancies, more than 50,000 individuals who are over 100 years old

Japan Yuko Nagayama Tutt'Art@ (40)Yuko Nagayama

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

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

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

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Iran

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Zip Facts about Iran:

  • Iranian weavers have been creating beautiful Persian rugs for over 2500 years and may intentionally include a mistake to show human imperfection. The English word “paradise” comes from the Persian word for “enclosed garden”
  • The long-haired Persian cat, originally from the colder high plateau region in Iran, was brought to Europe in the 17th and became a highly prized and exotic pet
  • In Iran, the mothers control the marriages for their children, making sure that the two families are compatible. Divorce is less common than in the West, it is very difficult to entangle the two families and, in the case of divorce, the children belong to the father
  • Iranian food is influenced by Greek and Indian cuisine, although not as spicy as Indian and more varied than Greek. The national dish is chelow kabab (aromatic rice with lamb marinated in lemon juice or yogurt) and the main beverage is black tea
  • The first day of spring is celebrated in Iran with a festive meal, and the table is set with seven items beginning with the Farsi letter “s” (translated as berries, ground wheat, garlic, apples, vinegar, green grass, and a gold coin)

Iran Mahmood Sabzi  - Tutt'Art@ (21)Mahmood Sabzi

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

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

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Jamaica

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Zip Facts about Jamaica:

  • Jamaica is 3rd place on the list of countries to have ever won the Miss World titles the most. Besides the United States, Jamaica is the country which has won the most Olympic and world medals
  • Jamaica is the official birth place of Reggae and Robert “Bob” Marley
  • The oldest Jewish cemeteries in the world are found in Jamaica
  • “Out of many, one people” is the national motto of Jamaica
  • Although English is the country’s official language, Jamaicans mainly speak to each other in Patois, which is a language made up of English and African Creole

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Barrington Watson, “The Maroon Dance”

http://www.wikiart.org/en/barrington-watson/the-maroon-dance

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

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

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Sicily

Sicily, Ok, again not a county, although some Italians may think so.  I was watching the “Sicilian Slam Dunk” episode of Rachael Ray’s 30 minute meals and she was doing an ode to Sicily.  What she said about cooking a meal from another country really resonated with me, as someone who always travels with a camera and lots of gear.  In essence, cooking a meal is like a scrapbook.  Instead of photographs eliciting memories through visual cues, food can conjure up past experiences through multiple sensory pathways.

Even though Italy is still a week away, I snuck in two of these recipes from Sicily, including a tapenade reminiscent of a puttanesca.

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Link to Recipe: http://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/italy

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


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Kiribati

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Zip Facts about Kiribati:

  • Kiribati, can be transliterated to “Gilberts”, which is the British colonial name as in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony. Inhabitants of Kiribati are sometimes referred to as I-Kiribati or I-Tungaru, the Kiribati name for the Gilbert Islands in Tungaru
  • Part of Micronesia, Kiribati is composed of 33 islands including the only real island of Banaba (Ocean Island) and three major atoll and reef chains, the western Tungaru, the Line Islands, and the Phoenix Islands
  • Not surprisingly, the primary food source is fish, supplemented with the hardy plants including coconut, swamp taro, native figs and breadfruit. The vitamin rich toddy or sap that comes from the coconut flower spathe makes sweet drinks or syrups, and can be soured or fermented for a variety of uses
  • Traditional culture still has women in subordinate roles, despite the democratic and egalitarian society in Kiribati. Women are usually in charge of domestic activities, may cultivate crops and sometimes fish and collect shellfish
  • There is a real threat of the country vanishing completely if overall global sea levels rise about two meters with appeals to Australia and New Zealand to take in the 105,500 refugees

Kiribati WhiteRobin White (b. new Zealand, worked in Kiribati for 17 years), “Michael is asleep on the bed” (1984), woodblock

http://www.art-newzealand.com/Issues31to40/white.htm

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

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Jordan

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Zip Facts about Jordan:

  • The Jordanian capital city, Amman, was once renamed “Philadelphia” over 2000 years ago by the Greek ruler of Egypt, Ptolemy Philadelphus. Petra, often referred to as “The Rose City” from the deep colors of rock from which much of the ancient city was carved, was voted one of the “new” Seven Wonders of the World
  • Jordan claims a few ancient biblical sites from both the Old and New Testament, Mount Nebo is considered to be the burial place of Moses, and Wadi Kharar, the baptismal site by the Jordan River, is where John the Baptist resided and practiced
  • A six thousand year old legend attributes the discovery of cheese to an Arabian shepherd who stored milk in his pouch made from sheep’s stomach and the rennet in the lining in the heat of the desert turned the milk into curds. Halloumi (similar to feta) is a popular cheese in Jordan
  • The main meal, eaten in the mid-afternoon is usually a dish of spiced rice and meat (usually lamb or chicken) with sides of salad and yogurt, served in the center of a floor covering. As in other cultures, the left hand is not used in eating or serving food
  • Sons are prized in the traditional patriarchal family units and clans. Camel breeders have always been considered highest in terms of social stratification, but modern urban professionals with college educations, homes, and luxury cars have almost superseded them on the social ladder

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Muhanna Al-Durra

http://www.artinliverpool.com/prominent-jordanian-artist-muhanna-el-durra-in-liverpool/

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

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

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Kazakhstan

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Zip Facts about Kazakhstan:

  • It has been difficult since the dismantling of the Soviet Union for Kazakhstan to find its democratic identity, especially because of its sluggish economy, the fact that a large percentage of the population is not Kazakh, and that the main language is Russian, not Kazakh
  • Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world, but does have one of the world’s largest lakes, Lake Balkhash, which is half fresh water and half salt water
  • Horses are central to the Kazakhstani culture, and is believed to be the place where the first human rode a horse. The contemporary Kazakhs own horses, ride them for transportation, race them, farm with them, and even eat them on special occasions
  • Everyday cuisine in Kazakhstan usually contains a meat, bread, and an additional starch, such as noodles, rice, or potatoes. Pilaf, Russian borscht, and Shashkik (marinated meat) are common, and their tea drinking is often ritualistic
  • It is believed that apples have been around for over five million years, originally growing wild like crabapples, and eaten by horses on the steppes of Central Asia, in areas such as current Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Elena Filatov - Tutt'Art@ - (45)Elena Filatov

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

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

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

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Kenya

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Zip Facts about Kenya:

  • English is the official language, along with Kiswahili (Swahili, which means “coast” in Arabic) which is a combination of Arabic and Bantu
  • Maize (corn) is a staple food in Kenya and may be prepared as posho, a porridge. Ugali, a beef stew, is often eaten, and although meat is expensive, whole goats may be roasted on special occasions. Side dishes include boiled greens or banana porridge
  • Women in rural areas bear much of the workload, they work in the fields, take care of the household responsibilities, tend garden and taking food to market
  • The word “chai” in Swahili means “tea”, both tea and beer are the favorite beverage choices, but usually not served cold. Although coffee is one of the main exports, Kenyans rarely ever drink it
  • Polygamy is not uncommon, and 10 cows seem to be the going dowry rate

Kenya butamaAlern Butama

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

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

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

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Korea

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Zip Facts about North Korea:

  • North Korea was established as an interim state with the ultimate intention of unifying the country as a single Korean nation. However, without an established and centralized political power and a lack of cultural tradition, North Korea constructed a new cultural identity, influenced by the Soviet regime, patriotic zeal, and anti-Japanese sentiment
  • Currently, there is little variety in North Korean cuisine, spicy foods and sugary sweets are limited, kimchee, garlic, and chili are almost non-existent in their diet
  • While women do have a role in the workforce, putting in as many hours as men in addition to their duties in childrearing and the household, gender inequality still exists
  • Military service is required in North Korea, which culminates in the fourth largest military in the world, and the highest percentage of personnel per capita
  • Special flowers are bred in honor of North Korea’s leaders, Kim Il-sung was presented with the orchid, Kimilsungia, and Kim Jong-il received the kimjonila (a red begonia)

south korea-flagZip Facts about South Korea:

  • The national flag T’aegukki (“Supreme Ultimate”) depicts the Chinese yinyang principle depicting balance despite the constant movement of opposites in the universe, the trigrams in the corners represent heaven, earth, fire, and water
  • South Koreans are fiercely united, both at home and abroad, by the phrase “han p’it-chul” (one bloodline), which symbolizes a shared homogeneous identity where ethnicity and nationality coincide
  • Kimch’I is the national dish of South Korea, composed of fermented or pickled vegetables, most often a hot and pungent dish of Chinese cabbage and daikon radishes
  • Motorcycle drivers deliver from most restaurants in South Korea, even McDonald’s, which also have Korean specialties, including the Shanghai Spicy Chicken and the Bulgogi Burgers
  • Cosmetics for men are extremely popular in South Korea, especially considering their extremely competitive job market. The 10-day Boryeong Mud Festival, which was originally proposed to advertise mud cosmetics, is now an annual event attracting millions of people, including thousands of foreign tourists

Korea Shin Jong Sik - Tutt'Art@ (28)Shin Jong Sik

http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/2013/07/Shin-Jong-Sik.html#more

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

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

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Kuwait

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Zip Facts about Kuwait:

  • The name Kuwait is derived from the Arabic word, “kut”, which means “fort” and represents the forts that the original nomadic tribes and clans, who settled on the coast, built to protect themselves from each other, a “fortress built near water”
  • Despite the fact that ethnic Kuwaitis are in the minority, the dominant Kuwaiti culture is homogeneous and steeped in traditional values
  • Food and diet have changed from the nomadic times, although meat is still a main component, even for breakfast, and vegetables and grains are less readily available. During major ceremonial occasions, entire sheep are still roasted and served atop saffron rice
  • In 2005, the women of Kuwait were granted full political rights
  • Feeling the pressure from outside world organizations for the use of small boys in their annual traditional camels races, Kuwait now uses remote-controlled robot jockeys with camel trainers driving behind with the controllers

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Shurooq Amin, From the 2013 series Popcornographic. “Blind New World”

http://www.shurooqamin.com/gallery.html

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

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Kyrgyzstan

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Zip Facts about Kyrgyzstan:

  • According to the Kyrgyz people, their name comes from the word “kirkkyz” (40 girls), and that they are descendant from forty tribes. Kyrgyz ( a Turkish language) is mutually intelligible with the Uzbek and Kazak languages
  • Since independence from the Soviet Union, there is an obvious social stratification with a small upper class and a large lower class. Economics and a poor knowledge of Russian may define the latter status
  • Kyrgyzstan boasts the world’s longest epic poem “Manas”, composed of 500,000 lines and written about the warrior who united Kyrgyzstan
  • Although Russians eat pork, the Kyrgyz people do not. For special occasions, there is a ritual killing and cooking of a sheep, and all parts of the animal including the head and the organ meats are prepared. Guests receive cuts that represent their status, with additional meats to take home
  • Tea is like water for the Kyrgyz people, and is served in small bowls rather than in cups

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Semyon Afanasevich Chuikov

http://artinrussia.org/kyrgyz-painting-semyon-chuikov/

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

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

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Liberia

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Zip Facts about Liberia:

  • Despite the majority population from the original sixteen groups of the Niger-Congo family that constitute Liberia’s oldest inhabitants, the name (from the English “liberty”), the official language, the economy, the government and its borders, originated with a colony of repatriated free black Americans in the early nineteenth century
  • The pygmy hippopotamus makes its home in Liberia’s Sapo National Park
  • Rice is the main staple in the entrée dish, meat or fish is considered an ingredient or garnish in the rice bowl in everyday meals
  • The Melegueta Coast of Liberia is named for its melegueta pepper (substitutes for black pepper but comes from the ginger family), not to be confused for the malagueta pepper, a chili pepper in South and Central American cuisine
  • Marriage in Liberia is usually through the process of bridewealth, with payments made over years and solidified through the birth of children. Marriage can be polygynous and patrilocal, men could have more than one “country wife” through bridewealth and a “ring wife” who lives with him in their residence. Women could opt out of unwanted marriages by paying back the bridewealth

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Leslie Lumeh

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

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