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India

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Taste Test:                                                                                                    

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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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

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

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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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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

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”

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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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Taste Test:                                                                                                    

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

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

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

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