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Andorra

andorra-flagThis is one of the first times I have even thought to mix veal with chicken, I have mixed veal with beef many times before.  I do like to “marry” pastas on occasion, mixing sizes and textures, although I usually stick to the “rigati” (or lined) pastas.  I also don’t mix pasta and rice often, except to make a pilaf.  All in all, it was comfort food, lots of meat and vegetables for a two pot meal.

Additions/Omissions: no ham or pork

Taste Test: The stew was very good without the background of pork, but I am certain it would have been better with it.

Zip Facts about Andorra:

  • Andorra, bordered by France and Spain, is located in the Pyrenees Mountains. Because of this, its inhabitants have adapted a mountain society from its sociopolitical and economic movements to its urban rule, where 30% of all facades are to be constructed of stone masonry
  • The cultures of both countries have provided dualistic influences in many of the traditions and activities of the Andorran people, such as in language, public education, and currency (see French and Spanish Andorran stamps below). However, political and civil societies are trying to consolidate an Andorran national identity
  • The Andorran diet consists mainly of meat, fish and vegetables with popular winter dishes such as escudella (a stew of chicken and veal) and trinxat (potatoes and cabbage). The cuisine is predominantly Catalan
  • Andorra is one of the few countries in the world which boasts a 100% literacy rate
  • Andorra is a duty free zone, but without an airport. You can travel by plane to Barcelona, which is the nearest one

Andorra 97-ciutat flotan4Helena Guàrdia – “Proof of the existence of the floating city”  structure with photograph (2011)

http://helenaguardia.com/

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

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

belgium-flagBooyah Chicken! This particular recipe came from a military base in Belgium and seems to be a fitting name for the dish.  However, the name Booyah does not come from the military.  The dish originated in Belgium and was brought to the northeastern part of Wisconsin in 1853 by Belgian immigrants.  It is a very hearty soup/stew made primarily with chicken but may include other meats, and has been referred to fondly as “Belgian Penicillin.”  There is some discussion about the origin of the name, some say it comes from the word “bouillon” or the French word “bouillir”, others insist that it comes from “bouyu” in the Belgian Walloon language.

Additions/Omissions: For usual reasons in this challenge, I did not use the pork and left out the rosemary.  Since the dinner fell during Passover, I had to leave out the peas (legumes) and the green beans (different groups say that green beans are OK for Passover since they do not soak up water and swell like other beans).  But when in doubt, leave it out.  I also cut the chicken and beef, before boiling, into small bite-size pieces.

Taste Test: very good, the smaller chunks of chicken and beef kept them very tender

Zip Facts about Belgium:

  • Belgium, considered one of the “low countries” with land at or below sea level, is populated by two major groups, the Flemish and the Walloons
  • Stamp collecting and model trains are popular pastimes for Belgians, who are known traditionally for crafts such as lacemaking, tapestry, pottery, hand puppets and marionettes
  • On Shrove Tuesday in Binche, the “March of the Gilles” parades men in padded costumes and white hats with ostrich plumes who pelt spectators with oranges and bags of water
  • The Cat Festival of Ypres celebrates the medieval overpopulation of cats that were brought into town to “fix” the rat infestation. Revelers toss stuffed toy cats off the rooftops to mimic the “fixing” of the cat problem
  • Among the very popular dishes in Belgium are the carbonades of beef stewed in Belgian beer. In addition to over 300 varieties of beer, Belgian specialties include chocolate and wafflesBelgium 3311_o_alfred_stevens

Alfred Stevens (1823-1906) – A Japanese from Paris (1872)

http://wiki.cultured.com/people/Alfred_Stevens/

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

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

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Belarus

belarus-flagIts been a great opportunity this year for holiday celebrations to look for a global recipe that might fit or enhance the festive meal. Well, Belarus coincided with Passover and I found one for a Byelorussian Kolduny Potato Pancake stuffed with ground meat. I did have some ground beef in the fridge

I followed the directions for the pancakes exactly, using a grinder to make the potato “batter” and, although it was smooth, I could not “form” the batter into pancakes with the amount of flour recommended. I was hesitant to add that much more flour so I altered the cooking method, finishing all the pancakes in the pan on one side, flipping them, and added the meat patties. I covered the patty with the cooked side of the second pancake, then flipped the whole stuffed pancake. They were finished off in the oven and kept in the warming drawer until the meal.

Additions/Omissions: did not use the ground chicken so doubled the beef, chicken would have added more moisture to the patty

Taste Test: I obviously had some difficulty with this recipe, using ground chicken might have helped with the juiciness of the patty, but the recipe was scaled down so it is possible that the consistency issues of the pancakes resulted from this adjustment. I do not think that the ratio of flour to potato batter worked well here. All in all, the overall taste wasn’t bad, but I would probably look for a different recipe, if I ever made this again.

Zip Facts about Belarus:

  • Called Belarus since the 12th C, Belarus has fought hard for its independence, from its Russian takeover in the 18th C, its 1918 independent Belarusan Democratic Republic declaration, overthrown again to become the Belarussian Soviet Socialist Republic, which joined the Soviet Union in 1922 and seceded in 1991
  • In Belarus, rites of passage into adulthood include graduations from high school and from college and entry into military service and are grandly celebrated
  • Many popular Belarusan dishes are made with potatoes, which are plentiful and can be prepared in a great variety of ways. Hot borscht (originally from Ukraine) which is a traditional soup of beetroot and cabbage, is served as a first course in the winter months, and a cold dish in warmer weather
  • Both Christmas and Easter are very important holidays in Belarus and are celebrated traditionally with food, performances, and religious services. Christmas (Kolady) starts with a special meal on Christmas Eve (Kootia) with a dozen or more Lenten dishes served in order, a portion of which is set aside for familial ancestors
  • Belarusian straw weaving, an art form from the 17th and 18th C which created intricate figures and traditional animals presumably for nature worship, was revived in the mid 20th C by contemporary artists for more abstract expressions

belarus - savitskyMikhail Savitsky ‘Partisan Madonna (of Minsk)’. 1978. Oil on canvas. National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus

http://artbelarus.by/en/news/39.html

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

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

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

bosnia-flagI have learned a few things about cooking with wine and other alcohols by exploring these global recipes and by watching some of my favorite chefs on the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, or Create.   I have known for many years that the first rule in cooking with wine is to choose one that you like to drink and not a “cooking wine,” although I have to admit that I do have a bottle or two of “good” cooking wines in my pantry for “emergency” situations.   You need to consider the extra salts and additives, if you elect to use them and certainly do so sparingly.  A few more tips:  use wine for marinating vegetables and meats (or use at room temperature to tenderize), use for basting with melted butter or oil, and make sure to reduce wine slowly over low heat in pan or pot to evaporate alcohol (1/2 cup of wine down to 2 tablespoons reduction).

Additions/Omissions: used beef and veal and a really good Sauvignon Blanc for stew.  I did change the cooking method, as I sometimes do, either using a crock pot or Dutch oven for soups and stews.  For this stew, which requires layering of flavors, I used a Dutch oven which I started on medium heat on the stovetop and finished in a preheated 350oC oven for about an hour.

Taste Test: very good

Zip Facts about Bosnia and Herzegovina:

  • When the XIV Olympic Winter Games were held in 1984 in Sarajevo, the capital city, it was the first Winter Olympics to be held in a communist country, then Yugoslavia. Bosnia and Herzegovina gained their independence from Yugoslavia in 1992
  • The official currency, the Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM), cannot be bought or exchanged outside of the country
  • The difference between a Bosnian and a Herzegovinian is not an ethnic distinction, but a regional one
  • “Celebratory gunfire” is still shot into the air before and after big events such as weddings and birth receptions
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina boasts the world’s tenth highest coffee consumption per capital. Rakija, Bosnian plum brandy, generally thought to have “health” benefits, is consumed and offered to guests with abandon

Bosnia MicaMica Todorović (1900-1984) – called “the first lady of Bosnian and Herzegovinian painting”

http://www.bhembassyqatar.org/english/artgallery.html

Link to Recipe: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/bosnia-and-herzegovina

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

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Colombia

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Taste Test:                                                                                                    

Zip Facts about Colombia:

  • Colombia is not only known for its coffee, but also for its emeralds, and produces over 90% of the world’s supply. It is the second largest exporter of fresh cut flowers, and the third largest producer of women’s lingerie
  • The national tree of Colombia is the Quindio Wax palm, which is the tallest palm tree on Earth
  • The right to vote was given to the women of Colombia in 1975
  • Colombia is second only to Brazil in its mega biodiversity, and has more endemic species than any other country
  • Colombia is also known for its infamous son, Pablo Escobar, whose Medellín Cartel drug empire reigned supreme during the 80s and 90s

Colombia omar2_fullOmar Rayo Reyes (1928–2010) – geometric optic art

http://www.artealdia.com/International/Contents/News/Optical_Geometric_Art_Master_Omar_Rayo_Dies_in_Colombia

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

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Cuba

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Here it is again, bitter orange juice (Naranja agria), a sour citrus fruit used as a meat marinade and a great flavor addition to many Caribbean dishes.  The last time a recipe called for naranja agria, I used a 1:1 orange/lime juice mix and the flavors were definitely there.  But this time I was fortunate to find it in a local supermarket

Additions/Omissions:  For the steaks, I used rib-eye and used tam-tam onion crackers that I had on hand for the crust.  While it was more coarsely ground and had a bit of a sticking issue, it had a great mouth feel and taste on the steak.  For the potatoes, I wasn’t sure if the skin needed to be on or off, so I left them on as very good way to change up a baked potato.  Fifteen minutes did not seem like enough time to adequately crush the potatoes, so into the microwave it went.

Taste Test:  Steak and potatoes excellent

Zip Facts about the Cuba:

  • In the indigenous Taino, Cuba’s capital “Havana” is translated as “great place” which seems fitting for the largest city, not only in Cuba, but in the entire Caribbean
  • Cuba is known for its music. Son, the main musical form, combines upbeat rhythms with classical guitar.  Fidel Castro unveiled a John Lennon Statue in John Lennon Park in 2000
  • Baseball and dominoes are extremely popular in Cuba
  • Education, food and healthcare are free and readily available in Cuba. Students need to pass three core exams (Math, Spanish, and the history of Cuba) to enter their university of choice.  The highest doctor-to-population ratio in the world exists here
  • Cuba is home to the world’s smallest bird, the Bee Hummingbird, the adult only growing to approximately 2 inches in length. Cuba boasts the smallest frog as well

cuba Amelia-Pelaez-Las-Hermanas-1943Amelia Pelaez – “Las Hermanas” (1943)

http://www.allartnews.com/phillips-announces-highlights-from-its-spring-latin-america-sale-on-23-may-in-new-york/

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

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Czech Republic

czech republic-flagWhile I really haven’t taken many short cuts so far, there are some days when I have more time constraints than others.  I wanted to make the pierogis, but hesitated because of the homemade pastry aspect, until I found this “Cheater Pierogi” recipe from Chef John using wonton wrappers.

Additions/Omissions: For the stuffed peppers, I left out the sour cream as usual and for the pierogis, I used beef bacon and different cheese blends, but did not use the sour cream and chives.

Taste Test: While the sauce was obviously redder and less creamy, it still worked out well, and was wonderful with the stuffed peppers.  

Zip Facts about Czech Republic:

  • Austrians Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics, and Sigmund Freud, the Father of Psychoanalysis, were both born in the Czech Republic
  • According to Czech etiquette on entering a building, a man is required to let his female companion enter first unless it is a restaurant
  • On St. Václav Day, during the last weekend of September, Czech families participate in the national passion of competitive mushroom hunting
  • The Czech Republic boasts the world’s largest per capita beer drinkers
  • After Slovenia, Czech Republic is the second richest country in Eastern Europe

Czech Andre Dluhos Tutt'Art@ (50)Andre Dluhos

http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/2015/02/Andre-Dluhos.html

Link to Recipe: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/czech-republic

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

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Denmark

denmark-flagThis is one of the most ambitious dinners to date, I kept finding recipes that I wanted to try, and I am always looking to do a meatball version inspired by a meat recipe or a spice palette.

Additions/Omissions:  no additions, substitutions, or deletions

Taste Test:  The main entree was the steak and champagne, it was a very straightforward prep and quite delicious.  The meatballs were excellent as well.  I don’t normally like the consistency or texture of grated potatoes, unless I am frying them into flattened crispy potato pancakes, but the taste was actually OK. The pickles were similar in taste to the ones I have made in the past and were very good, especially if you like quick pickling techniques.  The biggest surprise was the danish pretzel.  Although I knew they would not have the familiar texture or taste of either the typical soft or hard pretzels, they turned out to be much more like surprisingly good scones.

Zip Facts about Denmark:

  • The Faroe Islands are now part of Denmark, the King of Norway lost the islands to the King of Denmark in a drunken poker game
  • The Tivoli amusement park in Copenhagen, the capital city, is one of the oldest in the world, and the largest and most popular one in Europe. Walt Disney was inspired to create Disney Land after visiting the park
  • There are many Danish contributions to the global market, including Carlsberg and Tuborg (beers), Royal Copenhagen (porcelain), Bang & Olufsen (audio), Lurpak butter, and LEGOs. LEGO is an abbreviation of “leg godt” meaning “play well”
  • Dannebrog, the flag of Denmark adopted in 1219, is the oldest independent nation flag still used today
  • “Hygge”, a Danish state of mind, means a coming together and enjoying the good company of others, a cozy way to get through the long winter months

Denmark anna-ancherAnna Ancher  (1859-1935) “On the Garden Bench”

http://pictify.saatchigallery.com/221497/anna-ancher-danish-painter-1859-1935-on-the-garden-bench-anna-helga-thorup

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

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

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Dominican Republic

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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

Zip Facts about the Dominican Republic:

  • Dominican Republic (DR) is considered the oldest country of the Americas, reached first in 1492 by Christopher Columbus. It is the second largest Caribbean island (after Cuba)
  • The Amber Museum in Puerto Plata holds the amber with the trapped mosquito that appeared in the movie, “Jurassic Park”
  • Baseball, golf, and big game fishing are very popular in the Dominican Republic which sport some of the best golf courses in the world and has nurtured some of the best baseball players
  • Because DR grows, farms, or catches almost all foods served for meals there, it is considered the “breadbasket of the Caribbean”
  • Mamajuana, a DR drink similar to port wine and considered an aphrodisiac, contains rum, red wine, tree bark, herbs, and honey

Domican Rep Olivia Peguero Life SeasonsOlivia Peguero – “Life Seasons” (2003)

http://www.latinamericanart.com/en/artworks/olivia-peguero-life-seasons.html

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/dominican-republic/

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

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England

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Zip Facts about England:

  • Despite the saying “for all the tea in China”, the English consume more tea per capita than anywhere else in the world. They also produce and consume more cider than any other country
  • Big Ben is actually the name of the bell inside the clock tower, which is called the Elizabeth Tower. Windsor Castle, the world’s oldest and largest royal residence still used today,
  • The jury is out on England’s food choices, although it is clear the English love their food, especially the popular dishes with the unusual names, such as toad in the hole, bangers and mash, and spotted dick
  • It is considered a “no-no” (or treason) to place a postage stamp with the visages of the King or Queen upside down on a post
  • The flag of England is called the Union Flag on land and the Union Jack on the water because it must be flown on the jack mast of the ship

England Snow_Storm1842JMW Turner (1775-1851), “Steamboat off a Harbor’s Mouth” during a snowstorm

http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2014/11/artist-of-month-jmw-turner.html

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

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

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Egypt

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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

Zip Facts about Egypt:

  • The current Egyptian landscape is 95% desert, the average annual rainfall is about one inch. Prior to 8000 B.C., however, the Sahara Desert was mainly lush fertile grassland and savannah
  • The Egyptian pyramids are the oldest of the seven wonders of ancient times (after the Colossus of Rhodes, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus), and are the only ones still standing
  • All Egyptians enjoy free internet access due to their Free Internet Initiative. Google is working with Egypt to enhance online Arabic content, Egypt has the most Facebook users in Africa, and thirty percent of the world’s Arab bloggers are from Egypt
  • In Egypt, education is free through the university level, females make up more than half of the secondary students
  • The feminist movement in the Arab world was born in Egypt, women own 20% of all Egyptian business firms

Egypt h2_2009.166Gazbia Sirry, “The Kite” (1960)

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/2009.166

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

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

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Ecuador

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Zip Facts about Ecuador:

  • Ecuador was inhabited by Native Americans before the Incas settled, and conquered by Spain in 1533
  • The Galapagos Islands, the first National Park of Ecuador, became part of Ecuador in 1832 and is home to many unique endangered subspecies such as the giant tortoises. In June 2012, Lonesome George, the sole surviving Pinta Island tortoise, died and was preserved for posterity
  • Only two countries in South America do not share a border with Brazil, Ecuador and Chile
  • Most of the world’s bananas come from Ecuador. Ecuador grows many of the Dutch roses that are exported
  • Traditionally, Ecuadorians burn the old year “ano viejo”, by making and burning a puppet which represents all of the bad things of the past year

Ecuador araceli-gilbertAraceli Gilbert (1913-1993)

http://www.pintoreslatinoamericanos.com/2013/09/pintores-ecuatorianos-araceli-gilbert.html

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

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

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Estonia

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Zip Facts about Estonia:

  • Although there is no political unity among the countries, Estonia is considered part of the “Baltic States”, along with Latvia and Lithuania
  • In many Estonian households, since both parents usually work, family dinners become less frequent than desired, but efforts are made to share dinners on the weekend. Holidays and other celebratory occasions, except for Christmas dinner, do not require special foods, but meals at social gatherings are usually accompanied by vodka
  • Bear meat, which is legal in Estonia, is a popular delicacy and is usually served marinated or grilled. Lucky for them, there are no polar bears in Estonia
  • The military in Estonia is relatively small, as military service is not popular, and carries very little status or prestige. Men serve only one year in the armed services
  • Legally, women’s rights are protected by the Constitution, although they are expected to defer to men, right, wrong, or otherwise

Estonia Staari_portree_vaikeMall Nukke, “Portrait of a star at no. 6” collage (2009)

http://www.opetajatemaja.ee/?noframe=1&mod=kursused&kursus=581&g=1&h=9a97

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

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Fiji

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Taste Test:                                                                                                    

Zip Facts about Fiji:

  • Of the thousands of islands and coral outcrops that make up the Fiji archipelago, only 322 are large enough but only 106 are inhabited by human populations
  • Fiji is located on the 180o meridian (the International Dateline). Somewhere on the island of Tavueni, you can straddle both today and yesterday
  • Education for Fijians is mandatory but provided free until the age of sixteen
  • “Bula” is a customary greeting in Fiji, which means “welcome” or “cheers”
  • A popular game on New Year’s Eve is “kick the orange” (veicaqe moli), where village women on the winning team present new clothes to the losing team

Fiji_01_f PeniLedua Peni, “Tobo Ika Ena Vanua Mamaca” (2012)

http://artasiapacific.com/Magazine/Almanac2013/Fiji

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

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Finland

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Zip Facts about Finland:

  • The famous wife-carrying competition started in Finland, the first country in the world to allow women to vote
  • The sauna is an integral part of the Finnish culture, partaken in the nude, and demands a jump into the lake outside afterwards through a hole in the ice. The most commonly used Finnish word in the English language is “sauna”
  • In the months of June and July in Finland, “the Land of the Midnight Sun”, the sun shines for 24 hours a day
  • Finland is the home of Santa Claus (“joulupukki or Yule Goat”) whose official home address is at the top of the Arctic Circle, near Rovaniemi in the northern province of Lappland
  • Finns are the world’s biggest coffee drinkers, 2X more than the Italians, 3X the Americans, and 4X the British

Finland Portrait of Walborg Jakobsson.Elin Danielson-Gambogi (1861-1919), “Portrait of Walborg Jakobsson”

http://www.artistsandart.org/search/label/Finnish%20artists

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

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

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France

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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

Zip Facts about France:

  • France is obviously known for its wines, since it is one of the largest wine producers with 17 distinct regions including Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, and Provence. In France, beer is a luxury beverage consumed at special occasions, while wine is usually served free with meals
  • Wine goes hand in hand with cheese, and the French appreciate the pairing with over 300 varieties of French cheese
  • In 1564, France switched to the Gregorian calendar. For those that were still unaware and continued to celebrate April 1 as the beginning of the French New Year, they were mercilessly mocked, hence the probable origination of April Fool’s Day
  • Paris, the capital of France, is referred to as “the City of Lights”, not for the number of lights which are obviously beautiful, but for the number of intellectuals who live there
  • Over twice as many tourists visit Disneyland Paris as the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre

France Monet Water LiliesClaude Monet, “Water Lilies” (1906)

http://paradise7.hubpages.com/hub/Famous-Monet-Oil-Paintings

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

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

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Germany

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Zip Facts about Germany:

  • In Bavaria, beer is officially considered a food and Germans are the second largest consumers in the world. Germany boasts 1300 beer breweries with 5000 kinds of beer.  To order a beer, Germans use their thumb instead of their index finger
  • Germany has the world’s oldest brewery (Weihenstephaner), tallest cathedral (Ulm Cathedral), first protestant university (University of Marburg), two biggest clocks (in Baden-Wurttemberg), oldest savings bank (in Oldenburg), oldest motorway (German Autobahn), and the biggest train station (Lehrter Bahnhof)
  • The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 letters, meaning subordinate officials of the head office of the Danube steamboat electrical services). The longest technical word in English describes a family of proteins (189,819 letters, “titin” for short), and the longest non-technical word is the 34-letter “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
  • The term “ecology” was coined by the German biologist Ernst Haeckel in 1866. Austria, Switzerland and Germany are the world’s most conscientious recyclers
  • When answering the phone, Germans use their surname as a greeting instead of “Hi” or “Hello”

Germany oehlenAlbert Oehlen,Untitled” (1994)

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Ghana

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Zip Facts about Ghana:

  • Ghana was originally settled by Africans, but occupied by Europe from 1942. Rule wasn’t imposed until 1874 by Britain as they claimed the land strip that they named the Gold Coast.  Ghana was renamed and gained independence in 1957
  • According to the Global Peace index, Ghana is the most peaceful country in Africa and 40th in the world
  • The world’s largest artificial water body, Lake Volta, which covers 45% of the total land area, was created by the construction of a 370m wide X 124m tall dam at Akosombo in 1996
  • African batik was brought to Ghana from Indonesia by the Dutch. Indonesian batik is handwritten or painted manually, is usually limited to earth colors, and the motif is small and dainty.  African print is industrially printed with larger motifs in any color imaginable
  • As in Indonesia and other cultures, it is impolite to use the left hand for social interactions and eating, particularly because it is thought to be relegated to toilet-related activities

Ghana 9681732_6b066705a3Wisdom Kudowor, “Floral Arrangement”

http://koranteng.blogspot.com/2006/02/wizs-flowers.html

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Greece

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Zip Facts about Greece:

  • If you are over the age of 18 in Greece, voting is a legal obligation. Children live at home until they marry and grandparents live with their families until death, reducing the need for retirement homes
  • Like some other countries, Greeks celebrate “name day” (their saint’s namesake) more than their own birthdays
  • Greek salutations are not with an open hand or palm exposed, which is considered an insult, and waves are with the palm closed
  • The word “barbarian” comes from the Greek “barbaroi”, meaning those who don’t speak Greek and sound like they are saying “bar-bar-bar”. “Tragedy” originates from the Greek word for “goat song” as Greek tragedies honored Dionysus and actors wore goatskins.  The first Greek tragedy Hence the derivation of “thespian”
  • Olive trees planted in the 13 C. in Greece are still bearing olives, and help to make Greece the third best in the world’s olive production.  Greek mythology alludes to a contest of the best gift between Athena and Poseidon for the guardianship over the city.  The gods decided the winner, Athena’s gift of an olive tree over Poseidon’s gift of water

Greece EratiniYiannis Spyropoulos (1912-1990), Eratini” (1961)

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Guyana

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Zip Facts about Guyana:

  • Guyana, from the Amerindian word meaning “Land of Many Waters”, is the only English speaking country in South America
  • Kaieteur Falls is the second tallest waterfall in the world with a single drop of 741 feet (compared to Niagara Falls at 167 feet). It is the world’s largest single drop waterfall by volume
  • Jonestown, Guyana, is the site for the politically-motivated mass suicide led by Jim “Mad Messiah” Jones, an American religious cult leader of the People’s Temple, which claimed his 909 followers on November 18, 1978
  • Major sports in Guyana include cricket (nationally part of the West Indian cricket team), softball cricket (beach cricket) and football (soccer)
  • Support for the arts is very limited, as is public funding, which has forced many artists to leave Guyana

guyana bernadetteBernadette Indira Persaud, “The First Reading”

http://kykoveral.blogspot.com/2006/03/first-reading.html

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Guatemala

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Zip Facts about Guatemala:

  • Standing atop of temple overlooking the Tikal National Park in Guatemala, you might recognize the landscape as a scene for the original Star Wars movie, A New Hope
  • As the most visited country in Central America, Guatemala (from the Mayan-Toltec, meaning “land of trees”) is home to the five national parks of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Lake Atitlan, a caldera surrounded by 3 conical volcanoes, about 200 Mayan sites, and the Spanish colonial city of Antigua
  • Guatemala is the leading producer of jade (from jadeite) in the world
  • Fiambre, a traditional Guatemalan dish of meats, fish, sausage and vegetables, takes three or four days to make for one holiday only, All Saint’s Day
  • Hershey can thank the Mayans from Guatemala for the invention of the chocolate bar

guatemala pnc003_hPaula Nicho Cumez – “Mi Segundo Piel (My Second Skin)”, 2002

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Haiti

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Zip Facts about Haiti:

  • Haiti, from the Taino Indian word Ayiti meaning “mountainous country,” is the second largest island in the Caribbean, with calcareous (lime) instead of volcanic mountains, a tectonic fault line running through the country, and within the Caribbean hurricane belt
  • In 1804, Haiti became the first independently black-ruled nation in the world with the expulsion of the French. In 1987, a new constitution was adopted and Kreyol replaced French as the primary official language.  Kreyol has the pronunciation and vocabulary of French but the syntax of other creole languages
  • Rural gender roles may not be what they appear to outsiders, men plant the gardens, but women own and market the harvest, thereby controlling the husband’s earnings
  • Who needs a gold standard when you can have a gourd standard. In 1807, President Christophe declared all gourds state property and made them the base of national currency
  • It is believed that Haitians love to gamble, luck depends on the fancy of the gods, who may be encouraged to reveal winning lottery numbers

Haiti Women Moon art3Jean-René Jérôme, “Woman Moon” (1984)

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Hungary

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Zip Facts about Hungary:

  • Hungarian bread (Magyar kenyer) is a very important component of both urban and rural cuisine. Pig breeding, the prominent animal breeding since the late 1800s, moved pork products into the national diet
  • Hungarians are known for their wines and their consumption, but beer drinking is much more common
  • The shortage of apartments for married couples force them to move in with the parents who welcome them and have the most room. Grandparents are considered a great help and godparenthood is valued
  • The many contributions by Hungarians include holography, the hydrogen bomb theory, BASIC programming language, the ballpoint pen, and the Rubik’s cube
  • Kincsem (“my treasure), the most famous Hungarian bred racing horse, was “undefeatable” winning all of her 54 races

Hungary Vasarely zebra 1938Victor Vasarely, “Zebras” (1938) – considered the first “Op-Art”

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Honduras

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Zip Facts about Honduras:

  • Honduras (meaning “depths”) was named by Christopher Columbus for the deep waters at the mouth of the Tinto o Negro River off the northeast Mosquito Coast (a long series of sand beaches and freshwater lagoons)
  • Beans and corn tortillas are the staples in the Honduran diet, along with the popular plantains and manioc (cassava). Women make the tortillas and, if maize is boiled, ground, pounded out and toasted, it may take hours a day
  • When a Honduran couple marries, they and their family take on both names, hyphenated with the man’s name first
  • The Honduran flag has five stars, the center star represents Honduras because it is the only country which touches the other four countries in Central America
  • The American writer, O. Henry, first coined the term “Banana Republic” to describe a fictional republic in a collection of short stories based on his experiences in Honduras

Honduras miguel-angel-ruiz-matute-lazaro-a-la-luzMiguel Ángel Ruiz Matute, “Lázaro a la luz (Lazarus in the Light)”

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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

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