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Benin

benin-flagI found recipes for chicken, with peanuts and red palm oil.  This is the first time I have come across red palm oil in cooking, despite the fact that I have done scientific research on isolated and purified vitamin constituents, particularly vitamin E tocotrienols, like those found in red palm oil.  I wasn’t sure of the taste, but the health benefits are well documented.

I wanted to translate those ingredients and flavors into a pretty tasty meatball.  I generally come up with a meatball recipe whenever I am craving a pasta dinner, especially when I am searching for recipes from a country that does not normally cook or eat pasta.  The trick is to balance the taste and texture when adding different ingredients.   Sometimes with ground chicken it is a little more difficult than ground beef, pork, or lamb to maintain the proper consistency as meatballs.

Additions/Omissions:  My recipe

Taste Test:  Good flavor and texture

Zip Facts about Benin:

  • From 1960 to 1975, the Republic of Benin was known as Dahomey. The name Benin comes from the Bight of Benin, a bay in the Gulf of Guinea
  • The magical religion Voodoo, still practiced in parts of Benin, derives its name from the word “vodun” which, in the Fon language of the Beninese, means “god” or “spirit”
  • ‘A rose by any other name…’ the capital city of Benin is known as the “City with Three Names”: Porto-Novo, Adjatche, and Hogbonou
  • When greeting, men shake with their right hands, and deference is given to the eldest person
  • For the Beninese, the main economic activity was farming and because many hands were needed on the family farms, the incidences of polygamy increased

Benin RafiyRafiy Okefolahan, “Children At Play”

http://www.artsper.com/fr/oeuvres-d-art-contemporain/peinture/19156/les-enfants-au-jeu

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

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

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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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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

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

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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

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

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

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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)

http://parolenarchipel.com/2013/03/27/jean-rene-jerome-lartiste-le-modele-et-la-peinture-4/

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Malta

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Zip Facts about Malta:

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

Malta Goxwa Borg - Tutt'Art@ (13)Goxwa Borg

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

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

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

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Moldova

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Zip Facts about Moldova:
  • Once part of Romania, Moldova’s cuisine is still primarily Romanian, with elements of Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian influence
  • There is some support on both sides to reconnect Moldova to Romania. Many posters and graffiti signs in both countries claiming “Basarabia pamant romanesc” which means “Moldova belongs to Romania”
  • The national sport of Moldova is tranta, a form of wrestling, but football (soccer) is still a favorite sport
  • In order for a man to shake a woman’s hand, she must offer it to him
  • Moldova is one of the world’s top wine exporters with the largest “hidden underground wine cellar (Cricova) in the world. The Strong Drinks Museum of Moldova is the world’s largest building in the shape of a bottle at 28m

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Bouquet of Lilies (1956) – Elena Bontea

http://www.akademos.asm.md/taxview/51?page=1#

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

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Nigeria

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Zip Facts about Nigeria:

  • Most populous country in Africa at 140 million and has the highest rate of twin births in the world. The name Nigeria comes from the river Niger which is the longest and largest river in West Africa, and the third largest in Africa
  • The Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, is the second largest movie producer just behind Bollywood, making up to 200 movies a week
  • A Nigerian man says the gift he gave to a woman came from his wife, mother, sister, or another woman, not from himself
  • A three digit code refers to meals in a day for Nigerians, “010” means lunch, but no breakfast or dinner, “101” refers to breakfast and dinner but no lunch,
  • The largest butterfly diversity in the world and the drill monkey, one of the most endangered mammals in Africa can be found in Nigeria

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Sokari Douglas Camp – Cut Off Balls (2010 mixed media).  She is mainly known for her steel sculptures.

http://www.arthouse-ng.com/L1101/Popups/051_SOKARI_DOUGLAS_CAMP.html

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

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

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Paraguay

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 Zip Facts about Paraguay:

  • The name Paraguay comes from Guaraní, derived from para, “of many varieties”, andgua, “riverine”, the river Rio Paraguay which splits the country into an east and west side.
  • Paraguay joins Bolivia as the only two landlocked countries in South America. Despite this condition, Paraguay has a relatively large navy
  • Paraguayans greet each other with adios instead of hello as a way to indicate their “busy” lives
  • Paraguayans really know how to throw a barbeque, with over 30,000 hungry eaters, they wound up in the Guinness Book of Records
  • “En Seguida” is a very handy phrase, especially when you are running late.  While it literally means “in a minute”, it is assumed to mean anything from a minute to never

Paraguay blindermaternidad1Olga Blinder (1921-2008)

http://gaelart.blogspot.com/2010/08/social-realism-paraguay-art.html

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

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

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Romania

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Zip Facts about Romania:

  • The ruins of the Bran castle, supposed but unlikely home of the Romanian General Vlad Tepes, or Vlad the Impaler, is found in the Transylvanian forest of Romania.  Irish author Bram Stoker based his vampire Count Dracula on this brutal impaler
  • Since 2011, a new tax has been placed on all practitioners of the occult
  • Thousands of stray dogs roam the streets of Romania and are responsible for thousands of dog bites
  • Johnny Weissmuller, the first and my favorite Hollywood Tarzan (1932) was born in Romania
  • My second favorite gymnast, Romania’s Nadia Comaneci, 14, was the first to receive a perfect score of 10 on the uneven bars in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games

Romania Adrian-Ghenie-23-540x469Adrian Ghenie, “Self-portrait as Charles Darwin”

http://www.boumbang.com/adrian-ghenie/

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

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Swaziland

Swaziland_FlagAs I continue my search for the best and most unique ingredients to add to my country-inspired meatballs, I sometimes have to take a great deal of liberty.  I hope that it still retain the essence of flavors from that country, but ultimately the meatball is the thing.  So, with a hankering for some pasta and my homemade sauce, and somewhere in the “S” countries, I found a recipe for a traditional Babotie meatloaf that seemed to fit the bill.

Additions/Omissions:  The obvious omissions:  the baked meatloaf shape and the custard

Taste Test:  A good spiced meatball for any sauce or soup

Zip Facts about Swaziland:

  • Swaziland has two capitals, Mbabane, the administrative capital (Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini) and Lobamba, the royal capital (absolute monarch King Mswati III). The Great She-Elephant is the King’s mother.  The successor to the king must be right-handed and have no full brother
  • Although Swaziland is landlocked and almost completely surrounded by South Africa, it has abundant rivers and is well-watered
  • Lifespan is shortened to 45 due mainly to the spread of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland
  • Cattle, which signify wealth among the Swazi people, are kept in sacred enclosures inhabited by ancient ancestors
  • Swaziland has yet to win an Olympic medal although it has competed consistently from 1984-2008

Swazi Lucas_Mlambo_Nhlangano_Town_Mshengu_StLucas Mlambo, “Nhlangano Town Mshengu St”

http://www.snipview.com/q/Lucas_Mlambo?alt=Lucas_mlambo

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

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

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Saudi Arabia

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Zip Facts about Saudi Arabia:

  • Saudi Arabia is set to finish the world’s tallest building “Kingdom Tower” by 2018, which, at more than a kilometer, is at the limits of engineering
  • It is a capital offense to practice any magic or sorcery in Saudi Arabia, even the Harry Potter book series are banned
  • Traditional meals in Saudi Arabia were historically simple but currently have become more varied and elaborate. Rice, usually with chicken, has become the staple food, over dates, milk, camel, and goats. The national beverage is still light roasted Arabic coffee, with cardamom, no sugar
  • In Saudi Arabia, there is strict gender segregation which is sanctioned by society and by the state, men generally have more rights than women
  • Almost all adults marry as this is considered a necessary part of life, but divorce is common and much easier for men than women

Saudi Arabia samia_khashoggi_1Samiah Khashoggi

http://alienmemoirs.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/05/art_by_saudi_wo.html

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/saudi-arabia/

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Saint Lucia

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 Taste Test:                                                                                               

 Zip Facts about Saint Lucia:

  •  Saint Lucia, part of the Lesser Antilles, is one on the most mountainous Caribbean islands, and is the second largest of the Windward Islands
  • The Gros Piton and Petit Piton are twin volcanic peaks that rise out of the Caribbean Sea
  • December 13th is Saint Lucy’s day, also the winter’s solstice or the shortest day of the year.  Saint Lucia was named after the saint, a Christian martyr in Sicily in 310AD by French colonizers
  • Saint Lucia Jazz Festival in May is their biggest festival and it draws many famous international jazz artists
  • Amazona Versicolor, Jacquot, or the St. Lucia Parrot, is the national bird of St. Lucia, native only to these islands.  St. Lucia was once known as the “Island of the Iguanas”

Lucia Koi BaptisteJean Baptiste (Koi series, silk painting)

http://www.jean-baptiste.com/#!ditsu-koi/c1de5

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/saint-lucia/

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

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

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Serbia and Montenegro

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Zip Facts about Serbia and Montenegro:

  • The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia became a federation of six republics in World War II: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia. After a series of political conflicts in the 1990s, FR Yugoslavia split up, with Serbia and Montenegro (2004) the last of the countries to separate
  • Over 90% of the world’s raspberries come from Serbia, Montenegro produces honey and high quality wines, including Krstac and Vranac
  • A combination of geological and climatic conditions have rated Montenegro with very high values in biodiversity, the number of species per unit area is the highest in Europe
  • For both men and women, three kisses on alternating cheeks is a customary form of greeting
  • While soccer is the most popular sport in Serbia, the renowned Serbia men’s basketball team has won two world and three European championships, a silver Olympic medal in 1996, and sent 22 Serbian players to the NBA

Serbia Devojka_i_lišće_ulje_na_platnu_1948Marko Čelebonović (1902–1986)

http://ineselo69.blogspot.com/2015/09/marko-celebonovic.html

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/serbia-and-montenegro/

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

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Somalia

It’s great to find good meatball recipes from around the world for the combination of spices and distinctive flavors, but it is even better when I can take the inspiration from another meat dish and create my own recipe.

Additions/Omissions:  did not use cloves

Taste Test:  My country-inspired meatballs are not always perfect on the first try, but this one is pretty good, the spices are nice and sharp.                                                          

Zip Facts about Somalia: 

  • Somalia has the distinction of being the only country in the world without a centralized government (under Xeer, polycentric customary law)
  • Ancient Somalia (Regio Aromatica) was the original home of myrrh and incense
  • Somaliland, in the northern part of the country, is a self-declared country not internationally recognized as an independent nation, but as an autonomous region of Somalia.  The blue field of the Somali flag was influenced by the flag of the U.N.
  • It is considered “the nation of poets”
  • Meat dishes constitute most of the Somali meals but they are under strict Islamic law

Somali MadarMadar Osman

https://www.pinterest.com/poetnation/somali-art/

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

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


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Syria

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Zip Facts about Syria:

  • Damascus, the capital city of Syria, is the oldest continuously inhabited community in the world, for over four thousand years, and part of the Fertile Crest.  It was originally known as the city of Jasmine
  • It was on the road to this city that St. Paul had his vision which led to his conversion
  • A popular Syrian dish is tabbouleh, which is made from bulgur, tomato, onion, parsley, and mint
  • The Syrian goddess Atargatis became a mermaid after accidentally killing a shepherd she loved. This became one of the first stories of the half woman-half fish creatures
  • Pet hamsters are all descendants of the Golden (Syrian) hamster found there in 1930

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Family – Fateh Moudarres (1922-1999)

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/fateh-moudarres-family-5546347-details.aspx

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

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

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Taiwan

Taiwanese meatballs served with my recipe for pasta salad (Ronzoni Rotini).  See Tanzania post for the rationale for mixing cuisines.

Additions/Omissions:  I always take a bit of license with meatball recipes but hopefully preserve the flavors of the country’s cuisine.  I didn’t use an egg as I would normally do because there are some wet ingredients.   I omitted the cornstarch in favor of the breadcrumbs, shorted the brown sugar a tad, and since I made average sized meatballs, I did not use the presentation leaves (certainly would have been a much better presentation).

Taste Test:  Great, would definitely make them again.

Zip Facts about Taiwan:

  •  Taiwan is considered one of the “Four Asian Tigers” with South Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore
  •  Taiwan was originally Formosa (beautiful island) as named by Portuguese sailors.  In Chinese, Taiwan means “terraced bay”.  The official language is Mandarin, but Fujianese and Hakka are the most spoken
  •  Taiwan is world famous for its films, which have a long history, and its award-winner director, Ang Lee
  •  In 2004, Taipei (the capital city) completed the 101 skyscaper, which was the world’s tallest building at the time
  •  The color white and the number 4 symbolize death, the color red is used for wedding ceremonies and monetary gifts are presented in red envelopes

Taiwan Drifting Bamboo

Drifting Bamboo (2012) – Suling Wang

http://www.inceptiongallery.com/FR/artistes/suling-wang.html

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

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

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Tajikistan

If you’ve seen one beef meatball, you’ve seen them all.  So I will just have to put them in different dishes.

However, you’ve probably not have tasted them all yet.  Here’s one with a cinnamon/coriander/turmeric combination.

Additions/Omissions:  Since I started writing about our dinner adventures, every time I have the hankering to have just pasta and my homemade sauce, I look for a recipe for meatballs that are different from my passed-down Italian recipe.

So I use my sauce and normally do not make the noodles or pasta called for in the recipe but substitute a Ronzoni/Barilla pasta and a similar gluten-free one.  In this case, I am not a fan of yogurt anyway, but it sounds like it would be delicious if I was.

Taste Test:  As you may already know, I prefer savory over sweet and while these are not sweet per se, I was not crazy about the cinnamon.  My family liked the taste but the texture was not the same as my meatballs.  I usually add an egg and at least some breadcrumbs to all meatball recipes and cook them for a long time in the sauce.  If I make them again, I would omit the cinnamon and add an egg, some breadcrumbs and cook in the sauce for a longer period.

Zip Facts about Tajikistan:

  • Tajikistan, the “Land of the Tajiks” and one of the smallest countries in central Asia is land locked and is mountainous and rocky in over 90% of its land mass
  • The Wakhan Corridor, or Wakhan Salient was one part of the “Silk Road”, a trade route between China and Europe, that passed through Tajikistan
  • Tajikistan broke from Uzbekistan, became independent in 1991, and moved toward a free market and democracy after its civil war ended in 1997
  • Although originally part of the Persian Empire, the Tajiks distinguish themselves from Iranians, but their culture is still Persian influenced and their language, Tajik, is a variety of the Persian language
  • There are still stories and sightings of the Yeti (Abominable Snowman) in the Pamir Mountains (he may be living with Rudolph)

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Dastarkhan (2005) – Azam Atakhanov. Dastarkhan

http://archiv.artguide.ru/uploads/events/image_medium/u/p/2226.jpg

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

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

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