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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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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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Estonia

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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

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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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

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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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

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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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

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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