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Bhutan

bhutan-flagKewa Datshi (potatoes with chillies and cheese) is a favorite Bhutanese dish, made with sun dried red and green chillies and local semi-dry cottage cheese.  The recipe I chose called for chili powder, which I used, but I am sure it would even be better with red and green chillies. There are other “Datshi” dishes you might also like to try: Ema Datshi, which are just the chilies with cheese, or add mushrooms to the basic recipe for Shamu Datshi.

Additions/Omissions:   I used equal parts of swiss and gruyere for the Kewa Datshi.

Taste Test: The chicken and cucumber dishes were also good.

Zip Facts about Bhutan:

  • Bhutan is a landlocked country and is considered one of the most isolated nations in the world, not only because of its geography but also intentionally to preserve its identity, traditional culture, and its environment
  • Business Week named Bhutan the happiest country in Asia and eight on the list of the happiest nations in the world
  • Bhutan is the only country in the world where tobacco sales are banned. Television and internet access were also banned until 1999
  • Colors denote social class and status in Bhutan’s mandatory dress code, traditional dress is knee-length for men and ankle-length for women
  • Polygamy is legal in Bhutan, but not very common. Marrying foreigners is not permissible

Bhutan IMG_1483Phurba Namgay, “Dragon Has Nice Tail”

http://theculturetrip.com/asia/bhutan/articles/blending-the-ancient-and-the-modern-bhutanese-thangka-painter-phurba-namgay/

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

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

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Cyprus

cyprus-flagThere are many things to consider when exploring the world’s cuisine, especially the conversions of ingredient quantities and oven temperatures, as well as the vocabularies of many different languages.  Despite my years of French, I still had to look up courgettes (zucchini), but recognized aubergines (eggplant) from a previous recipe.

Additions/Omissions: used eggplant but left out zucchini, would have been wonderful with both; used bay leaf and ground lamb.  Once all of the ingredients were cooked, the assembly was quite simple and fun to do.

Taste Test:  the moussaka was very good, but I don’t think the bechamel worked out as well as it should have.  I would definitely check out other bechamel recipes in the future and adjust for the change.  The salad was excellent.

Zip Facts about Cyprus:

  • Cyprus is the home of Mount Olympus and the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, who rose from the sea at Petra tou Romiou in Pafo
  • Cyprus once belonged to Cleopatra as a gift from Mark Antony
  • Perfume most probably originated in Cyprus, alabaster bottles with traces of perfume scented with aromatics such as coriander, rosemary, bay, and lavender were discovered in a large underground cave in Pyrgos
  • The Cyprus Mufflon is a wild sheep that roams the mountainsides only in Cyprus
  • It is believed that Cyprus produced the oldest wine in the world, Commandaria, a sweet red wine

cyprus ruzen1Ruzen Atakan – “Silent”

http://www.cypnet.co.uk/ncyprus/culture/mofa/painting/ruzen/index.html

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

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

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

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Ethiopia

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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

Zip Facts about Ethiopia:

  • Ethiopia is the only country in Africa with its own alphabet which consists of 209 symbols and 25 letter variants
  • Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent country. Its capital, Addis Ababa, means “new flower” in Amharic
  • Ethiopians mark time in a slightly different way than most of the world, they are the only country that follow the Julian calendar, 12 months of 30 days and a 13th month of 5 or 6 days, and roughly 7.5 years behind the Gregorian calendar. Time is measured from when the sun rises, so 6 am would be 12 o’clock, and noon and midnight are 6:00 in Ethiopia
  • Only two nations in the world have never been colonized, Russia and Ethiopia. Ethiopia was briefly occupied by Italy from 1936 to 1941
  • Coffee was discovered in the Kaffa region of Ethiopia

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Desta Hagos, the first Ethiopian woman to have a solo art exhibition

http://www.afroriche.com/?p=2647

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

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

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Hungary

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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

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”

http://art-now-and-then.blogspot.com/2013/05/victor-vasarely.html

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

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

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Israel

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Zip Facts about Israel:

  • According to the Bible, the name Israel was given to Jacob by God. The distinct nationalities, the Jews and Arabs that reside there, define their tradition and culture by their respective religions
  • The national official language is Hebrew, the modern version of which was designed by the Lithuanian Eliezer Ben-Yehuda in the 1880s. Historically, biblical Hebrew was used in prayer and Yiddish was the spoken language
  • Everyday cuisine in Israel may include some typical Middle Eastern dishes such as falafel (ground chickpeas with onions and spices), tabuleh (bulgar wheat salad with chopped vegetables, baklava, and Turkish coffee. Jewish celebrations may include challah, hamentaschen, matzoh, or cholent (a thick stew simmered overnight)
  • There are over 40 kosher McDonalds in Israel, the only other one is in Buenos Aires. The glue on Israeli stamps is also kosher
  • It is estimated that, per capita, Israeli academics publish more scientific journal articles than anywhere else worldwide

Israel Irene Gendelman - Tutt'Art@ (21)Irene Gendelman

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

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

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Iraq

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Zip Facts about Iraq:

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

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

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

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

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Iran

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Zip Facts about Iran:

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

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

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

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

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