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Zimbabwe — Dobi (Spinach & Tomato with Peanut Butter sauce)

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series — Around the World in 30 days Country: Z for Zimbabwe Dish: Dobi (Spinach & Tomato with Peanut Butter sauce) We are moving on to the last and final letter Z and we are going to Zimbabwetoday. Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between Zambezi & Limpopo rivers. Zimbabwean cuisine is much like the other African countries. They rely on a few staple foods. Cornmeal is used to make porridge called sadza or isitshwala and is usually served with meat and vegetables. Rice, pasta and potato based foods also make up part…

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Yemen — Carrot Rice

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series — Around the World in 30 days Country: Y for Yemen Dish: Yemeni Carrot Rice Today we are going to Yemen, an Arab country in Southwest Asia. We are only a day way from our final destination tomorrow and I can’t believe how fast the month passed. The first dish I made for Yemen was a colossal failure — the first and last failure in my entire A-Z International series. I was quite upset since I planned to make it at the very end and didn’t have enough time to remake it. So I picked…

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Xalapa (Mexico) — Vegetarian Mexican Brunch (Huevos Rancheros with Black beans)

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series — Around the World in 30 days Country: X for Xalapa — Mexico Dish: Vegetarian Mexican Brunch — Black bean Huevos Rancheros, Spicy Home Fries & Sangrita Today we are going to Xalapa, Mexico. Technically ther are no countries starting with X, so as a group it was decided that we pick a place that starts with X and then make a dish from that place or the country it belongs to. ‘X’ is the only alphabet that I didn’t have a country or dish planned. First I decided to a place in Spain, but…

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Western Samoa — Poi (Banana Puddling)

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series — Around the World in 30 days Country: W for Western Samoa Dish: Poi (Banana Pudding) We are moving on to Western Samoa today. There are not too many countries starting with W and so I picked one from this list and cooked from it, not realizing until I started typing the post that is the former name for Samoa. Oh well, it is what it is now and I’m going with it!!!!!! Western Samoa/ Samoa is a country encompassing the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. To be honest,…

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Vietnam — Crispy Rice & Mung bean Pancakes (Bánh Xèo)

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series — Around the World in 30 days Country: V for Vietnam Dish: Crispy Rice & Mung bean Pancakes (Bánh Xèo) We are visiting Vietnam today. Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia and is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest and Cambodia to southwest. Vietnamese cuisine features a combination of 5 fundamental taste elements/ senses: spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet which sounds much like Indian tastes as well. Traditional Vietnamese cooking uses lot of fresh ingredients, minimum use of oil and relies on herbs and vegetables. Vietnamese food is considered as…

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Uganda — G-Nut Sauce (Ugandan Peanut Sauce with Chickpeas)

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series — Around the World in 30 days Country: U for Uganda Dish: G-Nut Sauce We are going to Ugandatoday. It is a landlocked country in East Africa. Ugandan cuisine is influenced by English, Arab, Asian and especially Indian cuisines. Main dishes are usually centered on a sauce or stew of groundnuts/ peanuts, beans or meat.The starch traditionally comes from Ugali (maize meal) in the North and East or Matoke (boiled and mashed green banana) in Central, or a Millet Ugali in the west. Many tribes in Uganda have their own specialty dish or delicacy. Many…

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Turkey — Turkish Vegetarian Meal (Recipes)

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series — Around the World in 30 days Country: T for Turkey Dishes: Bulgur Pilaf, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Zucchini Fritters & Knafeh We are going to Turkey today. One of my girl friend is from Turkey and after tasting their food many times, I knew I have to try those recipes for the BM. I even bothered her on vacation and asked her to suggest some Turkish dishes that I could try. Sweet heart that she is, she sent me links to recipes that I could try. So thanks to my dear friend, I have a…

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Sweden — Swedish Vegetarian Meal (Recipes)

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series — Around the World in 30 days Country: S for SwedenDishes: Swedish Sandwich Cake (Smörgåstårta), Raggmunk (Potato Pancakes), Broccoli Soup & Christmas Porridge We are going to Sweden today.It is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. Two of my brothers-in-law live there now. We went to Sweden 5 years ago and had a chance to visitStockholm (Capital of Sweden) and Gothenburg. It is a beautiful country and we had a great time there. Good thing about visiting a new country, not as a tourist but as a guest is that we got a chance to…

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Russia — A Simple Vegetarian Russian Meal

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series — Around the World in 30 days Country: R for Russia Dishes: Borscht (Russian Beet & Veggie Soup), Tomato & Cucumber Salad, Salad Olivier We are going to Russia today. Russia is a country in northern Eurasia. Russia has over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous people in Russia. Ethnic Russians with their Slavic traditions, Tatars and Bashkirs with their Turkic Muslim culture and so on. My knowledge of Russia was from the Russian folktale books that we used to read as kids. My dad used to buy these books at book exhibitions and we…