Salade de Carottes à la Marocaine (Moroccan Carrot Salad) – Morocco / Israel

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In the US, when we think of salad, we think of something like a green salad, a cob salad or a Caesar among others. But in Israel, their interpretation of salad is totally different – think salad meets tapas – small portions of a large variety of dishes that together can be a meal in […]

Israeli Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate – Israel

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While many people in America like breakfast for dinner, I happen to like dinner for breakfast. So when I got to Israel and saw that they had a number of dinner items for breakfast, I was beyond thrilled. In particular, one thing that they do there is to serve a variety of salads in tiny […]

Chakshuka (Eggs simmered in peppers & tomatoes) – Israel

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I first had Chakshuka (also spelled Shakshucka) in an cafe in the heart of the Jewish quarter in Paris years ago for lunch. The line was out the door, the place was packed and despite the extensive menu, the majority of the people were eating some type of eggs that looked like they were poached […]

Rúgbrauð (Icelandic Rye Bread) – Iceland

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I is for Iceland. After scouring the internet for icelandic recipes, a few things were clear 1. they eat a LOT of fish in Iceland (which frankly is not surprising given that it is surrounded by the ocean) and 2. rúgbrauð or icelandic rye bread is the bread of choice. I must say, this bread […]

Fesenjan II (Persian Chicken in Pomegranate, Walnut and Prune Sauce) – Iran (Persia)

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Am I obsessed with Persian food? YES! Did I realize that Fesenjan is probably one of the most popular Persian dishes that exists or that it is SUPER EASY to make? NO. I stumbled upon it one day in my favorite cookbook Copeland Marks’ Sephardic Cooking when looking for a dish to make for Rosh […]

Ash Reshteh – Persian Herb, Bean & Noodle Soup (Iran)

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I happen to be in the middle of the I’s and coincidentally while searching for foods to make in honor of the winter solstice, discovered that in Iran, there is a special holiday, Shab-e-Yaldā, which takes place on the winter solstice which is the darkest night of the year. Yalda is an ancient tradition which […]

Fish Yassa (Yassa Poisson) – The Gambia

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New top 10 alert for all 3 of us (and for our special guest). Yassa, made with an unforgetable tangy onion-lemon-mustard sauce is one of my absolute favorite dishes and super healthy. I first had it years ago in a teeny tiny Senegalese restaurant in Paris nestled in far reaches of the heavily African neighborhood […]

Gabonese Cucumber and Tomato Salad – Gabon

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G is for Gabon which is located on the equator on the west coast of Africa. Finding recipes for Gabon was NOT the easiest. There were slim pickins. As I mentioned in the last post where I wrote about the Gabonese dish Folon Mink Ot Mi Kwass (Amaranth Leaves with Smoked Mackerel) almost every recipe […]

Folon Mink Ot Mi Kwass (Amaranth Leaves with Smoked Mackerel) – Gabon

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Finding a recipe for Gabon was not the easiest. But then I stumbled upon a “Top Chef” Gabonaise competition where Gabonais participants, many of whom were ex-pats, were making dishes from a Gabonais cookbook. The first recipe I found had fish cooked in palm oil. Looked easy enough and thinking about how tasty Nutella is […]

Satsabeli Bazha (Georgian Poultry in Walnut Sauce) – Georgia

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Nestled between Turkey, Russia, Armenia and the Black Sea Georgia sits at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and is considered one of the to be one of the possible cradles of civilization. Georgian cuisine is loaded with walnuts. Vegetables with walnuts, meats with walnuts and of course desserts with walnuts. In short, Georgian cuisine […]