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Around the World in 80 Dates | Algeria

Around the World in 80 Dates is a blog series designed to take me (and Tom) out of our comfort zones and force us to cook food from other countries. Each week, we use a random country generator to tell us where we will be cooking from. We have to cook at least one dish from this country, the more traditional the better. We alternate who’s cooking each week, this week is Tom’s turn.. but I ended up cooking. Algeria is a North African country – our first foray into Africa in this challenge, I think – and another big consumer of meat. Mutton is most popular, with poultry and beef following close behind. It’s a mean feat attempting to find a dish that doesn’t contain one animal or another. However, the list of vegetables commonly used in Algerian dishes is notably high in comparison with the other meat heavy countries we’ve researched so far – they’re also incredibly similar to those used in many of our own traditional dishes. Potatoes, carrots, onions, tomatoes, cabbages. …

Around the World in 80 Dates | Kyrgyzstan

Around the World in 80 Dates is a blog series designed to take me (and Tom) out of our comfort zones and force us to cook food from other countries. Each week, we use a random country generator to tell us where we will be cooking from. We have to cook at least one dish from this country, the more traditional the better. We alternate who’s cooking each week, this week is my turn. This series is doing wonders for my geography skills, I tell you. Kyrgyzstan is a central Asian country housing almost 6 million people. I’ll be honest, when I first started researching their traditional cuisine I was freaking out in a mild way. It’s incredibly meat heavy – horse meat, specifically – which is something I’m really trying to avoid where I can, especially after last weeks pork fest. Their national dish is something called Beshbarmak, which is boiled mutton or beef served with noodles and onion broth. I found a recipe for it on this blog and while it does look …

Around the World in 80 Dates | Cuba

Around the World in 80 Dates is a blog series designed to take me (and Tom) out of our comfort zones and force us to cook food from other countries. Each week, we use a random country generator to tell us where we will be cooking from. We have to cook at least one dish from this country, the more traditional the better. We alternate who’s cooking each week, this week is Tom’s turn. Have you all seen the movie Chef? That was what I first thought of when Tom was given Cuba as his country to cook from. I begged him to make Cuban sandwiches. I’ve since checked the ‘cuban cuisine’ wiki page and – thank god – the Cuban sandwich has its own subheading, so we kept it authentic despite doing essentially zero research beforehand. The cuban sandwich can be traced all the way back to the 1800s, when it was a common lunch for workers from the cigar factories and sugar mills. It’s hugely popular in the USA thanks to all the …