What a wonderful idea! Going to lots of different countries and asking grandmothers to make a dish they would normally prepare for their families.
I am intrigued by the food, but even more so by the ladies! I would love to sit down with each one them and hear their stories. How amazing would that be?!
And the kitchens, they are all so different! I wonder about the lives that have been (and that are being) lived in those homes – the fun, the laughter, the tears..
And now: enjoy your culinary trip around the world!
(Sadly the pictures don’t seem to display correctly… sorry about that!)
1. Italy: Swiss chard and ricotta ravioli with meat sauce
Marisa Batini, 80 years old – Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
Gabriele Galimberti pays homage to all the grandmothers in the world and to their love for good cooking, starting from his own very Tuscan grandmother Marisa who, before the departure for his tour around the world by couchsurfing, took care to prepare her renowned “ravioli ripieni.” She was not so concerned about the possible risks or mishaps her grandson might face in his adventurous travelling worldwide, but her major concern was, “what will he eat”?
2. Albania: Burekoep domate (layered egg custard pie)
Neriman Mitrolari, 52 years old – Albania
3. Algeria: Chicken and vegetable couscous
Lebgaa Fanana, 42 years old – Timimoun, Algeria
4. Argentina: Asado criollo (mixed meats barbecue)
Isolina Perez De Vargas, 83 years old – Mendoza, Argentina
5. Armenia: Tolma (roll of beef and rice wrapped into grape leaves)
Jenya Shalikashuili, 58 years old – Alaverdi, Armenia
6. Bolivia: Queso humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup)
Julia Enaigua, 71 years old – La Paz, Bolivia
7. Brazil: Fejoada (pork and bean stew), light version
Ana Lucia Souza Pascoal, 53 years old – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
8. Canada: Bison stew under the midnight sun
Kathy O’€™Donovan, 64 years old – Whitehorse, Canada
9. Cayman Islands: Iguana with rice and beans
Maria Luz Fedric, 53 years old – Cayman Islands
10. China: Hui guo rou (twice-cooked pork with vegetables)
Pan Guang Mei, 62 years old – Chongqing, China
11. Egypt: Kuoshry (pasta, rice and bean pie)
Fifi Makhmer, 62 years old – Cairo, Egypt
12. Ethiopia: Injera with curry and vegetables
Bisrat Melake, 60 years old – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
13. Georgia: Khinkali (pork and beef dumplings)
Natalie Bakradze, 60 years old – Tblisi, Georgia
14. Haiti: Lambi (conch) in Creole sauce
Serette Charles, 63 years old – Saint-Jean du Sud, Haiti
15. Iceland: Kjotsùpa (lamb and vegetable soup)
Valagerdur Olafsdòttir, 63 years old – Reykjavìk, Iceland
16. India: Chicken vindaloo
Grace Estibero, 82 years old – Mumbai, India
17. Indonesia: Soto Betawi (beef soup with coconut and vegetables)
Eti Rumiati, 63 years old – Jakarta, Indonesia
18. Kenya: Mboga and orgali (white corn polenta with vegetables and goat meat)
Normita Sambu Arap, 65 years old – Oltepessi (masaai mara) Kenya
19. Latvia: Silke (herring with potatoes and cottage cheese)
Inara Runtule, 68 years old – Kekava, Latvia
20. Lebanon: Mjadara (rice and lentils cream)
Wadad Achi, 66 years old – Beirut, Lebanon
21. Malawi: Finkubala (caterpillar in tomato sauce)
Regina Lifumbo, 53 years old – Mchinji, Malawi
22. Malaysia: Nasi lemak (coconut rice with vegetables and fried dried anchovies)
Thilaga Vadhi, 55 years old – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
23. Mexico: Vegetarian Tamales
Laura Ronz Herrera, 81 years old – Veracruz, Mexico
24. Morocco: Chicken tajine
Eija Bankach, 62 years old – Massa, Morocco
25. Norway: Kjottsuppe (Icelandic beef and vegetable soup)
Synnove Rasmussen, 77 years old – Bergen, Norway
26. Peru: Corvina ceviche
Itala Revello Rosas, 77 years old – Lima, Peru
27. Philippines: Sinigang (tamarind soup with pork and vegetables)
Fernanda De Guia, 71 years old – Manila, Philippines
28. Spain: Asadura de cordero lecca con arroz (milk-fed lamb offal with rice)
Carmina Fernandez, 73 years old – Madrid, Spain
29. Sweden: Inkokt Lax (poached cold salmon and vegetables)
Brigitta Fransson, 70 years old – Stockholm, Sweden
30. Thailand: Kai Yat Sai (stuffed omelette)
Boonlom Thongpor, 69 years old – Bangkok, Thailand
31. Turkey: Karniyarik (stuffed eggplants with meat and vegetables)
Ayten Okgu , 76 years old -€“ Istanbul, Turkey
32. USA: Moose steak
Susann Soresen, 81 years old – Homer, Alaska, USA
33. Zanzibar: Wali, mchuzina mbogamboga (rice, fish and vegetables in green mango sauce)
Miraji Mussa Kheir, 56 years old – Bububu, Zanzibar
34. Zimbabwe: Sadza (white maize flour) and pumpkin leaves cooked in peanut butter
Flatar Ncube, 52 years old – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
I would really like to try the Latvian dish! Not so sure about the Malawian one, though…
What about you – any favourites?
So true! Isn’t it just amazing how deeply ingrained some of these reactions are? Some things are “disgusting”, whereas others are “completely normal” (how about blowing your nose and then putting the tissue in your pocket?). So good to be confronted by someone else’s “normal” every once in a while!
It is amusing how horrified we can be about the behaviors of others, while turning a blind eye to our own horrifying habits.
Spitting is an entrenched habit of many in Mainland China. Entering the elevator in my Chinese high-rise apartment, I was often greeted by a slick of opaque spit in the corner. Fortunately, in my present home of Hong Kong, a SARS-related aversion to germ-spreading has wiped out most public spitting.
A spitter has explained the logic behind the habit to me: essentially, since the air is so polluted and your phlegm captures this pollution, why would you dream of swallowing it? Far more healthy to eject this filth. I can understand the logic. (The logic, however, would still work if a tissue were employed between a person’s mouth and the ground.)
While I have yet to established my own ‘cleansing-through-spitting’ practice, my time in Asia has completely…
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I’m not usually much into cars but these (on the Ku’damm in Berlin) were amazing! And quite appropriate for this week’s theme, I thought.
Grab a cup of coffee, find a comfy seat and discover some my favourite blog posts, films, etc from this past week.
Things to watch
If you missed the the final part of the latest series of Dr Who – watch it! It was amazing! Now for a long wait until 23 November…
“This House” by James Graham. Wonderful play, set in the two Whip’s offices during the 1974-1979 parliament. Great behind-the-scenes look at the workings of parliament. Interesting as well to have an interview with Ann Taylor (who features in the play) during the interval.