Sunday, April 18, 2010

What's Cooking in your World?

About a year ago, my son Tim asked me if I would cook a meal from a different country at least one night a week. It sounded like a cool idea, as I love to cook and am blessed with a family of adventurous eaters, but like so many other things I think about yet never do, I put the idea on the back burner, so to speak, and pretty much left it there to simmer.

Last night we watched Julia&Julia. When it was over, Timmy said, "Well, if SHE could get through an entire cookbook in 365 days, why couldn't you make a meal from a different country once a week, huh?" - Hmmm...the little sh*t threw down a challenge!

The Almanac lists 193 countries in the world. Turns out, this is a somewhat dynamic number though, as new countries are continually formed depending on political agendas - usually war. Given that reality, this project will try to reflect our ever changing global map, while doing justice to each country's regional cuisine. In the process, I hope to expand my world views and cultural insight, one meal at a time.

So here's my goal: Prepare 1, possibly 2 meals per week from a different country, until I've worked my way through all the World's countries in alphabetical order.

First stop: Afghanistan

p.s. I'd really like to communicate with people from around the world to collect authentic recipes!

10 comments:

Lucy said...

You are such a superstar! What's your first dish? xxoo Lulu

sarah said...

already such pressure - looking up some recipes now!

Mary Trelease Beaudet said...

So, do you have designated "cooking" days? I may have to "inadvertently" arrange to be in the area on, oh, say, "France" night!

Mary Trelease Beaudet said...

I'm so glad you've included the recipes! Since we're on break this week I may pull myself away from the garden to try my hand. What's your favorite so far?....BTW, Great pics...I love that it's becoming a family involved project!

sadie said...

Thanks, Mary! So far, the family favorite was the Algerian meal. It's spicy, so if your family doesn't like hot, you can still make it and either cut back on the cayenne and hot peppers, or omit it altogether. xoxo

Mary Trelease Beaudet said...

My family's moto is, "The spicier, the better!" : )....I may just give it a try!

jd decker said...

this'll be a fun blog to watch... better get my wife in on it too, she is WITH you as far a passion for cooking. She even got to meet Julia as she was a close friends aunt up in Maine.

sadie said...

Yay! now become a "follower"! That must have been so cool to meet her!

Amber said...

I found your blog through a prompter from a lj community: dailyfoodie ;)

It certainly looks interesting, so I'd like to follow, especially to see what you come up with from Japan and Sweden, and well, any other country!

Best of luck!

sadie said...

Thank you Amber! It'll take me a while to get there - I'm just about to cook Belizian food, so stay tuned!!! Sarah