Tavce Gravce Macedonian Bean Stew

Tavce gravce macedonian bean stew

Friday is abstinence day for meat-eating Orthodox Christians, which means that vegetarian dishes in the otherwise carnivorous Balkans do get an airing at least once a week. One of these dishes is tavce gravce, Macedonia’s national plate, nuances of which pervade all of the former Yugoslav countries under different names, including pasulj, prebranac and grah. Put simply, tavce gravce … Read more

Pom Surinamese Chicken Pomtajer Potato Root Vegetable Casserole

Pom Surinamese Chicken Pomtajer Potato Root Vegetable Casserole

The saying “without pom, there is no birthday” should give you some idea of just how revered pom is in Suriname. A celebratory dish mostly reserved for special occasions, pom is the lovechild of a number of different ethnic parents who – whether by force or of their own volition – ended up in Suriname during the time … Read more

Bobotie South African Meatloaf Casserole

Bobotie South African meatloaf casserole

What do you get when you throw a some ground meat, eggs and bread at an 17th century Dutch spice ship? The answer is bobotie, South Africa’s national dish that was born of a dark union between colonizers, slaves and the centuries-old spice trade. Bobotie is a dish of sweet and zesty mince meat topped … Read more

Tourtière: Canadian Spiced Minced Meat Pie

Tourtière: Canadian spiced minced meat pie

There’s something magical when a flavor matches a feeling. Tourtière possesses that magic in full abundance. A single bite taken into this spiced meat pie evokes the cheerful, warming spirit of the holidays. It’s no wonder, then, that it’s a key fixture to any true Quebecois celebration of Christmas… and now at our own too. Tourtière, … Read more

Keshi Yena: Curaçao Stuffed Cheese Casserole

Keshi Yena: Curaçao Stuffed Cheese Casserole

In this wild world of ours, sometimes the best history lessons are seen – and tasted – right in front of us. Certainly that’s the case with keshi yena and Curaçao. Even in the smallest of these simple, inauspiciously prepared stuffed cheese casseroles, you’ll find a wealth of historical influences, both from the outside and within the … Read more

Kaukau: Papua New Guinean Sweet Potato

This is Kaukau, a Papua New Guinean Sweet Potato dish, with orange juice, coconut milk, shallots, garlic, ginger, coconut oil and cinnamon

It’s funny to see how some “newcomers” can take a nation’s food scene by storm. Nowhere is this as true as in Papua New Guinea and the kaukau, or the sweet potato. It’s rare enough to find recipes from Papua New Guinea as is, but it’s even rarer to find one that doesn’t involve some kaukau … Read more