Halusky Slovakian Potato Dumplings

Halusky Slovakian potato dumplings

Potatoes are the heart of Eastern European culinary tradition, featured prominently in many dishes, and halusky – the national dish of Slovakia – epitomizes the fondness for this tasty tuber. In what is now becoming a familiar tale here on Arousing Appetites, what’s now an ingredient central to a country’s cuisine was a foreign introduction … Read more

Sandkaker: Norwegian Almond Butter Wafers

Sandkaker: Norwegian Almond Butter Wafers

It’s hard to deny the special something and inherently festive spirit that fills the air around the holidays, and not just solely in the US. Around the world – and across a large swathe of different traditions and customs – the holidays season give way to practices unique and special to this time of year. That … Read more

Cesnecka: Czech Garlic Soup

Cesnecka: Czech Garlic Soup

It’s no real secret here that we’re pretty big fans of garlic. Even one glance at other recipes like brodet and tave kosi is enough to see that we’re not shy about adding in the extra clove or two into almost any recipe. Luckily for us, it seems we share our fanaticism for the pungent root with others out … Read more

Caponata: Cooked Sicilian Aubergines

This is caponata, a classic Sicilian dish of stewed aubergines or eggplant, complete with loads of vegetables, fresh herbs and spices and lovely balance between sweet and sour

This was a cuisine we’ve been really looking forward to exploring. Sure, Sicily is technically part of Italy these days, but the island’s history has endowed it with a culture so unique, so incredible and so distinct from the mainland. In this way, pairing Sicily and Italian together would be quite the misnomer. One area that … Read more

Bircher Muesli: Swiss Oats and Fruits

This is Bircher Muesli: Swiss Oats and Fruits

Nowadays, it’s fairly common wisdom that most foods are best for you in their all natural, unprocessed and rawest state. And yet, even as recently as a century ago, this notion was a hotly contested topic. Even the idea of eating vegetables as a health food could (for some) border on heresy. We’ve come a long … Read more

Pylsur: Icelandic Hot Dog

This is pylsur, the infamous Icelandic hot dog topped with homemade mustard, remoulade, raw onions and cornichon

Even in food, you can come to expect quite a few curveballs. Although there are few quite like the overall Icelandic cuisine. For one that boasts such uncommon traditional specialties like hákarl (rotten shark), svið (roasted sheep skull) or lundi (smoked puffin), it’s almost sort of odd the pylsur would be the most go-to Icelandic dish of … Read more