Over the years I have treated my family and friends to themed meals from around the world, 'tabletop travel' I called it. One year - when I made a new year's resolution to cook a different meal from a different country once a month - it was Cuban for Brian's birthday, Moroccan for Jake, and Hungarian for Jenn, Palauan for Kevin. You get the picture. Another year I was more ingredient-based in my culinary adventures - I did an eggplant dinner for Pia, beets for Jenn, mushrooms for Jake (a fun-gi feast for my fun guy) and anything and everything pumpkin from the end of September till to the beginning of November. I did breads from around the world at Easter one year and at Christmas it was a variety of gingerbreads hailing from Denmark to Texas.
But my efforts, delicious as they were, were rather haphazard.
hap·haz·ard (h p-h z rd). adj. Dependent upon or characterized by mere chance.
Yep, that is certainly what my culinary adventures were. Haphazard.
One of my favorite things about the blogosphere: I can be a kitchen voyeur, peering into the pots and pans of some truly inspiring people. Today I stumbled upon one such amazing person: Sasha of Global Table Adventure. She and her Tulsa-based family are cooking, and eating, their way through 195 countries in 195 weeks. She's currently on Luxembourg, so at least I'm joining the fun before she hits the latter part of the alphabet.
But, given my stated parental mission of raising conscientious, compassionate, and responsible citizens of the world with fearless palates, I am going to jump on the Global Table Adventure band-wagon and take on this challenge on my own.
Sasha has laid out the countries and is methodically making her way through the alphabet. Being the Queen of Chaos that I am, I might not be as organized - I am definitely not as organized - but I will attempt it. And, as I've already done meals from several countries, I am going give myself credit for those. I will, however, blog in alphabetical order, beginning this month.
As I mentioned, I am -
Thanks for the culinary inspiration, Sasha, and incredibly well-laid out plans! I will do my best.