Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cooking Around the World with Camilla

I have been humbled into action. Hold onto your hats because 2012 launches a new culinary adventure: 'Cooking Around the World with Camilla.' Well, it's not so much a new idea but a strategic plan to execute this idea.


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 - shamelessly enthusiastically - jumping on the Global Table Adventure chef coat-tails and will use Sasha's list of countries as my guide and her website as inspiration, though I will research and create my own menus. Here's the line-up...

(A)
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
(B)
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burma (see Myanmar)
Burundi  
(C)
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Congo, Democratic Republic of
Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire/Ivory Coast
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
(D)
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
(E)
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
(F)
Fiji
Finland
France
(G)
Gabon
Gambia, The
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
(H)
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary  
(I)
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
(J)
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
(K)
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea, North
Korea, South
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
(L)
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
(M)
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco (incl. W. Sahara)
Mozambique
Myanmar/Burma
(N)
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
(O)
Oman
(P)
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
(Q)
Qatar
(R)
Romania
Russian Federation
Rwanda
(S)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan, North
Sudan, South (new country since GTA)
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
(T)
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
(U)
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
(V)
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
(Y)
Yemen
(Z)
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Thanks for the culinary inspiration, Sasha, and incredibly well-laid out plans! I will do my best.
~Camilla

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