Month: July 2015

62. Equatorial Guinea: Sea bass with 3 Sauces

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Equatorial Guinea does not have the best reputation; failed coups, corruption, poverty. Of course the country does have some problems and I wouldn’t recommend you going there for a peaceful holiday, but despite everything the nature is supposed to stunning in Equatorial Guinea.

Rain forests full of endangered primates and shores of nesting sea turtles. On the mainland, white beaches, forest paths and junglescapes await. Just don’t forget to calculate some bribe money in your travel budget, because it is guaranteed you’ll need it.

Equatorial Guinea

Things you didn’t know about Equatorial Guinea:

  • Spain only had one colony in Africa, Equatorial Guinea. They relinquished control on Oct 12, 1968, which is relatively early by 20th century African independence statistics.
  • Although the coffee and cocoa industries are among Equatorial Guinea’s biggest economy boosters, the average resident there generally doesn’t consume these beverages themselves.
  • Extended families often live together. When a couple marries, it is traditional for them to move in with the husband’s family.
  •  Since the discovery, the country has flown into economic stardom, but this country remains one of the most corrupt countries in the world, and it is very common to see officials asking for bribes around the corners of the country.

This recipe is a so much better then you would expect, my first reaction was: fish with peanut sauce that can’t be good? But I was wrong it was delicious although my absolute favourite was the avocado sauce.

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61. England (Great Britain) : Fishpie (lighter version)

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I love England! I know it’s just a part of Great Britain but I decided to split it up because I could not make a choice between the variety of British recipes. So many things come to mind when you hear England! Things like tbe Royal family, tea time (scones!!!), bulldogs, James Bond, Winston Churchill,… A journey through England is a journey through history. But not history that’s dull and dusty, history you can feel and re-live every where you go.

Things you didn’t know about England:

  • Big Ben also more formally known as The Great Bell which is in the Elizabeth Tower has only ever stopped chiming 3 times in its lifetime of 152 years. It stopped Once in 2007 when it was being cleaned, also in 2005 due to a rare event of hot weather and then again in 1949 when a flock of birds landed on the minute arm and stopped it from moving for a brief second.
  • The British Royal Family is known all around the world, but what a lot of people don’t know is that the Royal Family has been German since 1701. This was due to the British parliament not wanting a Roman Catholic to be able to take the throne. The Royal families last name was Saxe-Coburg-Gotha however this changed during World War 1 due to the war against Germany in which they became known as Windsor.
  • Back in the day every one would say that their name was John Smith, this was a very common name and all criminals were “John Smith”. Due to this there are a lot of Smiths in England still. There is even a beer named after them called John Smith.
  • The English invented champagne! The quintessentially French drink from the Champagne regions of France, is actually the brain child of an English scientist. Christopher Merrit produced and presented a paper to the Royal Society in London in 1662 explaining how to add sugar and molasses to Wine to make it sparkling and brisk. Over 30 years later, Dom Perignon used the process to create the first ever batch of Champagne.
  • A royal footman who poured whisky into the Queen’s corgis‘ (the Queen has a bunch of corgis she is very attached to them) water as a party trick was rewarded with a salary cut and a demotion.

They say the English cuisine is boring, but I disagree! To me the English food always gives me a homey sort of feeling. It might not be very refined but you just taste the love in the recipes. Dishes you wanted to eat after you came home as kid soaking wet from the rain after field hockey or soccer practice. Dishes that warm you up. Dishes like this amazing fish pie!

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60. El Salvador: Pupusas

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El Salvador, a small Central-American country squeezed in between: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica.  Glimpses of tropical paradise, national parks as you want them to be just astonishing untouched nature, colonial splendor astride pristine volcanic lakes, searing colors and a fierce creative vision sit quietly in the shadows of an indomitable local pride.That’s what El Salvador is all about.

A place not many people go but when they do they can’t shut up about it until they convinced you to go there aswell Here you’ll find a stunning coastline with world-class waves, a cultural capital famed for its nightlifex and small-town charm by the plaza-load. el salvador

Things you didn’t know about El Salvador:

  • The smallest country in Central America and the only one without a Caribbean coastline.
  • El Salvador is the only Central American country that has no visible population of African descent. This is in part due to laws established during colonial and modern times prohibiting entrance to the country of people of African descent. (So far for super racist laws!)
  • It is known as the “Land of the Volcanoes” because of the more than 20 volcanoes in the territory. Two of them are currently active.
  • Salvadorans are known as “guanacos.”
  • El Salvador went to war with Honduras after a soccer match; which was later known as the “Soccer War”.

Well pupasas they are a great tasty snack my only objection would be that they are quite heavy Schermafbeelding 2015-07-11 om 06.41.22

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