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54. Cyprus: Halloumi Salad

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Soo this week I found out that I forgot a country. I was so looking forward to Cuba and Czech Republic that I completely forgot the amazing country of Cyprus! So stupid since I love Mediterranean food!

Cyprus is a complicated place, half Greek and half Turkish but completely part of the European Union. Because of it’s strategic location the history of Cyprus is basically the history between East and West. It’s also an incredibly popular tourist destination. The blue sea, beautiful beaches and rich history attract tons of tourists! And not just the nice kind… amongst Cyprus is know as a party destination. Which means weird people who just came for the cheap booze and hot girls in bikini. Tragic…

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There are lots of ancient Greek myths about Cyprus supposedly Aphrodite (Greek goddess of love) was born there.

  • Mount Olympus, which is notable in Greek mythology as being the home of the gods, is the tallest mountain in the Troodos range.
  • Cyprus was once the wealthiest nation in the known world. It was during the Copper and Bronze Ages when the island’s rich natural copper resources were exported to other countries.
  • Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, is now the only capital in the world to be divided between two nations – North Cyprus & South Cyprus.
  • One of the world’s most famous shipwrecks lies off the Cypriot coast near Limassol Harbour. The Zenobia, with its cargo of vehicles, sunk in 1980.

I had never tried haloumi cheese but now I am hooked my friends! It has the texture of mozzarella but it tastes like goat cheese, oh come on! This pimps up every salad you make!

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Haloumi Salad

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30. Burkina Faso: African Ginger Beer

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First of all it was not easy to find information about Burkina Faso. The name Burkina Faso means land of the honest men. Originally it was named Upper Volta, but in 1983 Capt Thomas Sankara seized power and renamed the country Burkina Faso. The country has been plagued by misery and revolution. Ouagadougou or Ouaga is the capital, it  lacks standout sights and its architecture doesn’t have much to turn your head, but it thrives as an eclectic arts hub, with dance and concert venues, live bands, theatre companies, a busy festival schedule and beautiful handicrafts. Although Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world, it can still provide enough food, a few years ago  The campaign of Broederlijk Delen 2007 focused on Burkina Faso. In the campaign movie Dutch onions and potatoes sold on the local market. However, that is not support, but rather a disruption of the local economy. The local farmers can not sell their onions by the dumping prices of Dutch goods.

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Here are some fun facts about Burkina Faso

  • Burkina Faso is home to 60 different ethnic groups, each with their own variety of folk music.
  • The school week runs from Monday through Saturday. Schooling is in theory free and compulsory until the age of 16. According to UNICEF, only 81% of students reach the 5th grade.
  • Disabled and older people live with their families and are fully accepted.
  • The Mossi – one of the ethnic groups in Burkina Faso are known for their antelope masks which are over 2m (7ft) high and painted in red or white. The masks are usually worn at funerals and when guarding certain fruits.

The juice i made this week is said to have healing powers, which is great because i have been feeling a little under the weather lately. Ginger is so healthy it’s good for your kidney’s and blader and on top of that it gives a great nice to everything. GingerbeerIngredients:  4 cups of water, 70g ginger, peeled and washed, 300g pineapple, peeled and washed, 1/3 cup lemon juice, ½ cup of sugar

Add the ginger, pineapple and lemon juice in a food processor. Then add water and mix well until the liquid is home gene. You can also use a mortar and pestle  and grind the ginger and pineapple and mix well with the water. Filter the resulting mixture through a sieve to remove the juice. Add the sugar according to your taste. Keep in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

29. Bulgaria: Tarator

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Bulgaria the oldest country in Europe. After WWII Bulgaria fell under the Sovjet regime where it became communist republic, in 1989 Bulgaria became independent but the communist architecture can still be found throughout the country. Sofia has been the capital of Bulgaria since 1879. The roots of Sofia date back to the 5th century. Nowadays Sofia is Europe’s cheapest capital for shopping, so shop till you drop! At about 10 minutes from Sofia there is a beautiful skiing resort called Vitosha. Apart from an rich history, cheap shopping and beautiful skiing resort Bulgaria also has a stunning nature; green forests, mighty rivers and over 40 large mountains with beautiful fairytale like mountain villages.

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Here are some fun facts about Bulgaria

  • Bulgaria is the only country in the world to have fired an elected municipal official over playing Farmville. In 2010, Dimitar Kerin, a Plovdiv city councilor, was dismissed in order to “have more time to tend to his virtual farm”. (Well they certainly have their priorities straight!)
  • Bulgarians express approval by shaking their heads rather than nodding.
  • Name Days” are celebrated in addition to birthdays in Bulgaria. As a matter of fact, most Bulgarians value their ‘Name Day’ more than their birthday. A Name Day, or “Saints Day” is celebrated by people named after a particular Saint.
  • Michael Palin upset Bulgarians by saying it is most famous for it’s gypsies (How ignorant can you be, Michael Palin?)

So this recipe is what I would call the gazpacho of Eastern Europe! It’s a perfect dish to bring to the beach on a hot summer day, or to bring to a picnic! It’s quick, refreshing and tasty!

taratorIngredients: 2 large cucumbers, 2 garlic cloves, 5 tbsp of fresh dille finely chopped, 1l yoghurt, 3 tbsp of crushed walnuts, 3 tbsp olive oil, salt to taste

 Peel cucumbers and chop into very small dices. Mince garlic cloves, sprinkle with the salt and olive oil and add to the cucumbers. Add yoghurt, walnuts and chopped dill and some cold water to adjust density according to your taste. Keep into refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve with an ice cube in every bowl
Here is some Bulgarian music