Hi there. Welcome to my blog. This blog is my way of documenting a goal/challenge that I have taken upon myself.
Within the next year, I am going to make a common meal/dish from every country in the world. Yes, you heard me; 195 countries in 365 days. That averages out to 3 or 4 countries a week.
Let me give you some background on myself.
Hearing this challenge that I have accepted, you might assume that I love cooking and that I have always loved cooking. You would only be half right though. I do currently love cooking, but I have not always loved it. Actually, I only learned to cook about 2 and a bit years ago when I first moved to college. Before this, I could make Kraft Dinner and boil potatoes, that was about it. It’s not that my Mom never tried to teach me how to cook, trust me, she definitely tried, but I was just stubborn in thinking that all I needed was Kraft Dinner. When I moved to college, a terrible realization rocked my world… I no longer liked Kraft Dinner. What was I now supposed to make myself to eat? For my first semester, I remained stubborn and I mostly just ate in the school cafeteria, but after time, the lack of selection in our cafeteria annoyed me. It was this and a not so subtle Christmas gift from my parents (a basic cookbook for teenagers) that pushed me to learn how to cook. I had a rocky start as my roommates can attest to. But eventually, things started to look and taste better. I was on my way.
Fast forward two years and here we are. I would now say that I love cooking. I love to try new recipes and taste new things. But I was in need of a new hobby, so here we are.
Why am I doing this you may ask… I have a few reasons.
- As a child, I was a picky eater (sorry in hindsight, Mom!). I would be so resistant to any new foods, even if they just looked weird or had a weird name. I would judge foods before even trying them.
- I need to expand my horizons. Being a picky child, I would often eat the same foods. When I was a child, I called myself the ‘caesar salad connoisseur’. Caesar salad was my staple food. I would order it at every restaurant. (This next story is a shameful part of my past) I went on a cruise in Grade 8 and all I ate every meal was caesar salad. Looking back on that now, it is clear that I have missed out on so much, and therefore need to expand my horizons.
- I love traveling!! If I was wealthy, I would travel everywhere and anywhere. Unfortunately though, I am not. I am a college student…. Enough said. I love experiencing new cultures and new foods. Since I can not currently afford to travel around, I will have to experience the cultural foods in my own kitchen.
- I needed a new challenge in my life, and something to do to procrastinate from homework. 🙂
I figured that if I was going to do this, I should document it online. You people (once I get followers… once I hopefully get followers) can act as an accountability to me. I really do not like starting something and not finishing it, so if I start slacking, give me heck about it.. okay?
Well, this is my introductory post to the newest stretch in my culinary journey. I will be starting tomorrow (Sunday)… well technically it is Sunday right now since it’s 2:26am as I am writing this. I am going to be going through the countries alphabetically to ensure that I do not miss any. This week I will be tackling Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, and Andorra. Once I make each dish, I will be posting my review of it as well as the recipe that I used. That way, if you want to, you can try out these dishes too.
I am really looking forward to this. To trying new foods. To experiencing small parts of every country. To sharing my journey with you. I hope that you will join me on this journey as I cook my way around the world.