An year ago if someone had asked me to a do a month long mega blogging marathon (bm), I would have instantly said no. Here I am today, doing a recap of last month's month long marathon and second one of the year. After the April mega marathon, I was unsure about doing another mega bm but thanks to the motivation and push from from my bm mates, I have successfully completed my second mega bm of the year. With proper planning and organizing, I have realized it is not that bad at all and am looking forward to participating in upcoming mega bms.
If you were following the blog regularly for the past one month, you know I was on a virtual world wide culinary journey cooking from various countries in an alphabetical. During this virtual tour, I took you all to 26 countries in 30 days, taking a break every Sunday. During this journey, we traveled across the globe stopping in five continents; Africa, Asia, Europe, North & South Americas, and New Zealand. New Zealand is one country I could not figure out the continent it is part of. I just assumed it was part of the continent of Australia but was unsure. When I did some search, I found out that it is part of Oceania. I do not remember reading about Oceania in my Social Studies class in school. Oceania is region and not a continent. If someone knows which continent New Zealand is part of, please enlighten this sole.
During this journey, I took you all to 2 African, 12 Asian, 6 European, 4 North American, 1 South American nations and to New Zealand. I started the journey in Africa and concluded it Africa. We crisscrossed the world covering all parts of the world in 30 days. Here is what I virtually treated you all last month.
Day 1, A for Algeria - We started journey in Algeria to taste some Shorba Frik
Day 2, B for Bangladesh - from Africa we moved to Bangladesh for some Rustic Bangladeshi Chicken Curry
Day 3, C for Czech Republic - From Asia we traveled west to Europe for some Hunter Mushroom Soup
Day 4, D for Denmark - we traveled north for Danish Egg Salad
Day 5, E for El Salvador - we traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to North American nation of El Salvador to taste the national dish Pupusa, Curtido & Salsa.
Day 6, F for Finland - we traveled back to Europe for Finnish breakfast, Semolina Porridge.
Day 7 - Rest
Day 8, G for Greece - We resumed the journey and traveled south of Europe to Greece for some Spanakopita.
Day 9, H for Haiti - We traveled back to North America for Haitian Griot.
Day 10, I for Italy - From Haiti we went back to Europe for Prosciutto Fresh Mozzarella Tomato Arugula Panini
Day 11, J for Jamaica - We traveled back to North America for some Jamaican Chicken Curry.
Day 12, K for Korea - From Jamaica we moved to far East, Asian nation of Korea(s) for some delicious bibimbap
Day 13, L for Lebanon - From East Asia we went to Western Asia for some Lebanese Manakish Zaatar
Day 14 - Rest
Day 15, M for Malaysia - We again travel east, South Asia to taste some Tom Yam Beehoon
Day 16, N for New Zealand - We go to New Zealand for some Anzac Cookies.
Day 17, O for Oman - Back in Asia for some Omani Shuwa
Day 18, P for Peru - We traveled to South America to taste Peruvian Chickpeas & Swiss Chard Stew
Day 19, Q for Qatar - Back to Asia for some flavored coffee, Qahwa Helw
Day 20, R for Russia - We went to Russia to taste Poor man's Caviar
Day 21 - Rest
Day 22, S for Sri Lanka - We went South to taste some Srilankan Spicy Shrimp Curry
Day 23, T for Turkey - We stopped in Turkey to taste Mediterranean sweet, Sekerpare
Day 24, U for Ukraine - Then we traveled back to Europe to taste some Ukrainian Vushka
Day 25, V for Vietnam - From Europe we went back to Asia to taste Vietnamese crepes, Banh Xeo
Day 26, W for Wuhan, China - We traveled north for some Chinese noodles, Re-gan Mian
Day 27, for Xalapa, Mexico - From China we traveled across the Pacafic Ocean for some Mexican lunch, Enfrijoladas
Day 28 - Rest
Day 29, Y for Yemen - From North America, we went back to Asia for some tea served with Yemeni Ka'ak
Day 30, Z for Zambia - We concluded the virtual culinary journey going back to Africa for N'shima & Fried Rape
It was a delicious marathon with you Usha. Thanks for running it alongside.
Suma Gandlur says
I always thought New Zealand belonged to Australia and thanks for clarifying. :))
It was a pleasure running marathon with you and this recap again gave a glimpse of those wonderful dishes you have come up with.
Usha, as I said already, you have us drooling over the pictures so much that I at times forget if I read what you wrote..I enjoyed reading your notes and your experience preparing the dishes for this BM...and all the dishes look amazing!
Loved all the pictures in different moods, Usha. A wonderful collection of international dishes!
Beautiful pictures, and wonderful collection of recipe choices, i enjoyed thoroughly going through ur compilation of this world cuisine Usha..u simply rocked during this mega Bm.
Chef Mireille says
lovely intro and great roundup
Awesome pictures as always and great collection of recipes. I enjoyed reading your posts every morning. I especially enjoyed your reasoning behind selecting the various dishes. I hope to share many more of these journeys with you.
with pictures to die for..who wont revisit..this was an amazing ride Usha, you have a gold mine of good pics in the 30 days we spent, great going