Saturday, December 22, 2012

European Community Culinary ABC's / Abbecedario Culinario della Comunità Europea

I'm so excited to be joining in an alphabetical culinary journey through Europe starting next month.  This is a new journey for a group of bloggers who just finished a culinary jaunt through Italy in the same manner.  And as Italian singer and songwriter Francesco De Gregori would say “at the end of a journey there is always a new journey to start”.  The journey through Italy did not tire them out, instead it inspired them to pack up their suitcases and pick up their ladles once more and start this new adventure!

So, in the new year, the ABC's will travel through the European Community... that is 26 nations! Plus one more - Italy.  That is because the ABC tour is widely made up of those who journeyed through the Italian Culinary ABC's.  Here is the map that will make up our travels.
I guess that their Italian journey was all hosted in one location, but since "in good company" is the best way to travel, this European journey will have a different blog hosting each letter.  Here's the basics of how it works:

Each letter represents a traditional dish of one of the countries in the European Community.  Each letter will be hosted by a different blog.  The hosting blog will post the recipe associated with the letter of the alphabet that we are currently visiting.  Everybody else joining in the journey for the month will publish a different traditional dish from the current country we are visiting.

In order to participate, just follow the 4W's:

  1. When: Every 3 weeks the letter and the country/nation will change
  2. What: Publish any recipe of the current country/nation (it can start w/ any letter) except the one the hosting blog is posting.
  3. Where: Publish the recipe on your blog, then leave a comment on the hosting blog's post w/ a link (or however the hosting blog indicates)
  4. Who: Anyone - the more the merrier!  Join us on our travels... whether you participate regularly or sporadically... we'd love to have you!
Here's an example:
On January 7, Mony of Gata da Plar will begin our journey by hosting the letter A with the recipe Appeltart, which represents the Netherlands. Anytime over the next 3 weeks, publish any recipe from the Netherlands, other than the Appeltart.  After you've published, leave a link to your post on Mony's post.

Here is the list of the letters, recipes, nations, and hosting blogs:

A like Appeltart
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Hosting blog: Gata da plar
  • Time span: January 7-27, 2013
B like Bryndzové halušky
  • Country: Slovakia
  • Hosting blog: Crumpets & Co.
  • Time span: January 28-February 17, 2013
C like Canja
  • Country: Portugal
  • Hosting blog: La melagranata
  • Time span: February 18-March 10, 2013
D like Drob
E like Escargot
F like Frikadeller
G like Goulash
  • Country: Hungary
  • Hosting blog: Cindystar
  • Time span: May 13-June 2, 2013
H like Hong am Rèisleck
  • Country: Luxembourg
  • Hosting blog: girlichef
  • Time span: June 3-23, 2013
I like Irish stew
J like Jacket potatoes
  • Country: UK
  • Hosting blog: Food 4 thought
  • Time span: July 15-August 4, 2013
K like Kalakukko
L like Laxpudding
M like Moussaka
N like Njoki
  • Country: Slovenia
  • Hosting blog: Tutto a occhio
  • Time span: October 7-27, 2013
O like Orsotto
  • Country: Estonia
  • Hosting blog: Cafe Lynnylu
  • Time span: October  28-November 17, 2013
P like Paella
  • Country: Spain
  • Hosting blog: Burro e Zucchero
  • Time span: November 18-December 8, 2013
Q like Quarkkäulchen
  • Country: Germany
  • Hosting blog: Briciole
  • Time span: December 9-29, 2013
R like Ross Fil-Forno
S like Sachertorte
  • Country: Austria
  • Hosting blog: Torte e dintorni
  • Time span: January 20-February 9, 2014
T like Trdlo
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Hosting blog: Ricette di cultura
  • Time span: February 10-March 2, 2014
U like Undens Klinger
  • Country: Latvia
  • Hosting blog: Briggis' home
  • Time span: March 03-23, 2014
V like Vedarai
  • Country: Lithuania
  • Hosting blog: Mestolando
  • Time span: March 24-April 13, 2014
W like Waterzooi
X like Xirotigani
Y like Yahni
  • Country: Bulgaria
  • Hosting blog: Nastro di Raso
  • Time span: May 26-June 15, 2014
Z like Żurek
  • Country: Poland
  • Hosting blog: Cucina Precaria
  • Time span: June 16-July 6, 2014
I hope you'll pack your bags and join us on this (alphabetical) Culinary journey through Europe! You can also follow along on Facebook!