Do you believe that with the close of this, our third Culinary Tour, we virtually visited 30 countries? And, we collectively presented 284 recipes along with fascinating stories (firsthand, factual and otherwise/fictional :)). There were lots of great photos too.
Importantly, bloggers and readers alike expanded their horizons and welcomed new cultures and traditions into their homes and blogs. And, we all made new friends.
To those of you who expressed sadness by this being the ‘final tour’, who knows? I said it was, but maybe not.
Unlike past tours, where bloggers drifted in and out depending on the location and their own schedules, 5 showed up in Panama and faithfully followed me to Alaska, Turkey, Japan, Thailand, Egypt and Nigeria. Thank you to ALL contributors and readers — and, for their constant companionship and wonderful and insightful posts, a special thanks to:
Norma of Platanos, Mangoes and Me! in New York City.
Val of More Than Burnt Toast in Vancouver.
Cinzia of Cindystar in Lake Garda, Italy.
Sally of My Custard Pie in Dubai.
Annette of Torwen Blog in the U.K.
The Final Round-Up: Nigeria
Cinzia of Cindystar in in Lake Garda, IT made these delicious looking little pastry pillows called chin chin. She also did a lot of research which she shares with readers.
Norma of Platanos, Mangos + Me in NY was delighted to learn that Nigerians used platanos and mangoes so she made a cake to celebrate. Check out the little mango palm tree.
Sally of My Custard Pie in Dubai brought a literary angle to this stop and made cassava chips.
Val of More Than Burnt Toast in Vancouver ended the tour with another thoughtful post and Chicken Suya and Cracked Wheat Salad.
Torwen Blog in the UK ended the tour with a lovely message and 3 dishes: bean patties with rice + peanut sauce and cauliflower with curry sauce.
Our friend, Oz from Kitchen Butterfly in The Netherlands is Nigerian-born. She rocked this stop, as I knew she would, with a tutorial, a pictorial and a first person accounting of pepper soup.
There will always be a link to our adventures here at FOODalogue under the ‘travel’ tab and through the search feature.
A BLOGGING NOTE
I wanted to end this post with a video of Ben E King singing Auf Wiedersehen and although my friends, Ben of What’s Cooking and Julie of Willow Bird Baking, tried to help me all day (and into the night) yesterday via my frantic Facebook messages, I could not make it happen. I feel like an idiot and I still want to do it but, meantime, click over to youtube if you like – it’s a good rendition.