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Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature. - Charles Dickens

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Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.  – Roman Payne, Cities & Countries

 


 

National days.....

 

Latvia 18 November (Declaration of independence from Russia 1918)

Eating in Latvia.....

Trivia: On September 7th, 2012, the Latvian Drift Association set the world record for most cars doing donuts simultaneously. One hundred and seven automobiles performed the stunt in the Bikernieki Sports Complex, near Riga, Latvia’s capital. 

 


 

Oman 18 November (birthday of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman)

Omani cuisine...

Trivia: Coffee is superb in Oman and it is always served with dates. The little cups are never full but you can order many repeats.

 

St. Eustatius (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 16 November (the "flag incident" of 1776: the United Provinces (Low Countries) (informally) recognize the independence of the United States)

The food of  Sint Eustatius .....

Trivia: The place of the First Salute to the United States of America. On November 16, 1776 Governor Johannes de Graaff of St. Eustatius returned the salute fire of the visiting American brig Andrew Doria by firing the cannons of Fort Oranje, thus becoming the first international country to  acknowledge  the independence of the United States.

 


 

Belgium November 15, Dag van de Dynastie – Jour de la Dynastie (Dynasty Day)

Eating in Belgium.....

Trivia: The world's biggest chocolate selling point is Brussels National Airport.

 


 

Brazil November 15 (1889). Dia da Proclamação da República (Republic Day) public holiday

The food of  Brazil.....

Trivia: Brazil has been the world’s largest exporter of coffee for 150 years. It supplied around 80 per cent of the world’s coffee in the 1920s; that figure has fallen to around a third.

 


 

Palestine 15 November

 

Eating in Palestine...

Trivia: For centuries, ‘olives’ have been an integral part of the Palestinian culture, tradition and ethos. More....

 

 

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus 15 November (Declaration of independence from the Cyprus 1983)

The cuisine of Northern Cyprus...

Trivia: Northern Cyprus is known as the Island of Sun and enjoys about 340 sunny days every year.

 


 

AzerbaijanNovember 12 (1995). 

The food of Azerbaijan .....

Trivia: Watermelon is usually eaten with white cheese and bread.

 


 

 

Angola 11 November  (Independence from Portugal in 1975)

The food of Angola.....

Trivia: Semba, one of the most common Angolan musical styles, influenced several other types of music, including the samba of Brazil.

 

 

Poland 11 November, (Święto Niepodległości, Independence Day, restoration of independence from Austro-Hungary, Prussia, and Russia in 1918)

On the Polish table....

Trivia: The first surviving cookbook of Polish recipes dates from 1682 with dishes influenced by strong Lithuanian, Tartar-Turkish, and German influences.

 

 

St. Maarten (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 11 November

Dining in St Maarten....

Trivia: Princess Juliana Airport just happens to be positioned at one end of one of St Maarten’s most famous and beautiful beaches. In addition to professional photographers who travel to the island to capture unique shots, tourists love to visit to snap photos to show off back home. More..

 

Cambodia 9 November   (Independence from France in 1953)

The food of Cambodia.....

Trivia: The Cambodian flag is the only national flag that has an image of a building – the Angkor Wat.

 

Dominican RepublicNovember 6  (1844). See History of the Dominican Republic.

Dining in the republic.....

Trivia: The Dominican flag is the only one to have a bible in it. Adopted on November 6, 1844, this is one of the oldest flags in the world. It has its roots in the Haitian flag of the 19th century.

 


 

TajikistanNovember 6  (1994), Constitution Day.

The food of Tajikistan.....

Trivia: Did you know Russian soldiers are reported to have seen the Abominable Snowman or the ‘Yeti’ in the Pamir Mountain ranges? The legend of the Yeti still exists in Tajikistan today. 

 


 

Dominica 3 November  (Independence from the United Kingdom 1978 /discovered by Christopher Columbus 1493)

Dining in Dominica...

Trivia: Dominica, known as "The Nature Island of the Caribbean" due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are protected by an extensive natural park system.

 


 

Panama 3 November  (Separation Day, declaration of independence from Colombia 1903)

Panamanian food....

 

Trivia: There are several theories about the origin of the name "Panama". Some believe that the first settlers arrived in Panama in August, when butterflies abound, and that the name means "many butterflies" in an indigenous language.

 


 

Algeria 1 November (start of the War of Independence in 1954)

 

Algerian cuisine...

Trivia: The country was considered as the "granary of Rome". It offers a component of dishes and varied dishes, depending on the region and according to the seasons. The cuisine uses cereals as the main products, since they are always produced with abundance in the country.

 


 

Antigua and Barbuda 1 November (Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981)

The food of Antigua and Barbuda....

Trivia: Antigua was first settled by archaic age hunter-gatherer Amerindians called the Siboney or Ciboney. Carbon dating has established the earliest settlements started around 3100 BC.

 


 

Turkey 29 October (Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayram?), republican constitution 1923)

Turkish cuisine...

Trivia: St. Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus, was born in Patara and became the bishop of Demre, on Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast. More.....

 

Czech Republic 28 October  (Independence from Austria-Hungary (as Czechoslovakia) 1918)

On the Czech table....

Trivia: The Czech Republic is almost entirely surrounded by mountains (except to the south, toward Austria and Slovakia). Mountains mark a natural border with Germany and Poland.

 


 

Greece 28 October (Ohi Day, rejection of the Italian ultimatum 1940)

Dining like a Greek....

Trivia: The world’s third leading producer of olives, the Greeks have cultivated olive trees since ancient times. Some olive trees planted in the thirteenth century are still producing olives.

 

 

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 27 October (Independence Day, from United Kingdom 1979)

Dining here....

Trivia: Saint Vincent’s volcano, Soufrière, last erupted in 1979—the year of independence from Britain.

 


 

Turkmenistan 27 October (Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union 1991)

The food of Turkmenistan....

Trivia: In 330 BC, Alexander the Great founded the city of Alexandria, which later became Merv.

 

 

Austria 26 October (The Neutrality Constitution of 1955)

On the Austrian table...

Trivia: The world's largest emerald (2860 carat) is displayed in the Imperial Treasury of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) in Vienna. More...

 


 

Kazakhstan 25 October (Republic Day, declared sovereign republic within the USSR 1990)

Kazakhstani cuisine...

Trivia: It is believed that it is in Kazakhstan where man first rode a horse, thousands of years ago.

 


 

LithuaniaOctober 25 (1992). See Constitution of Lithuania.

 

Lithuanian fare...

Trivia: The Hill of Crosses, Šiauliai (an amazing site, all the more amazing for being completely razed twice by Russian soldiers and rebuilt in defiance)

 


 

Zambia 24 October  (Independence Day, declaration of independence from the United Kingdom 1964)

Zambian cuisine....

Trivia: Zambia’s Lake Kariba is so huge that in certain parts of it, unknowing visitors think they are looking at the ocean, but because Zambia is landlocked, you need to travel 600 miles before you can see any real ocean.

 


 

Hungary 23 October  (1956 Revolution memorial day)

Dining in Hungary....

Trivia: Hungarian language is known as Magyar. It is the direct descendent of the language spoken by the Huns, and is therefore not an Indo-European language. It has only two related languages in Europe : Finnish (Suomi) and Estonian (Eesti keel).  More….

 


 

NiueOctober 19  (1974). See Niue Constitution Act 1974 (NZ).

On the table...

Trivia: Niue is a “Wi-Fi nation”, where free wireless Internet access is available throughout the island.

 

 

Equatorial Guinea 12 October  (Independence from Spain 1968)

On the table....

 

Trivia: Beer is extremely pricey in Equatorial Guinea? However, a cheap local sugarcane brew is easily available. More...

 


 

Spain 12 October (Fiesta Nacional de España, Columbus discovery of America 1492)

Spanish cuisine...

Trivia: The quill pen is thought to have originated in Spain about 1,400 years ago.

 


 

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Window on Kashmir

Ali Baba is alive and well and lives in Kashmir.

His treasure cave is at the top of two steep flights of dimly lit stairs, and he leads us there so he can spread his store of jewels – pale green emeralds, glowing rubies, topaz as big as eyeballs, and amethysts –  before us. 

The rings, pendants, bracelets and anklets in intricate settings are crafted by other members of Grandfather (Gaffara) and Sons, his family business. He extracts them carefully from folded white paper packets that stuff his briefcase, then reverently lays them out before us on a knee-high table. It's as if a maharaja's jewellery box has been swiftly opened for our approval.

Around us, in the shadows, hang other treasures. Dangling silver necklaces, dulled by decades of disuse, line the walls. He demonstrates how to wear earrings that do not pierce the ears; instead they are suspended on intricately woven chains worn over the head, possibly to be hidden by a headscarf.

“These are for a young girl,” he says of one with tiny metal tassels. Another has huge hoops, wrapped with wire, and we imagine the strong angular bones of the face of the woman who would wear those, her shining black hair pulled taut to display them better. 

Like many parts of the subcontinent, Kashmir has had a mixed history. While the British colonialists were here, the locals refused them land in the town on which to build their homes. Instead, they settled for creating ornate Victorian-era houseboats and moored them at the edge of Lake Dal or Lake Nagin. Fretted woodwork was added to give a certain stylish grandeur, and inside the windows were hung with heavy velvet drapes, the floors carpeted with rich rugs, and the best crystal and porcelain was laid out by the servants for each meal. There is a faded glory about them now, an eccentric link to another slower and more dignified age.

To cross the lake, small gondola-like boats, shikhara, are used. No doubt the early British residents felt this place was like Venice, only with a snowy backdrop. In fact Srinagar is sometimes referred to as the 'Venice of the East'.

We arrived in Srinagar, the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, in mid-April. It was too soon. Winter left late this year and instead of drifts of delicate apple blossom we found drizzling rain and mud. That's the luck of travel: we've learned that you can't always manage sunshine and blue skies. It was disappointing at first, but in reality we discovered something even better.

When you see 'mutton' on a menu in most parts of India, it usually means goat, or kid. In Kashmir, it will mostly mean what it says, and these cute youngsters are being raised to become the main ingredient in some braised lamb dish or spicy Kashmiri curry.

The Mughal Empire in  Kashmir dates from the 1600s. Those warlike hordes, claiming to be descendents of Ghengis Khan, poured south from central Asia and ultimately conquered and controlled most of the Indian subcontinent. Small markers survive, such as the lakeside Nishat gardens watered by melting snows from the mountains, and the Shalimar Gardens (above) established in 1619 by Shah Jahan (of Taj Mahal fame).

It is said Shah Jahan established 999 gardens in Kashmir where he spent his summers in the relative cool of the mountains. This area is still a popular place for many Indian families' summer vacations, particularly in the past few years since the earlier political and military tensions have eased.

Sadly the weather and our short time In Kashmir meant we missed visiting Gulmarg, Kashmir's winter ski resort, also home to the world's highest golf course. But there were compensations, such as time to wander Srinagar's public market where we wandered for an hour, following the crowds – and our noses. A wide range of breads are found throughout the city. Some are massive and they are folded up and wrapped loosely by the baker, making ideal little 'snacking parcels' as you walk around. 

Perhaps Kashmir's relative isolation is some of its charm. While the weather was chilly, the warmth of the people, not yet weary of tourists, more than compensated for the low temperatures. 

This brightly coloured halva probably owes it colour more to carrots than the hugely expensive saffron which is grown in this region. You can buy a small amount, or ask for a sample. It is rich and sweet and buttery and quite delicious.

Srinagar (pop. 1.2million)  is a snacker's paradise. Little fried pastry strips, crisp fried chickpeas, dried fruit, nuts (and that halva!) – there's no end to the tastes you can enjoy in your progressive meal as you wander.

These small breads are baked on the inside walls of a tall tandoor oven. The baker needs care and courage to repeatedly reach in and remove them when they are ready. Watch the video to see what we mean.

If only we could hyperlink aromas on a web-page! This place was gloriously redolent of sugar and baking pastry and spices, and the baker justly proud of his tiny shop, crammed with his handmade goodies. 

 To one side of the market, near the gate of a major tomb, people were throwing wheat for the pigeons. Apparently word had reached the city's sheep population and they too were having a free feast.

Kashmir is an excellent place to shop for souvenirs. While colourful and beautifully embroidered and woven pashminas are the best to be found anywhere (do be certain, though, that you are buying the real thing and not rayon!) also look out for leather bags, saffron, papier maché ornaments, wood carvings and screens, carpets, silks and embroidery, as well as cane baskets and other nick-nacks.

The faces of Kashmir vary. While the population is said to be about 60 percent Muslim, there are traces of many other races that have filtered through these parts over the centuries. 

As we wandered through the old city, always there was someone sitting at a shop's open door, immediately ready to make a sale. The heavy blanket-like cloak this man is wearing  is called a phiren, pronounced 'ferren'.

One day with our guide and driver, who have been with us for the entire time - essential when few people speak English, and road signs are either missing or unreadable - we travel out of town, through the sprawling metropolis towards the beautiful and richly agricultural Valley of Kashmir.

Once we reached the countryside, every stream we passed was overhung by willow trees, so it was inevitable that, given this, and India's great and abiding love for cricket, we would eventially come across a factory producing cricket bats. The sawing and shaping took place in a small dim and dusty workshop just metres away, but look at all the brands they produce! And all the available space on the nearby roofs were crowded with cricket bats, drying out in the sun.

Indian buses should never be underestimated. They are noisy, usually filled to overflowing with passengers and their luggage, and enthusiastically and riotously decorated. They determinedly take up a lot of space on the road. So it's understandable that, depending on the region, they also tend to invoke protection from whichever god they feel is most appropriate and powerful.

A roadside comfort stop allowed us glimpses of the foothills of the Himalayas. During much of our visit they had been modestly hidden by clouds and fog, but here for a short time, they peeped out long enough for a photograph or two.

We had come long before the flowering of the saffron plants in October, which have purple blooms anyway, so this is mustard (or rape, or canola as it is called in many places) which is used for flavouring and as an oil for cooking.

Like many countries, India has nomadic people and in Kashmir, they are Gujars from Afghanistan. This man was tending his roadside fruit stall with his wife, and he gently and courteously allowed us to photograph him.

And always – even three quarters of the way to the Pakistan border – there are always breads. These are half a metre wide, crisp and delicious.

The altitude in this area, a couple of hours from Srinagar, at the far end of the valley, is around 2100 metres, and here icy waters are channelled from the melting snows of the mountain behind. 

High up and far from Srinagar is Pahalgan, a small village, the jumping off point for whitewater rafting, pony trekking, hiking, and of course skiing in season. Inside there were tartan tablecloths and a glass door with WELCOME etched into it. If we needed more proof of British connections, we had it. A couple from Birmingham were lunching at a corner table.

In sunshine, this would have been cheerier, but we loved the sign on one building nearby that promised 'crap sarees and dresses'. They meant 'crepe' of course.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was the Himalayan Cheese company, owned by Hassan Ghlum, where the cheesemaker graciously invited us in to see his cheeses made from cow and buffalo milk. There was a cheddar and kalari, a cheese made like haloumi, as well as cumin, black pepper, chilli and walnut cheeses. A very impressive range considering the location, halfway down a mountain and several kilometres along a narrow, slippery unpaved road.

Kashmir was a place full of surprises, and here is something we found perhaps the most fascinating. It seemed at the beginning that most of the men we saw had only one arm and appeared heavily 'pregnant'. What we discovered as the days passed, was that under their phirens, they were carring a kangri, or firepot, to keep them warm. A kangri is a ceramic pot filled with coals which is carried in a wicker basket, held under the phiren. In a cold place like this, it makes a lot of sense.

 

Back to Lake Dal, and surely the most unusual cafe you could find......

... and sleepy late afternoon views from our houseboat as the watercraft take a final group of visitors for a tour of the lake, or ferry the stragglers back home from the city.

So what was it that made up for Kashmir's abysmal weather, the potholed slippery roads, the cold? It was the people, we decided. Kashmiris are fun. They smile, they laugh, they look you in the eye, and there is a warmth and hospitality that transcends the language barrier – and the weather.

As our aircraft took off the next morning, looping around to head for Delhi, we cross our fingers, wishing we'd return sometime soon. But next time, we vow, following the example of Shah Jahan, we're going in summer!

- Sally & Gordon Hammond

For information about tours in Kashmir....

 
 

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Learn more about it...

 


 

Meet Derek the wombat. What could be cuter?

Find him in Tasmania....

 


 

Add some craic to your Christmas!

To be sure, you'll love it....

 


 

Take a walk in Japan and feel refreshed.

See more...

 


 

A year of fabulous food festivals in 2017 for Britain!

Find out when and where....

 


 

Festivals throughout Australia too in 2017.

Check these out...

 


 

Scotland's Year of Food and Drink 2017....

...what's on?

 


Festivals in Korea, 2017

Here they are....

 


 

2017 Malaysia's Year of Festivals....

Find out when and where...

 


What's happening in Rome this month....

Check it out here...

 


 

Ever dreamed of having your own place in France.

This may make it easier....

 


Now you can travel and pick up some artistic skills - and enjoy Italian cuisine.

...find out where

 


 

Looking for a way to spend your weekends in Australia this year? 

Here are 52 suggestions complete with things to do and places to eat....

Read more..

 

 

 


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Sally, and Gordon Hammond also operate the Australian Regional Food Guide Web site. This comprehensive directory is a great resource for everything that is happening in the regional food scene in Australia. Make sure you visit and bookmark this site. Please Follow on Twitter or Like on Facebook.