Polish Pierogies {GF & Vegetarian} and Red Cabbage {GF & Vegan}

Homemade pierogies are absolutely delicious; cheesy, potatoy, and doughy, you can't go wrong!

Homemade pierogies are absolutely delicious; cheesy, potatoy, and doughy, you can’t go wrong!

In this latest edition of Cooking Around the World, our letter was “X.”  Much like “W”, there is no country that begins with this letter.  So, this week, we’re featuring the X-Factor.  We opted for Poland for the sole purpose of making pierogies.  You see, being gluten free it can be a bit difficult to find these.  Sure, there are some that you can buy frozen, but my grocery store fails to provide.  If we wanted pierogies, we had to make them ourselves. And so we did!

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V is for Venezuela: Pabellon Criollo (Shredded Beef & Black Beans) {Gluten Free}

Venezuelan Pabellon Criollo might just be my favorite edition of Cooking Around the World!

Venezuelan Pabellon Criollo might just be my favorite edition of Cooking Around the World!

Cooking Around the World is officially winding down.  We only have four countries left!!  I have to say, though, we were absolutely thrilled with Venezuela.  I hadn’t had a country from the Americas since Ecuador, and while I’d been enjoying my string of Middle Eastern cuisine, it was nice to have something completely different.

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United Kingdom: Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding – Gluten Free

UK Sunday Roast with Yorkshire Pudding

UK Sunday Roast with Yorkshire Pudding

Cooking Around the World is back with the United Kingdom!  When we first drew the UK, my husband was very excited for bangers and mash.  Me, though, I wasn’t so convinced.  Not that I didn’t want bangers and mash, but I knew I wanted to turn to my lovely readers for advice on this one.  What is traditional UK cuisine?  And you guys came through!  There was a pretty unanimous consensus: the Sunday roast was what I needed to make.

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T is for Turkey: Shish Kebabs & Vegan Pinto Beans

Marinated beef makes for a really tasty shish kebab

Marinated beef makes for a really tasty shish kebab

This week in Cooking Around the World, I’m excited to feature Turkey.  While there are, of course, many types of food that are common in Turkish cuisine, the most well known is the kebab.  Even within the realm of kebabs, there are multiple types.  From ground meats formed around a skewer to large cuts that are cooked similar to a rotisserie and then shaved off and served in a tortilla, I faced many options.  In my attempt to recreate the most quintessential dishes, though, I opted for the classic shish kebab.

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S is for Serbia: Pljeskavica (Hamburgers) with Vegan Potato Salad (Gluten Free)

It may sound like an all-American dinner, but this is a very popular Serbian meal

It may sound like an all-American dinner, but this is a very popular Serbian meal

We’re up to the letter “S” in Cooking Around the World with a trip to Serbia!  I have to admit, I had absolutely no idea what traditional Serbian cuisine was like.  And it wasn’t until yesterday that I found out that Aileen from Morsels & Moonshine was of Serbian descent, or I would have asked her!  But, alas, I had already made my Serbian meal.

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R is for Russia: Beef Stroganoff

No, it's not Rwandan, but it is delicious!

No, it’s not Rwandan, but it is delicious!

Ok, so I have a confession to make: we didn’t actually get Russia from the random number generator.  Nope, we got Rwanda.  And being the good and honest person that I am, I highlighted it on my spreadsheet and turned to Google to start looking for traditional Rwandan cuisine.  Do you want to know something about traditional Rwandan cuisine?  It’s sort of non-existent.  Moreover, what they do eat is darn similar to what I made for Malawi.  My husband and I looked at each other: did we really want to do that again?  Or could we change the rules just a little bit and allow for something we really wanted to eat?

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Q is for Qatar: Chicken Saloona (Chicken & Vegetable Stew)

Qatari Saloona is another take on chicken stew

Qatari Saloona is another take on chicken stew

We were back in the Middle East for the latest installment of Cooking Around the World.  According to Wikipedia, Qatari cuisine has been largely influenced by both Indian and Iranian culture.  Apart from curry and tikka masala, I don’t know much about Indian cuisine, and I know even less about Iran.  However, my research suggested that it was actually largely similar to what I had found for both Kyrgyzstan and Oman.  Hoping for something new and exciting, I settled on a lamb dish…until the food store was charging $30 for a piece of meat.  That just wasn’t going to happen.  Back to chicken stew it was…

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O is for Oman: Chicken Maraq (Chicken Stew)

The lime juice, cumin, and cilantro suggest a Mexican flair, but the other spices make this chicken stew distinctly Middle Eastern

The lime juice, cumin, and cilantro suggest a Mexican flair, but the other spices make this chicken stew distinctly Middle Eastern

For our latest installment of Cooking Around the World, I had absolutely no options.  The only country beginning with the letter “O” is Oman.  No anticipation while the random number generator did it’s thing.  No hoping for or dreading a particular outcome.  Just starting research.  And you know what?  This was a difficult country to research!  While Oman has history dating back hundreds of years, a national cuisine was harder to pin down.

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