FAQ

Where do you get your recipes?
How do you choose which country to feature?
Where do you get the ingredients?
Do you have vegetarian recipes?
Have you been to the countries you feature?
What’s the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything?


Where do you get your recipes?
We’ve always enjoyed experimenting with different cooking techniques and ingredients and that’s usually resulted in fun and tasty dishes. We get our inspiration from reading other recipes, tasting food cooked at restaurants and friends homes and from the smells of different foods. For the international dishes we’ve done a lot of research into the culture, climate and native plants and animals in each country. We read a bunch of recipes which are considered traditional and then make an educated guess at what could be a meal that would fit in the chosen country.

How do you choose which country to feature?
There are several factors that influence our decision. We sit down quarterly to put together our list for the coming quarter. We look at a calendar and consider any holidays that will happen during the quarter and decide if a particular country would go well with that holiday. For example, St. Patrick’s Day led us to choose Ireland. We also try to make sure that we keep the continents pretty evenly represented each quarter.  Once the planning is done we start reading up on each country. We use several resources during this phase including tourism sites, wikipedia, the World Fact Book from the CIA, personal blogs from the country and personal interviews with people we know who’ve lived in the chosen country.

Where do you get the ingredients?
We’ve recently moved to the Salt Lake City area and now have a lot more access to traditional ingredients. We frequent small shops which specialize in a certain region and while there we talk to people who work there to find out more about how the ingredients are traditionally used. I’ve got some strange looks as I shop around in some of these stores since I tend to stand out like a sore thumb, but it’s been a good thing both for us and the people in the store. I’ve found that the vast majority of people love it when someone from another culture shows interest in theirs.

Do you have vegetarian recipes?
Vegetarianism isn’t a common system throughout the world. Some countries do have a lot of vegetarian recipes other just don’t. Our focus is to make something representative of the country for that week. When we do a vegetarian recipe or make one that can be easily adapted we’ll place it under the vegetarian category to make it easy to find.

Have you been to the countries you feature?
We wish we could visit all the countries we feature but unfortunately we haven’t, yet. Between the two of us, we’ve been to the following countries:

  • United States
  • Mexico
  • Chile
  • France
  • Great Britain
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

What’s the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything?
Of course the answer is 42!