Hi! Got your passport and a fork? We're circumnavigating the globe, dinner by dinner.
Here's the story: I've got a handy random generator program, InterDine, created specially for Dining at Random by a brilliant and handsome computer programmer. I've got stacks of cookbooks, plenty of friends, and the whole wide internet to play on.
One by one, I ask InterDine to randomly generate a country or territory of the world, and then I cook a meal from that place. Because I have a gluten sensitivity, all the meals are gluten-free. Cooking gluten-free in most of the cuisines of the world is as easy as....well, it's easy; most parts of the world do not eat a wheat-based diet.
I'm always grateful for recipes, tips, and cultural information. It would be even more fun if you'd try things out, too—then we could compare and contrast.
My tasting panel consists of Henry, who happens to be a brilliant and handsome computer programmer, and Joe, who is 10, and sits down at the table every evening, stares at his dinner, sighs, and says heavily, "Where is this from?" Then he eats whatever it is with gusto. Sometimes we are joined by friends and relatives.
I'd be delighted if you'd join us, too.
*The photo is from the Library of Congress National Photo Company Collection, which documented Washington D.C. life from ca. 1850-1945. This woman is probably from 1915 or so.