Random Geographic Coordinates

I’ve loved preparing breads and desserts from around the world for as long as I can remember, but often limit myself to exploring cuisines that have some connection to my own life.

jeera biscuits
A recent batch of jeera biscuits – South Asian shortbread cookies packed with cumin seeds.

My mom grew up in Brazil, and I have fond memories of visiting my grandparents there one summer when I was 11 years old, so I’m often drawn to making brigadeiros, doce de leite sandwich cookies, and pao de queijo.  I have friends from India, my husband is Pakistani, and I studied Hindi in college, so South Asian baked goods like jeera (cumin seed) biscuits, naan, and parathas make a frequent appearance on my kitchen table. Working with Japanese chefs during a brief stint as a pastry assistant at a restaurant in Manhattan inspired me to learn how to make red bean buns and mochi from scratch. And so on.

To mix things up, I decided to use randomly generated geographic coordinates (using the aptly named site random.org) to determine what cuisines to try next. On my first attempt, I landed in Siberia, a region whose cuisine I’m not all that familiar with. Stay tuned for my post on Siberian baked goods!


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