Foods of Europe Brochure.

Western, Northern, and Southern Europe

Western European Foods.

Countries: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Austria.

Fact: Seafood is a key to Western European foods, due to most nations being close to the ocean.

Specific Foods: Shepherd's pie: from England: lamb or beef with diced carrots and peas under a mashed potato crust. Haggis: stuffed sheep's stomach with oats, organ meats, onions, and beef suet.

Northern Europe Foods.

Countries: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland.

Fact: Often have fish, cured meat, and dairy food.

Specific Foods: Smorgasbord: a buffet laden with cured fish, cold meats, cheeses, salads, and vegetables. lutefisk: dried cod soaked in culinary ash and water.

Southern European Foods

Countries: Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece.

Fact: Mediterranean diet is based on whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, and poultry.

Specific Foods: Paella:rice seasoned with saffron and mixed with puree of onions, red bell peppers and tomatoes, meat, and seafood. polenta: thick cornmeal porridge. baklava: sweet dessert made with layers of phyllo with finely chopped walnuts or almonds mixed with sugar and cinnamon.