#16: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Hey cool kids!

We missed you this week- it was certainly a busy one! We took a second to say congratulations and make some toasts to a lovely couple very close to our Brovsky hearts (Shout out to the new Mr & Mrs Tileston ❤ by the way!) and then we cooked this week’s country, The Congo!

THE DINNER: This country was a little daunting. We weren’t sure what to expect from a country so riddled with civil uprising and cultural unrest. We definitely weren’t expecting anything dazzling. In short, people of the Congo have better things to do than spend half their day in the kitchen preparing meals. They are hard working and industrious. That being said, their food wasn’t bland and wasn’t lackluster. It was scrumptious and simple.

We certainly had no problem finding simple recipes this week. We initially decided on a goat stew. We knew this was coming, guys. G-O-A-T. Yes, we tried vigilantly to find a goat for this week’s recipe and it was baaaaa-d. Okay, lame goat pun out of the way now. But honestly, we tried.
We googled.
We called.
We came up empty.

So we saddled up a backup plan- that ended up being delightful. We cooked Lamb Rogan Josh with Basmanti Rice.  Lamb is explanatory, obviously, but “Rogan” means red or rouge and this refers to the fabulous curry color of the stew. “Josh” refers to an aromatic meat. This one filled the entire house with the most pleasant curry smell. It was intoxicating. We were impressed with the easy of prep and the flavor. We underestimated The Congo and came up big.

BY THE WAY, this was my personal very first time eating lamb. That’s correct. After 25 years on this planet, and the foodie I am, this as an actual first time thing for me…and I am happy to report, it really tasted just like beef!

Lamb Rogan Josh Recipe: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/myroganjosh_90030


Ease of prep and cooking: ONE STAR out of five for Dinner.
As previously stated, this country has no time for big productions when it comes to eating. It was simple and to the point, but it didn’t suffer the meal to be bland or boring. We were impressed at the ease of this one. No strange ingredients (apart from the initial goat escapade for the first recipe we picked). We were able to generate a Peyton Manning audible on this one and the Rogan Josh recipe was excellent and clutch.

Best dish of all time scale: THREE STARS out of five for the Dinner.
We were impressed with the curry and like i said, it smelled like heaven. For those that dig the smell of turmeric and curry powder, this is the one for you! It wasn’t the most amazing recipe we’ve tried so that’s  why we gave it a three stars. On week 16 it’s getting crowed for a spot in the top bracket, so you really have to dazzle to earn five stars now. That being said, it as scrumptious.

What’s up next?! Well, we have decided that we wish to further our stay in the African nations for at least a week longer. We have selected Libya for this weekend’s adventure!

Catch you on the flip side,
– L & K

PS: Don’t despair- as we anticipate more goat laden countries in our future, we have located goat meat for the remaining food adventures… so stay tuned!

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