#45: Mongolia

Happy Spring!!

I hope that the advent of spring has brought flowers, chirping birds and fresh air into your life…or at least the impending promise of these upcoming wonders. I’m certain that with the kick off of outdoor soccer season and a Brovskyland wedding soon approaching that this spring will definitely bring some change and some new experiences.

THE DINNER: We were looking for something simple this weekend. As of late, our weekends have been packed to the brim with all manner of exciting things, so we wanted to devote as small a sliver of time to cooking this weekend possible. I’m stoked that we found a really simple and quick Mongolian recipe for a country staple- Mongolian Beef (also referred to in the states as “Mongolian BBQ”). Mongolian Beef Recipe: http://www.kissrecipe.com/2013/09/mongolian-beef.html IMG_0326 IMG_0327 IMG_0330 IMG_0331 IMG_0332 IMG_0333 IMG_0335 IMG_0334 IMG_0328 IMG_0336 IMG_0337 IMG_0338 IMG_0329 IMG_0339 IMG_0341 IMG_0342 IMG_0343 IMG_0344

OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: ONE STAR out of five this Dinner! The country of Mongolia was kind to us. This was such an easy recipe… made easier in part by a little trick mom picked up when we visited Korea. She remembered that the beef tenderloin was 110% easier to cut into thin slivers when it has camped out in the freezer for an hour before hand. It a was brilliant move and paid off in spades. This was a piece of cake. Be warned this has quite a few ingredients in the sauce portion and so you might need to take a trip to the market if you don’t have the amounts specified already in the pantry. The stick rice is always a little tricky, but turned out lovely. We still don’t have a rice cooker… we are holding out that the good old fashioned way is king. Still batting 1000 on that one.

Best dish of all time scale: FOUR and A HALF STARS out of five for Dinner! Scrumptious! It was definitely lovely. The recipe does not say to serve with lettuce for lettuce wraps, but we have discovered that this is our new favorite way to enjoy Asian food. LOVE THE LETTUCE WRAPS! We all gave it a big four stars and a little change but not quite five stars… for mom and I, we layered on some sriracha later on in the meal because we love it hot and spicy, but my dad commented that it was just right the way it was. It was definitely kiddo friendly and there was nothing “bizarre” in the recipe for those food travelers that aren’t as adventurous as the rest of you, cats.

Week #46 is going to take place on Easter Sunday, so we want to make sure to celebrate that heritage with taking a culinary trip to Israel!  I’m looking forward to a very delicious meal from a people that “know all about how to eat right”! Jewish culture and food is something that is legendary and it’s going to a central part of the first ever Brovskyland Passover!

Food for thought is best served with dessert! – L & K

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