#56: Montenegro

Здраво!! 

(you can say it “Zdravo” which means “hello” in Serbian)

Hope you guys are enjoying the awesome weekend we had! The SCOTUS was the talk of the town and the sunshine was the best way to celebrate. We got to celebrate a wedding mid week here in Brovskyland and National Jewish (the hospital I work at) found itself flooded with the torrential rain we encountered. Honestly, it was pretty much like a scene from Titanic, guys, and for the record, Leo was not there and I am unbelievably upset about this. In no uncertain terms, we needed a little escape from the crazy so we up and took a little trip to the Balkan Sea this weekend.

THE DINNER: I felt like a Bond villain for a hot second when my sister suggested this for our country this week. Casino Royale was set in this nation and as such, conjures all sorts of fanciful thoughts of high stakes poker games, sandy beaches graced with Daniel Craig in a speedo and of course Aston Martin wreckage littering dark coastal highways… alas, not much of that is probably true. But a girl can dream, right? 🙂

In all truthfulness, Montenegro just because independent from Serbia in 2006! So it’s a baby as far as countries are concerned. For that reason, and many others, it has all the same hallmarks of Serbian and Adriatic/Balkan cuisine. Seafood is common because of their placement on many waterways and Mediterranean spice palates are typical. We made a dish called Pljeskavica ( that’s  “PLYESS-kah-vee-tsah” for those of you that look at those consonants piled together and panic like I do. ) which is the Montenegrin answer to the western burger. It’s naked (though sometimes wears clothes in the form of pita bread when forced into conventional burger-dom) and served with cabbage coleslaw. It’s typically made with three meats, much like it’s Mediterranean cousins, Italian meatballs. Traditionally it’s beef chuck, pork and either lamb or veal.

Pljeskavica Recipe: http://www.healthyrecipescenter.com/gluten-free-recipes/serbian-pljeskavica-hamburger-recipe/

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: HALF a STAR out of five this Dinner!
So if last week was a veritable minefield of cooking terror, this week was a walk in a tree lined park in the spring while the birds chirped and you sip lemonade. IT WAS THAT EASY. I can’t physically give it no stars but I was tempted for sure. It’s basic and simple, which is the nature of so many Mediterranean and Balkan cuisine. There are a handful of ingredients that you simply mix and make into patties and then fry. It’s wham, bam, thank you ma’am. And it’s good to know that not every trip to a foreign country is difficult or exhausting. Sometimes it really is straight forward and easy. No excuses to not try this one, kids.

Best dish of all time scale: FOUR STARS out of five for Dinner!!
As mysteriously as Montenegro appeared, it was gone. It left behind a very satisfied and sated pack of Brovskys in it’s wake, but none the less it was not very memorable. It was good. It was filling. It was all the easy cooking you could want out of a Sunday meal, but it just wasn’t something to write home about. Even now, as I’m writing home about it, I’m just at a loss for words on this one. In the end, I’m a meat lover and nothing goes better with grilled meat than cool coleslaw. It hit all the bases, it just didn’t hit it out of the park.

We are going to hit week #57  as we celebrate American Independence Day this weekend! I would announce the country, but it’s a secret that I don’t even know yet. L gets to pick this week and she’s been tight lipped about our next culinary destination! Be ready for a surprise when we post next as we could be anywhere! (which makes me feel a little too much like Carmen San Diego…)

Cheer on those USWNT ladies Tuesday VS Germany!!!
Catch you on the flip-side!
– L & K

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