#74: Colombia

Brrrrr!

It’s chilly around here nowadays! Fall is now giving way to winter and that’s alright with me. I love the winter. Snow and cold means cute sweaters and boots. Now that I have returned from my magical Disney vacation, it’s time to start thinking about thanksgiving, friendsgiving and Christmas. It’s the best time of the year because you get to see your family and friends and though I’m not at Disney any longer, there is no shortage of magic this time of year…for those who seek to find it.

THE DINNER: We stopped off in Wales last week for some breakfast, but now we head down to South American rain forests for some dinner fare in Colombia. Whenever I think of Colombia my brain immediately thinks about Washington DC. I realize that’s not true for everyone, but “District of Columbia” naturally creeps in after so much time I have spent there. In reality, Colombia should inspire thoughts of coffee beans and family style dining. They are very big into the family aspect of mealtimes down there, as we are in Brovskyland.

We picked Albondigas Colombianas which are Colombian style meatballs. It’s tricky to discuss Colombian cuisine because of the vastly varied landscape that provides the nation with so much variety of food: Caribbean shoreline, Pacific coast, mountains, jungle, and ranchlands. They have it all at their fingertips, so it’s complex and complicated in the best way. The meatballs in question call for beef and pork, which are vary popular as far as meats go in the nation. There’s also a lot of pork eaten in Colombia… so that’s pretty fantastic.

Albondigas Colombianas Recipe: http://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/colombian-style-meatballs-albondigas-colombianas

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: THREE STARS out of five this meal!
Whenever you make meatballs, there is a degree of difficulty associated with this process. It’s labor intensive and time consuming, but the pay off is spectacular. Homemade meatballs are a thing of beauty. These ones were made easy due to the ingredients/recipe being in English and not needing any metric conversion.  Apart from the time consuming frying and hand molding the little balls-o-joy, there was not that much to it. Some garlic, cumin, bell pepper, scallion and onion with some cornmeal and beef/pork. all fried together and then put into a sauce that was equally as simple. Well played, Colombia. You gave us more time to watch football and not slaving over a hot stove.

Best dish of all time scale: FIVE out of five for Meal!!
It was delicious. I’m so happy to eat meatballs. Balls of meat over rice are just that basic life pleasure that you’re bound to have a love affair with. This was no exception. L and I really loved the addition of the cilantro, though my dad did not. We garnished with avocados and that was fresh and palate cleansing between bites of meat. It was good to add some Cholula too, though it certainly did not need that addition to make it to the five start spot on the podium. It won all by itself, L and I just like the spice of life that hot sauce brings. Really yummy, and totally good on a cold Colorado Sunday.

Jet setting off to Benin for country #75!! As we trek on into the twilight of 2015, we are excited to see how this chapter wraps up. It’s hard to believe that we are more than 40% complete with our journey!

Time flies when you’re having fun!
– L & K

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