#85: Ethiopia

Moving in the Mile High City!

Lots of moving going on in and around Brovskyland this week and month. I for one, love moving but absolutely hate packing and unpacking. There is nothing this gypsy soul of mind appreciates more than having new adventures in new and wonderful places. All that aside, unpacking is the worst. It’s nice to have a sort of spring cleaning in the dead of winter. New and fresh start.

THE DINNER: We picked Ethiopian food for our country this week. I actually have a deep love for the food of this country, due to the fact that I used to work nights with several Ethiopian gentlemen who routinely would bring food (lots to share) to work at night. The food is absolutely incredible. It’s flavorful. It’s savory. It’s complex. It’s also family food.

The Ethiopian people have a very high emphasis on family. Eating is a social thing that brings the community to the table to share and congregate. So many dishes are vegan and vegetarian too, based mainly on their large religious population for observation of Lent. Also, very large part of EVERY SINGLE MEAL is the addition of coffee!!! 🙂 literally made my whole life better to learn that. They have a huge love and appreciation for the flavor and it’s not only drank in a ceremony following each meal, it’s also put into many dishes.

 Ethiopian Spiced Lentil Stew: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/slow-cooker-ethiopian-spiced-chicken-and-black-lentil-stew

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: ONE STARS out of five this meal!
Easy come, easy go. This was a slow cooker meal, and it was actually really easy. Lentils were easy to find but we couldn’t locate black lentils but used green instead. The rest was pretty straightforward– we used the garam masala substitution the recipe called for. We also hit the 2.5hr high setting as opposed to the 5hr low one.

Best dish of all time scale: FOUR STARS out of five for Meal!!
Tasty it was! I loved the lentils, those were probably the biggest hit secondary to the yogurt. The Greek yogurt really cut the spices and made it a curry. It was not spicy, but fragrant and hearty. The chicken literally fell off the bones. We were all pretty please with how it turned out after last week’s misstep. I also should mention that there is white wine in this one- which is unexpected for the region, but actually showed up in the taste at the end in a good way.

For next weekend we will be sojourning to a surprise-yet-to-be-announced-country for #86!!

Congrats to our Bronco’s! Super Bowl 50 here we come!
– L & K

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