#89: Ecuador

What’s new, foodie friends??

February is already drawing to a close. Which seems impossible. I feel like this new year is already flying by. It’s also nice to see the return of snow and a departure from the wind. I love this time of year– people are gearing up for spring weddings and early summer graduations. It’s nice to see the tulips starting to come up and things are starting to get a little more green and a little less brown… if only a little anyway.

THE DINNER: This week we took a trip to South America to try out some Ecuadorian cuisine. I’m such a fan of this flavor palate– that is the spices and flavors of Latin based foods. I love spice and cumin and it never seems to get old for my taste buds. So I was naturally very excited.

We had so many wonderful recipes to pick from, but with the return of the snow, we settled on soup for our meal this week. This is actually a traditional Ecuadorian soup that features meatballs (albóndigas) and rice (arroz) in a simple broth with lots of veggies. We were commenting, that this one looked a whole lot like one of our favorite Italian soups: Italian Wedding Soup. And in fact, when we got down to brass tacks, it really was like a Latin version of this Italian staple. Pretty funny how thousands of miles away, and there are food similarities. It’s sort of comforting knowing the language of food is universal.

Sopa de Albóndigas con Arroz (Meatball and Rice Soup) Recipe: http://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/meatball-and-rice-soup-sopa-de-arroz-con-albondigas

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: THREE STARS out of five this meal!
This one wasn’t a “red herring” for difficulty like many weeks before (nor was it a problem with finding herring like last week!). We could look at this recipe and anticipate that it’s gonna take a hot second to create this soup. We have a lot of moving parts and also making of the balls of meat. All said, it wasn’t difficult just some time involved. No strange ingredients. Meatballs are simple to make.

Best dish of all time scale: FIVE STARS out of five for Meal!!
Unbelievable. This is a wonderful dish. We had to hit it with some more salt. We also hit it with a very small splash of hot sauce, but honestly, this one was aces all around. We were surprised to find the cornmeal in the meatballs as the binder, but were delighted when we tasted them because it really added a great texture to what might have been slimy otherwise. It was a little greasy, so we had to skim some of that off, but it wasn’t a big deal. Overall, it was really yummy; PLUS having avocado in your soup– that’s like winning the culinary lottery.

We have arrived at #90 which will take us to the country of Bangladesh! We are 46% done with our food trip around the world on AW195S! 

 Happy Eating!
– L & K

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