#90: Bangladesh

Welcome to Spring, Colorado!

It’s been unseasonably warm, and while I’m not one to lick the gift horse in the mouth, I miss the snow already. I’m positive that 70’s will give way to flakes sooner or later as March is traditionally our snowiest month… but now that we’re in our second week and the tulips are poking their heads up from their hibernation, it’s hard to reconcile that that’s the truth. Here’s to hoping we get a few more storms before we get into the heat!
THE DINNER: We hauled our cookies (girl scout cookies that is) to Asia this week in an attempt to find some good global cuisine. The stop for our 90th country (can you even believe it!? NINETY?!) was Bangladesh. This country is situated next to the Indian subcontinent and nestled above Thailand and under China. Cozy. Bangladesh is also a country in which I find incredibly difficult to spell correctly. Let’s hear it for spell check, people!

The region is known for it’s curries, so that was our first stop off on this mission: C0urrytown. This is not like Funkytown, though they are neighbors because there are certain funky things in and around making curry. It’s involved and typically has a laundry list of ingredients and it usually take all day to stew and get “Happy”. We were armed with this knowledge and prepared for our mission. Mushroom Dum Biryani was our dish we selected. It’s a veggie curry, which is typically for the region and features only mushrooms and onions for the vegetables, everything else is spices! “Dum Biryani ” means to mix with rice– so it’s “mushrooms mixed with rice”.

Mushroom Dum Biryani Recipe: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/mushroom-biryani-dum-mushroom-biryani/

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: THREE STARS out of five this meal!
Like any curry, it’s just a matter of a thousand and one spices. It’s not “difficult” because the recipe is telling us the ratios and amounts and it’s not like we’re a curry master formulating our own curries. But none the less, it’s a time consuming process and it’s not a matter of “set-it-and-forget-it” cooking. Apart from spice palooza, it’s just onions and mushrooms and rice to add to things, so for ease of ingredients it’s pretty much cake.

Best dish of all time scale:  ONE (and maybe a half) STARS out of five for Meal!!
This one was a dud. Not a single Brovsky finished this one… in fact, not a single Brovsky got past bite number 3. In the words of my sister: “It smells like Chai… and tastes like you’re eating perfume”. So, that’s about the best summary I can give. It was sad that the plain steamed Basmati rice was the HIGHLIGHT of the meal. It wasn’t creamy like a curry. It wasn’t complex. It was a dud. That’s all I can muster about it. I would steer clear.

Troup Brovsky will continue on without me for #91 into the depths of Angola!  

 Congrats on your retirement P-Money!!
(that’s Peyton Manning, to you not so cool kids)

– L & K

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