On The Coast of Somewhere Beautiful…
Theres two sides to that coin, I suppose! I’m reporting this week’s fantastic food adventure from the Carolina coastline, but also our country was on the coast, so that seems to be our running theme this week. And while I’ve never been to Liberia, I can speak to the fact that Charleston really is like that Kenny Chensey song, “On the Coast of Somewhere Beautiful”. But to be fair, this trip was more like Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere on a Beach”. This was one girl, who absolutely needed to spend some time with her Kiki.
THE DINNER: While I went wheels up on the runway, my mom took a trip to another beach, but this one was for #102 and was farther west than I was. Her stop off was on the West coast of Africa in Libera. They have so many wonderfully colorful dishes in that part of the universe. She was excited to find out what dish I had recommended from afar.
The country of Libera, like many African nations eats mainly a vegetation based diet, with sparse pockets of chicken or goat and occasionally, when it’s a coastal nation, fish or seafood. It’s pretty standard also that there is some spice for these countries…which makes half of Brovskyland very pleased. Needless to say, my mom was outnumbered in the spice cheering section this week because I was away. So when the recipe called for habaneros, it was on like donkey kong.
Liberian Peppery Chicken Recipe: http://missjackiesglobalkitchen.com/tag/liberia/
OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:
Ease of prep and cooking: THREE STARS out of five this meal!
If you ask any chef what is one of their biggest pet peeves, I’d imagine that 90% of them will tell you that it’s when they come across a “recipe” they are really stoked about and then they realize that it doesn’t make a lick of sense or that it’s actually just a list of ingredients. The later was true for this one… so LB had to go off the cuff for this one. Even though it turned into a rouge mission in many ways, it wasn’t in need of translation or conversion from metric, so silver living. Also even with just the ingredient list, there was nothing that required special trips to special markets (though we actually really love those trips… not sure if that’s a plus or minus anymore).
Best dish of all time scale: FIVE (ish…) STARS out of five for Meal!!
So, even though I was absent for this one, it seems there was a bit of disagreement on the star quality of this week’s adventure… so let me lay out the terms of this one for you. It was SPICY. Which as I mentioned, was a pro for my mom and a con for my dad. I’m that girl that keeps sriracha in her desk at work… so you know where I fall on that arguement. But that seems to be the biggest sticking point here. Apart from that, it was the addition of the peanut butter that seemed to be the strange part of the recipe this week. While this isn’t Thai food, and peanuts aren’t an odditity in Africa food, it was the butter part that mom found strange. So all that being said, she mentioned that it made the sauce really super creamy and complex. Which was pretty delicious. All considered, it was four and half to five stars, depending on which Brovsky you ask 😉
As we roll into the #103 country (can you even believe that!?), it seems like we are rolling head first into summer as well! We have a soccer tourney next weekend, so we have decided to hit Slovenia… not to be confused with Slovakia, which we already tackled ages ago!
See you cats in Europe!
– L & K