#111: Mali

Mud Volleyball anyone?

Yeah, my cornhole team (you read that correct, trust me, it’s a thing) was short a player due to injury for a mud volleyball tourney this Saturday… and guess who was their Huckleberry?! This girl! DUH. For those that know me, I am unrelentlessly always game for a new experience and always if it includes some good old fashioned athletic sweat and competitive sporting. After all, it was for March of Dimes– so getting dirty and having some good clean fun saving babies sounds like it’s 110% the best use of time. So this was one for the books, and boy was it was dirty one for the books as well. Goodbye to my shoes and my socks, my the rest in peace, for they will never be the same. Oh, it’s lovely to subscribe to the adage from Shanti:

“At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.”

Check. Check. Double check ❤

THE DINNER: Well, hells bells, what’s a gal to do when she has spent all day playing ball? EAT. That’s what a girl is to do. And so, we traveled to a country this Saturday (and will tomorrow too, for a double header weekend). We picked Kofta for Mali this weekend, which is like curry soup with latkas in it… and paneer. You had me at paneer, guys. Cheese, cheese, cheese. You make the potato dumplings separate so they wont’ break apart.

Kofta Recipe: http://foodandspice.blogspot.com/2015/08/mali-kofta-potato-and-paneer-kofta-in.html

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: FOUR STARS out of five this meal!
Honestly, this one was just sort of a handful. It was tricky because it was a whole lot of moving parts for one soup. So, you make the Kofta (Mali potato and cheese balls) and then you make the curry/soup that it goes into. I actually think it might have been super easy with leftover mash potatoes from a meal, that way you eliminate some of the prep work. But it wasn’t hard to follow the recipe. There were a ton of spices and that was a little daunting. There was some prep work on the veggie cutting. Nothing overly exotic but the gargam masala can often be tricky to find. Be ye warned.

Best dish of all time scale: FOUR and a HALF STARS out of five for Meal!!
Delicious. This was just really surprising. I was expecting a curry and it was a soup. I was expecting fragrant spices or spicy spices and it was mild and flavorful. It was not what I was expecting– in the best way. We loved the Kofta but they are really bland by their lonesome. The Paneer was substituted for cheese curds, but the taste was lovely. We were all a fan of this one. Not a leftover in sight and we all had seconds.

See you for #112 Senegal as we continue our double header AW195S weekend!!

Cheers!
– L & K

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