#132: Nauru

Happy Valentines and Galentines to all!

Cupid is in the air here in the 5280. This girl has no shortage of love in her life. Parents, friends that are family, love of a good dog and a gentleman caller that as of late actually asked to be my valentine. This year’s Hallmark holiday had me seeing all kinds of wonderful. Galentines is the newest favorite addition though, and for those that have not been good enough to watch Parks and Rec, Galentines Day is February 13th and is the brain child of the incomparable Leslie Knoppe in order to celebrate all the fantastic females in her life. So, in an election year that didn’t quite pan out the way we wanted, I am so happy to celebrate my female heroes that are prominent in my life. I get to cook with one of those every week on this blog 😉

THE DINNER: We picked the innocuous nation of Nauru to do this week on the blog. It was another one I actually a) didn’t believe existed and b) had to then shamelessly google to learn where it was. The answer to these questions was simple. It’s located near Australia and is only 8miles big. Easy enough to overlook in the long run, but in the short run, they are lovers of this thing called “recycled coffee” so I was quick to adore and love them like my own.

Evidently, cultivation is difficult on Nauru due largely to poor soil, irregular rainfall and the impact of mining over the years. There are no local fruit or vegetables and most of the available food is canned, refined and imported. Fresh food is limited to a small amount of fish and, very occasionally, beef. The island uses an astonishing amount of bottled water, leading to what “recycled coffee” is and why it’s so popular here. Recycled Coffee is basically cold brew that is served and stored in the plastic water bottles that are so frequently used in the island. How much are we talking here?? 20,000 per month. That’s 240,000 bottles a year!! For an 8mile large island, that’s significant! Luckily, about 10% of the bottles are used to sell water or iced coffee in a localized recycling effort.

Recycled Coffee Recipe: http://globaltableadventure.com/recipe/recipe-naurus-recycled-iced-coffee-with-poll/

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: ONE STARS out of five this meal!
Not much to see here, folks! It’s not that it’s tricky or easy, it just is what it is. It’s iced coffee. Even so, we took some care in picking out a roast that would have been appropriate had we been in Nauru. Since it’s in the area of the world where Sumatran and Kona coffee is grown we narrowed that down away from Colombian or Arabian blends and then settled on Kona. There is a pro-tip we would like to pass along. You can see in the pictures we tested several ways to “not make a lightbulb” here in straining the cold brew. The best one we used was the simplest– the small sugar sifter. The pour over method was agonizingly slow and the hand straining was messy as hell. So, there you have it: sugar sifter.

Best dish of all time scale: THREE STARS out of five for Meal!!
I feel like it’s hard to judge iced coffee. The coffee is delicious. It’s refreshing and simple. In the realm of iced coffees this one is actually a five– but in the scheme of this project and the 195Sundays mission, it was only a three. We added a splash of cream and my dad and I added some sugar. It was delightful. I actually prefer iced coffee to warm coffee most days of the week for two simple reasons: 1) I can shamelessly pound it down like a boss and accomplish caffeination in peak time and 2) I can also take my time drinking it when I want to without having to rewarm it. I took home the “leftovers” on this one– Yes, in a plastic container just for continuity 😉

Alright, guys, we are chugging right along here and will be visiting Africa for a little Swaziland cuisine.#133  already— and as I’m hunting down recipes for our next meal, Swaziland’s national food is ostrich. So, this one has potential to be a little interesting…. stay tuned!

From your forever Galentines! ❤
– L & K

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