#155: Cyprus

Show up anyway.

“Be messy, be complicated, be afraid– and show up anyway” was the theme of the week. As I get farther into this black hole they tell me is “adulthood”, I have come to realize that it’s really less important that you show up put together or that you have all the ducks in a row. It’s not important for you to want to be there because it’s not really about you and what you want or don’t want.Β  I’m a hot mess most days– light on the hot and triple the mess. So be a train wreck. No one will care about the state you show up in or if you have all the answers when you do; but they will care that you decided they were enough for you to show up in spite of all those things. Sure, physically show up…but I think you’re following my metaphorical ranting on this one too.

THE DINNER: This weekend was the 20th Race for the Cure in Brovskyland… Yes, you read that correct. Two DECADES of the same race- mother/daughter dream team (#squadgoals). With L and I running to save second base again this year, we took our time Sunday getting around to Cyprus, but that was fine because Cyprus is laid back (or at least that’s how I envision it).

We made some kontosouvli which is a souvlaki marinated in oregano and chili pepper. It’s not surprising that the food of this nation bridges both Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food. It’s the marriage of two very distinct and lovely pallets. Lots of olive oil, oregano, mint and garlic. You’ll see pine nuts and pork and lemon. Think of kontosouvli as the Cyprus version of BBQ. Traditionally smoked on a spit over an open fire. I guess L is happy that BBQ season is still alive and well with this one πŸ˜‰

Kontosouvli Recipe: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/pork_souvlaki_with_58334

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Ease of prep and cooking: ONE STARS out of five these two recipes!
It’s grilled meat on a stick… so yeah, I’d be remiss if I said this one was tough. Grilling is not my strong suit, but lucky for me it’s my mom’s favorite hobby. It was raining and cold and post Race for the Cure, so it’s pretty much a safe bet that we weren’t in this for more than a two star trial. Good thing Cyprus delivered.

Best dish of all time scale: UN-ESTABLISHED NUMBER of STARS out of five for this meal…
You read that correctly. We aren’t sure where we land on this one. Dad and I felt like it was around a four star while L wrestled with giving it five or four and a half… jury is out. Regardless, it was decided that it was delicious and simple. Maybe too simple? Sure. That’s where Dad and I came in on things. The citrus of the lemon was the best paring with the smoky charred pork. In the scheme of things, I settled the score with this statement: “This is just not the sexiest pork that was made in the Brovsky kitchen this weekend”. That was fair– welcome to green chili heaven, Colorado lovers. Green chili knocked this one out of contention this weekend.

We are already entering the last week of the month. Time flies when you’re having fun πŸ˜‰ Next stop on this field trip isΒ The Marshall Islands for #156.

Count on us to show up anyway,

– L & K

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