#166: Burundi

Alright, I’ve finally seen the Star Wars.

Yes, all of this time I hadn’t seen any of them, which drove my SW loving friends bonkers. I now am totally hooked. They’re amazing. I would like to take this opportunity to eat some crow to that effect. All this time, I was missing out. Glad to be part of the party. HUGE thank you to my amazing boyfriend for making time to check this off my to-do list. He’s fantastic and I’m just the luckiest girl. (sorry, had to gush just a tad).

Next order of business, I have gotten to write for an amazing local beer review (The Denver Hopper)! As many of you already know, I’m super enthusiastic about drinking local craft brews– so this was such an awesome opportunity for me to contribute to the brewery scene I so often find myself immersed in. I wrote up Barrels and Bottles in Golden, so feel free to check that out (Barrels and Bottles- a Hoppily Ever After Beer Review)

If you would have told me a year ago- hell, six months ago even, that I would have TWO blogs I love in my life (read: food and beer) I would have thought you were in need of medical attention. AND YET here we are! I am so excited to be part of the hoppy family over at The Hopper. Fun things are certainly streaming in for 2018… and sometimes, I have to find myself asking, “Is this my real life?? Damnit, I’m happy.”

THE DINNER: Burundi is a landlocked nation in the middle of Africa… and for that, we can relate since the big C-O is landlocked as well. The main method of cooking in Brovskyland is probably grilling, but for Burundi it’s either boiled or stewed. Like many of it’s African neighbors, their main staples include plantains, legumes and maize. Stewed beans the most popular and common side dish and can be eaten as much as with every meal including breakfast…wow. Protein packed you ask? Sure thing– but it’s a rarity. They are mostly a vegetarian nation. If they do eat the meats, chances are it’ll be chicken or goat. Remember when we tackled goat meat for Kenya like 66 counties ago?! It was in fact a food adventure for our tummies on that one.

We picked a fish stew! Now, I gotcha, I did say it was landlocked, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t streams, rivers and fish available. Colorado is known for it’s amazing trout, despite being landlocked as well. This adventure included pairing this river fish with tomatoes and onions– which aren’t typically something I put in with my white fish. So hang tight, we are off to see how this one pans out! Out if the frying pan and into the fryer, so to speak anyway… this one is actually poached.

Burundian Mukéké Stew Recipe: http://globaltableadventure.com/recipe/fish-in-tomato-sauce/

IMG_2733IMG_2735IMG_2712IMG_2713IMG_2734IMG_2721IMG_2722IMG_2723IMG_2725IMG_2726IMG_2727IMG_2728OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: ONE STAR out of five this meal!
This was miles easier to traverse than our last several weeks adventures. There were no strange ingredients, except substituting the Mukéké (larger mackerel type fish) for a similar white fish like cod or mackerel or halibut.

Best dish of all time scale: FOUR and A HALF STARS out of five for Meal!!
Typically this is a lunch dish in Burundi, so we obliged that tradition here. It was warm and surprisingly hearty for a lighter fish dish that didn’t have cream. We were astonished as how insanely spicy it was… though in full disclosure, it was of our own design and we took a small liberty with the recipe to get there. Instead of allowing the habenero to “poach” with the fish and take it out like a bay leaf, we decided, let’s just “go big or go home” and cut that bad boy up. We don’t shy away from spice here in Brovskyland… and boy was it all that and a bag of spicy chips. Lemme tell you! Dad didn’t even fisnish his portion- mom and I had seconds. It was a brow sweating and sinus clearing kind of meal. We loved every minute of it. Initially, we gave it a four and as we continued to burn off our faces, that number we up. The tomatoes and onions worked so well with the fish, not overpowering but accompanying. The fish was firm but flaky and light. The whole meal was a delightful dish. We might need to catch the rains down in Africa with Toto though to quench our singed tongues.

Off to #167 in the middle eastern nation of Qatar!

Cheers!
– L & K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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