#173: Armenia

Ever feel like you need a weekend from your weekend?

Like your vacation was more reaction than relaxin’? That’s how I feel today. I’m not saying it wasn’t a great weekend. It was all that and a bag of chips dot com. But, I am actually digging the fact that hitting the ground running on a Monday morning still was more relaxing than the past three days. Three dozen cookies, five layer cake (times two because I messed it up once and had to remake it), soccer games complete with epic bruises, a beer fest and a baby shower. It was jam packed fun in the Colorado sun… and speaking of which, big shout out to the 85 degree weather we all soaked up. Couldn’t have done it without you 😉

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THE DINNER: If you were guessing that I didn’t make it around to a visit with my folks this weekend, you’d be batting 1000 (and not playing for the Rockies). L flew to Armenia solo this Sunday and did some baking of her own in the form of a orange marmalade cake. I had to laugh because Ned and I just finished watching both the Paddington bear movies. For those still struggling to make a connection here, let me help you out. Monday’s are hard. Paddington bear eats nothing but orange marmalade. So this was serendipity at it’s finest.

The basis of the cuisine in this nation is, as one might guess, geographically rooted in middle eastern flavors and lamb/kabob/gyro sort of feasting. This cake contains two whole oranges…yes WHOLE. Rinds and all. There’s also a revisiting to ground up almonds that we are big fans of in this past year (having made several baked goods for this blog project that featured this as a flour substitute). You gotta love a gluten free cake…. but after our last endeavor with the flour-less chocolate scrambled egg mess we endured for Gabon in week #72, you’d see why we were gun shy. But 101 countries later, we are back on the horse. Hold on, guys.

Armenian Orange Cake Recipe: https://aroundtheworldin80bakes.com/2013/07/27/52-armenian-orange-and-almond-cake-incidentally-also-gluten-free-and-a-giveaway/

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: 2 STARS out of 5 STARS for this meal!
These oranges biol for two hours then you have to pulverize the living daylights out of them. So this one is sort of time intensive. Additionally the timing of the baking is hard without flour. So texture is where it’s at here. Weathered and watchful eyes. A bit of conversion was needed, but the ingredient list was short and sweet.

Best dish of all time scale: 4 STARS out of 5 for this meal!! 
Redemption story here, ladies and gents! It was finally a successful flour-less cake and boy, that’s good news because scrambled egg cake isn’t a sweet treat to have. The almonds offered a little nut profile, and the orange made this cake so very moist and dense. While L+A aren’t massive fans of flour-less cakes, they just felt like maybe it needed to be a tad sweeter. Perhaps the addition of a dark chocolate drizzle would have kicked it up a few points. Regardless, it was a success. This one was edible and it was another country on the books. That puts us 21 countries from completion.

We are off into Cinco De Mayo (or rather Cinco De Maggie) as well as Derby Day! Brush off those floppy hats, dresses and margaritas. We are mixing and matching our holidays around the 5280! Our #174 country will be Kazakhstan. 

Happy anniversary to Dan + Jess ❤

May the 4th be with you this Friday! 
– L & K

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