#183: Sao Tome and Principe

“See the pyramids along the Nile. Watch a sunrise from a tropic isle… just remember, darling, all the while… you belong to me….”

It’s been some dog days for sure around here! After some incredible fun in the sun in La Jolla (minus one sting ray injury) with Ned’s amazing family, we find ourselves smack dab at the cusp of my FAVORITE time of year.

4906F3B5-5775-4EE4-8F2D-1E8BB26A0A93I know what people say, and sure it’s partially true, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year **insert eye roll** but i feel like it’s bigger than that. The most wonderful time of the year is the beginning of fall soccer season through New Years Day. I mean, stay with me here guys, allow me to explain the crazy because I realize that’s a little under half of the year. But with the advent of fall soccer season there is football season, changing of the leaves in the high country, apple ciders and pumpkin everything, GABF and Oktoberfest, Halloween, thanksgiving, snow and sweaters and boots and then Christmas! It’s THE BEST THINGS!
So forgive me for not having posted, but evidently things are happening, and GUYS at the risk of sounding like a cliche rock ballad, I just don’t wanna miss a thing!

THE DINNER: While I was in a sea kayak somewhere in the pacific ocean, mom was cooking up an island dish of her own! She took some cooking to the island of Sao Tome and Principe (the second smallest African country/island after the Seychelles). The island nation was originally settled by the Portugese and thus was home to a lucrative plantation economy heavily dependent on slavery from the next door main land. It’s proximity to the equator maens that it’s native rich volcanic soil brings all that good sugar, cocoa and COFFEE. And all the Lord’s people said, AMEN.

As one might guess, since it’s an island, they eat mainly chicken and seafood. Their main source of carb is maize and rice like many African nations of the same. Coffee is used as spice here… so let’s get another amen for that, people. They know how to roll there, I suppose.

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: 1.5 STARS out of 5 STARS for this meal!
Simplicity is the name of the game as it’s been for all the African countries we have had so far! Just some chopping and sauteing. Apart from that, no metric conversions or translations and there were no specialty ingredients!

Best dish of all time scale: 4.5 STARS out of 5 for this meal!! 
L & A loved this hearty and healthy stew (shhh, don’t tell my dad!). We took a little liberty with the fresh herb choice and went with basil from my mom’s garden, because when in doubt, we always choose basil. Tomato and chicken paired together well, as the acidity helps soften the meat. The reviews stated “it was perfect, light and delicious”.

Alrighty folks! We have 11 countries to go! I know, right?! ONLY 11 left!? We are hitting a double header with Papua New Guinea for #184!! 

 Well done sneaking in at the last minute this weekend Broncos!! 
– L & K

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