#195: Austria

This is it.

Out last country. The final blog post. Just short of 5 years. It’s been 195 Sundays of fun, food and family. It’s incredible to, how this journey has documented so many of our life events and life changes over those five years. It’s amazing to look back at a post from 2016 randomly and be reminded of what was happening in Colorado, Brovskyland and our nation. Thank you all for sitting at our table and feasting on the food of the world with us.

Onward to the future? We plan on having another project soon… but we are certain that while the details are being worked out (eating our way through all 50 states? Voting and making our best dishes of AW195S? Perhaps drinks from around the world?) we will be opening our cookbooks and homes to you all very, very soon.

THE DINNER: It seemed only fitting that we are hitting Austria for our last meal on AW195S… it’s sort of where it all began. Allow me to explain myself one last time. While on a trip to Austria and surrounding countries in the summer of 2011, we got to try local cuisine. The recipes we brought back sparked the want to have different national food more often in our home. Following a meal from Austria/Hungary, my mom was struck with the idea for this project. Around the World in 195 Sundays. This is full circle.

Since this was a celebrations of sorts, we picked Vienna Torte for the last meal with the blog. It’s a celebratory cake but also since dessert is often the last course of the meal, it was a nice bookend. This Hazelnut Cream Torte is a staple of German-Austrian dessert seekers and is quite unique.

Viennese Torte Recipe: https://tarasmulticulturaltable.com/the-viennese-kitchen-cookbook-review-and-haselnuscremetorte-austrian-hazelnut-cream-torte/

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: 3 STARS out of 5 STARS for this meal!
There was some tricky assembly here, guys. It had egg whites folding in, it had make your own candied nuts and it had cut and assemble the fresh cake with fresh icing. So over coming those hurdles, was a little easier because L called in myself. I am not super talented in many kitchen adventures, but cake? I GOT CAKE. But honestly, if it weren’t me? This was five star trouble. Also, the directions were translated and converted from metric. Mom made the cake and I decorated it… the tag team was back in action for the last picture show.

Best dish of all time scale: 4 STARS out of 5 for this meal!! 
Was it worth all that? TOTALLY. The hard work paid off with sweet and a little savory Viennese Torte for dessert at family dinner. The six of us demolished this thing handily. The breadcrumbs added an almost cornbread texture to the cake itself while the butter cream was buttery and sweet–but not cloyingly so. Served with famous Viennese coffee…the balance of the savory cake and sweet icing was perfect and it was just like Austria made when we were there. The candied nuts added a great snap and little smokiness. köstlich! (“delicious” in German).

So who are we?? After 5 years, here’s me and my mom: L & K at your service ❤

This is where I typically write in what country we plan to visit next, and as a I sit typing this final entry, I am overcome with sadness but also excitement. What an amazing thing we have accomplished. I can want for more eloquent speech to express it here, but I’m a scientist and not a writer after all. In closing, I would like to sincerely thank you all for putting up with my dad jokes, spelling/grammatical missteps and musings over the last 195 entries. You’re all such good sports.

Till Next Time
Bon Appetite, Friends! 

All Our Love, 
– L & K

 

 

#194: Gambia

Circling the drain this week, it took a little extra get up and go with influenza season in full force all around us. Staving off infection is a new (old) game I like to play with my immune system. It’s been a little emergen-C and a lot of hand washing– which is a fun magic trick when you already wash your hands 1000 times a day at a hospital. All that aside, it’s stock show kick off weekend here once again. Welcome to the 116th year of the NWSS, Denver! We missed you 😉

THE DINNER: We picked a traditional fish dish (say that one ten times for me with a mouth full of marshmallows) for Gambia called Caldo. This is a spicy lemon white fish with onions. When I say “spicy” be warned, even I think of this in terms of spice. It’s a typical peasant dish in the country and this is due to the “cheap” nature of fish there thanks to it’s very prominent river.

Gambian Caldo Recipe: https://www.196flavors.com/gambia-caldo-fish-yassa/

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: 1 a STAR out of 5 STARS for this meal!
This was simple, and sweet (read: spicy). The ingredient list of my dreams often times has two of the five ingredients as hot peppers. My heart be still! There was no translating and no converting, but we were all too happy to oblige this.

Best dish of all time scale: 5 STARS out of 5 for this meal!! 
Hold on loosely! This was a five star fire alarm here in Brovskyland! Well played, Gambia and thanks for finishing strong at #194! Yellow mustard is, after all, the strangest thing we have seen with fish (and WE HAVE SEEN A LOT of strange things with fish over the 5 years we blogged around the planet). It just worked! The tang of the mustard and the spice of the peppers. This one was a home run.

For #195 we head to the Austria as planned! This is our final country, my final post and our last “supper” with AW195S. Please don’t worry, we will find a new food project sooner rather than later… maybe I’ll start posting more from the Sassy Baker in the meantime. I have been on a rather large pie binge, much to the delight of all my friends and family.

Keep it clean and healthy, folks! 
– L & K

#193: Solomon Islands

Our first country was Mexico. Let’s take a second to revisit this– I took exactly one photo, and the next week we took exactly three. We have come so far and have grown so much since our first postings with this project. We have become clear on what we wish to convey. We have learned how to coordinate two grown humans into the kitchen and have escaped with a few burns (Ceviche acid burns were the worst with Peru fro #51) but mostly unscathed.

THE DINNER: Alright…  Hot Bananas in Coconut Milk. That sounds like my living nightmare. Honest to god. But let’s just think of this as a bedtime warm cup of milk with the added benefit of squishy bananas. It’s got some cinnamon and some spice. Bananas in milk happens to be a very common Pacific and Asian dessert fare and is the essence of comfort food.

Hot Bananas in Coconut Milk Recipe: https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/hot-bananas-in-coconut-milk-134854

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: 1 a STAR out of 5 STARS for this meal!
This was simple, and sweet (read: spicy). The ingredient list of my dreams often times has two of the five ingredients as hot peppers. My heart be still! There was no translating and no converting, but we were all too happy to oblige this.

Best dish of all time scale: 5 STARS out of 5 for this meal!! 
Hold on loosely! This was a five star fire alarm here in Brovskyland! Well played, Gambia and thanks for finishing strong at #194! Yellow mustard is, after all, the strangest thing we have seen with fish (and WE HAVE SEEN A LOT of strange things with fish over the 5 years we blogged around the planet). It just worked! The tang of the mustard and the spice of the peppers. This one was a home run.

For #195 we head to the Austria as planned! This is our final country, my final post and our last “supper” with AW195S. Please don’t worry, we will find a new food project sooner rather than later… maybe I’ll start posting more from the Sassy Baker in the meantime. I have been on a rather large pie binge, much to the delight of all my friends and family.

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: HALF a STAR out of 5 STARS for this meal!
This was just perhaps the simplest recipe we have encountered…. four ingredients (two of which are in the title) and no translation. On top of that cook time was all of 10 min.

Best dish of all time scale: 4.5 STARS out of 5 for this meal!! 
Not a fan of bananas… but those four little ingredients sure as hell packed a Wahlup! The bananas in boiling coconut milk– that’s just asking for rich and full bodied. It was a hint of nutty and the thickness was improved by the heat. It was just sweet enough, it was just spiced enough. It was just enough all around. It’s nice when you show that simple doesn’t have to equal bland and complex does not ride on the time or amount of ingredients. Good lesson learned after all these countries.

For #194 we head to the Gambia!! Looks like that means some fish and peppers– which you know makes your resident cooks L & K happy as little bay clams.

Salud, 
– L & K

#192: Grenada

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.

Ned and I watched– no– we devoured this documentary series on Netflix. Excuse the pun, you know I love those so much. This four part series follows chef Samin Nosrat as she teaches us why these four elements of cooking are what makes food delicious and why without them food is not as great an experience. She’s adorable and it was fun for me (an experienced cook) and Ned (a maker of very good toast) to watch it together. We both got so much out of it. So, my plug for this is complete– watch Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat…. and cook Grenada with us 🙂

THE DINNER: And then there were three. That’s it, three left. This all seems really surreal. We have #192 in Grenada, #193 in The Solomon Islands, #194 in Gambia and then #195…have you been keeping track? Do you know what it is?! Part of me, the mean trickster part, doesn’t want to tell you yet, but I’m a sucker for a good list after all. #195, our final country is Austria (and there’s a story behind that when we get there on why we picked it for the last country).

My dad served in the Grenada Conflict while in the Navy, and it’s fun that he actually hasn’t had any Grenadian food! The fruit of choice for this South Pac island is the pomegranate. Almost every recipe bears the mark of this succulent fruit. This week, we made smoothies to get our health on for the new year.

Grenadian Pomegranate Smoothie Recipe: https://www.placeresorganicos.com/smoothie-de-granada-y-naranja/

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: HALF a STAR out of 5 STARS for this meal!
This week had translation and conversion– but in ALL fairness, it was just a smoothie, so there was nothing super strenuous. We gave this one a half but honestly, could have been a less if possible. There were five ingredients and it was a blended dream.

Best dish of all time scale: 3.5 STARS out of 5 for this meal!! 
Hmmm… Ned can tell you, I’m not a fan of the “liquid lunch” so this missed the mark out of the gate for me. That in account, oranges and almond milk with the pomegranate all had the acidity you want in a combo. It might have been lacking some sweet component and honey or agave might have been a smart addition to this recipe. Overall, it was just a smoothie and while it was “good” it can’t really compete on the level of other countries we have covered so a 3.5 was the best we could offer.

For #193 we head to the Solomon Islands!! 

Cheers, 
– L & K

#191: Suriname

Come a little Closer, Baby….I Feel Like Letting Go.

This weather makes everyone want to stay in and cuddle. I had this Dierks Bentley song stuck in my head all week- because it’s a great tune, but it’s also a great lyric. “Come a little Closer…I feel like letting go”. It’s contradictory, but true. When you get closer you can let yourself and all the world go. In this new year, I hope to keep letting so much go and coming a little closer. I want to set a few “ground rules” for 2019, since as you know by this time, I don’t “do resolutions”. So. The rules for 2019:

1. Play more, work less. I started a new job last year, and while I love it, I know there is much to still seek and balance in life.
2. Run lots, but chase lots too. I want to make sure we have the Bolder Boulder on the books and the Colfax this year. I have finally gotten back into the swing of things. Also, I want to chase more dogs, dreams and shots.
3. Give into the Wanderlust. Last year I traveled a lot less than I normally do… this was not lost on a lot of you and comments were made. I can assure you, this year, I will get back to spending time living out of the suitcase.
4. Turn 30. Alright, to be fair, I don’t have a choice on this one, but it makes me feel better with the illusion that it’s my choice. This is the year I no longer get to be a “20 something”… but it’s okay. Ned assures me that 30 something looks great on me.

THE DINNER: FOUR countries left!! We are officially down to one hand, ladies and gents! This is monumental for those that have been following for years now— we salute you. The country of Suriname was a Dutch colony of the Netherlands till it became independent and as such, their food fits a strange hallmark of Dutch and African.

We picked Bean and Rice for this country meal. It’s all stewed and served over rice or casava, just like you’d be expecting by now. It’s a simple ingredient list as you would anticipate as well (I see you getting comfortable with the styles of cuisine! Get down with your bad self).

Suriname Brown Beans and Rice Recipe: https://www.thedutchtable.com/2010/10/bruine-bonen-met-rijst-brown-beans-with.html

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: 1 STARS out of 5 STARS for this meal!
There was no translation or conversion and the ingredient list was short and sweet and to the point.

Best dish of all time scale: 4 STARS out of 5 for this meal!! 
It was hearty and satisfying, but nothing to write home about.  I would have been super curious to try the special dutch brown beans that the recipe mentions and calls for, but we used her substitute of pintos/brown beans. I think butter beans like we used in Jamaica would have been just as tasty. Overall, it was good Sunday fare.

For #192 we head to the island of Grenada. So sit tight and make sure you make an action plan that includes cooking more food with us in 2019– after all we only have 3 countries now to go, but you can always revisit previous weeks.

Auld Lang Syne, my dears, 
– L & K

#190: Kiribati

Happy New Year!!!

Every year around this time, I get a little blue… call it post holiday sadness when the Christmas lights come down, or the lack of any holidays off work till Memorial Day. I’m not sure what the cause is, but it’s a real thing. Apart from the usual holiday emotional hangover — it’s been such a great start to 2019. I was sad to say goodbye to 2018 in so many ways, but it was a very hard year when you boil it down… that being said, then you boil things down, you have syrup. Syrup takes a long time to get right, it can burn the living daylights out of you, and it’s easy to miss your window; but it’s sooooo good and sweet and worth it. THAT is how 2018 was. I am super stoked for all that 2019 holds. I’m turning 30 this year after all.

In the midst of all the things we have not gotten to fill you in on in the absence of the blog, L and I have has very busy work schedules and coupled with holiday parties and such, it was hard to blog. That doesn’t mean we weren’t cooking! We were cooking country meals and then some (read 4 dozen Russian Tea Cookies, Prime Rib and so much turkey). The little break from the blog found us with thanksgivings at the Brovsky’s, Friendsgivings hosted at Winterfell, Eaker Holdiay Party, Christmas in Utah with the Winter Clan and then back to the Brovskyland for other Christmas and a snowy Denver NYE. Magical and busy- our favorite combo.

THE DINNER: We hit up some Kiribati right before Thanksgiving. This is officially “the Republic of Kiribati” for those that long for precision. I feel you. It’s comprised of 33 islands, 21 of which are uninhabited. Why no one talks about this is beyond me. This little country also gained independence from Britain in 1979 (rock on guys, we know how that is). So much of their food can be classified as “island English” cuisine. Lots of this means fried fish and that’s sort of where we went with this meal for #189.

This deconstructed “burger” of sorts features rice, sweet potato and Mahi Mahi. All of these are staple foods of the island chain. Then there’s a curry situation all drizzled among the Fish patty and rice. It’s complex and deep, much like the ecosystem surrounding the nation.

Kiribati “Burger” Recipe: http://burgershereandthere.com/2014/02/16/kiribati-burger-recipe/

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: 1 STARS out of 5 STARS for this meal!
Ned and I were snorkeling off Anacapa during this cooking session, so I regret that I was not able to weigh in. L reported that it was simple, but while it had no translation or conversion, one can see that there are A LOT of moving parts and separate pieces.

Best dish of all time scale: 4 STARS out of 5 for this meal!! 
To be transparent, L said she was “liberal” with the sodium here. She said she added more salt pork than the recipe called for… but to her defense, she’s human and that sounds like a good call always. All hail the pork! The hearty burgers were still light which is powered by the Mahi Mahi stronghold. So this made for a filling but good lunchtime fare on a football watching Sunday. The curry component was not spicy so much but added good depth. Speaking of depth, those pepitas were a nice little crunch and the tomato garnish added some fresh acidity. The coconut was a bonus and created more of a texture than a flavor. Overall, it was a good meal and nice way to roll into the week.

For #191 we head to Suriname. This will begin the count down… 4 countries to go till we are complete with our journey.

Hoping for some more snow, 
– L & K