#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

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