#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

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