The Top 174

1. Mexico 🇲🇽 Chicken in Red Mole, Chipotle Shrimp, Smoky Pork Tacos, Steak w/Spicy Guajillo Sauce, Green Poblano Rice, Corn Tortillas, Tortilla Chips, Mexican “Pot” Fried Beans, Tres Leche, Hot Chocolate
2. Thailand 🇹🇭Three-Flavor Chicken Wings, Corn Fritters, Curry Shrimp Skewers, Red Curry Lamb Chops, Green Papaya Salad, Chicken Pad Thai, Shrimp Massaman Curry, Crying Tiger Steaks, Spicy Thai Basil Ground Turkey w/Fried Egg over Rice, Spiced Cashews, Thai Basil Mojito, Long Thailand Iced Tea
3. Cuba 🇨🇺 Roast Pork Shoulder with Mojo Sauce, Black Beans, Yuca with Garlic Sauce, Mojitos
4. Venezuela 🇻🇪 Pabellon Cirollo, Arepas, Black Beans w/Rice, Papelon con Limon drink
5. China 🇨🇳 Kung Pao Chicken, Szechuan Dan Dan Noodles, Duck Dumplings, Snow Peas
6. Brazil 🇧🇷 Feijoada, Pao de Queijo, Brazilian Rice, Shrimp in Coconut Sauce, Hearts of Palm Salad, Brazilian Charcuterie Board, Brigadeiro, Brazilian Dutch Pie, Drinks: Caipirinha, Passion Fruit Batista, Brazilian Beer, Brazilian Wine
7. Spain 🇪🇸 Paella, Albondigas, Tortilla Espanola, Shishito Peppers (us), Patatas Bravas, Pan con Tomate, Gambas al Ajillo, Spanish Meats & Cheeses, Chocolate Tres Leches, lots of wine
8. Bangladesh 🇧🇩 Cholar Dal, Basmati Rice, Aloo Gobhi Parathas, Kosha Murgir Mangsho Chicken, Bengali Caramel Yogurt
9. Trinidad and Tobago 🇹🇹 Curried Chicken Roti, Roti Flatbread
10. Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 Pernil, Arroz con Gandules, Mofongo, Coquito, Rum Limeade
11. France 🇫🇷 Beef Bourguignon, Dessert Crepes, French Cheese & Bread, French Champagne & Wine
12. Netherlands 🇳🇱 Dutch War Fries, Snert, Bitterballen, Stroopwafel, Dutch Cheese & Beer
13. Belgium 🇧🇪 Carbonnade Flamande, Pommes Frites with dipping sauce, Belgian Endive Salad, Chocolate Mousse, Belgian Beers
14. Portugal 🇵🇹 Bifanas on Portuguese rolls, Tomato Rice, Batatas Fritas, Rissois**, Iberico Ham-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese, Cheese + Meat Platter, Pasteis de Nata**, Portuguese Wine & Port
15. Ethiopia 🇪🇹Injera, Berbere Chicken Wings, Lentil Sambusas, Key Wat, Shiro Wat, Injudal Tibs, Yellow Split Peas (two types), Yataklete Kilkil, Ye Shimbra Asa, Ayib be Gomen, Tej Wine, Ethiopian Coffee, Chocolate Coffee Cardamom Cake
16. Iran 🇮🇷 Chicken Fesenjan, Tahdig, Faloodeh
17. Andorra 🇦🇩 Catalan Beef Stew, Charcuterie Board, Crema Catalana
18. Nigeria 🇳🇬 Beef Suya, Jollof Rice, Mango/Avocado/Basil Salad & Shuku Shuku (Coconut Balls)
19. Israel 🇮🇱 Falafel, Israeli Salad & Tahini Sauce, Pita Bread, Israeli Eggplant, Chocolate Babka
20. Grenada 🇬🇩 Roast Pork w/Caribbean Sauce, Black Bean/Heart of Palm Salad, Spice Cake
21. Cambodia 🇰🇭 Lok Lak, Lime Pepper Dipping Sauce, Pineapple & Shrimp Rice
22. Guatemala 🇬🇹 Chicken Pepian, Arroz Guatamalteco, Corn Tortillas
23. Tibet 🇳🇵 Yak Momo Dumplings, Spicy Nepalese Onion Potato Salad
24. Jamaica 🇯🇲 Beef Patties, Rice & Peas, Jerk Chicken, Island Rum Cocktails, Grilled Peppers/Pineapple
25. Argentina 🇦🇷 Gaucho Steak w/Chimichurri on Crostinis, Chimichurri Rice
26. Saint Kitts and Nevis 🇰🇳 Ground Turkey Roti, Sunshine’s Salad, Killer Bee Cocktail
27. Afghanistan 🇦🇫 Mantu (Beef Dumplings), Kabli Pulao Rice
28. Belize 🇧🇿Cochinita Pibil, Pickled Red Onions & Pickled Carrots, Tortillas, Stewed Red Beans, Rum Cocktail
29. San Marino 🇸🇲 Nidi di Rondine (Swallows Nest), Charcuterie board, Sangiovese wine, Lambrusco
30. Malaysia 🇲🇾 Malaysian Fried Chicken, Penang Fried Flat Noodles, Blue Rice
31. Croatia 🇭🇷Charcuterie, Seafood Black Ink Risotto, Pasticada, Brown Butter Gnocchi, Fritule
32. United States 🇺🇸 Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends, Smoked Chicken Wings, Cajun Mac & Cheese, Apple Pie & Ice Cream
33. Indonesia 🇮🇩 Beef Rendang, Mi Goreng Noodles
34. Japan 🇯🇵 Sushi (multiple varieties), Veggie Tempura, Mochi, Sake & Sapporo
35. Palestine 🇵🇸 Palestine Chicken, Mujaddara, Taboon Bread
36. Montenegro 🇲🇪 Cevapi, Avjar, Lepinja, Burrata Salad, Figs with Riccota/Honey/Walnuts
37. Philippines 🇵🇭 Bistek Tagalog, Pancit Bihon Noodles, Black Rice, Lumpia**, Veggie Salad**
38. Honduras 🇭🇳 Baleadas w/ Chorizo, Refried Beans, Honduran Rice, Flour Tortillas, Licuados
39. Comoros 🇰🇲 Langouste a la Vanille, Coconut Ginger Rice
40. Panama 🇵🇦 Smoked Ropa Vieja, Black Beans & Black Bean Rice, Fried Plantains
41. Pakistan 🇵🇰Nihari, Basmati Rice
42. Colombia 🇨🇴 Chicken Sancocho, Arepas con Queso, Coco Loco
43. Lebanon 🇱🇧 Kibbeh Meatballs, Tabbouleh Lettuce Wraps, Artichokes, Grape Leaves, Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Beet/Feta/Toasted Nut Salad, Flatbread (and veggies to dip)
44. Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 Dovi, Sadza Balls
45. Morocco 🇲🇦 Shakshuka, Khobz (Moroccan Bread)
46. Tanzania 🇹🇿 Lamb Samosas, Green Chutney, Spicy Tanzanian Pilau Rice
47. Namibia 🇳🇦 Antelope Potjekos, Pan-Fried Cabbage
48. Ecuador 🇪🇨 Latin Grilled Rib-Eye Steak, Arroz con Menestra, Multi-Fruit Dairy-Free Ice Cream
49. Vietnam 🇻🇳 Pho, Banh Mi Sandwich, Vietnamese Coffee
50. Norway 🇳🇴 Ribbe Roast, Lefse, Kalrabistappe, Cabbage w/Bacon, Jarlsberg Cheese & Crispbread
51. Germany 🇩🇪 Sauerbraten, Spaetzle, German Sausages, German Pretzels, Crumb Cake & Beers
52. eSwatini (Swaziland) 🇸🇿 Karoo Roast Ostrich Steak, Pumpkin Polenta, Slaai, South African wines
53. Ukraine 🇺🇦 Chicken Kiev, Garlic Mashed Potatoes
54. Singapore 🇸🇬Chilli Crab, Steamed Buns
55. Australia 🇦🇺 Kangaroo Meatballs, Emu Steak, Meat Pies (Beef & Curry Chicken), Chips, Chicken Parm Bites, Salad, Vegemite Butter Avocado Toast, Tim Tams, Australian Wine & Beers
56. Serbia 🇷🇸Karageorge Schnitzel, Prebanac
57. Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 Chicken Shawarma, Flatbread & Garlic Yogurt Sauce, Kabsa Rice
58. Czech Republic 🇨🇿Bohemian Roast Duck, Garlic Soup, Czech Dumplings, Braised Red Cabbage, Honey Buttered Carrots
59. Denmark 🇩🇰Smorresbrod: Frikadeller, Roast Beef, Pear/Bleu Cheese, Shrimp+Eggs, Rugbrod Rye, Pickled Herring, Strawberries, Cream & Cardamom Biscuits
60. Mozambique 🇲🇿 Piri-Piri Chicken, Lemon Chili Rice
61. Sweden 🇸🇪 Swedish Meatballs over Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Swedish Fish
62. Bahrain 🇧🇭 Chicken Machboos
63. New Zealand 🇳🇿 Fish & Chips, Pavlova, New Zealand Wine/Cheese/Crackers/Clams
64. Botswana 🇧🇼 Grilled Ostrich Steak, Peppadew Pepper & Onion Relish, Griddled Pap
65. Sao Tome and Principe 🇸🇹 Matata (Clams w/Port Wine/Peanuts/Spinach/Rice), Chorizo Sandwich
66. Switzerland 🇨🇭 Cheese Fondue with Crusty Bread + Fruits & Veggies to dip
67. England 🇬🇧 Sunday Pot Roast, Yorkshire Pudding, Roasted Carrots/Parsnips/Brussel Sprouts, Roasted Potatoes, Soccer Pie**, Banoffee Pie**, British Beers
68. Greece 🇬🇷 Moussaka, Gigantes Beans, Lemon Potatoes, Greek Salad, Greek Wine & Beer, two Greek desserts**
69. Uruguay 🇺🇾 Chivito Sandwich, French Fries
70. Suriname 🇸🇷Pom, Green Beans, Bojo Cake
71. Ghana 🇬🇭 Shoko
72. Brunei 🇧🇳Chicken Satay, Nasi Lemak
73. Georgia 🇬🇪 Khachapuri, Georgia Salad w/Walnut Dressing
74. Palau 🇵🇼 Whole Fish in Banana Leaves, Taro Fritters (Ukoy), Couscous
75. Estonia 🇪🇪Hakklihakotlet (Ground Meat Patties), Mulgipuder (Estonian Mashed Potatoes)
76. Curacao 🇨🇼 Keshi Yena, Tostones, Midnight Kiss drink
77. Bahamas 🇧🇸 Conch Fritters, Maduros, Bahamian Mac & Cheese, Fish Chowder, Bahama Mamas
78. Fiji 🇫🇯 Fijian Chicken Curry, Curry Leaf Rice
79. Maldives 🇲🇻 Tuna Curry with Rice, Dhonkeyo Kaju (Banana Fritters)
80. Tuvalu 🇹🇻 Tuna Coconut Curry w/Rice, Coconut Banana Fritters
81. India 🇮🇳 Mushroom Curry over Basmati Rice, Spicy Onion Fritters, Naan**
82. Samoa 🇼🇸 Oka i’a (Samoan Fish Salad), Taro Root Chips, Pisua
83. Slovenia 🇸🇮 Chicken Paprikash, Bryndzove Halusky, Sauteed Spinach
84. Hungary 🇭🇺 Hungarian Goulash, Langos
85. Egypt 🇪🇬 Camel Hawawshi, Koshari
86. Democratic Republic of Congo 🇮🇳 Chicken Moambe, Rice, Fried Plantains
87. Ireland 🇮🇪 Guinness Beef & Lamb Stew, Irish Soda Bread, Irish Beer & Whiskey
88. Bosnia and Herzegovina 🇧🇦 Cevapi, Djuvec Rice with Veggies, Bosnian Bread
89. Togo 🇹🇬 Grilled Togo Chicken Legs, Djenkoume (Tomato Cornmeal Cakes)
90. Oman 🇴🇲 Maldouf (Date Flatbread), Omani Salad with Zoodled Cucumbers & Preserved Lemons
91. Cyprus 🇨🇾 Koulouri-Cypriot Village Bread, Freekeh Halloumi Salad
92. Barbados 🇧🇧 Bajan Fried Chicken, Fry Bodi
93. Latvia 🇱🇻 Chlodnik (Chilled Beet Soup), Karbonade, Rye Bread & Layered Rye Bread Dessert
94. Myanmar 🇲🇲 Tea-Leaf Salad
95. Albania 🇦🇱 Tavi Kosi
96. Haiti 🇭🇹 Soup Joumou, Akasan
97. Niger 🇳🇪 Djerma Stew
98. Nicaragua 🇳🇮 Arroz a la Valenciana, Elote
99. Finland 🇫🇮 Karjalanpiirakka (Karelian Pies), Rossoli Salad
100. Bolivia 🇧🇴 Saltenas, Majadito Rice
101. Costa Rica 🇨🇷 Gallo Pinto, Ceviche, Platacones, Pineapple w/Coconut Cream & Cinnamon
102. Mauritius 🇲🇺 Fish Vindaye, Lentils, Garlic Bread
103. Malawi 🇲🇼Bone-in Chicken Curry, Nsima, Green Beans
104. Dominica 🇩🇲 Caribbean Reef Chicken
105. Cote d’Ivorie 🇨🇮 Garba: Fried Tuna & Attieke (Cassava Couscous), Cucumber/Zucchini Salad
106. Lithuania 🇱🇹Homemade Bagels, Lox & Cream Cheese, Sliced Turkey, Mushroom Soup
107. Moldova 🇲🇩 Sarmale, Placinte
108. Kosovo 🇽🇰 Tarator Soup, Kifla, Pan-Fried Feta w/Seasoned Honey, Tuna & Veggie Kabobs
109. Romania 🇷🇴 Wild Pig Stew over Polenta
110. Saint Lucia 🇱🇨 Pork Chops with Banana Ketchup, Mashed Sweet Potato Medley, Island Cocktail
111. Cape Verde 🇨🇻 Cachupa, Sweet Candied Papaya
112. Kiribati 🇰🇮 Caramelized Shrimp with Coconut Rice, Fried Jackfruit, Papaya Tequila Surprise
113. Zambia 🇿🇲Nshima, Kale Relish, Bean Relish
114. Tunisia 🇹🇳 Slata Mechouia with Tunisia Tuna
115. French Polynesia (Tahiti) 🇵🇫 Poisson Cru, Polynesian Jammy Biscuits
116. Antigua 🇦🇬 Caribbean BBQ Chicken Salad, Caribbean Rum Cocktail
117. Canada 🇨🇦 Elk Steak w/Maple-Soy Glaze, Poutine w/Gravy, Carrots, La Fin Du Monde Beer
118. Gabon 🇬🇦Poulet au Gnemboue (Chicken in Nuts) over Rice
119. Qatar 🇶🇦 Jarjeer Salad, Batata B’kamun (Cumin Seed Potatoes), store-bought Knafeh and Warbat
120. Chad 🇹🇩 Salade du Tchad, Darabe Soup
121. Mauritania 🇲🇷 Thieboudienne
122. Liberia 🇱🇷 Maafe (Peanut Soup), Banana Rice Bread
123. Turkey 🇹🇷 Turkish Chicken Thighs, Turkish Potatoes, Mediterranean Apps & Wine
124. Mali 🇲🇱 Catfish Stew with Peanuts and Spinach, Meni-Meniyong
125. Jordan 🇯🇴 Za’atar Manakish, Jordanian Hummus
126. Senegal 🇸🇳 Chicken Yassa over Rice, West African Beans
127. Russia 🇷🇺 Beef Stroganoff over French-Fried Potatoes, Chocolate Salami
128. Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 Jaffna Crab Curry, Wambatu Moju, Avocado Crazy
129. Vanuatu 🇻🇺 Citrus-Baked Fish, Lap Lap
130. Syria 🇸🇾 Stuffed Zucchini Boats, Hummus, Naan**
131. Eritrea 🇪🇷 Kulwha (Lamb Stir-Fry), Tsebhi Birsen (Eritrean Lentils)
132. Djibouti 🇩🇯 Skoudehkaris
133. Austria 🇦🇹 Wiener Schnitzel, Potato Salad, Chocolate Balls
134. Nauru 🇳🇷 Coconut-Crusted Shrimp, Spam-Fried Rice
135. Slovakia 🇸🇰Kapustnica (Sauerkraut & Sausage Soup), Cream Cucumber Salad, Rye Bread**
136. Iceland 🇮🇸 Icelandic Hot Dogs, Roasted Potatoes w/Icelandic Yogurt, Sambo Pristur Candy
137. Angola 🇦🇴Camarao Grelhado com Molho Cru (Shrimp in Green Sauce) over Rice, Fried Okra
138. Solomon Islands 🇸🇧Spicy Seafood Drunken Noodles
139. Guyana 🇬🇾 Pepperpot with Rice, Dragon Fruit
140. The Gambia 🇬🇲 Spicy Chicken ‘Pepe’ Soup, Tapalapa
141. Macedonia 🇲🇰 Sausages with Mushrooms
142. South Sudan 🇸🇸Lamb Steak, Salata Aswad be Zabadi, Kisra (Sorghum Crepes)
143. Iraq 🇮🇶 Kubbat Pueta Chap (Stuffed Potato Dough), Iraqi Turnip Soup
144. Sierra Leone 🇸🇱 Sierra Leonean Party Fish Balls & Pepper Sauce, Sierra Leonean Salad
145. North Korea 🇰🇵 Korean Ground Turkey Cups, Kimchi**, Scallion Pancakes**
146. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 🇻🇨 Blaff (Snapper), Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
147. Tonga 🇹🇴 Kapisi Pulu, Papaya/Rice Noodle Salad
148. Libya 🇱🇾 Couscous with Zucchini & Mixed Veggies, Harrarat Kale
149. East Timor 🇹🇱 Batar Da’an with Shrimp and Rice
150. Belarus 🇧🇾 Mushroom and Barley Soup
151. Yemen 🇾🇪 Breakfast Lentil Stew (Adas), Fruit Salad, Toast
152. Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 Lamb Plov
153. Chile 🇨🇱 El Completo Hot Dogs, French Fries, Sopaipillas, Chilean Wine
154. Algeria 🇩🇿 Tri-color Couscous w/Tri-color Peppers, Chickpeas, Carrots & Currants
155. Laos 🇱🇦 Larb Lettuce Wraps, Coconut Rice
156. Sudan 🇸🇩 Ful Medames, Salata Tomatim Bel Daqua
157. Equatorial Guinea 🇬🇶 Succotash w/ Turkey Bacon
158. Vatican City🇻🇦 Pizza a Caballo, Italian red wine
159. Guinea 🇬🇳Chicken in Cumin Sauce
160. Kenya 🇰🇪 Roast Chicken w/East African Flavors, Sukuma Wiki
161. Liechtenstein 🇱🇮 Ribel w/Fruit Compote, Bacon & Scrambled Eggs
162. Tajikistan 🇹🇯 Tajik Naan, Tajik Bread Salad
163. Uzbekistan 🇺🇿 Lagman Soup
164. Burundi 🇧🇮 Plantains, Kidney Beans & Kale Mixture, Kachumbari Slaw
165. Luxembourg 🇱🇺 Bouneschlupp Soup, Gromperekichelcher (Potato Pancakes)
166. Guinea-Bissau 🇬🇼 Abacate com Tuna (Avocados with Tuna)
167. Azerbaijan 🇦🇿 Shirin Chorek (Sweet Milk Bread)
168. Rwanda 🇷🇼 Igisafuliya
169. Armenia 🇦🇲 Armenian Chicken Harissa, Eggplant Dolma, Lavash Salad
170. Lesotho 🇱🇸 Spinch/Tangerine Soup, Chakalaka
171. Republic of the Congo 🇨🇬Liboke de Viande (Meat in Banana Leaf), Peanut Butter Mousse
172. Somalia 🇸🇴 Chickpea Pancakes with Turmeric, Chili Powder & Cumin, Somali Salad
173. Benin 🇧🇯 Akkra Funfun, Benin-Marinated Plantains, Sauteed Kale
174. Central African Republic 🇨🇫 Kanda (Pumpkin Seed Meatballs), White Rice, Sautéed Spinach

174/200 – Thailand

WHERE? Thailand
WHEN? 4/17/21
WHO? Kristin & Dave (and Mark)
WHAT? Crispy Three-Flavor Wings, Corn Fritters, Curry Shrimp Skewers (Mark), Red Curry Lamb Chops (Mark), Shrimp Massaman Curry, Chicken Pad Thai, Crying Tiger Steaks, Spicy Thai Basil w/Ground Turkey & Fried Egg, Green Papaya Salad, Thai Basil Mojito (Vanessa & Mark), Long Thailand Iced Tea
WHY? This was a meal that we’ve been looking forward to having with family for a LONG time. We had Mark, Vanessa and the kids over for a lot of Thai, as we knew this was a meal we would all love together.
HOW? All of our recipes came from our Thai cookbook (Simple Thai Food).

WOULD WE MAKE THIS AGAIN? Yes! Yes! Yes again!
FAVORITE ASPECT? Man, to pick one thing is near-impossible. But I’ll go with the Spicy Thai Basil Turkey dish, closely followed by the Red Curry Lamb Chops and Massaman Curry.
COOKING NOTES? We started our preparations on Friday for the meal. Well, that’s not quite true. We found a Thai market in a town about 25 minutes and Kris went there twice during the week to get the ingredients (the second time to pick up some Thai holy basil set aside for her). As for the cooking, items of note…the wings were made in an air fryer and the sauce was delicious. The lamb chops from Mark were devoured by all of us, as the red curry marinade was perfect. The steaks had a roasted tomato/garlic/shallot spicy sauce, which really hit the spot. I could go on and on, but this meal was an overall delight.
RANK AMONGST ALL MEALS? 2 of 174. We both were kind of hoping for a top 10 meal, but this surpassed those high expectations! Getting to share this meal and spend time with family was special.

173/200 – Lithuania

WHERE? Lthuania
WHEN? 4/11/21
WHO? Dave & Kristin
WHAT? Bagels (Bagels (aka Riestainis or Bublik), Lox & Cream Cheese, Mushroom Soup
WHY? Do you know about the origin of bagels? Well, many areas lay claim to them. But it seems that the most common belief, is that they were invented in Poland-Lithuania. I mention both places because back in the day, it used to be a joint country. So I tried my hand at homemade bagels here.
HOW? https://www.196flavors.com/ukraine-bublik/

WOULD WE MAKE THIS AGAIN? Yes.
FAVORITE ASPECT? Pulling off the making of the bagels, as they came out very good.
COOKING NOTES? For the bagels, I made poppy seed, sesame seed & everything. I had no idea if this would work, but I made a dozen and a dozen came out successfully. Boiling them for about 20 seconds each was the key, and I got better shaping them as I went on. Kristin picked up fresh lox and cream cheese from a local Jewish deli, then we had turkey, blueberry preserves, red onion, olives, scallions and tomato. This turned out to be better than expected; I even enjoyed the lox, which is the first time I’ve EVER liked salmon. With the soup, Kris cooked this up and it was a nice take on fresh cream of mushroom soup. Went very well with the bagel sandwiches. 
RANK AMONGST ALL MEALS? 105 of 173.

172/200 – Malawi

WHERE? Malawi
WHEN? 4/7/21
WHO? Kristin
WHAT? Malawian Chicken Curry, Nsima, Green Beans
WHY? Kristin wanted to make better nsima (nshima) than I did for a recent African meal, and this curry dish was right up our alley.
HOW? https://food52.com/recipes/82918-malawian-chicken-curry-recipe

WOULD WE MAKE THIS AGAIN? Yes.
FAVORITE ASPECT? The chicken curry had a nice, unique flavor to it…and her nsima was better than my recent one.
COOKING NOTES? Malawian Chicken Curry Bone-in chicken, yellow curry powder, canned tomatoes & tomato paste, celery, onions, carrots, garlic and lemon juice were the key ingredients. Nsima: it’s basically cornmeal porridge, Kristin made a white version, and the consistency was just right.
3. Green Beans. You know what these are.
RANK AMONGST ALL MEALS? 102 of 172.

171/200 – Singapore

WHERE? Singapore
WHEN? 4/2/21
WHO? Kristin
WHAT? Singapore Chilli Crab
WHY? Kristin has planned to make this for Singapore right from the beginning, and today was as good a day as any to celebrate and have it (as I got my first vaccine shot)!
HOW? mix of various recipe ideas.

WOULD WE MAKE THIS AGAIN? Yes.
FAVORITE ASPECT? This sauce was terrific…even if it was such a messy meal, that we immediately needed to run a laundry load before finishing the dishes!
COOKING NOTES? Take Dungeness crab and cook in an absolutely delicious sauce. What’s in the sauce? Shallots, ginger, chilies, chili sauce, tamarind, tomato purée, butter, eggs, scallions and soy sauce amongst other things. Then serve with air-fryed steamed Asian buns to dip into the sauce.
RANK AMONGST ALL MEALS? 53 of 171.

170/200 – Gabon

WHERE? Gabon
WHEN? 4/1/21
WHO? Dave
WHAT?  Poulet au Gnemboue (Chicken in Nuts)
WHY? Earlier in the day, I posted an April Fool’s Day joke, about making a meal from “San Serriffe”, specifically a bowl of homemade Raisin Bran. The joke got quite a lot of people…but this was the actual meal for the day.
HOW? http://travelbystove.palfreymedia.com/gabon-recipes-poulet-au-gnemboue-chicken-in-nuts.asp

WOULD WE MAKE THIS AGAIN? Yes.
FAVORITE ASPECT? The mix of three different nuts went together well.
COOKING NOTES? This was one of the easier things we’ve cooked thus far. Throw some peanuts, almonds, pine nuts in the food processor with water, then boil that with a little garlic, scallions and cayenne pepper. Add chicken breasts and serve over white rice. End result is a pretty yummy meal (one that is better than Raisin Bran from San Serriffe) 😛
RANK AMONGST ALL MEALS? 114 of 170.

169/200 – Denmark

WHERE? Denmark
WHEN? 3/27/21
WHO? Kristin & Dave
WHAT? Smorresbrod – Roast Beef, Frikadeller, Shrimp & Egg, Pear & Bleu-Cheese, Rugbrod Rye Bread, Pickled Herring, Strawberries & Cream
WHY? Kristin’s grandma is Danish with relatives living there. We knew from the beginning we wanted to share this meal with her. Then of course, the pandemic hit and we wanted to keep her safe! Well last month she celebrated her 90th birthday and got her second shot two weeks ago, so we treated her to a belated birthday dinner!
HOW? http://www.danishsandwich.com/2011/01/real-danish-rye-bread-rugbrd.html (rugbrod)
http://scandinavtoday.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-to-make-frikadeller-homemade-danish.html

WOULD WE MAKE THIS AGAIN? Yes.
FAVORITE ASPECT? I’m going with the frikadeller meatballs. Loved the flavor and consistency of ’em!
COOKING NOTES? We started the evening with dill crackers topped with a variety of pickled herring and Danish fontina. Then for the smorresbrod:
1- Dill butter with sliced eggs, shrimp coated in mustard, sliced radish and sprouts
2- Horseradish butter with Kobe roast beef, red onion and cornichons
3- Butter, frikadeller (meatballs), red cabbage, pickled cucumber
4- Honey butter, Danish bleu cheese, sliced pear and chopped walnuts.
I made the rugbrod (authentic Danish rye) over the course of the past week, including my first venture into sourdough starter. We were nervous about this and brought backup bread…but it was not needed! It was worth the time it took to make it!
Strawberries & Cream and Cardamom Biscuits- Kristin made homemade whipped cream, then blended in goat yogurt, lemon zest, vanilla and honey. She made the biscuits with rolled oats, coconut sugar, applesauce, cardamom and lemon zest. All mixed up with strawberries made for a refreshing dessert that grandma washed down with coffee in her mormor mug (Danish for grandma)
RANK AMONGST ALL MEALS? 57 of 169.

168/200 – Angola

WHERE? Angola
WHEN? 3/25/21
WHO? Kristin
WHAT? Camarao Grelhado com Molho Cru (Shrimp in Green Sauce), Fried Okra, Rice
WHY? Kristin was just waiting for a nice-enough day to be able to grill this shrimp.
HOW? https://www.196flavors.com/angola-camarao-grelhado-com-molho-cru/ (shrimp)

WOULD WE MAKE THIS AGAIN? Yes.
FAVORITE ASPECT? The green sauce was very unique and we enjoyed it.
COOKING NOTES? The shrimp was grilled and marinated in a sauce of green onions, garlic, cumin, white wine vinegar, a little red pepper flakes and a splash of whiskey. Served over rice with fried okra, this was solid.
RANK AMONGST ALL MEALS? 131 of 168.

The Top 167

1. Mexico 🇲🇽 Chicken in Red Mole, Chipotle Shrimp, Smoky Pork Tacos, Steak w/Spicy Guajillo Sauce, Green Poblano Rice, Corn Tortillas, Tortilla Chips, Mexican “Pot” Fried Beans, Tres Leche, Hot Chocolate
2. Cuba 🇨🇺 Roast Pork Shoulder with Mojo Sauce, Black Beans, Yuca with Garlic Sauce, Mojitos
3. Venezuela 🇻🇪 Pabellon Cirollo, Arepas, Black Beans w/Rice, Papelon con Limon drink
4. China 🇨🇳 Kung Pao Chicken, Szechuan Dan Dan Noodles, Duck Dumplings, Snow Peas
5. Brazil 🇧🇷 Feijoada, Pao de Queijo, Brazilian Rice, Shrimp in Coconut Sauce, Hearts of Palm Salad, Brazilian Charcuterie Board, Brigadeiro, Brazilian Dutch Pie, Drinks: Caipirinha, Passion Fruit Batista, Brazilian Beer, Brazilian Wine
6. Spain 🇪🇸 Paella, Albondigas, Tortilla Espanola, Shishito Peppers (us), Patatas Bravas, Pan con Tomate, Gambas al Ajillo, Spanish Meats & Cheeses, Chocolate Tres Leches, lots of wine
7. Bangladesh 🇧🇩 Cholar Dal, Basmati Rice, Aloo Gobhi Parathas, Kosha Murgir Mangsho Chicken, Bengali Caramel Yogurt
8. Trinidad and Tobago 🇹🇹 Curried Chicken Roti, Roti Flatbread
9. Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 Pernil, Arroz con Gandules, Mofongo, Coquito, Rum Limeade
10. France 🇫🇷 Beef Bourguignon, Dessert Crepes, French Cheese & Bread, French Champagne & Wine
11. Netherlands 🇳🇱 Dutch War Fries, Snert, Bitterballen, Stroopwafel, Dutch Cheese & Beer
12. Belgium 🇧🇪 Carbonnade Flamande, Pommes Frites with dipping sauce, Belgian Endive Salad, Chocolate Mousse, Belgian Beers
13. Portugal 🇵🇹 Bifanas on Portuguese rolls, Tomato Rice, Batatas Fritas, Rissois**, Iberico Ham-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese, Cheese + Meat Platter, Pasteis de Nata**, Portuguese Wine & Port
14. Ethiopia 🇪🇹Injera, Berbere Chicken Wings, Lentil Sambusas, Key Wat, Shiro Wat, Injudal Tibs, Yellow Split Peas (two types), Yataklete Kilkil, Ye Shimbra Asa, Ayib be Gomen, Tej Wine, Ethiopian Coffee, Chocolate Coffee Cardamom Cake
15. Iran 🇮🇷 Chicken Fesenjan, Tahdig, Faloodeh
16. Andorra 🇦🇩 Catalan Beef Stew, Charcuterie Board, Crema Catalana
17. Nigeria 🇳🇬 Beef Suya, Jollof Rice, Mango/Avocado/Basil Salad & Shuku Shuku (Coconut Balls)
18. Israel 🇮🇱 Falafel, Israeli Salad & Tahini Sauce, Pita Bread, Israeli Eggplant, Chocolate Babka
19. Grenada 🇬🇩 Roast Pork w/Caribbean Sauce, Black Bean/Heart of Palm Salad, Spice Cake
20. Cambodia 🇰🇭 Lok Lak, Lime Pepper Dipping Sauce, Pineapple & Shrimp Rice
21. Guatemala 🇬🇹 Chicken Pepian, Arroz Guatamalteco, Corn Tortillas
22. Tibet 🇳🇵 Yak Momo Dumplings, Spicy Nepalese Onion Potato Salad
23. Jamaica 🇯🇲 Beef Patties, Rice & Peas, Jerk Chicken, Island Rum Cocktails, Grilled Peppers/Pineapple
24. Argentina 🇦🇷 Gaucho Steak w/Chimichurri on Crostinis, Chimichurri Rice
25. Saint Kitts and Nevis 🇰🇳 Ground Turkey Roti, Sunshine’s Salad, Killer Bee Cocktail
26. Afghanistan 🇦🇫 Mantu (Beef Dumplings), Kabli Pulao Rice
27. Belize 🇧🇿Cochinita Pibil, Pickled Red Onions & Pickled Carrots, Tortillas, Stewed Red Beans, Rum Cocktail
28. San Marino 🇸🇲 Nidi di Rondine (Swallows Nest), Charcuterie board, Sangiovese wine, Lambrusco
29. Malaysia 🇲🇾 Malaysian Fried Chicken, Penang Fried Flat Noodles, Blue Rice
30. Croatia 🇭🇷Charcuterie, Seafood Black Ink Risotto, Pasticada, Brown Butter Gnocchi, Fritule
31. United States 🇺🇸 Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends, Smoked Chicken Wings, Cajun Mac & Cheese, Apple Pie & Ice Cream
32. Indonesia 🇮🇩 Beef Rendang, Mi Goreng Noodles
33. Japan 🇯🇵 Sushi (multiple varieties), Veggie Tempura, Mochi, Sake & Sapporo
34. Palestine 🇵🇸 Palestine Chicken, Mujaddara, Taboon Bread
35. Montenegro 🇲🇪 Cevapi, Avjar, Lepinja, Burrata Salad, Figs with Riccota/Honey/Walnuts
36. Philippines 🇵🇭 Bistek Tagalog, Pancit Bihon Noodles, Black Rice, Lumpia**, Veggie Salad**
37. Honduras 🇭🇳 Baleadas w/ Chorizo, Refried Beans, Honduran Rice, Flour Tortillas, Licuados
38. Comoros 🇰🇲 Langouste a la Vanille, Coconut Ginger Rice
39. Panama 🇵🇦 Smoked Ropa Vieja, Black Beans & Black Bean Rice, Fried Plantains
40. Pakistan 🇵🇰Nihari, Basmati Rice
41. Colombia 🇨🇴 Chicken Sancocho, Arepas con Queso, Coco Loco
42. Lebanon 🇱🇧 Kibbeh Meatballs, Tabbouleh Lettuce Wraps, Artichokes, Grape Leaves, Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Beet/Feta/Toasted Nut Salad, Flatbread (and veggies to dip)
43. Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 Dovi, Sadza Balls
44. Morocco 🇲🇦 Shakshuka, Khobz (Moroccan Bread)
45. Tanzania 🇹🇿 Lamb Samosas, Green Chutney, Spicy Tanzanian Pilau Rice
46. Namibia 🇳🇦 Antelope Potjekos, Pan-Fried Cabbage
47. Ecuador 🇪🇨 Latin Grilled Rib-Eye Steak, Arroz con Menestra, Multi-Fruit Dairy-Free Ice Cream
48. Vietnam 🇻🇳 Pho, Banh Mi Sandwich, Vietnamese Coffee
49. Norway 🇳🇴 Ribbe Roast, Lefse, Kalrabistappe, Cabbage w/Bacon, Jarlsberg Cheese & Crispbread
50. Germany 🇩🇪 Sauerbraten, Spaetzle, German Sausages, German Pretzels, Crumb Cake & Beers
51. eSwatini (Swaziland) 🇸🇿 Karoo Roast Ostrich Steak, Pumpkin Polenta, Slaai, South African wines
52. Ukraine 🇺🇦 Chicken Kiev, Garlic Mashed Potatoes
53. Australia 🇦🇺 Kangaroo Meatballs, Emu Steak, Meat Pies (Beef & Curry Chicken), Chips, Chicken Parm Bites, Salad, Vegemite Butter Avocado Toast, Tim Tams, Australian Wine & Beers
54. Serbia 🇷🇸Karageorge Schnitzel, Prebanac
55. Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 Chicken Shawarma, Flatbread & Garlic Yogurt Sauce, Kabsa Rice
56. Czech Republic 🇨🇿Bohemian Roast Duck, Garlic Soup, Czech Dumplings, Braised Red Cabbage, Honey Buttered Carrots
57. Mozambique 🇲🇿 Piri-Piri Chicken, Lemon Chili Rice
58. Sweden 🇸🇪 Swedish Meatballs over Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Swedish Fish
59. Bahrain 🇧🇭 Chicken Machboos
60. New Zealand 🇳🇿 Fish & Chips, Pavlova, New Zealand Wine/Cheese/Crackers/Clams
61. Botswana 🇧🇼 Grilled Ostrich Steak, Peppadew Pepper & Onion Relish, Griddled Pap
62. Sao Tome and Principe 🇸🇹 Matata (Clams w/Port Wine/Peanuts/Spinach/Rice), Chorizo Sandwich
63. Switzerland 🇨🇭 Cheese Fondue with Crusty Bread + Fruits & Veggies to dip
64. England 🇬🇧 Sunday Pot Roast, Yorkshire Pudding, Roasted Carrots/Parsnips/Brussel Sprouts, Roasted Potatoes, Soccer Pie**, Banoffee Pie**, British Beers
65. Greece 🇬🇷 Moussaka, Gigantes Beans, Lemon Potatoes, Greek Salad, Greek Wine & Beer, two Greek desserts**
66. Uruguay 🇺🇾 Chivito Sandwich, French Fries
67. Suriname 🇸🇷Pom, Green Beans, Bojo Cake
68. Ghana 🇬🇭 Shoko
69. Brunei 🇧🇳Chicken Satay, Nasi Lemak
70. Georgia 🇬🇪 Khachapuri, Georgia Salad w/Walnut Dressing
71. Palau 🇵🇼 Whole Fish in Banana Leaves, Taro Fritters (Ukoy), Couscous
72. Estonia 🇪🇪Hakklihakotlet (Ground Meat Patties), Mulgipuder (Estonian Mashed Potatoes)
73. Curacao 🇨🇼 Keshi Yena, Tostones, Midnight Kiss drink
74. Bahamas 🇧🇸 Conch Fritters, Maduros, Bahamian Mac & Cheese, Fish Chowder, Bahama Mamas
75. Fiji 🇫🇯 Fijian Chicken Curry, Curry Leaf Rice
76. Maldives 🇲🇻 Tuna Curry with Rice, Dhonkeyo Kaju (Banana Fritters)
77. Tuvalu 🇹🇻 Tuna Coconut Curry w/Rice, Coconut Banana Fritters
78. India 🇮🇳 Mushroom Curry over Basmati Rice, Spicy Onion Fritters, Naan**
79. Samoa 🇼🇸 Oka i’a (Samoan Fish Salad), Taro Root Chips, Pisua
80. Slovenia 🇸🇮 Chicken Paprikash, Bryndzove Halusky, Sauteed Spinach
81. Hungary 🇭🇺 Hungarian Goulash, Langos
82. Egypt 🇪🇬 Camel Hawawshi, Koshari
83. Democratic Republic of Congo 🇮🇳 Chicken Moambe, Rice, Fried Plantains
84. Ireland 🇮🇪 Guinness Beef & Lamb Stew, Irish Soda Bread, Irish Beer & Whiskey
85. Bosnia and Herzegovina 🇧🇦 Cevapi, Djuvec Rice with Veggies, Bosnian Bread
86. Togo 🇹🇬 Grilled Togo Chicken Legs, Djenkoume (Tomato Cornmeal Cakes)
87. Oman 🇴🇲 Maldouf (Date Flatbread), Omani Salad with Zoodled Cucumbers & Preserved Lemons
88. Cyprus 🇨🇾 Koulouri-Cypriot Village Bread, Freekeh Halloumi Salad
89. Barbados 🇧🇧 Bajan Fried Chicken, Fry Bodi
90. Latvia 🇱🇻 Chlodnik (Chilled Beet Soup), Karbonade, Rye Bread & Layered Rye Bread Dessert
91. Myanmar 🇲🇲 Tea-Leaf Salad
92. Albania 🇦🇱 Tavi Kosi
93. Haiti 🇭🇹 Soup Joumou, Akasan
94. Niger 🇳🇪 Djerma Stew
95. Nicaragua 🇳🇮 Arroz a la Valenciana, Elote
96. Finland 🇫🇮 Karjalanpiirakka (Karelian Pies), Rossoli Salad
97. Bolivia 🇧🇴 Saltenas, Majadito Rice
98. Costa Rica 🇨🇷 Gallo Pinto, Ceviche, Platacones, Pineapple w/Coconut Cream & Cinnamon
99. Mauritius 🇲🇺 Fish Vindaye, Lentils, Garlic Bread
100. Dominica 🇩🇲 Caribbean Reef Chicken
101. Cote d’Ivorie 🇨🇮 Garba: Fried Tuna & Attieke (Cassava Couscous), Cucumber/Zucchini Salad
102. Moldova 🇲🇩 Sarmale, Placinte
103. Kosovo 🇽🇰 Tarator Soup, Kifla, Pan-Fried Feta w/Seasoned Honey, Tuna & Veggie Kabobs
104. Romania 🇷🇴 Wild Pig Stew over Polenta
105. Saint Lucia 🇱🇨 Pork Chops with Banana Ketchup, Mashed Sweet Potato Medley, Island Cocktail
106. Cape Verde 🇨🇻 Cachupa, Sweet Candied Papaya
107. Kiribati 🇰🇮 Caramelized Shrimp with Coconut Rice, Fried Jackfruit, Papaya Tequila Surprise
108. Zambia 🇿🇲Nshima, Kale Relish, Bean Relish
109. Tunisia 🇹🇳 Slata Mechouia with Tunisia Tuna
110. French Polynesia (Tahiti) 🇵🇫 Poisson Cru, Polynesian Jammy Biscuits
111. Antigua 🇦🇬 Caribbean BBQ Chicken Salad, Caribbean Rum Cocktail
112. Canada 🇨🇦 Elk Steak w/Maple-Soy Glaze, Poutine w/Gravy, Carrots, La Fin Du Monde Beer
113. Qatar 🇶🇦 Jarjeer Salad, Batata B’kamun (Cumin Seed Potatoes), store-bought Knafeh and Warbat
114. Chad 🇹🇩 Salade du Tchad, Darabe Soup
115. Mauritania 🇲🇷 Thieboudienne
116. Liberia 🇱🇷 Maafe (Peanut Soup), Banana Rice Bread
117. Turkey 🇹🇷 Turkish Chicken Thighs, Turkish Potatoes, Mediterranean Apps & Wine
118. Mali 🇲🇱 Catfish Stew with Peanuts and Spinach, Meni-Meniyong
119. Jordan 🇯🇴 Za’atar Manakish, Jordanian Hummus
120. Senegal 🇸🇳 Chicken Yassa over Rice, West African Beans
121. Russia 🇷🇺 Beef Stroganoff over French-Fried Potatoes, Chocolate Salami
122. Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 Jaffna Crab Curry, Wambatu Moju, Avocado Crazy
123. Vanuatu 🇻🇺 Citrus-Baked Fish, Lap Lap
124. Syria 🇸🇾 Stuffed Zucchini Boats, Hummus, Naan**
125. Eritrea 🇪🇷 Kulwha (Lamb Stir-Fry), Tsebhi Birsen (Eritrean Lentils)
126. Djibouti 🇩🇯 Skoudehkaris
127. Austria 🇦🇹 Wiener Schnitzel, Potato Salad, Chocolate Balls
128. Nauru 🇳🇷 Coconut-Crusted Shrimp, Spam-Fried Rice
129. Slovakia 🇸🇰Kapustnica (Sauerkraut & Sausage Soup), Cream Cucumber Salad, Rye Bread**
130. Iceland 🇮🇸 Icelandic Hot Dogs, Roasted Potatoes w/Icelandic Yogurt, Sambo Pristur Candy
131. Solomon Islands 🇸🇧Spicy Seafood Drunken Noodles
132. Guyana 🇬🇾 Pepperpot with Rice, Dragon Fruit
133. The Gambia 🇬🇲 Spicy Chicken ‘Pepe’ Soup, Tapalapa
134. Macedonia 🇲🇰 Sausages with Mushrooms
135. South Sudan 🇸🇸Lamb Steak, Salata Aswad be Zabadi, Kisra (Sorghum Crepes)
136. Iraq 🇮🇶 Kubbat Pueta Chap (Stuffed Potato Dough), Iraqi Turnip Soup
137. Sierra Leone 🇸🇱 Sierra Leonean Party Fish Balls & Pepper Sauce, Sierra Leonean Salad
138. North Korea 🇰🇵 Korean Ground Turkey Cups, Kimchi**, Scallion Pancakes**
139. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 🇻🇨 Blaff (Snapper), Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
140. Tonga 🇹🇴 Kapisi Pulu, Papaya/Rice Noodle Salad
141. Libya 🇱🇾 Couscous with Zucchini & Mixed Veggies, Harrarat Kale
142. East Timor 🇹🇱 Batar Da’an with Shrimp and Rice
143. Belarus 🇧🇾 Mushroom and Barley Soup
144. Yemen 🇾🇪 Breakfast Lentil Stew (Adas), Fruit Salad, Toast
145. Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 Lamb Plov
146. Chile 🇨🇱 El Completo Hot Dogs, French Fries, Sopaipillas, Chilean Wine
147. Algeria 🇩🇿 Tri-color Couscous w/Tri-color Peppers, Chickpeas, Carrots & Currants
148. Laos 🇱🇦 Larb Lettuce Wraps, Coconut Rice
149. Sudan 🇸🇩 Ful Medames, Salata Tomatim Bel Daqua
150. Equatorial Guinea 🇬🇶 Succotash w/ Turkey Bacon
151. Vatican City🇻🇦 Pizza a Caballo, Italian red wine
152. Guinea 🇬🇳Chicken in Cumin Sauce
153. Kenya 🇰🇪 Roast Chicken w/East African Flavors, Sukuma Wiki
154. Liechtenstein 🇱🇮 Ribel w/Fruit Compote, Bacon & Scrambled Eggs
155. Tajikistan 🇹🇯 Tajik Naan, Tajik Bread Salad
156. Uzbekistan 🇺🇿 Lagman Soup
157. Burundi 🇧🇮 Plantains, Kidney Beans & Kale Mixture, Kachumbari Slaw
158. Luxembourg 🇱🇺 Bouneschlupp Soup, Gromperekichelcher (Potato Pancakes)
159. Guinea-Bissau 🇬🇼 Abacate com Tuna (Avocados with Tuna)
160. Azerbaijan 🇦🇿 Shirin Chorek (Sweet Milk Bread)
161. Rwanda 🇷🇼 Igisafuliya
162. Armenia 🇦🇲 Armenian Chicken Harissa, Eggplant Dolma, Lavash Salad
163. Lesotho 🇱🇸 Spinch/Tangerine Soup, Chakalaka
164. Republic of the Congo 🇨🇬Liboke de Viande (Meat in Banana Leaf), Peanut Butter Mousse
165. Somalia 🇸🇴 Chickpea Pancakes with Turmeric, Chili Powder & Cumin, Somali Salad
166. Benin 🇧🇯 Akkra Funfun, Benin-Marinated Plantains, Sauteed Kale
167. Central African Republic 🇨🇫 Kanda (Pumpkin Seed Meatballs), White Rice, Sautéed Spinach

167/200 – Ethiopia

WHERE? Ethiopia
WHEN? 3/21/21
WHO? Dave & Kristin & Carly
WHAT? Injera, Berbere Chicken Wings, Lentil Sambusas, Key Wat, Shiro Wat, Injudal Tibs, Yellow Split Peas (two ways), Yataklete Kilkil, Ye Shimbra Asa, Ayib be Gomen, Tej Wine, Ethipian Coffee, Chocolate Coffee Cardamom Cake
WHY? We love Ethiopian food, as we’ve had it at multiple restaurants…but had never made it at home before. So we had Carly & Zack over and we all prepared a feast.
HOW? There are too many to go through, but here’s the main ones I used (though for the injera, I probably read about 20 different links/recipes):
http://globaltableadventure.com/recipe/injera-north-african-flatbread/ (injera)
https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/chicken_drumsticks_ethiopian_style/ (chicken)
https://justonegursha.com/lentil-sambusa/ (sambusas)

WOULD WE MAKE THIS AGAIN? Yes!
FAVORITE ASPECT? This was such a fun meal and I would have EVERYTHING again. But for favorite, well I have to go with the injera, as I was very unsure I could pull if off…and it turned out great!
COOKING NOTES? 1. Injera. I was as nervous about making this, as anything from Cook From Every Country. I began the fermentation for this teff flour flatbread on Tuesday before preparing on Sunday. I ended up using 2 cups of teff flour and 2.5 cups of all-purpose flour (as I read that using all teff could be difficult if you’ve never made injera before). All of the entrees are served on top of it, you don’t need utensils, and I wasn’t sure if it would come out right…but it did!
2. Berbere Chicken Wings. I made these with homemade berbere, made of 11 different spices. Score.
3. Lentil Sambusas. This was our other appetizer, served with mint sauce, and at this point, we are well on our way to being very full…
4. Key Wat. This stew with venison has berbere, coriander, ginger and garlic amongst other things, and Carly did a great job.
5. Injudal Tibs. I love this mushrooms dish at Ethiopian restaurants and I loved Carly’s version too. 
6. Shiro Wat. This chickpea flour/onion/tomato dish was solid. 
7. Turmeric Yellow Split Peas. This one was made by Carly and then…
8. Nutmeg Yellow Split Peas. This one was made by Kristin. Both were delish.
9. Yataklete Kilkil. Combo of carrots/green beans/potatoes with several spices. Another fine dish from Kristin.
10. Ye Shimbra Asa. These are basically chick pea crackers in a port wine onion sauce. Terrific flavor on this dish from Kris.
11. Ayib be Gomen. Kris made this collard greens & onions dish mixed with berbere ricotta – yum. 
12. Tej (Honey Wine). White wine mixed with honey? Sure! Carly made this and we all were fans.
13. Ethiopian Coffee. Kristin brewed this up and even I (who is not a coffee drinker) enjoyed this. 
14. Chocolate Coffee Cardamom Cake. Delish dessert by Carly to close this feast out!
RANK AMONGST ALL MEALS? 14 of 167. This was one heck of a meal. Happy to enjoy this with our friends and start this first spring weekend on a high note!