144/200 – Iraq

WHEN? 12/5/20
WHO? Kristin
WHAT? Kubbat Pueta Chap, Iraqi Turnip Soup
WHY? Normally, this would have been the date of our annual wine party. But it’s not a normal 2020. We still wanted to have a nice meal and Kristin came through on that front. 
HOW? http://nawalcooking.blogspot.com/2017/09/stuffed-potato-dough-kubbat-puteta-chap.html (kubbat)
https://www.internationalcuisine.com/iraqi-turnip-soup/ (soup)

FAVORITE ASPECT? The stuffed potatoes were yummy.
COOKING NOTES? Kubbat Pueta Chap is basically a stuffed croquette, made with ground lamb, baharat spice, onion, raisins and almonds stuffed in a potato ball, then pan-fried. For the Iraqi Turnip Soup, take a huge turnip, chop and combine with basmati rice, celery, onion, dill, spinach and broth. And you have a nice meal for a rainy day. 

143/200 – St. Vincent and the Grenadines

WHERE? St. Vincent and the Grenadines
WHEN? 12/1/20
WHO? Dave
WHAT? Blaff, Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
WHY? Kristin is always happy to have fish, so I came up with this.
HOW? https://www.caribbeangreenliving.com/sea-bass-blaff-a-caribbean-comfort-food/

FAVORITE ASPECT? The fish was good, but the potatoes were something we would regularly have, as the corn/potato combo really worked well.
COOKING NOTES? Blaff. is a St. Vincent fish specialty and I used snapper marinated in lime juice, onions, hot peppers and parsley. Then it was cooked in white wine, allspice, cloves and thyme. For the Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, when I saw that this was a St. Vincent thing and part of the stuffing was bacon, I was sold. It also had scallions and paprika-spiced corn. 

142/200 – Guinea-Bissau

WHERE? Guinea-Bissau
WHEN? 11/21/20
WHO? Dave
WHAT? Abacate com Tuna (Avocados with Tuna)
WHY? I wanted to make something healthy and easy…mission accomplished.
HOW? various online recipes.

FAVORITE ASPECT? I’m always happy to eat avocado.
COOKING NOTES? Take some canned tuna (luckily we still had one can of really good tuna from a prior country meal), mix with avocado, tomato, onion, grated coconut, heavy cream, lemon juice, a dash of hot sauce, top with toasted coconut, and stuff in the avocado shell. No need for mayo!

141/200 – Albania

WHERE? Albania
WHEN? 11/21/20
WHO? Kristin
WHAT? Tave Kosi
WHY? We both had our eyes on this dish as the perfect thing to make for Albania.
HOW? https://blog.arousingappetites.com/tave-kosi-albanian-lamb-yogurt-casserole/

FAVORITE ASPECT? One dish and it was very good…can’t beat that.
COOKING NOTES? This is Albania’s national dish. Made with lamb, Arborio rice, Greek yogurt, eggs, garlic, homemade roux, fresh oregano and mint, this was a nice casserole. 

140/200 – Israel

WHERE? Israel
WHEN? 11/14/20
WHO? Dave & Kristin
WHAT? Falafel, Israeli Salad & Tahini Sauce, Homemade Pita Bread, Israeli Eggplant, Chocolate Babka
WHY? This was a joint meal that we’ve both been looking forward to cooking for a while, and it felt like a good time to go for it.
HOW? https://www.justataste.com/homemade-falafel-with-tahini-sauce/ (falafel)
https://www.196flavors.com/israel-pita-bread/ (pita)
(the babka was from a recipe by the owner of Montclair Bread Company)

FAVORITE ASPECT? I’ve made this falafel before and we love it. It didn’t disappoint this time around! I’ll say I am shocked at how well the babka came out, as I was nervous I’d mess it up!
COOKING NOTES? 1. Falafel. I’ve made this recipe before and love it. To keep it short and simple, this is the best falafel I’ve had…anywhere. Just follow the recipe and you’ll be quite happy.
2. Israeli Salad and Tahini Sauce. Kris made both of these for having with the falafel and the..
3. Homemade Pita Bread. This was the first time I’ve ever tried to bake pita bread…and it was a success!
4. Israeli Eggplant. Kris made this with purple eggplant (not the dark ones we are used to in the US) that was double-sautéed and mixed with other veggies and Prosecco vinegar. Yum!
5. Chocolate Babka. So I’ve wanted to try this for about 26 years, ever since the Seinfeld episode where Jerry and Elaine try to get this babka. Thanks to @rachelrwyman from @montclairbread for posting a recipe for this earlier in the week!

139/200 – Australia

WHERE? Australia
WHEN? 11/4/20
WHO? Kristin & Dave
WHAT? Kangaroo Meatballs, Meat Pies, Chicken Parm Bites, Emu Steak, Salad w/Blood Orange Dressing, Chips (Fries), Vegemite Butter Avocado Toast, Tim Tams, Australian Wine & Beer
WHY? We planned in advance to do Australia with our friends Taryn, Raff and their kids, for the day after Election Day. They spent their honeymoon in Australia and we all knew we would need an evening to decompress after what we expected to be a tumultuous Election Day (and those expectations were spot on). Here’s what we ate outside after Kris and I cooked on little sleep…
HOW? total hodgepodge of looking at various recipes and combining things from there, or not needing a recipe at all.

FAVORITE ASPECT? I think the chicken curry meat pie was the best part of a very-enjoyable meal.
COOKING NOTES? 1. Meat Pies. An Australian favorite, we made two of these tonight. One was a beef meat pie and the other was a curry chicken meat pie. Yum!
2. Kangaroo Meatballs. If you’re wary of how kangaroo would taste, you shouldn’t be…it’s good stuff!
3. Chicken Parm Bites. Chicken parm is big in Australia, so this was one of our apps.
4. Emu Steak. This was a new food for both of us. It’s similar in taste to ostrich and we would definitely have emu again.
5. Tossed Salad with Blood Orange Dressing. The blood oranges were from Australia.
6. Chips (French Fries). When I got thumbs up on these from all the kids, that was good enough for me.
7. Vegemite Butter Avocado Toast. Vegemite is a polarizing Australian food spread. Spread on toast along with butter and avocado on top, this was…interesting. A little too salty but paired with the other ingredients, it ended up not as bad as I expected.
8. Tim Tams. Chocolate biscuits from Australia. My favorite were the chewy caramel ones.
9. Australian Wine and Coopers Sparkling Ale, plus Flemington Fling. Thanks to Taryn and Raff for bringing the wine and ale. As for the Fling, that’s the official drink of the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s most famous horse race. 
RANK AMONGST ALL MEALS? 46 of 139. Hopefully the number 46 takes on new meaning with Election Day results as well…

138/200 – Mexico

WHERE? Mexico
WHEN? 10/31/20
WHO? Dave & Kristin
WHAT? Tomatillo-Green Guacamole, Tortilla Chips, Corn Tortillas, Green Poblano Rice, Mexican “Pot” Fried Beans, Chicken in Red Mole, Chipotle Shrimp, Smoky Shredded Pork Tacos, Grilled Steak with Spicy Guajillo Sauce, Celebration Cake, Prickly Pear Margaritas, Mexican Hot Chocolate
WHY? Halloween…Day of the Dead…we love Mexican food…let’s do this!
HOW? Everything was from our Rick Bayless Mexican Kitchen cookbook

FAVORITE ASPECT? This is almost impossible to pick a favorite part of what our favorite overall meal was! But I think I’ll go with the steak & guajillo sauce. Kristin is torn between the chicken and pork.
COOKING NOTES? Tomatillo-Green Guacamole (which included separately-made roasted tomatillo-serrano salsa). 2. Homemade Tortilla Chips. 3. Homemade Corn Tortillas. 4. Green Poblano Rice. 
5. Mexican “Pot” Fried Beans (with black beans, onions and garlic). 6. Chicken in Red Mole. This included separately-made sweet & spicy ancho seasoning paste, along with the mole and poached chicken. 7. Chipotle Shrimp. This used separately-made sweet & smoky chipotle seasoning, as well as Mexican chorizo in the sauce. 8. Smoky Shredded Pork Tacos. Another separately made addition as well, this being a tomato-chipotle sauce. 9. Grilled Steak with Spicy Guajillo Sauce (the sauce was it’s own separate preparation and the steak was marinated in it before grilling). 10. Celebration Cake aka Tres Leches. Our only somewhat miss, as the cake didn’t rise well and was very dense. But the flavor was still on point. 11. Fresh Prickly Pear Margaritas and Mexican Beers. 12. Mexican Hot Chocolate.
RANK AMONGST ALL MEALS? 1 of 138. Venezuela has been displaced at the top!

137/200 – Guyana

WHERE? Guyana
WHEN? 10/28/20
WHO? Kristin
WHAT? Pepperpot with Rice, Dragon Fruit
WHY? Guyana is one of several places with a similar name. There’s Guyana, as well as Guinea, Guinea Bissau, French Guiana (though that’s not a country), Papua New Guinea, and Equatorial Guinea. With us only having done Equatorial Guinea so far, we needed to get one of these countries cooked.
HOW? https://www.chatelaine.com/recipe/dinner/joy-of-cooking-guyanese-pepperpot/

FAVORITE ASPECT? Well, I discovered that dragon fruit is totally delicious. But the flavor of the pepperpot was nice too.
COOKING NOTES? Pepperpot is one of Guyana’s national dishes. It’s a stewed meat dish, flavored with, amongst other things, cinnamon, peppers, garlic, orange peel and cassareep. Cassareep is a thick sauce that comes from the juice of cassava root, is mixed with other spices and ends up similar to molasses. This all was slow-cooked with beef and had quite a good flavor. The consistency of the finished sauce ended up a little too thick, but it was still yummy for sure. 

The Top 136

1. Venezuela 🇻🇪 Pabellon Cirollo, Arepas, Black Beans w/Rice, Papelon con Limon drink
2. China 🇨🇳 Kung Pao Chicken, Szechuan Dan Dan Noodles, Duck Dumplings, Snow Peas
3. 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
4. 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
5. Bangladesh 🇧🇩 Cholar Dal, Basmati Rice, Aloo Gobhi Parathas, Kosha Murgir Mangsho Chicken, Bengali Caramel Yogurt
6. Trinidad and Tobago 🇹🇹 Curried Chicken Roti, Roti Flatbread
7. France 🇫🇷 Beef Bourguignon, Dessert Crepes, French Cheese & Bread, French Champagne & Wine
8. Netherlands 🇳🇱 Dutch War Fries, Snert, Bitterballen, Stroopwafel, Dutch Cheese & Beer
9. Belgium 🇧🇪 Carbonnade Flamande, Pommes Frites with dipping sauce, Belgian Endive Salad, Chocolate Mousse, Belgian Beers
10. 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
11. Iran 🇮🇷 Chicken Fesenjan, Tahdig, Faloodeh
12. Andorra 🇦🇩 Catalan Beef Stew, Charcuterie Board, Crema Catalana
13. Nigeria 🇳🇬 Beef Suya, Jollof Rice, Mango/Avocado/Basil Salad & Shuku Shuku (Coconut Balls)
14. Grenada 🇬🇩 Roast Pork w/Caribbean Sauce, Black Bean/Heart of Palm Salad, Spice Cake
15. Cambodia 🇰🇭 Lok Lak, Lime Pepper Dipping Sauce, Pineapple & Shrimp Rice
16. Guatemala 🇬🇹 Chicken Pepian, Arroz Guatamalteco, Corn Tortillas
17. Tibet 🇳🇵 Yak Momo Dumplings, Spicy Nepalese Onion Potato Salad
18. Jamaica 🇯🇲 Beef Patties, Rice & Peas, Jerk Chicken, Island Rum Cocktails, Grilled Peppers/Pineapple
19. Argentina 🇦🇷 Gaucho Steak w/Chimichurri on Crostinis, Chimichurri Rice
20. Saint Kitts and Nevis 🇰🇳 Ground Turkey Roti, Sunshine’s Salad, Killer Bee Cocktail
21. Afghanistan 🇦🇫 Mantu (Beef Dumplings), Kabli Pulao Rice
22. San Marino 🇸🇲 Nidi di Rondine (Swallows Nest), Charcuterie board, Sangiovese wine, Lambrusco
23. Malaysia 🇲🇾 Malaysian Fried Chicken, Penang Fried Flat Noodles, Blue Rice
24. United States 🇺🇸 Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends, Smoked Chicken Wings, Cajun Mac & Cheese, Apple Pie & Ice Cream
25. Indonesia 🇮🇩 Beef Rendang, Mi Goreng Noodles
26. Japan 🇯🇵 Sushi (multiple varieties), Veggie Tempura, Mochi, Sake & Sapporo
27. Palestine 🇵🇸 Palestine Chicken, Mujaddara, Taboon Bread
28. Montenegro 🇲🇪 Cevapi, Avjar, Lepinja, Burrata Salad, Figs with Riccota/Honey/Walnuts
29. Philippines 🇵🇭 Bistek Tagalog, Pancit Bihon Noodles, Black Rice, Lumpia**, Veggie Salad**
30. Honduras 🇭🇳 Baleadas w/ Chorizo, Refried Beans, Honduran Rice, Flour Tortillas, Licuados
31. Comoros 🇰🇲 Langouste a la Vanille, Coconut Ginger Rice
32. Panama 🇵🇦 Smoked Ropa Vieja, Black Beans & Black Bean Rice, Fried Plantains
33. Colombia 🇨🇴 Chicken Sancocho, Arepas con Queso, Coco Loco
34. Lebanon 🇱🇧 Kibbeh Meatballs, Tabbouleh Lettuce Wraps, Artichokes, Grape Leaves, Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Beet/Feta/Toasted Nut Salad, Flatbread (and veggies to dip)
35. Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 Dovi, Sadza Balls
36. Morocco 🇲🇦 Shakshuka, Khobz (Moroccan Bread)
37. Tanzania 🇹🇿 Lamb Samosas, Green Chutney, Spicy Tanzanian Pilau Rice
38. Namibia 🇳🇦 Antelope Potjekos, Pan-Fried Cabbage
39. Ecuador 🇪🇨 Latin Grilled Rib-Eye Steak, Arroz con Menestra, Multi-Fruit Dairy-Free Ice Cream
40. Vietnam 🇻🇳 Pho, Banh Mi Sandwich, Vietnamese Coffee
41. Norway 🇳🇴 Ribbe Roast, Lefse, Kalrabistappe, Cabbage w/Bacon, Jarlsberg Cheese & Crispbread
42. Germany 🇩🇪 Sauerbraten, Spaetzle, German Sausages, German Pretzels, Crumb Cake & Beers
43. eSwatini (Swaziland) 🇸🇿 Karoo Roast Ostrich Steak, Pumpkin Polenta, Slaai, South African wines
44. Ukraine 🇺🇦 Chicken Kiev, Garlic Mashed Potatoes
45. Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 Chicken Shawarma, Flatbread & Garlic Yogurt Sauce, Kabsa Rice
46. Mozambique 🇲🇿 Piri-Piri Chicken, Lemon Chili Rice
47. Sweden 🇸🇪 Swedish Meatballs over Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Swedish Fish
48. Bahrain 🇧🇭 Chicken Machboos
49. New Zealand 🇳🇿 Fish & Chips, Pavlova, New Zealand Wine/Cheese/Crackers/Clams
50. Botswana 🇧🇼 Grilled Ostrich Steak, Peppadew Pepper & Onion Relish, Griddled Pap
51. Sao Tome and Principe 🇸🇹 Matata (Clams w/Port Wine/Peanuts/Spinach/Rice), Chorizo Sandwich
52. Switzerland 🇨🇭 Cheese Fondue with Crusty Bread + Fruits & Veggies to dip
53. England 🇬🇧 Sunday Pot Roast, Yorkshire Pudding, Roasted Carrots/Parsnips/Brussel Sprouts, Roasted Potatoes, Soccer Pie**, Banoffee Pie**, British Beers
54. Greece 🇬🇷 Moussaka, Gigantes Beans, Lemon Potatoes, Greek Salad, Greek Wine & Beer, two Greek desserts**
55. Uruguay 🇺🇾 Chivito Sandwich, French Fries
56. Ghana 🇬🇭 Shoko
57. Georgia 🇬🇪 Khachapuri, Georgia Salad w/Walnut Dressing
58. Palau 🇵🇼 Whole Fish in Banana Leaves, Taro Fritters (Ukoy), Couscous
59. Curacao 🇨🇼 Keshi Yena, Tostones, Midnight Kiss drink
60. Bahamas 🇧🇸 Conch Fritters, Maduros, Bahamian Mac & Cheese, Fish Chowder, Bahama Mamas
61. Fiji 🇫🇯 Fijian Chicken Curry, Curry Leaf Rice
62. Maldives 🇲🇻 Tuna Curry with Rice, Dhonkeyo Kaju (Banana Fritters)
63. Tuvalu 🇹🇻 Tuna Coconut Curry w/Rice, Coconut Banana Fritters
64. India 🇮🇳 Mushroom Curry over Basmati Rice, Spicy Onion Fritters, Naan**
65. Samoa 🇼🇸 Oka i’a (Samoan Fish Salad), Taro Root Chips, Pisua
66. Slovenia 🇸🇮 Chicken Paprikash, Bryndzove Halusky, Sauteed Spinach
67. Hungary 🇭🇺 Hungarian Goulash, Langos
68. Egypt 🇪🇬 Camel Hawawshi, Koshari
69. Democratic Republic of Congo 🇮🇳 Chicken Moambe, Rice, Fried Plantains
70. Ireland 🇮🇪 Guinness Beef & Lamb Stew, Irish Soda Bread, Irish Beer & Whiskey
71. Togo 🇹🇬 Grilled Togo Chicken Legs, Djenkoume (Tomato Cornmeal Cakes)
72. Oman 🇴🇲 Maldouf (Date Flatbread), Omani Salad with Zoodled Cucumbers & Preserved Lemons
73. Cyprus 🇨🇾 Koulouri-Cypriot Village Bread, Freekeh Halloumi Salad
74. Barbados 🇧🇧 Bajan Fried Chicken, Fry Bodi
75. Latvia 🇱🇻 Chlodnik (Chilled Beet Soup), Karbonade, Rye Bread & Layered Rye Bread Dessert
76. Niger 🇳🇪 Djerma Stew
77. Nicaragua 🇳🇮 Arroz a la Valenciana, Elote
78. Finland 🇫🇮 Karjalanpiirakka (Karelian Pies), Rossoli Salad
79. Bolivia 🇧🇴 Saltenas, Majadito Rice
80. Costa Rica 🇨🇷 Gallo Pinto, Ceviche, Platacones, Pineapple w/Coconut Cream & Cinnamon
81. Mauritius 🇲🇺 Fish Vindaye, Lentils, Garlic Bread
82. Dominica 🇩🇲 Caribbean Reef Chicken
83. Cote d’Ivorie 🇨🇮 Garba: Fried Tuna & Attieke (Cassava Couscous), Cucumber/Zucchini Salad
84. Moldova 🇲🇩 Sarmale, Placinte
85. Kosovo 🇽🇰 Tarator Soup, Kifla, Pan-Fried Feta w/Seasoned Honey, Tuna & Veggie Kabobs
86. Romania 🇷🇴 Wild Pig Stew over Polenta
87. Saint Lucia 🇱🇨 Pork Chops with Banana Ketchup, Mashed Sweet Potato Medley, Island Cocktail
88. Cape Verde 🇨🇻 Cachupa, Sweet Candied Papaya
89. Tunisia 🇹🇳 Slata Mechouia with Tunisia Tuna
90. French Polynesia (Tahiti) 🇵🇫 Poisson Cru, Polynesian Jammy Biscuits
91. Antigua 🇦🇬 Caribbean BBQ Chicken Salad, Caribbean Rum Cocktail
92. Canada 🇨🇦 Elk Steak w/Maple-Soy Glaze, Poutine w/Gravy, Carrots, La Fin Du Monde Beer
93. Chad 🇹🇩 Salade du Tchad, Darabe Soup
94. Mauritania 🇲🇷 Thieboudienne
95. Liberia 🇱🇷 Maafe (Peanut Soup), Banana Rice Bread
96. Turkey 🇹🇷 Turkish Chicken Thighs, Turkish Potatoes, Mediterranean Apps & Wine
97. Jordan 🇯🇴 Za’atar Manakish, Jordanian Hummus
98. Senegal 🇸🇳 Chicken Yassa over Rice, West African Beans
99. Russia 🇷🇺 Beef Stroganoff over French-Fried Potatoes, Chocolate Salami
100. Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 Jaffna Crab Curry, Wambatu Moju, Avocado Crazy
101. Vanuatu 🇻🇺 Citrus-Baked Fish, Lap Lap
102. Syria 🇸🇾 Stuffed Zucchini Boats, Hummus, Naan**
103. Eritrea 🇪🇷 Kulwha (Lamb Stir-Fry), Tsebhi Birsen (Eritrean Lentils)
104. Djibouti 🇩🇯 Skoudehkaris
105. Austria 🇦🇹 Wiener Schnitzel, Potato Salad, Chocolate Balls
106. Nauru 🇳🇷 Coconut-Crusted Shrimp, Spam-Fried Rice
107. Iceland 🇮🇸 Icelandic Hot Dogs, Roasted Potatoes w/Icelandic Yogurt, Sambo Pristur Candy
108. The Gambia 🇬🇲 Spicy Chicken ‘Pepe’ Soup, Tapalapa
109. Macedonia 🇲🇰 Sausages with Mushrooms
110. Sierra Leone 🇸🇱 Sierra Leonean Party Fish Balls & Pepper Sauce, Sierra Leonean Salad
111. North Korea 🇰🇵 Korean Ground Turkey Cups, Kimchi**, Scallion Pancakes**
112. Tonga 🇹🇴 Kapisi Pulu, Papaya/Rice Noodle Salad
113. Libya 🇱🇾 Couscous with Zucchini & Mixed Veggies, Harrarat Kale
114. East Timor 🇹🇱 Batar Da’an with Shrimp and Rice
115. Belarus 🇧🇾 Mushroom and Barley Soup
116. Yemen 🇾🇪 Breakfast Lentil Stew (Adas), Fruit Salad, Toast
117. Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 Lamb Plov
118. Chile 🇨🇱 El Completo Hot Dogs, French Fries, Sopaipillas, Chilean Wine
119. Algeria 🇩🇿 Tri-color Couscous w/Tri-color Peppers, Chickpeas, Carrots & Currants
120. Laos 🇱🇦 Larb Lettuce Wraps, Coconut Rice
121. Sudan 🇸🇩 Ful Medames, Salata Tomatim Bel Daqua
122. Equatorial Guinea 🇬🇶 Succotash w/ Turkey Bacon
123. Vatican City🇻🇦 Pizza a Caballo, Italian red wine
124. Kenya 🇰🇪 Roast Chicken w/East African Flavors, Sukuma Wiki
125. Liechtenstein 🇱🇮 Ribel w/Fruit Compote, Bacon & Scrambled Eggs
126 Tajikistan 🇹🇯 Tajik Naan, Tajik Bread Salad
127. Uzbekistan 🇺🇿 Lagman Soup
128. Burundi 🇧🇮 Plantains, Kidney Beans & Kale Mixture, Kachumbari Slaw
129. Luxembourg 🇱🇺 Bouneschlupp Soup, Gromperekichelcher (Potato Pancakes)
130. Azerbaijan 🇦🇿 Shirin Chorek (Sweet Milk Bread)
131. Rwanda 🇷🇼 Igisafuliya
132. Armenia 🇦🇲 Armenian Chicken Harissa, Eggplant Dolma, Lavash Salad
133. Lesotho 🇱🇸 Spinch/Tangerine Soup, Chakalaka
134. Somalia 🇸🇴 Chickpea Pancakes with Turmeric, Chili Powder & Cumin, Somali Salad
135. Benin 🇧🇯 Ahhra Funfun, Benin-Marinated Plantains, Sauteed Kale
136. Central African Republic 🇨🇫 Kanda (Pumpkin Seed Meatballs), White Rice, Sautéed Spinach

136/200 – Mauritania

WHERE? Mauritania
WHEN? 10/22/20
WHO? Dave
WHAT? Thieboudienne
WHY? This is the national dish of Mauritania and I knew Kris would enjoy fish like this.
HOW? Thomas Keller Ad-Hoc cookbook

FAVORITE ASPECT? The garlic-spice stuffing in the fish had a yummy flavor for sure.
COOKING NOTES? Sauté some onions and peppers, add tomato paste and add vegetable broth. Then slice some fish in the middle (we used cod) and add a garlic-spice stuffing. Boil the fish, add loads of mixed veggies (there was some eggplant, zucchini, sweet potato, peas and carrots), then cook some rice, all in the broth mixture. I was uncertain how it would come out…but we both enjoyed this! Kristin said she wants more meals like this.