Dave and Kristin (@cookfromeverycountry) — A journey to home cook a meal from all 197 countries in the world (plus a few territories, for an even 200 meals total).
9/200 - Equatorial Guinea 🇬🇶 Bonus points to anyone who knows exactly where on a map this is (answer is Western Africa). And double bonus points to anyone who knows what the national dish is (answer is Succotash). Whipped this version up with lima beans, corn, onions, peppers, tomatoes, dill, thyme, chives and as a bonus, maple turkey bacon. We enjoyed this! Oh, as a final bonus for our dog Sophie, she got to hold the tomatoes for us, as you can see from the second photo (she was amply rewarded for her efforts afterwards).
Here’s the latest update on our cooking quest. We’ve got 8 countries completed (the ones in green): 1. India, 2. Canada, 3. Venezuela, 4. Algeria, 5. Philippines, 6. China, 7. Mauritius, 8. Greece. So far, Venezuela is holding down the top spot as our favorite...but we’ve enjoyed everything so far! 😋
8/200 - Greece 🇬🇷 So tonight’s feast is brought to you from one of Kristin’s very favorite cuisines- GREECE! We started the night with an appetizer of Greek Gigantes (literally GIANT beans which were made in the crock pot and made life easy). Then we moved on to a Greek salad (no greens as that is not authentic!) with grilled halloumi cheese. Our main course was individual Mousakka ramekins. The flavor of the lamb and bechamel topping were SO good. As a side we had lemony Greek potatoes (cooked for almost two hours to make as crispy and flavorful as possible and totally worth it!). We finished up with Baklava and Galaktoboureko. Full disclosure: Kristin hates baking and making desserts so for THAT she went to a Greek restaurant. Worth it! @stamnagreektaverna
7/200 - Mauritius 🇲🇺 Feb. 12th is Darwin Day, as it’s the birthday of Charles Darwin. So I figured Mauritius would be a nice fit for cooking tonight. It was one of the countries where Darwin journeyed to during his 5-year voyage that helped him develop his theories of natural selection and evolution (plus, it was home of the dodo). So what did we have? 1. Fish Vindaye. This is a Mauritian dish made with pan-fried tuna, spices, onions, and spicy peppers. 2. Lentils and Garlic Bread. Another solid meal on this cooking quest! Kristin was worried about tuna in this fashion, and I am not much of a fish eater period...but I went for it and we really enjoyed it! You may remember from my last post, I mentioned a possible torn Achilles. And sure enough, an MRI confirmed that today. But hey, I was able to pull this dish off, as when you get bad news, you can still treat your taste buds to a good time! 😀
6/200 - China 🇨🇳 Happy belated Chinese New Year. This was a challenging meal for a number of reasons. Kristin had a bad stomach flu this week, stopping us from cooking on Tuesday. And on Friday, I might’ve suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon (MRI coming on Tuesday). But I didn’t let that stop me from cooking all this... 1. Kung Pao Chicken. Went as authentic as possible, with Kristin searching multiple places for Szechuan peppercorns, as that was a must for this dish! 2. Szechuan Dan Dan Noodles. The key here was homemade chili oil featuring those aforementioned peppercorns. Bok choy and peppers were nice in here too. 3. Duck Dumplings. Ground duck and spices in my first-ever try at dumplings. 4. Snow Peas with Ginger + Garlic. End result? One of our best meals on this cooking quest! The chicken was terrific, with the sauce being a hit. The noodles had a serious kick, as they were supposed to (Kristin did need some extra water). And the dumplings and snow peas were nice compliments to the two main dishes. On top of all that, I’m glad I was able to pull off cooking this all on one leg so to speak, and not letting the Achilles injury derail me!
This wasn’t one of our country meals...but we pigged out for the Super Bowl. Homemade nachos with chili, guacamole, buffalo cauliflower, and pigs in a blanket (the latter of which we ate almost all of before remembering to take a photo). We’ll be back to cooking from a new country on Tuesday; for a special holiday...
5/200 - Philippines 🇵🇭 Hosted our first dinner party as part of this cooking quest, with our friends Michelle and Frank. I made 1.) Bistek Tagalog, which is steak marinated in calamansi juice and soy sauce with sautéed onions, 2.) Pancit Bihon, noodles with pork, carrots, peppers, snow peas, onions, and cabbage, and 3.) Black Rice to switch things up from the norm. On top of all that, Michelle is Filipino-American and made Lumpia, which were delicious egg rolls filled with pork and veggies, plus a cucumber, onion, tomato salad. The end result? A delicious meal and great way to celebrate the opening weekend of the Panagbenga Festival, a month-long celebration in the Philippines! I’m quite full after this meal!
We’ve got 4 countries down on our cooking quest (the ones in green) and next up on Saturday will be the one in red...the Philippines! We’ll be making two main dishes from Filipino cuisine and hosting two friends, who will be bringing a delicious Filipino treat as well! What are your favorite foods from the Philippines?
We are dealing with some FRIGID cold throughout most of the country. So why not #TBT to warmer days and ice cream? Plus, any excuse to feature our pittie rescue, Sophie. This beautiful cone is from @bellvalefarmscreamery in Warwick, NY. @tripadvisor ranks it as the #2 ice cream parlour in the US and for good reason. Delicious ice cream, beautiful views, and located right on the Appalachian Trail makes it a popular stop for hikers! 🍦🍦🍦 Where is the best ice cream YOU’VE ever had?
4/200 - Algeria The national dish of Algeria is couscous, so this was a great chance for us to have a quick, easy, non-meat meal. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t tasty though! Tri-color couscous, so I went with tri-color bell peppers too (red, green & yellow), plus roasted chickpeas, currants, carrots, red onion, and chives. Mixed in a homemade lemon/olive oil/cumin/coriander/ginger/garlic dressing...and the end result was an inexpensive but vibrant and delicious meal!
3/200 - Venezuela 🇻🇪 There’s a lot of turbulence going on in Venezuela these days, and here’s to wishing everyone a safe resolution! And on a lighter note, we now can say we love Venezuelan food! Tonight’s meal was Pabellón Cirollo (the national dish), which is carne mechada aka shredded beef, black beans, and rice. Plus we had to have Arepas, which are considered one of the favorite foods of Venezuela. Finally, a drink called Papelón con Limón, which is a traditional Venezuelan beverage made with a piloncillo cone, water, and limes. Made everything from scratch...and now if I ever have to pick a final meal, I have a strong contender with this one!
#TBT Yes, we know Puerto Rico isn’t it’s own country but it’s also one of our favorite places we’ve ever eaten! Dave’s family is from PR so it’s in his blood to love #mofongo#tostones#bistek and #pernil Here are some photos of our favorite meals from when we traveled there in 2012. Where is your favorite place to eat?