We made two dishes from the African nation of Gambia.
We cooked food from our neighboring micronation Andorra. Their cuisine was very much similar to Catalonia’s.
- Trinxat – Mashed potato and cabbage with bacon. 8/10. Recipe here
- Ensalada (de Achicoria) – Chicory salad. But, we were not able to find chicory so we had to substitute it with kale. Probably, the worst substitution we’ve done so far as it loses the point of trying chicory. But, kale tasted great. 7/10. Recipe here
- Torrijas – Spain’s response to French toast. 9/10. Recipe here
We cooked food from Colombia last weekend:
- Empanadas – cornmeal empanadas filled with ground pork and beef. We made the dough too thick, so there was more dough than filling. 7/10. Recipe here
- Aji – the sauce for the empanadas. Recipe here.
- Aborrajados – banana balls filled with cheese. It was difficult to make them look like balls so they became flat in the end. 8/10. Recipe here.
- Flan de coco – flan with grated coconut and coconut milk. 9/10. Recipe here.
We cooked food from Syria yesterday and Miriam was excited for it given her Arabic background. We cooked the following:
- Mukloubi bi lahmi – upside-down lamb rice cake. It’s not really a cake but the idea was to flip it upside down after cooking it. We did not dare to do the flip but it ended up great. 9/10. Recipe here.
- Muhammara – red pepper dip. Not a fan of dips in general coz I’m not used to them but Miriam’s family loved it. 6/10. Recipe here.
- Halawet El-Jibn – sweet cheese rolls. It was difficult to fill it with cheese and make it stay in shape. It tasted great nonetheless. 9/10. Recipe here.
We cooked food from Hungary two weeks ago but I forgot to post the photos. Having been to Hungary twice, I was looking forward to this. I especially loved langos which is fried pizza but we did not make it this time. Here were the dishes we made:
- Chicken paprikash – Chicken with paprika sauce. It reminded me of other Spanish dishes like fabada which typically added paprika. 7/10. Recipe here.
- Makos guba – poppy seed pudding. I love poppy seeds. Everytime I visit countries where it is staple, I love buying pastries that use them. 8/10. Recipe here.
We cooked food from Azerbaijan this weekend. I found the food great!
- Plov – rice pilaf with chicken and various dried fruits. I really liked the blend between sweet and savory. The only problem was that we overcooked the rice since the instructions were not very clear. 9/10. Recipe here.
- Dolma – meat wrapped in grape leaves. I have tasted an Arabic dish that only contained rice and did not like too much. This one though, I liked as it’s basically meatball covered in grape leaves. 7/10. Recipe here.
- Pakhlava – baklava from Azerbaijan. Like always, we overbake things and they don’t turn out as nice as they should be. 8/10. Recipe here.
We cooked food from Pakistan last Saturday. It was our first time to have to throw something. We were making kheer, a rice pudding, but we left the heat too high, burning it. In the end, we just had two dishes. However, we bought from a restaurant naan (bread) and biryani (rice with lamb).
We cooked food from Romania last Saturday. We liked everything.
- Mici – meatballs with a lot of spices. Quite similar to other meatball dishes in Arabic countries. 7/10. Recipe here.
- Zacusca – vegetable spread with eggplants and red bellpeppers. 7/10. Miriam’s family loved it but I’m not really a vegetable person. Recipe here.
- Papanasi – Romanian donuts with cream and jam. I love it, reminds me of scones. 9.5/10. Recipe here.