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Andorrans have a wonderful tradition of growing and hunting their own foods. Whether vegetables from a small garden, mushrooms found on a mountain path, or fish pulled from a nearby river, there's nothing better than fresh picked flavor. Pa amb tomaquet [recipe] Toasted country bread rubbed with fresh cut tomato and garlic cloves Trinxat [recipe] Potato, cabbage, and fried bacon hash Grilled Whole Trout [recipe] A whole trout seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and parsley. Warm … [Read more...]

About the Food of Andorra: Andorra, the explorer

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Giant evergreen shrubs make the best hideouts. Their tallest branches form umbrellas as they sweep down to the ground. When I was a little girl I used to push my way through the prickly needles until I reached the open area in the middle. I could play for hours without being seen. I loved my secret hideout. Andorra is a lot like the giant evergreen shrubs.  Tucked away in the middle of the mountains between France and Spain, Andorra survived for centuries without being noticed or … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Algeria

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This is meal #3 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. "Great." My husband smiled. "I think dinner was really great." Our friends quickly nodded in agreement. I might as well have won an Oscar. We sipped our Ceylon tea with fresh mint sprigs, savoring the memory of the meal we just enjoyed. Although we were going on four hours of sitting around the dining room table, no one made a move to get up. If that's not indication of an enjoyable … [Read more...]

Recipe: Hot Algerian Lasagna

Hot Algerian Lasagna

Serves 8 Hot Algerian Lasagna blends traditional Italian lasagna with chickpeas, potatoes, ground lamb, and a healthy dose of cayenne pepper. Make this unusual dish once and you will crave the flavors for life. NOTE: Cayenne pepper's heat is rated in "heat units." This recipe was made with a 35,000 cayenne, which is on the low-end of the scale. If you have a 90,000 cayenne, you only need 1/3 of the cayenne pepper for the same kick. The label on your spice jar should give you this … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bil Zbib (Sweet Couscous)

Sweet Couscous

Serves: 4 Bil Zbib is eaten for breakfast or dessert in North Africa.  Serve this sweet couscous warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Ingredients: 1/4 cup golden raisins 4 dried apricots, diced 2 prunes, diced 1 1/2 cups water 1 1/8 cup dried couscous 2 tablespoons melted butter 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1/8 cup powdered sugar Method: 1.  In a small pot combine the raisins, apricot, prunes, and water. Heat until boiling. Add couscous, cover, and … [Read more...]

Recipe: Algerian Green Beans

Algerian Green Beans

Serves 4 Algerian green beans, called Loubia, are a nice side dish to almost any meal. Make them ahead and reheat in the oven at the last minute. Ingredients: 1 lb fresh green beans 3 Tbsp peanut oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp paprika a hefty pinch ground cloves 3 Tbsp slivered almonds Method: 1. Steam green beans until tender, about 15 minutes (or if youlike them firmer, that's okay too). 2. In a small skillet over medium heat, combine oil, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Algerian Sunset Salad (Blood Oranges, Fennel, & Black Olives)

Algerian-salad

Serves 4 Blood orange give this salad a reddish hue. The anise of the fennel combined with the salty black olives and sweet oranges makes for an unusual combination. Ingredients: 2 blood oranges, the rind cut off and sectioned 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and sliced thinly 1/4 cup black olives, sliced 1/4 cup mint leaves, sliced thinly 1/4 cup olive oil 2 Tbsp lemon juice salt pepper Method: 1. In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and mint … [Read more...]

Recipe: Spicy Chickpea Soup (Hummus bi’l Kammun)

Chickpea soup drizzled with olive oil

Serves 2-4 Hummus bi'l Kammun is velvety smooth. The smoky blend of cumin, paprika, harisa, and garlic make this soup a wintertime treat. As a special bonus, this soup is vegan. NOTE: Much like chili, our soup benefits from a day of rest while the flavors deepen. When reheating, thin to desired consistency with a little water. Ingredients: 2 15 oz cans drained and rinsed chickpeas (or 3 cups prepared, dried chickpeas) 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tsp ground … [Read more...]