Monday Meal Review: Andorra

This is meal #4 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world.

I’m really starting to figure out this whole “dinner party” thing.

Knock on wood.

Of course, the first two times I did this (Afghanistan and Albania) I was all nerves and chaos. Getting a small dinner for 4 to table with grace felt unattainable. I had never heard of most of the dishes and I did not know how to pronounce many of the ingredients. I was unsure of myself and although I enjoyed eating the meals, I spent the entire day locked in the kitchen in a mad state of panic.

“Honey, could you please….? Oh, no I forgot… honey would you mind? CRAP!” were about the only things I managed to mutter from my own personal tornado.

Pretty pathetic.

The good news is my timing gets better with each meal. Also, my stress level goes down.

Finally, with Andorra, I enjoyed the entire process.

You want proof?

Exhibit A: For a brief moment I thought I might have to remake the dessert from scratch. I wasn’t even worried.

Exhibit B: I was able to go out with my husband and daughter to grab a “commercial coffee of choice” and run some unrelated errands for an hour.

I guess that means I am becoming less pathetic.

Or maybe I am just jinxing myself.

I sure hope not…

Pa amb Tomquet [Recipe]

What do I like most about this dish?

Letting my friends assemble their own appetizer was fun! Everyone enjoyed “playing” with their food and getting the flavors just where they wanted them. The spicy raw garlic tastes great rubbed on the bread  with all the other flavors. Note: use good bread for this!

What do I like least about this dish?

Hmm. This dish is a little messy.

Trinxat [Recipe]

What do I like most about this dish?

This cabbage, potato, and bacon hash is yummy. You get all the effect of comfort food without too much guilt. (Low calorie cabbage keeps the potatoes and bacon from being too heavy.)

What do I like least about this dish?

You cannot flip this “pancake” with a spatula, you have to turn it over onto a plate. Unless you are careful, you could end up with quite a mess.

Grilled Whole Trout [Recipe]

What do I like most about this dish?

Whole trout stays together nicely in its skin, making cooking much easier. The flavor is more intense as well. I’m so glad the snow stayed away so that we could grill the fish :)

What do I like least about this dish?

I am not totally heartless. Looking at the fish face was a bit sad.

Warm Spinach and Mushroom Salad [Recipe]

Warm spinach salad

Oyster and french horn mushrooms

What do I like most about this dish?

This spinach salad was a good excuse to try out some mushrooms I had never had. Also, the sweet raisin and crunch of the slivered almonds was nice. Very nice!

What do I like least about this dish?

This salad needs to be made a la minute, meaning right before serving. This means you are in the kitchen while your guests wait around. You can do what I did and precook everything but the spinach. This meant I was only out of the room long enough for it to warm back up and toss with the spinach… maybe 3 minutes.

Brac de Gitane (Cream Roll) [Recipe]

Brac de Gitano (The Gypsy's Arm)

What do I like most about this dish?

The apricot preserves were wonderful. I bought a 100% fruit variety.

What do I like least about this dish?

This dessert has a lot of whipped cream. For my tastes it was a bit much, but everyone else that tried it liked it. The good news is you can adjust how much filling you include based on your preferences.

Ava’s Corner:

Ava tried a little bit of the trout and seemed to like it. I was surprised because trout is pretty strong flavored (ie. fishy). I think the lesson is to expose your kids to as much as possible before they have a chance to become picky.

Anyway, I gave her itty bitty pieces and she did okay gumming them for a while. Then, one piece went down the wrong pipe. Papa had to get her out of her high chair and give her a few good pats on the back. She coughed and was fine, but after that I chickened out on the fish, so to speak. She went back to just eating her yogurt.

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Comments

  1. Grammie Sue aka Mom aka susan says:

    How wonderful…keeping it real…you are challenging yourself beyond your limits…reaching for the stars….

    The spinach salad & dessert are yummy…
    Trinxat interesting..very very delicious, I bet….

    Oh! The videos are great…WHERE IS ANDORA? How about a map!!!

  2. I totally look forward to your updates on Monday morning :)
    Interesting point about starting your kids on a variety of foods early to avoid pickiness later.

  3. Michelle says:

    Yummy meal! All the flavors reminded me so much of my Grandma’s cooking. The smell too. For me, this was a very comforting meal. :-)

  4. The Gypsy’s Arm looks scrumptious! I wonder why it is called that..any chance it can wander like a gypsy over to my house…tee hee…my mind is salvating..great job Sasha!

  5. Trinxat was the dish I made. I wish I had made your entire menu. Yum! Congratulations on an interesting and organized adventure perfect for sharing! Good job! (and with a baby too)

  6. Hi there! Sorry to be commenting on a years-old post, but I just found your blog as I was researching this for my own project. My thing, though, is that I don’t know how to cook at all and am hoping I can learn a thing or two before I’m done. I did Algeria last week and am researching Andorra now. Also, I’m just cooking for two and am mortified at the idea of even doing two dishes at once (as I said, I’m new to the cooking thing).

    Really glad I found your blog and hope I can learn from your adventures!

    Cheers!

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