Monday Meal Review: Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, & Republic of Congo

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NOTE: This is the MMR for three countries: Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Republic of Congo. We had some grand plans, Mr. Picky and I. We were going places. Specifically,  to a new house. Actually, it was built in the 1960's. But it would have been new to us, once we bought it. The house we're in is from the 50's, so this one seemed light years newer. As with any home, there was good and bad. The good? A quiet retreat on Lake Keystone with lake views and private … [Read more...]

Recipe: Comoros Sandwich

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Serves 1-2 Piled high with juicy, sweet tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and rich eggs and mayo, this sandwich is popular in Comoros. Ingredients: 8" piece of baguette (I had to buy wide-style - "rustique" so it holds more) 1-2 tomatoes, sliced 1 cucumber, sliced (or 1/2 an english cucumber) 3 hard-boiled eggs mayonnaise, to taste Method: Slice a baguette in half lengthwise... watch your fingers! Spread with a thin layer of mayo. Or thick, if that's more your … [Read more...]

Video Saturday: Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo

Kick off your shoes, sit back and take a "slide show" trip to the stunning Comoros Islands. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSmxkyHVM6E&feature=related And then there's the Congo... worms, worms, and more worms. While this video is rather silly, it does show photos of authentic Congolese food. Plus, who am I to criticize silliness? httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60zZAIbsVpI What's for dinner at your house? I hope you have happy plans! :) … [Read more...]

Congo Bars, Extinct Fish & Margaritas (with poll)

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Happy Fun Fact Friday! I had the most wonderful, GIANT margarita earlier, so I am going to keep this brief. Mostly because I keep misspelling words. (don't worry, I'm writing this Thursday night, not Friday morning ;) ) #1 In case you were wondering, Congo bars are not an authentic Congolese dessert. If they were, you can bet I would have made a batch (or three). #2 There's a big, crazy-looking fish that lives in the deep waters near the Comoros islands. Its called the … [Read more...]

Recipe: Boiled Lobster

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Serves 1-2 Cooking a live lobster can be intimidating, but take it one step at a time and you'll have a delicious dinner in no time! Please note this was my first time cooking a live lobster and is written in the hopes of preparing other first-timers for both the process and the emotions involved. Ingredients: 1 lobster (about 2 lbs) salt Method: First, come to terms with what is about to happen. I had a hard time with this step. I stood like this for several minutes. I was … [Read more...]

Recipe: Vanilla-Shallot Dipping Butter

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makes 1/2 cup This rich dipping butter has warm vanilla undertones, mellow onion/garlic flavor from the shallot, and a bright acid note from the white wine. Recipe inspired by the New York Times. Ingredients: 1 stick (8 Tbsp) butter 1 shallot, minced (about 1/4 cup) 1/3 cup white wine 1/2 vanilla bean, split salt pepper Serve with Boiled Lobster Method: Melt a tab or two of butter over medium heat. Add shallots and cook. Shallots are incredible. I don't think I've … [Read more...]

Menu: Comoros, Congo, and Democratic Republic of Congo

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What are you in the mood for? Because, this week, we probably have it on the menu.  Choose between lobster or goat, mushrooms or plantains, a vegetarian sandwich or fish. While Keith gets nervous seeing all these options, I smile from ear to ear with gratitude. After all, dinner was so boring this time last year. COMOROS Lobster [Recipe] with Vanilla-Shallot Dipping Butter [Recipe] Fresh lobster boiled and served with warm butter seasoned with shallot and fresh vanilla bean. Comorian … [Read more...]

About the food of Comoros, the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of Congo

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I've been known to do things out of order. Once in a while I'll  even eat my dessert before dinner. Well... this week I mistakenly skipped the entire country of Comoros. I had no idea. My head was in the clouds.  I did all my shopping on Friday and spent Saturday cooking the Congo (with what limited time Ava's nap allows, anyway). Our Congolese meal was barely over when I decided to crack open my atlas to see what country was next. And thus, my error revealed itself. I'm a wee little bit … [Read more...]