Monday Meal Review: Andorra

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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 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Trinxat

Andorran Trinxat (potatoes, cabbage, and bacon)

Serves 4 Trinxat is an Andorran speciality. Potatoes, cabbage, and bacon get fried together in a hash "pancake." Garnish with minced parsley. Yum! Ingredients: 1 green cabbage, cored and quartered 1 lb potatoes, peeled and quartered (about 3 medium) 3 strips bacon, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley olive oil salt, pepper Method: 1. In a large pot filled with salted water, boil potatoes and cabbage until tender. Drain thoroughly. … [Read more...]

Recipe: Cream Roll (Brac de Gitano)

Brac de Gitano (The Gypsy's Arm)

Serves 4-6 Brac de Gitano is a thin cake filled with apricot cream, rolled and then sliced. Andorrans enjoy this rich dessert with tea or coffee. Ingredients: Cake: 4 eggs, separated 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup flour pinch salt 1 oz butter 1 tsp almond extract Filling: 1 cup whipping cream 1/2 cup plus 5 Tbsp apricot or peach jam 1/4 cup powdered sugar 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/3 cup almonds Method: For the cake: 1. Preheat oven to 350F . Grease and cover a 9x13 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Pa amb Tomaquet (Bread with garlic & tomato)

Pan al Tomaquet

Serves 4 Pa amb Tomaquet is like an Andorran bruschetta. Instead of piling the bread high with ingredients, however, simply rub thick slices of country bread with garlic and tomato. Ingredients: 4 thick slices country bread 4 garlic cloves, peeled 1 heirloom tomato or vine ripe tomato, halved 1/4 cup olive oil Salt Fresh cracked pepper Method: 1. Toast bread under broiler (or on a hot grill) for about 30 seconds per side 2. Bring to table. Give everyone a … [Read more...]

Recipe: Grilled Whole Trout

Whole Grilled Trout, Andorran-style

Serves 4 When the weather permits, grilled whole trout is a nice treat. Andorrans like whole trout with a little olive oil, lemon juice, and parsley - nice and simple. Serve with Andorran Trinxat - panfried potato, cabbage, and bacon hash. Ingredients: 4 whole trout, head on 3 Tbsp olive oil 3 Tbsp lemon juice 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley salt pepper Method: 1. Preheat grill to medium-high. 2. Rinse fish inside and out. Blot dry. Season insides with olive oil, lemon … [Read more...]

Recipe: Warm Spinach and Mushroom Salad

Warm Andorran-style Spinach Salad

Serves 4 Wild mushrooms give this spinach salad Andorran appeal. The crunch of slivered almonds and the sweet of the golden raisins add another dimension. Ingredients: 12 oz assorted mushrooms (Iused 4 oz French Horn Mushrooms; 8 oz Oyster Mushrooms) 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 3 Tbsp olive oil, plus 1 Tbsp for the last step 1/4 cup white wine 1/4 cup raisins 1/2 lb baby spinach 1/4 cup slivered almonds salt, pepper Method: 1. In a large skillet over medium high, … [Read more...]

Escape to Andorra

These travel videos show some highlights of Andorra: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2IB8WEVd5c] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/Fwpc3bb1XAE&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=es_ES&feature=player_embedded&fs=1] This video is just a scenic ride through a valley in Andorra. Gosh, how beautiful! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivmVb21DgKg] … [Read more...]

Would you dare? (Video & Poll included)

Trout is a favorite in Andorra. They serve the fish whole, either grilled or pan-fried. I found this video to show you just how easy it is to prepare fish this way. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DOrCSvbICw] I have a few friends that will not touch a whole fish. They say the eyes bug them out. Even knowing that this is the tastiest way to eat a fish does not convince them. So what about you? Would you dare?   … [Read more...]