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Tacolandia 2015 Review

Eric and SamI knew this post was going to take me a long time to write so I have been putting it off this week. The past 7 days have also been a whirlwind for us and we really need to get some rest and relax for a few days (which I’m hoping we can do this weekend…fingers crossed). But on to the important business….Tacolandia was amazing! We had no idea what to expect going into it but we quickly decided that we will definitely be going back next year. The night before Tacolandia I sat down and went through all of the vendors that would be serving tacos and made a list so that we could prioritize the afternoon, and this turned out to be a great idea. We showed up about an hour and a half early to get in line, which was a must because we were some of the first people into the gates. In total we tasted 39 tacos and left completely stuffed, barely able to move. We went home and I passed out on the couch because I was so full. For us the lines seemed very manageable, I don’t think we waited in any line more than 15 minutes. We had to take a brief pause about 15 tacos in and go for a walk (and I got an ice cream…what?!) which helped reenergize us for the next round of tacos. There was also a nice tent that provided seating and phone chargers, which was a great bonus. One down side of the day was that at around 4:45 pm half of the taco vendors had already gone home! For an event that was supposed to last from 3-8 pm that was a little disappointing so I’m hoping they will improve upon that next year. Now on to the tacos…….Taco Puntas Cabras Continue reading

Visit from Mom

cupcake atmA few weeks ago my mom came to visit and we had an AWESOME time. It turned out to be the best week I have had in a long time. As I get older I realize that moments spent with those I love are really the memories that I will cherish forever. Work and chores are an important part of life, but no where near as important as family and relationships.

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Day 3: Austria

shredded pancakes

Day 3: Austria
Menu
Breakfast – Powidl with bread and butter
Lunch – Spaetzle with mushroom sauce
Dinner – Weiner Schnitzle 
Dessert – Kaiserschmarrn
Austria day was great! The amount of work that this country a day challenge has made for us is starting to set in. Each night we are not getting to eat until around 10 pm. When we get home we typically make lunch for the next day, make dinner, eat and then make dessert. This puts us going to bed at midnight! Usually we got to bed around 10:30 so midnight is a little late for us.
combined powidl png
Anyway….on to Austria…for breakfast I made powidl, a plum paste/jam. Powidl is traditionally made sans sugar (even though we are used to so much sugar in our jams!) so I left out all sugar. One thing that I would do differently next time would be to use fresh plums. We weren’t able to find fresh plums so I ended up rehydrating dried plums and reducing them with a little orange juice and cinnamon. In the morning we made fresh french bread and used the powidl as a spread. Yummmmm.
spaetzle
For lunch we made spaetzle. Spaetzle….Oh spaetzle…….you were one of the most physically challenging food I have made. I am sure there is some kind of special spaetzle making kitchen tool that I lack. I tried to improvise with what I had and saw that many people make spaezle in a collander. So basically I made the vegan spaetzle dough, let it rest, and then plopped it into a colander. Here’s where the hard part came in. In order to obtain the appropriate spaetzle shape we used a spatula to push the dough through the holes in the bottom of the colander while holding the colander over a pot of boiling water. This takes a certain amount of coordination and strength that I apparently don’t posses. Twenty minutes later we had all the spaetzle cooked and served it with a mushroom and onion butter sauce (yum).
spaetzle final
Dinner was very simple. We picked up some veal and made weiner schnitzel (breaded veal) with mashed potatoes. We were so tired that I made the weiner schnitzel and Eric made the mashed potatoes and we really didn’t want to make any other side…but don’t be fooled….this guy makes an awesome mashed potato!
shredded pancakes
Finally for dessert I made Kaiserschmarrn, which is essentially a ripped up pancake served with a sweetened plum sauce and dusted with powdered sugar. It was a great end to the night.
Favorite dish: Kaiserschmarn
Best memory: As Eric was eating his weiner schnitzel he accidentally knocked the entire plate into his lap and half of his veal onto the floor. Bella was all about the veal being on the floor. Okay okay so this was MY favorite memory but maybe not Eric’s hahaha.
What we will make again: Kaiserschmarnn and weiner schnitzel……not spaetzle…..unless we buy the pasta already made…

Day 2: Nicaragua – One Country a Day

macuaDay 2: Nicaragua

Menu        

Breakfast – gallo pinto        

Lunch – nacatamales                                                                                                                                

Dinner – indio viejo with rice and maduros                                                                                          

Dessert – rosquillas                                                                                                                                        

Misc – macua

I am a huge fan of any food from South and Central America. I am super familiar with the flavor profiles so I was really looking forward to cooking the meals for this day. In the end I was not disappointed! Today was a little more difficult than the previous, only because it was not a weekend. We are so used to only REALLY making one meal a day (dinner) and having oats or smoothies for breakfast and leftovers for lunch. So it was a ton of work to make 3 full meals on a grad student time table. Continue reading

Day 1: Nepalese Cuisine – One Country a Day

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Day 1 on our journey was Nepal. We actually picked which countries would be on our menu about a week before the Nepal earthquake. The devastation in Nepal right now is heartbreaking so I really wanted to start the week off with Nepal while I still had all of my energy.
Nepal Day Menu:
Breakfast – Khir
Lunch – Momo
Dinner – Dal Bhat
Dessert – Kaju Peda
khir
For breakfast we had khir, a nepalese rice pudding/porridge (also called kheer in parts of India). I have actually been craving rice pudding for a couple weeks now so this was nice to have thrown in the mix. The khir (recipe below) was a little different from the rice pudding I grew up with. I’m used to cinnamon and nutmeg, but khir is seasoned with cardamom and cloves. It was really tasty, but not quite what I am used to for breakfast. I think that is going to be a trend throughout this week. I am so used to American breakfasts being large and dense, I think we will find the simplicity of breakfasts from other countries refreshing.

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