Okay - so after we made these, we realised that we probably should have made them bigger, big enough to wrap the food up. But even as they were, they made for a lovely lunch! A big thank you to Lorenzo for sending us the recipe!
What's better that receiving a letter from a "missing country"? A letter from a missing country with a recipe! With big thanks to Nozima, here is our attempt at "plov". We used Nozima's recipe as a starting point, then googled to find what kind of meat would be most suitable. Although most online versions we found were lamb, we also saw chicken and beef plov, and decided to make ours a beef version. We added cumin, paprika, and a bit of garlic, and used our slow cooker.
This was our second attempt at Eddy's tiramisu.........the first time, we "accidentally" ate all the biscuits before we got round to making it! It was definitely worth finishing the recipe, and Toby loved the "no coffee" version!!!
Well, this was not the easiest dish! The recipe Ricardo sent us calls for Lussua leaves (and the recipe is named after them) - we'd never heard of this, but thankfully, Ricardo supplied Latin names for us. It turns out that Solanum Americanum is Nightshade...which we had heard of, but not in an edible context. Because we couldn't find it - and because it sounded like it shouldn't be the kind of vegetable you just grab from a random bush without knowing its toxicity, we played it safe and went for spinach, as suggested by Ricardo, instead. Now, on to our tamarillo search....maybe tamarillos are plentiful where you live, but we searched for months (not full-time!) - in the end, luck would have it that they were found in a supermarket in Malta, and carried home. Finally, we could make the recipe...except we hadn't planned on getting the tamarillos, and therefore hadn't considered where to get breadfruit from! So, in the end, we decided on potatoes...and the whole family cleared their plates. :)
Here it is - our Mangú, following Sarah's recipe from the Dominican Republic. Two plantain recipes in one week :) :) This dish was great for trying out lots of "combo" forkfuls - egg with plantain, avocado with plantain, cheese with egg........each tasted different :) (Pst, we also made Portuguese custard tarts from Macau - we'll share them with you another day!)
We have to confess that nobody suggested this recipe - to be honest, we aren't quite sure how we found it. We think it might be because of the recipe from the Dominican Republic, which had plantains in it, and Toby wanted to know about plantains. Then we read that it was a staple in lots of recipes from Africa, as well as Central and South America, and so we stumbled across Matoke. We made this in our slow cooker, and it was delicious - but we learnt that the plantains need to be fully covered in sauce - otherwise, they dry out and aren't nearly as nice!.
Dear world, please forgive us the long post. Three years ago today, on the way to school, Toby asked if he could write a letter to every country in the world. When he started his project, we never could have even begun to imagine where it might lead. People sometimes ask Toby what he has learnt from the project. And of course, he has learnt a lot of things - he has learnt that there are few trees in both Qatar and Nunavut, he has learnt how countries' customs and cultures are influenced by their history, he has learnt that some people celebrate Eid and others celebrate Christmas, he has made a Khratong and bread for Day of the Dead. He has learnt about capitals, populations, weather, wild creatures and disasters. But he has learnt something else, too, and you, all of you, have been teaching him.
Two years before the project started (five years ago now), a 3-year-old Toby said the quote in the picture. "Heroes save the world. But sometimes they don't. Then you have to save the world yourself." How do we save the world??? Toby knows that "saving the world" won't be led by people wearing capes and flying to the rescue.
So: To those who tell the children around you to dream big, who don't laugh and say "you can't do that" - thank you. To those who are willing to answer questions about your faith, your customs, the way you love, the way your mind works, your schools, your hobbies, your dreams and hopes, to build bridges made of knowledge and friendship, rather than walls made of ignorance - thank you. To those who have let us know that Toby's project has made a difference to your life and how you see the world - thank you. To those of you saving the world, one kind smile, one hug, one small gesture at a time - thank you. You are our heroes. You are saving the world. Please keep doing what you're doing - you're doing a great job.
Every now and again, we have quite a few recipes, and sometimes, we forget one! We just realised that we never made Mónica's great recipe! Today, we did - and we are so glad we did! These are delicious! We only made about half the recipe, because we couldn't imagine we'd eat 30 fritters between the three of us. They were delicious!
Erick told us that Gallo Pinto is really breakfast, but by the time we got our act together, it became lunch. The whole family loved it, it's really easy, and we'll definitely be making it again. :)
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