|Photo courtesy of Flickr user PatrickMMoore|
Location: Western South America
Area: Over 280,000 sq km; 74th largest in the world
Slightly smaller than Nevada
Elevation: The earth actually bulges around the equator. This means that Ecuador's Mount Chimborazo (6267 m) is actually the highest point on the earth when measured from the earth's center.
Population: Over 15 million; 67th highest in the world
Source: CIA Factbook
Now that we've gotten the hang of this parent thing (maybe. a little.) it was time to tackle the next country. Ecuador, here we come! After some research and some delicious-looking options, I decided that seco de carne con tamarindo was the way to go. Something familiar (beef and spices!) with something new (tamarind and achiote!). Plus, the instructions were fairly simple and easy to follow.
I wanted to use something better than the meat already cut up for beef stew at the store, but couldn't find anything else appropriate, so that is what I ended up using.
Achiote (also called Annatto) was very easy to find at the local Hispanic grocery store. Did you know that it is often used for the red coloring? I could certainly see that!
|This is probably a good time to mention that I halved the recipe.|
|Brendan gets to sit in his swing during mealtime, so he usually ends up enjoying it too.|
After a few bites, neither of us could eat anymore. I'm pretty sure we weren't using the best kind of tamarind juice. There have to be better options that the goopy concentrate. From what I was reading, that is the case. I'm sure that would have made all of the difference here. In theory, I think I like this dish. In practice with what I had, not-so-much.
Next time: Egypt