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Cuba and Cuban Layered Coffee

Cuba and coffee – they kind of go hand in hand, you know? So what better treat to serve myself for finishing my book for Cuba, The Motorcycle Diaries, than some delicious Cuban layered coffee?

All you need is sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, whole milk, and some sweet, sweet espresso.

On a side note, this is NOT a good recipe to try if you’re lactose intolerant 0.o


Seriously though, go try this coffee!

Nicaragua and Chorizo and Ripe Plantain Hash

So, since I was so harsh on my book for Nicaragua (Infinity in the Palm of her Hand), I thought I’d follow up with something nice to say about my experience with Nicaraguan food.

Guys. This recipe is the shit.

I give you: Chorizo and Ripe Plantain Hash! I loved it, my husband loved it, my brother loved it when he came to visit, and it’s super easy. What more can you ask for?

Unlike some of the other recipes that I’ve tried out, this one didn’t have hard-to-find ingredients, which was nice. I’m willing to hunt a little for an ingredient or two here and there, but a few of the recipes that I’ve looked at I’m like “I think I’d have to actually live there to find that.” So. Those recipes were not chosen.

This recipe is highly recommended. Pro tip: when you buy your plantains, don’t buy the super hard ones 0.o I definitely thought mine would soften up in a couple days…not so much. And store them on your counter, not in the fridge.

This recipe has already become a staple in our house. Love it!

Check out my Pinterest board for more recipes from around the world!

Uganda and Groundnut Soup

I have a confession to make.

I didn’t actually like this recipe! 😦 😦 😦

I feel terrible! The picture LOOKS delicious! In my book for Uganda, The Abyssinian Chronicles, it sound amazing!

But I just didn’t like it 😦

So, the recipe is called Ugandan Groundnut Soup, and is apparently a staple of this African region. The REASON I didn’t like it, I think, is because the ingredient list calls for both “stewing beef” and “smooth peanut butter.” Plus veggies.

Now. I love peanut butter. And I love beef. And I also happen to love veggies. But a combination of all three?! Not for me!!!

(If you have eaten this soup and love it I am so sorry. I am so glad you like it. Unfortunately, I did not).

After making a couple different African recipes, my husband and I have discovered that apparently a lot of African dishes are quite thick. And it kind of throws us a bit. It’s definitely not something we were expecting.

I will say I thought this was better fresh than as leftovers. If that helps.

But please, don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself!!!


Colombia and Colombian-style Chicken Stew

I thought I would take a brief break from talking about books today to talk about one of the other great loves of my life – food!

Cliché, I know.

But nevertheless, food is one of the things that brings people together, just like books. After I had started in on this reading project, I had the sudden epiphany that it might also be fun to cook something from every country, too!

Think about it. Usually, when you read a book, the food they’re eating gets mentioned, and often it’s important in setting a tone or overall theme. And if you have no idea what food they’re talking about, you miss all of that context.

For example, when I read my book for Australia, they kept talking about damper. I thought it was some kind of soup. Nope! Turns out it was a type of dry bread that keeps well, and is thus used often by travelers. In the book, that’s all they had to eat. Dry bread.

A bit different than soup every night, huh?

So, now that I’ve talked about my book for Colombia, The Dark Bride, I want to tell you all about the delicious Colombian soup I made as well.

You can find the recipe here . It is also available on the site in Spanish, if anyone needs that as well.

Most of the recipes I try are healthy dinner recipes, but I’ll probably end up trying some desserts as well 🙂 Check out my Pinterest @ProjLibrarian for more recipes from around the world! And if you try this recipe, let me know what you think!

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