My Experience Eating Ethiopian Food For The First Time

The Taste of Ethiopia food truck was recently featured in a story in our area and it just so happened that both a friend of mine and I caught sight of this article. It is a food truck that basically gives its proceeds to feed and nourish little bellies in the Ethiopia area. (After it takes what it needs to resupply the truck with additional food that is)

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In the story I read, the gentleman who runs the food truck along with his adopted Ethiopian children are the people who operate/serve and prepare the food that is offered. I really felt it was a wonderful story with a great purpose and to be honest….I am always looking for a new cuisine to try in the area besides what we are know for here in Green Bay….beer, brats and booyah…all of which I am not a fan of!

So this past week we made plans to go and give it a try at a local farmers market it listed as one of its serving destinations. Of course I was nervous since I had heard it was spicy. We arrived and placed our order after chatting with the owner/operator of the truck about what his recommendations were.

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And then while waiting for our order we got to chatting and even had the opportunity to speak with one of his adopted boys from the Ethiopia area. Apparently, when they all first arrived here they needed to spice up everything we eat here in the midwest with their spice of life there in Ethiopia. This is where I got a bit more nervous that it may be too spicy for me!!!! And then our food was ready. OMG, it looked fabulous.

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My friend got this sandwich with pulled pork, feta and this wonderful sweet cabbage relish on top. I got one lentil taco and the loaded nachos with pulled chicken and that same relish on top. I had never had a lentil taco and she had never even had lentils so we shared this taco and now we are both going to try and make our own lentil tacos. Warning: THIS WAS SPICY HOT!!!! Next, I tried my nachos and they were heavenly. The spiciness with the sweet cabbage relish on top was like a party in my mouth. I truly loved everything and would go back anytime.

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We went back to the truck after enjoying our meal and raved to them how happy we were with this experience. Now, we just need to wait until they get too cramped in that truck and decide to possibly open a restaurant in our area. How cool would that be????

Have you ever tried Ethiopian cuisine? Did you like it?

Is the area you live in known for anything particular like we are here in Green Bay? If so, what?

 

 

 

 

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Recent Eats….Still Adjusting To Our New Way Of Eating- Artificial Sweetener Free

If you recall back in May of this year we changed up our diets completely free of artificial sweeteners to hopefully help with some of the issues my husband was experiencing with his health. Read about my first update here. The change has been remarkable but you may wonder how this has changed life for me…the main cook in the house. Well, it’s hard at times but I just need to think back at how frustrated I used to be when we would be ready to go somewhere and I would have to wait once AGAIN for him to use the bathroom. So ultimately, I’m happily adjusting.

One downfall I face is we can’t eat out just anywhere anymore.We have no more delivery to our home. No matter how tired I am, how much I don’t feel like cooking or simply don’t want to clean up the kitchen once again….I need to cook 99% of the time. Take for instance the evening we went out with my brother to Red Lobster….my husbands favorite restaurant for crab legs.

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He had plain old crab legs, one biscuit and two chips of the artichoke appetizer with water to drink. He then woke up in the middle of the night miserable and for two days later he was miserable. We think it was probably the biscuit but it could have been the dip or both for all we know. Two days of misery for crab legs….not worth it in my opinion and he agreed after the fact. This is typically how eating out goes. He tries to pick healthy, sometimes can’t resist his favorite things, and sometimes all is good after and sometimes not. However, I will say since this big change we have been venturing out a bit and trying new organic restaurants in our area and we have found one nearby that is a big winner. It has the best ever reuben sandwich and has passed the test since he felt no ill results after we ate here together.

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Salad dressing/sauces are still a battle. I am using more fresh herbs and spices than ever before and experimenting with recipes I find online and some I make up as I go. Some are winners and some are not but I am not giving up yet.

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I’ve even invested in a dressing shaker bottle since making dressings in a jar with a lid tends to be a bit messy which drives me a bit crazy.

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I am giddy to report that I can once again put meal salads on the menu and he can eat them with no adverse effects. I have to believe its the dressings that caused the bad reaction but with his stomach so messed up trying to process the raw veggies that are often in salads it had to be torture on his insides. All this is in the past and we are once again enjoying salads…yeah!!!!

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We have even been using our spiralizer more since before I found it a waste of time being I was the only one eating the veggies I spiralized. Now, I can make a whole dish and we both can enjoy it.

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Casseroles were, by far, the hardest adjustment with the most changes. Probably since sauces often combine the casseroles together and as I said above, sauces and dressings are terribly tainted with artificial sweetener. Cheese and half and half make a great sauce when simmered together with other herbs, spices, and ingredients. I have done this mixture with a number of different dishes and seems to be one of our favorites.Take for instance this dish pictured here.

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The ingredients are simple: deboned roasted chicken, sundried tomatoes puree, garlic, half and half, pasta, kale, and parmesan cheese. Mixed all together makes a fabulous meal and goes a long way to feed a crown…in my case, my family(three adults) and three kids for lunch the next day, plus lunch for my husband once again the next day. How is that for a hearty, fast, easy meal?

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Or chicken piccata with leek and pea pods was also a big hit recently. So yummy, yet so easy to do with a few ingredients. Just the way I like it on a busy weekday.

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And when I am really just not feeling in the cooking mood or simply need a break….I lay out the ingredients, leave directions, and he prepares the meal while I escape to venture beyond to new tasting adventures. I did this once this week with a friend and tried Ethiopian cuisine for the first time. I can’t wait to tell you about this experience in an upcoming post. HINT: It was fabulous!!!!!!!!!!

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All in all, I would say we are adjusting quite well to our new lifestyle of no artificial sweeteners in our food. Was it difficult….yes! Was it worth it….for sure!