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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Around the World on Sunday Afternoons ~ Asturias, Spain

Awhile back I had come up with an idea of having the boys and I learning about different countries. In typical Megan fashion I got carried away with the plan and it shortly fizzled out. I now have come up with a new idea and we are going to try this out. 

I am trying to keep it loosey Goosey but here is the outline of the plan. Each week we are going to draw a State, Country, or Region of a Country (for example India which has many regions of cuisine) out of a box. If we draw a Country and we realize that there were more regions than I thought, we will break down the regions and put those in the box. If we draw a State and County and there are multiple things that we would like to try out than we will either repeat them the following week or we will put the name back in the box to pull them another time.

I started by typing out all the Countries, Regions, and States and printing it out (I am not sure how many pages there are but it seemed like a lot).

Than I spent 4 hours cutting and folding these teeny tiny little pieces of paper (yes, I spent 4 hours of my life doing I am super committed). Next up (since Gabrian had already fallen asleep hours ago), I had Riley pull out our first location.

And our first location was!

Asturias Spain was first up. Don't feel bad, I didn't know they existed either (if you are from Asturias, I am deeply sorry I didn't know about you. I am sure you are super lovely and I hope to visit you at some point).

I did some research about the area and it sounds like a really lovely place. They are on the Coast and they are know as the "Green Area". They have tons of apple orchards and really like to drink Apple Cider (Me too! I knew I was going to love them).

Their most well known dish (at least the one that popped up the most on Google) is Fabada. It is a stew made with Navy Beans, many pork products (pork rib, salt pork, pork roast, and chorizo). It has a bay leaf, paprika, and saffron (since saffron is know where near my weekly budget we used tumeric). It ends up with a wonderfully meaty broth. If you want to try this out for yourself this is the recipe that I tried

After many hours of preparation (though most of it I spent sitting on the couch), this was our final result.

Homemade Potato Bread

It was a great first experience for us. We enjoyed learning about Asturias and look forward to visiting the next State/Country. We have already picked it out but you will have to wait until next Sunday to find out where we are going.

How about you? Have you done anything like this before? Have you been, are your from, or you in Asturias now? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments.