Have you heard of Try the World? Basically, every two months or so (depending on your subscription) you receive a box of food from a different country. This is my kind of subscription. Click the link for more information Try the World.
First up, Argentina. My nephew Owen (who was visiting) was very intrigued by what came in the box.
This is what I got in box…Chimichurri sauce, malbec wine marinade, butter cookies, dulce de leche, green olive paste, Argentine teas, and dulce de membrillo.
The butter cookies, which I am snacking on right now were delicious!
It is recommended to use the wine marinade on meat, but since I don’t like sweet marinades, we just spread it on bread instead.
The first thing I made is called Cornflour Alfajores with Dulce de Leche. The cookie has a bit of a mealy texture due to the corn flour. I didn’t have powdered coconut, but I did have stale shredded coconut. So I put the shredded coconut into my magic bullet and voila… powdered coconut. The directions were a little vague on the assembly so I did my best. I mixed the coconut and dulce de leche and then made the cookie sandwiches. After the sandwiches were assembled I sprinkled more coconut on the filling (mostly for looks). If I were to make them again I would roll the dough a little thinner, but overall I thought they turned out great.
For dinner one night, I used the rest of the ingredients from my box. I was quite pleased with the results.
Our appetizer was a toasted baguette with a green olive paste and shaved parmesan cheese. I’m not a huge fan of green olives, but I didn’t hate the spread.
I marinated some pork with the chimichurri sauce. The sauce was good, but a little sweet for my liking. I like more savory flavors with meat. I cooked this in the oven, but I think it would have been better on the grill.
For dessert, I made something called Pasta Frola with Quince Paste. It was fairly easy to make and I loved that it wasn’t overly sweet. It’s basically a tart with a fruit filling. You can mix any flavor jam with the quince paste to make the filling. I used strawberry peach.
I enjoyed experimenting with new flavors and ingredients. I’m anxiously awaiting my next box!