The first feast

The first Iranian things I tried making were from the dinner selection. The menu went as follows: bread herb salad pickles kashk-e badenjan chelow khoresht – sour tofu and herbs I read in Saraban that Iranian meals usually begin with flat bread and a basket of herbs and cheese. These are then followed by pickles,…

The best pilaf ever eaten!

I have cooked and eaten a LOT of pilaf/plov/palov/pilau/paella/risotto/rice and other grain dishes since I started this blog and, of course, every recipe writer claims that theirs is the best in the world. On this occasion though, I think the Armenians might actually be right. I used this recipe I found at the blog The…

Stew and Pilaf and Salad

The first Armenian meal was a stew called Bozbash. I originally decided to make Bozbash after coming across praise for it in a book about Eastern European cuisine. This book, and several websites, identified Bozbash as an Armenian dish. I found several recipes for so-called Armenian Bozbash also. I also came across this article, containing…

More Pilaf, Cabbage and a Salad

Pilaf with home made stock I have now real and followed so many pilaf recipes, that I’m actually getting pretty good at making my own. Success seems to lie in the stock. In Australia, I usually just use easy-peasy Massel stock powder, but I can’t get anything approximating vegan stock here in Tbilisi, so I…

One disaster, a few thngs that didn’t quite work, and salad

When we first arrived in Tbilisi we were cold, tired and hungry as a result of a long flight and very little sleep the night before. We stayed with a couple we met through couch surfing, and Natalia, our host, made us a really tasty dish, which she said would probably be called something like…