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,…

Apple palov, soup and salad

The last night of Uzbek attempts was another palov, this time with apples, another soup, and another salad. Both the soup and the palov recipes came from this blog (http://uzbekcooking.blogspot.com.au/) although I tweaked them a little to be vegan friendly. The salad I just threw together, using ingredients that seem to repeat a lot in…

Palov, salad and soup

Oh my goodness, I forgot to actually post the other Uzbek posts! So it’s a double-post day. The most famous Uzbek food is Palov. Similar to pilaf, plov and other rice dishes I’ve covered from all over the world, palov is made with rice, meat, vegies and seasonings. This one is the kind you cook…

Uzbek salads

The first an easiest Uzbek meal we had was a bunch of salads, served up with a non-Uzbek pilaf. I had a HUGE list of salads to choose from – it seems that in Uzbekistan a meal often starts with several salad options. In the end I chose salads including what seem to be the…

Salad Days

I used the recipes in A Season in Moroccofor everything I made this time, so I wont post a recipe. If you like what you see, head to your library 🙂                  

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…

Tapas

In the end I had two tapas nights: one at my mum’s house, and one in our new place. There were so many things I wanted to try, but I have to say, I had mixed results. Tapas 1 The first night featured gazpacho, croquettes, salads, mini tortilla, stuffed mushrooms, tomatoes with sausages, and olives….

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…

Turkish Feast in Tbilisi

The first meal of Turkish origin I tired was actually a week or so ago, when a friend came around for dinner. I decided to put on a bit of a feast (I have a lot of time at the moment), and served up a spread including chickpeas in tomato sauce, eggplant mezze, stuffed cabbage,…

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…

Eggplant and mushrooms and walnuts, of course

Kamarjoba! (Yup, that’s the only word, other than bread, that I can say in Georgian). Last night’s dinner was intended to be all Georgian, all the way, however, of course, it didn’t quite turn out that way. I had intended to make my own version of the fabulous eggplant and cinnamon dish that I get…

Greek Week

Okay, so this is another of the countries we culinarily visited while I was busy packing up our house in Melbourne. In fact, I only had time to make two days worth of Greek food and this just isn’t enough, especially for a cuisine with so much linking it to food in Melbourne, so I…