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,…

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…

Meals from Spain

I’m reaching back into my memory here, because most of the Spanish food I made was made a few months ago now, but I do remember how tasty they were. I focused mostly on Tapas, because I love tiny food, but I also included paella (kinda), mashed potato, stew, stuffed eggplant and polenta in my…

Kufta, Ajab Sandal, and cute kids

Before I move on to the rest of this post, check out these recipes and essays, submitted by school kids in Azerbaijan. I think they’re just great. Some are insightful, some sad, and most cute. I especially like the pictures that go with the writing. I found those while I was looking for recipes, and…