Menu: Georgia

Hello Georgia. I’m sick, but I feel better when I see your food. Three cheers to that!

NOTE: The first three recipes are adapted from Laura Kelley‘s book The Silk Road Gourmet: Volume One: Western and Southern Asia. Her book is full of great history and an entire chapter of Georgian recipes for any who are interested.

Georgian Grilled Chicken [Recipe]
Bone-in chicken marinated in a combination of khemeli-suneli, peanut oil, and lemon juice. The secret? Extra long marination to make the flavors scream. I’m a fan of screaming food (so says the girl who likes a little salad with her vinegar).

Georgian 5 spice (Khmeli-Suneli) [Recipe]
There are as many variations of this spice blend as there are grandma’s in Georgia. Our version is made with coriander, savory, dill, fenugreek, and bay leaves. Our bonus spice is pepper.

Walnut Cilantro Sauce (Garo) [Recipe]
This slightly bitter, grassy sauce is a popular condiment, like ketchup in America. Not only is it served over meats and vegetables, it can also be spread on a slice of toast and eaten as-is.

Natural Grape and Walnut Candy (Churchkhela from the Caucasus) [Recipe]
This treat is a great one to make with kids over a vacation. About once a day, dip a string of walnuts into pureed, reduced grape syrup. Then place in front of a fan to dry. As the layers add up, the walnuts gradually disappear. Later, break the string apart and much away!


  1. Churchekella is jokingly referred to as “Georgian Snickers Bar” 🙂 Can’t think of a better food to take hiking with us into the mountains.

    And, if you’re still feeling under the weather, the Georgians swear by doing a shot of Cha Cha (like grappa) with breakfast 🙂

    • Sasha Martin says

      Georgian Snickers Bar?? I love it! Of course, I love how nutritious it is.

      And speaking of drinking for breakfast… when I was 18 I went to Spain for Christmas break and caught a nasty cold. My friend and I took a walk to the local café to have a snack. While there a local insisted I needed to take a drink of whiskey to get better. Despite my polite refusal, he bought me a glass of the stuff – it was at least 6 oz. I ended up pouring it into a big ash tray on the sly, so as to not insult him.

      • Christine says

        My grandma has always insisted on giving me a shot of this Polish cherry liquor (I forget what it’s called) whenever my throat feels scratchy…

  2. Hi Sasha:

    Sorry to hear you are ill – that is one of the downsides of motherhood, especially when children start going to preschool or kindergarten – they bring lots of stuff (infectious diseases) home with them.

    All that aside, can’t wait to see how the Georgian menu goes – good luck! (Especially with the Churchkela – its very messy (but worth it)!


  3. Ruby says

    Just a few doors down and sick too, feel better. I am counting the weeks for your food on India, but still keenly look at all your food. So cute how Sanya (sp?) says spicy! Too smart.

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