Last night we had to say goodbye to my sweet kitty Cabo. He was very sick with feline AIDS. I’m feeling pretty low right now, so I hope you understand if I keep this brief.
Thankfully, Kazakhstan has fascinating food, so it is a decent diversion from my tired, puffy eyes and splitting heartache. And diversion is exactly what this heartache needs.
So let’s go for it. Let’s talk Kazakhstan.
Imagine eating a meal that has elements of Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East all bundled up together.
In one pot.
A melting pot, if you will.
With a side of pickled vegetables.
The Kazakh’s eat a lot of boiled meats – and unusual meat, too – like horse. Lamb is probably the most popular meat and one place you’ll find it is in Manti, a steamed dumpling served with sour cream.
Like in the Middle East, the Kazakh’s love extremely sweet sweets – honey soaked noodles are particularly popular (called chak chak) [recipe], although fried dough is also beloved. They call theirs Baursaki. Serve with salty tea [recipe].
So those are a few tidbits about Kazakhstan. I hope you have a happy day.
And those of you with pets, give them a special hug for me.