Menu: Kosovo

I found a new favorite quote. It’s about peace, but it isn’t cheesy (something amazingly difficult to come by). In fact, I think this quote really gets at the heart of the matter – at what I’m trying to accomplish here.

I’m sharing it today in honor of Wednesday, “hump day” – the day that is neither the beginning of the week, the end of the week or the weekend. It’s the time of the week when everything drags just a little.

I’m also sharing it in honor of neither being at the beginning, middle, or end of this Adventure… but steadily plodding on course to finish eating the world for peace in exactly 2 years and 2 weeks.

As you’ll read, perhaps steadily plodding away is the only way. Perhaps that’s the way it should be.

Here’s the quote:

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” JFK

And here’s a bit of food from Kosovo, shared in the hopes that it’ll sustain you through this week, as you quietly work. Speaking of which, what “new structures” are you creating, how are you slowly eroding old barriers? And what sounds good to you?

Chopped Salad (shopska salata) [recipe]
We’ve visited this fresh pepper, tomato, red onion and cheese sala before. It’s popular in southeast Europe for good reason. I would wear it if I could.

Sausage & Beef Stuffed Peppers [recipe]
A.K.A. Hidden food vaults. A savory and simple meal that kids love. In one simple package you get the veggie, the rice, and the meat. Done and done.

Flija, oh Honey [recipe]
I don’t know what to say. If you’ve ever seen flija made, you know why. Flija consists of two batters – one poured like the rays of the sun on large round pan, the other smeared around. Then it’s all cooked near a campfire. Don’t worry. I’ve simplified it for your home broiler.  Just wait until tomorrow… just wait.


  1. Perfect, coz he initiated the Peace Corp too, an org that helps bring down barriers, changes options, and builds new structures (figuratively and for real). Have lots of admiration for JFK.
    Used to be more involved 🙁 and feeling like I was helping in some of those areas, especially with development work or teaching, but now so involved with Jassy, but maybe that is one way “can make a difference” through her-bringing her up not to be quick to judge, discriminate, and hate so. At least that pacifies me for now, no pun intended.
    Have cute pics from the other night, just need to send them to you.
    Good luck with the Gingerbread class.

    • Jessica Bennett says

      I agree that there are many ways to help bring about peace, and helping others not be judgmental is a great one. Every little bit counts.

      • Sasha Martin says

        Well said, ladies! Raising our children to be good to each other is the first step in a peaceful future.

  2. Brian S. says

    Here’s an Albanian saying (people in Kosovo are Albanian) about the subject. “Jemi të gjithë një popull” “We are all one people.”

    • Sasha Martin says

      Lovely and true – together we are humanity. The more we show it, the more we feel it.

  3. aunty eileen says

    “Food is at the heart of society. ….. We are connected to others near and far through foods. We are interdependent because of global trade and commerce. The food on our tables comes from farmers everywhere throughout our planet.” by Angela Baden

    “Food is our common ground, a univeresal experience” James Beard

    “We are not so different. We are disconnected. The more we become connected, the more we learn about ourselves,” Imam Ahmed Elkhaldy at interfaith dinner

    • Sasha Martin says

      Yes, yes, yes. I particularly agree with the thought that we are/were disconnected – and making those connections (the internet really helps with this), the closer we get to peace and respect for other cultures.

  4. elisa waller says

    the photo of you <3 Ava is is stunning…you both look like Flija..haha… Just kidding I meant you both look like the rays of the sun! Gorgeous meal for such a unexpected country..I love it….

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