Fun Fact Friday: Bulgaria (with Poll)

Photo Courtesy of The Bulgarian National Museum of History

It's a beautiful morning here in Tulsa. The birds are chirping, the sky is blue, and Keith got up with the baby last night! Here's a few fun facts ... Bulgarian Rose oil Bulgaria is one of the world's largest producers of rose oil. This liquid gold is used to flavor chocolates, liqueurs, and jams. Oh, and rose scented perfume, but you shouldn't eat that. The primary producer is called the Valley of the Roses (located in central Bulgaria, in the town of ¬†Kazanluk). Hidden … [Read more...]

Recipe: Savory Cheese Pastry (Banitsa)

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Serves 6 My husband is officially in love with Bulgaria. To be fair, he didn't stand a chance. Second only to pure sugar, Keith loves anything that includes butter, pastry, or cheese. This recipe boasts all three, and in eye-popping quantities. Not to say it was love at first sight. It wasn't. After all, my pastry skills are minimal. But, hey, we can all use a little forgiveness in the kitchen, from time to time. Especially when it comes to pastries. Thankfully, phyllo dough spreads, … [Read more...]

Menu: Bulgaria

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We've been huddled around the air conditioner for, oh, about 2 months now. That's why, this week, I'm making a completely "cool" dinner, made possible by Bulgaria. Thank goodness for chilled soup, dips, drinks, and pastries. Mmm. P.S. This meal just so happens to be vegetarian (with one vegan dish). Chilled Cucumber Soup (Tarator) [Recipe] Refreshing blend of Bulgarian yogurt and cucumber, with a hint of garlic. Garnish with dill and/or crushed walnuts. Savory Cheese Pastry (Banitsa) … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Brunei

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Thanks Brunei. You have lovely curries, interesting rice, and tasty vegetables. However, you have the most impossible dessert. I am both amazed and impressed that there are people who are able to make Getuk Lindri properly. I wish I was one of them. My family, while they appreciated my effort, barely took a nibble-taste and left the rest for the birds. Come to think of it, do birds eat yucca? Hmm. Thank goodness I redeemed myself with Sayur Lodeh and Lontong. Together, these two dishes make … [Read more...]

Recipe: Shrimp and Vegetable Curry (Sayur Lodeh)

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Serves 4 This yellow, mild curry is a great way to mix up monotonous meal plans. A little spice and creamy coconut milk do the trick for a show-stoppingly good meal. Ingredients: Rempah Curry Spice Mix 1 can coconut milk 1/2 cup water 1/2 head of green cabbage, thinly sliced 3 cups mushrooms, sliced 3 cups long beans or green beans, trimmed and cut into small pieces 2 carrots, sliced 16 shrimp vegetable oil Method: 1. Add rempah to hot vegetable oil in a large pan and cook for about … [Read more...]

Video Saturday: Brunei

Learn about the wealthy country of Brunei, including their culture and festivals. In this video, we learn that Brunei is home to the world's biggest water village (on stilts) and has areas of pristine rain forest (the hostess of the video actually climbs up giant¬†scaffolding, past the top of the canopy). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xvApwmbmdo&feature=related httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xvApwmbmdo&feature=related Have a great weekend! I know I will - my hunny bunny is … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Brunei (with polls)

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I don't think I told you. Keith's been out of town all week so my mom's been helping me and Ava pass the time. An extended pajama party, really. We've been to the water park, played with dollies, cooked, cleaned, torn apart my closets and made mounds of donations. We've been really busy and had tons of fun, but today I'm just counting the hours until I see my sweetie. He'll be home at five. Tick. Tick. Tick. Is it five yet? What are you counting down to? Help pass a little time with these fun … [Read more...]

Recipe: Rice in Banana Leaves (Lontong) with Video

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The people of Brunei are brilliant. I've got proof - the lontong. This compact, slightly perfumed packet of white rice, stuffed inside a banana leaf, is portable, sliceable, flavorful, and affordable. Oh, and cutting the rice logs up into neat coins makes for easy portion control. Well. Ok. I'll be honest. The coins just make it easier to pop a hundred million of them into my mouth. Yum. Lontong represents everything I love about food around the world. While we share similar staples - … [Read more...]