Recipe: Shopska Salad (Shopska Salata)

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Serves 2-4 Can a salad be seductive? Maybe not. But a salad definitely can be charming and fun, like the boy next door. That's exactly how I feel about Shopska Salad. Like a school girl, I crushed on this happy combination of crunchy peppers, farmer's market tomatoes, and red onion. To make the salad even better, I tossed "Barrel-Aged Feta" in the mix. This cheese is just like regular feta with a tad stronger - and a "hair" funkier - flavor. In fact, Barrel-Aged Feta is a great "first" funky … [Read more...]

While I’m Cooking: Bosnia and Herzegovina (Video)

When he dips the bread in the stock... and throws it on the grill. Wow. My heart did a somersault. Twice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUmMgLTBuqU httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUmMgLTBuqU Have a great weekend! Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans. :) … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Bosnia and Herzegovina (with poll)

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We've made it to another Friday! If you live in the United States, have a wonderful holiday weekend! We'll be celebrating Miss Ava's first birthday on Sunday.... :) Here are our fun facts for Bosnia & Herzegovina: Have a heart! Bosnia and Herzegovina is nicknamed the "Heart Shaped Land" due to the country's slight heart shape. What's in a name? The name "Bosnia" comes from an Indo-European word, "Bosana." Bosana means"water." Bosnia is full of beautiful rivers, lakes, … [Read more...]

About the Food of Bosnia & Herzegovina

Photo Courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

Oh, Bosnia and Herzegovina. No one told me! I feel as though a secret was kept from me all these years. Mountains. Valleys. Rushing waterfalls. Seaside resorts. As I looked through photos and videos of this country I am struck by how incredibly beautiful and timeless the land remains. Like the Sound of Music meets Clash of the Titans... or.... something like that. Last night I put a travel voucher under Keith's pillow and a pair of clogs by his bedside. Do you think he'll get the hint? He … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Bolivia

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This is meal #21/195 as we cook and eat our way around the world. Our Bolivian Global Table used in-season produce and simple, home-style cooking. My biggest challenge this week was getting what I needed from the store. I went 4 times and still had to borrow a half cup of frozen peas from my neighbor and friend. Thankfully she had some or I'd have to load Ava back into the car for yet another trip to the store. I don't know for sure, but I'm willing to bet it was a full moon because on my … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bolivian Peanut Soup (La Sopa de Mani)

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Serves 4 Bolivian peanut soup is a delightful way to serve up good old fashioned meat and potatoes. Cook this soup gentle and slow. If you do, the beef will be moist and tender and the potatoes will bursting with the flavor of their juices. The most unusual part of this soup is biting into the occasional crunchy peanut. Serve with Bolivian Hot Sauce. Ingredients: olive oil (or peanut oil) 1 large onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp oregano 1 tsp cumin 1 lb beef, cubed 1 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Baked Milk Custard (Leche Asada)

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Serves 4-6 Leche Asada is super easy and quick to put together. This recipe makes about 6 small ramekins or one large (1 1/2 quart) for family-style eating. You may want to set the custard in a water bath to make the cooking process more gentle. This will produce a very creamy, flan-like texture. Even without this step, this makes a great - dare I say - weeknight dessert. Ingredients: 6 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 2 cups milk Method: Preheat oven to 350F Crack 6 eggs into a large mixing … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bolivian Avocado and Tomato Salad

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Serves 4 Even my husband ate this vegan salad up. Perhaps because it was a lot like a fresh salsa in an avocado bowl, instead of the "rabbit food" salad he is used to. Serve slightly chilled (cold takes away from the flavors - you won't be able to taste the buttery avocado as well.) Make the tomato mixture several hours ahead if you want. Ingredients: 2 avocados, halved and pitted minced red onion, to taste 2 small tomatoes 2 sprigs fresh parsley, minced 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 tsp … [Read more...]