Recipe: Chilled Cucumber Soup (Tarator)

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Serves 4 Is your air conditioner busted? No problem - you'll be cool as a cucumber as you sip on chilled Bulgarian cucumber & yogurt soup (Tarator).  Heck, take a bath in it. All that yogurt and cucumber has to be good for the skin. Right? Although many people enjoy this soup with little pieces of cucumbers, I liked it extra vevelty smooth. If you would like the texture, reserve half a cucumber and thinly slice it. I'd do half moons, or even smaller. Ingredients 2 small … [Read more...]

Recipe: Cucumber and Yogurt Dip (Jajik)

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Serves 6 Serve this refreshing dip with toasted pita chips. You'll be cool as a cucumber even on a hot day. Ingredients: 2 cups greek yogurt 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 medium cucumbers, peeled, grated, and squeezed dry with paper towels (see photo at bottom of recipe). 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint 1 tsp dried cilantro 2 Tbsp olive oil 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground sumac for garnish (optional) Method: 1. Combine all ingredients in a serving bowl, except for sumac. Cover … [Read more...]

Recipe: Tava Elbasani (Lamb Baked in Yogurt)

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  Serves 4-6 Although this dish is simple, the tender lamb and tangy yogurt are very satisfying on a cold winter's day.  Use Hungarian Paprika to give the dish mild heat. Ingredients: 3 lbs lamb, cut into 10 pieces 2 cups cooking water from lamb 2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp flour 4 eggs 3 cups greek yogurt 1 tbsp white rice 1 tsp red pepper (paprika) salt Method: 1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, sear the lamb on all sides. Do not crowd. You may have to sear … [Read more...]

Video & Poll: How to make Albanian Lamb in Yogurt

How do Albanians prepare their food? Who better to ask than a local... with an accent to die for. In this video a woman from central Albania prepares Tava Elbasani, Lamb in Yogurt. She literally bathes the lamb in yogurt prior to baking. The resulting gravy-custard is the most intruiging part of this dish. This Saturday I'll give it a whirl... would you? [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-ayktdc2P4&feature=related] I really want to know... Would you? Could you? In your … [Read more...]