Matsoni – yogurt, Georgia
Aug28

Matsoni – yogurt, Georgia

Version française Matsoni : The georgian yogurt, my favorite food for breakfast I’ve been told that the bacteria used to make Georgian yogurt (fermented milk) were different from the bacteria used in the bulgarian or greek yogurts. It’s apparently what makes it soft and not too sour. I didn’t find the name of these bacteria on the web unfortunately. But when I’ll be ready to make my own yogurts at home when...

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Top things to do in Georgia
Aug27

Top things to do in Georgia

Georgia, the country of mountains, monastery and churches Georgia is an ex USSR country surrounded by Russia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbadjian. Its capital is Tbilissi, its people speaks Georgian, Russian and English (Russian for the old ones and English for the young ones). And for more info wikipedia. The main activities in Georgia are hiking, visiting monasteries, churches and toasting around glasses of wine and chacha ! If you plan...

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Pickles – Georgia
Aug26

Pickles – Georgia

Version française Again it looks like a belgian recipe but it’s from Georgia ! Back to the old times, everyone, in summer, was preparing the next winter. Nana’s pickles would definitely be part of that winter preparation process… this little sour cucumber that goes so well in a sauce, a burger or in a sandwich… (And that goes particularly well with a “tartine d’Américain” for my Belgian...

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Uravi, The ex USSR city of Arsenic mining
Aug26

Uravi, The ex USSR city of Arsenic mining

Version française Uravi, a city who has been almost abandoned after the ex USSR left the arsenic mines in a hurry… I was shocked when I discovered the Aral sea case and the ship cemetry in Uzbekistan but now with this new discovery in Urvai I think I’ll have to give this part of history a deeper investigation. If I summarize (otherwise it would take hours of explanation and I’m far from being an expert on this...

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The culinary specialities of Georgia
Aug23

The culinary specialities of Georgia

Version française Something very new for my European palate but delicious when you know what to look for I didn’t expect the recipes to be based on a spices mix of walnut, fenugreek, marigol, coriander and parsley but this is definetily what the georgian cuisine tastes like and I love it. It’s not always easy to find a good place to eat and on the other way round it’s very easy to find some very cheap street food...

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Gupta & Jomi – Meat balls and rice – Georgia
Aug16

Gupta & Jomi – Meat balls and rice – Georgia

Version française Gupta & Jomi – It Looks like our Belgian “boulettes” but it’s Georgian Ingredients for the tomato sauce: 10 tomatoes 3 onions 7 garlic cloves 1 bunch of parsley 1 tbsp of coriander powder 1 tbsp of blue fenugreek Salt Preparation of tomato sauce : In a saucepan, sear the onions with sunflower oil and add the tomatoes and spices. Add herbs, garlic and salt at the end of the cooking process....

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Chackockbili – Beef stew with walnut sauce – Georgia
Aug15

Chackockbili – Beef stew with walnut sauce – Georgia

Version française Chackockbili, my favorite meat recipe, a speciality from Racha Ingredients: (I unfortunately don’t have the proportion for the recipe. Count around 200 g beef per person, 3 big onions, 7 garlic cloves and the spices represent around 3 tsp  after being mixed). Beef Poultry broth onion Parsley Mashed garlic Tomato purée Walnut powder Coriander powder A bunch of fresh coriander Blue fennugreek powder Marigol...

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Frappuccino – Georgia
Aug14

Frappuccino – Georgia

Version française The georgian version of the italian frappuccino… delicious ! Sopi, Our host’s daughter accepeted to reveal her seceret recipe and even if this frappuccino is very different from what I’ve tried in Belgium, it’s much more refreshing. I think I’ve just found out what my new summer favorite drink is ! Ingredients for 1 person : 1 tsp instant coffee 2tsp sugar Vanilla ice cream cut into...

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Lobio parki – Beans and tomato sauce – Georgia
Aug13

Lobio parki – Beans and tomato sauce – Georgia

Version française Lobio Parki – An easy recipe that really tastes like Georgia Ingredients: 2 garlic cloves 1 onion boiled beans (2 fresh kinds (check here below)) 3 tomatoes cut into pieces 1 bunch of parsley 1 bunch of coriander 200 g smocked lard Salt Chili (optional) Preparation : In a pan, sear the lard in order to get a maximum of its grease. If it doesn’t sweat enough, just add a bit of sunflower oil. Add the onion,...

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Svaneti Salt – Georgia
Aug09

Svaneti Salt – Georgia

Version française The perfect seasonning for your tomato and cucumber salads : Svaneti salt Everywhere in the svaneti region, you can see this strange seasonning on the table. It has been hard to finally get the proper recipe but it seems that now I’m ready to make it myself at home.   6 and a half heaped tbs of coarse white salt 150 grams of garlic 2 tbs of dried coriander 1 tbs of dried dill 1 tbs of blue fenugreek 1 tbs...

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