March 30, 2009
A few months ago while surfing the net for a recipe for borsch, I came across a website called Farida’s Azerbaijani Cookbook. I was immediately curious and found several dishes that I wanted to try. I emailed the blog’s author, Farida asking if she had a recipe for borsch. Low and behold she did and she emailed it to me a few days ago. I’ll be making it tomorrow.
Tonight however, I treated my tastebuds to another of Farida’s recipes – Mushrooms Stuffed with Eggplant, Walnuts and Fresh Herbs. In one word – FABULOUS! If you want a super quick, tasty appetizer, do yourself a favor and give these a try. I made the following modifications – I used 1/2 the recipe since it was only me and Scott, I added one clove of minced garlic to the mixture in the frying pan and I added about 1/4 cup of shredded cheese prior to stuffing. Another word – YUMMO! Scott wolfed down 8 of them in no time and I managed to polish off 4 with no problem and could have eaten more. Thankfully I wanted Andy to try them so I didn’t eat the 5th one….yet! Andy better get over here in the next hour though otherwise I can’t be responsible for my actions.
The main course is still in the oven and due to come out in about 15 minutes. This is a newbie for me….I’m calling it Twisted Chicken. It’s a variation of Andy’s Greek Chicken from 2 weekends ago. Basically, it’s a baked chicken and oven roasted vegetables. I stuffed the chicken with a few cloves of garlic, some fresh dill and a boiled lemon….yep, that’s right, boiled lemon. I learned that from Andy, and it gives the chicken just a hint of lemon flavor. I par boiled the potatoes and the lemon and garlic cloves then stuffed the chicken and added the potatoes and some fresh carrots around the chicken in the roasting pan. End result is a great tasting bird and veggies. Thanks Andy for the lemon idea, this will be a frequent meal in the Smart household….Twisted Chicken.
And I’ll leave you with this cute picture of Max sleeping. It’s hard to believe he’s comfortable, and he LOVES to sleep on top of his kennel because that’s where the sunshine is! The dog moves from spot to spot throughout the day, following the sun.
April 5, 2008
I think I’ll go for a walk outside now…
Click the picture for a blast from the past!
Isn’t that awesome! What a feel good kind of song. I don’t just sit around thinking about the Brady Bunch, I was surfing the internet this morning and came across this fun site, which told me I belong in 1975 and that got me thinking…then with the weather and youtube.com it all just came together. Maybe the sunshine is bringing my mojo back!
January 4, 2008
The sun is shining today! I actually felt like getting out of bed this morning. I felt so energized I decided to walk to the Embassy for lunch. -12 Celsius, who cares! I have my new down coat and the sun is shining. I even remembered to take my camera with me and snap some long overdue pictures of Minsk.
So here they are:
This is taken as my walk is just getting underway, I’m a little way from my apartment, but not very far in to my walk.
I don’t know much about this memorial – CTELLA (pronounced Stella) Memorial, but it is a few blocks from our apartment. There is a great park surrounding it. This is a memorial monument for WW2 soliders. There is a plaque there, but of course, I cannot read it (note to self, ask someone what the plaque says).
I sometimes pass this billboard. It used to say Happy Birthday Minsk, now it says something along the lines of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
There are a couple of bridges to cross and I love to look at the ducks. I can’t imagine being in the water this time of year.
These planters are scatter throughout the park. They change each season from what I’ve seen. In the fall there were mums, now there is pine greenery. They are really pretty.
Here’s another view of the river looking down toward the Island of Tears. I don’t have a picture of that today, but will make sure to take one for a future post.
Every once in a while I stop to look around and behind me. It’s that kind of town. There’s no one there today. I guess they don’t like the cold either. I decided to snap a picture showing the distance I’d covered. If you look off in the distance behind the building in the middle you can see the monument.
So that’s it. Finally some good pictures of Minsk on a sunny day. I had to put the camera away though because it was so windy that my cheeks were burning. I still had about a 15 minute walk and was desperate for a latte to warm me up.
December 21, 2007
Where is my sunshine?
Sunshine makes me warm inside.
Sunshine’s all I need.