I think it’s time for a snack!

The attractiveness of Georgian culture is amazing. We love Georgia for its unique singing; great dancing; a variety of stunning beauty of nature; for temperaments of dzhigits; for Georgian women, who are beautiful and intelligent; for wine; for Borjomi … This fantastic mix was the result of complex historical processes, tears of oppression and the joy of liberation. I like the idea of harmonizing the historic crucible: all nations should live in peace and friendship. Moreover, Georgia is a multiethnic country.  Its main population is 70% of Georgians (they call themselves kartvelebi). They speak the Georgian language of the Kartvelian language family. However, learning Georgian culture is not easy process; you should take into account the 17 dialects of sub-ethnic groups: Western Georgia: The Ajarians, The Gurians, The Imeretians, The Lechkhumeli, The Rachveli; Eastern Georgia: The Kartlians, The Kakhetians, The Mokhevians, The Mtiuletis, The Pshaveli, The Tushi , The Khevsurians, ; South Georgia: The Djiavahians, The Meskhetians. Outside the Georgia: Ingiloys (Azerbaijan), Iran – The Fereydants (descendants of Georgians, who were deported to Iran by Shah Abbas in the early XVII century), The Imerhevs (in Turkey). Sub-ethnic groups of Georgians: The Mergelians and The Svans (resettled in western Georgia) speak Megrelian and Svan languages, Laz people (live mostly in Turkey). The religion is Orthodox; some of Georgians are Sunni Muslims (The Ajarians, The Meskhi, Ingiloys) , some of Georgian are Catholics. In Georgia also live such peoples: Armenians, Azeri, Russian and South Ossetians, Abkhazians, Greeks, Kurds, Assyrians, Udine, Caucasian Avars, Kist People. A lot of Georgian diasporas live in Russia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, northern Turkey and Iran. A lot of things in this sound: “the Georgians”. In Tbilisi I was amazed by one fact: in different companies during one day I was told the same anecdote in which the nationality of the protagonist varied depending on the nationality of the narrator. Georgians like to make fun of each other and I think it’s very nice. Well, but when you go to Georgia, try not to take part in conversation where the personality of the real Georgian is being discussed.)))

I think it is time for a snack! Today I propose very tasty recipes with a Turkish flavour, which are typical for West Georgia! Food is spicy, so I recommend Borjomi to the table!

 

Vegetable snack of carrots (carrots kefte) You will enjoy an unusual spicy taste

 

Ingredients:

10 medium-sized carrots;

bread crumbs;

6 dried apricots;

a bunch of green onions;

2 tablespoons peeled pine nuts;

2-3 cloves garlic, crushed with salt;

1 egg;

a small bunch of parsley;

a bit of fresh mint;

a small bunch of dill;

salt and pepper to taste;

flour for breading;

sunflower oil for frying;

 

For the sauce:

3 tablespoons sour cream;

juice of half a lemon;

2 cloves garlic, crushed with salt;

salt and black pepper to taste

 

Steam carrots and dry them well. Ground carrots using a meat grinder with a washed dried apricots, herbs, garlic, onion and nuts. Remain the mass for half an hour. Then mix the mass with egg and add the bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Form small balls from the mixture. Roll balls in flour or breadcrumbs. In a deep frying pan heat the vegetable oil and fry the balls until «golden brown» crust, then put them on a paper towel in order to get rid of excess oil. Eat carrot kefte with sauce.

 

To prepare the sauce: whisk the sour cream with garlic and lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. You can add a bit of herbs and spices of your choice. Sauce should be very spicy to show the sweet taste of carrot balls.

And now here one of the dishes of Oriental cuisine

 

Chicken pilaf

Ingredients: half of chicken, 1 large carrot, parsley, celery (root), onion, pepper, pickled pepper, a small piece of butter, a glass of rice, a handful of raisins, a handful of almonds, black pepper, salt.

Cook chicken in salted water with vegetables and onion until readiness. Fry in butter washed and dried rice until transparent. Add broth to rice, then add salt and pepper, raisins. Bring to a boil and then boil for 10 minutes on medium heat. And then cover with a lid tightly and boil on very low heat for 15 minutes. Get a chicken from broth, separate the meat from the bones, cut into medium pieces and fry in oil. Put the rice in the centre, put grilled meat around the rice, sprinkle with almonds, add marinated peppers.

 

 

And here are some recipes of smth sweet to tea!

 

Cookies

 

150 g butter

1 cup granulated sugar

2 cups flour

70 g shelled almonds

Beat up well softened butter, add sugar and sifted flour. Knead dough and roll it out with a thickness of 1 cm. Cut different figures from this layer (stars, crescents, diamonds). Put an almond on each cookie. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

Sherbet

 

3 oranges

1 / 2 lemon

1 / 2 cup sugar

1-2 tsp. rose water

Put slices of orange and lemon in fruit juices, add a little water and boil it. Strain through a sieve and cool. Dilute the resulting syrup with a little water (you can use rose water), and serve with ice cubes.

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