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August 8th, 2008

Culinary adventures

We had my 92-year-old great-aunt join us for lunch yesterday, and I reckoned (correctly) that despite her career as a domestic science instructor she had little experience of Georgian cuisine. I produced the following:
  1. Khinkali - though not too many, since this was only lunch
  2. Eggy mushrooms with herbs
  3. Beans with garlic
  4. A new recipe for me, beetroot salad: recipeCollapse )
  5. As a side dish, pomegranate seeds. I discovered (in the run-up to F's birthday party) the Secret we northern Europeans are never told about pomegranates. It is this: split them open and hold them in a bowl of water. The seeds sink and the pith floats. You may have to encourage the seeds to detach from the pith quite vigorously, but you end up with a very munchy pile of purplish nibbles.
It all went down well, anyway.

Aggravations, minor and major

The minor aggravation is that the internet here is down. I am posting to LJ from my Blackberry, but my ability to respond is limited. (Have been having email hassles too.)

The major aggravation is the conflict breaking out in South Ossetia. I was there just over three years ago; a place with a tragic past and, it seems, a tragic future.

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