Archive for November, 2012

Friday.

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Today was a marked contrast to yesterday. Glorious sunshine and fairly warm. I went for a long walk in South Park, its a pretty big park and it took me a couple of hours but it was worth it.

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Rainy Day..

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Sorry not much to post today as it pretty much rained for the whole time.

Here is a photo of the mean looking clouds.

Flash Mob, Classic FM Orchestra, Sofia, Bulgaria

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Not my work but it’s good to see things like this happening in a city. I’m sure it brightens peoples day.

Nevena Ganeva

This would definitely make my day! How about yours?

Flash Mob, Classic FM Orchestra, Sofia, Bulgaria .mpg – YouTube.

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Wednesday

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Balkan Baked Pumpkin Dessert.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

OK, so on Friday my wife, her two friends and I went to a Balkan cooking class. I took a couple of photos and wrote a blog entry. I have had a few friends ask for the recipe for the pumpkin desert we made and have also been made aware that I didn’t take any photos of the food we made at the class. My parents are here in Sofia for the week so I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone.

here is the recipe with photos to accompany it. I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients.

  • 1000 g of pumpkin peeled and seeded
  • 500 ml of whole milk
  • 100 g of chopped walnuts
  • 50 ml runny honey
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg (I have added this to the recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon of icing sugar (we used granulated sugar in the class)

you will need a baking tray big enough and deep enough for the pumpkin to cover the base. the one we have is approx 30x20x5cm and it was fine. I’d recommend a non stick one to make the cleaning easier.  I’m going to assume people have everything else.

Ingredients

Ingredients.

Here we go!

We are lucky enough to have peeled and seeded pumpkin for sale here which saves some work. it just needed a rinse over to clean it.

Now is a good time to preheat the oven…. 180ºc on the fan assist setting.

Now chop the pumpkin into roughly 2cm sized chunks (its a rustic dish so no need to be too accurate)

Place the chunks into the baking tray.

Now its time to add the spices to the milk.

Give the milk and the spices a whisk together in a jug (they won’t dissolve into the milk but it makes it easier to get an even amount through the dish)

Pour the spiced milk into the tray the pumpkin should be about 0.5cm proud of the milk

Dust with icing sugar (i say dust this looks more like a snowball fight!) this will caramelize during cooking.

Then into the pre heated oven for 45 minutes or until the pumpkin is soft…………………..

45 minutes later.

 You should be able to easily crush the pumpkin with a fork
there will also be a skin on the milk and some colour on the pumpkin.

Something like this.

Add the crushed walnuts, i chopped these down a bit nut kept them big enough for some texture.

Then drizzle with runny honey.

Finally serve and enjoy.

I hope you enjoy this if you make it.

Thanks to Angel from the Balkan Cooking Class for teaching me this recipe (i hope you don’t mind my changes)

and thanks to Chi my good friend who inspired me to write this blog entry.

a day of b/w

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Sofia in the fog.

Monday, November 26th, 2012

South park Sunday.

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Thanks for looking!

Saturday stroll.

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Balkan Cooking Class.

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Tonight my wife Sarah, myself and her two friends Jessica and Megan who are visiting us here for the weekend attended a Balkan cooking class which was run by Angel Dimitrov, I can highly recommend a trip to Angels school. The menu which we cooked was simple to follow and the resulting meal was excellent. The wine and rakia flowed freely we even had a traditional song played on the piano which stands in the dining room of the school by one of our fellow students.

The meal consisted of ……

To start we made Snezhanka or “Snow White” salad which is similar to the Greek Tzatziki this was accomponied by the traditional Bulgarian rarkia and ayran.

The main course was a chicken, bacon, gherkin and assorted other ingredients in a tomato sauce.

We finished the meal with pumpkin baked in milk and topped with cinnamon, honey and chopped walnuts.

Our instructor Angel was an excellent host and kept us all entertained with tale’s of his travels around the globe as a working chef.

Please visit the Balkan Cooking Class blog for details of how to register for a lesson.