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March 26, 2013

The Photos Really Don’t Do it All Justice, But Believe Me Our Stomachs Tried…

Filed under: ARMENIA,Armenian Cuisine,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

You may have guessed that there was something missing from yesterday’s post: dessert!

Our Armenian friend outdid herself not just with the main course but also with dessert and it’s immediately clear she has real talent for this too.

There were a sort of spice pastry in pin-wheel form pastry  pieces of something  that involved honey, pastry and fruit and appeared to be rather similar in taste and texture to a Greek Baklava, and a chocolate cake to die for… the photos really don’t do it all justice, but believe me our stomachs tried.

I will definitely be trying to get not only the recipes for these but also some cooking lessons from my friend to show me the technique needed to make them.

If I could make a chocolate cake half as stunning as this I’d be delighted, since I’m fairly well know for my less than light cakes, and have only one solitary and rather lonely chocolate cake recipe in my entire cake repertoire.

If my kids ask for a birthday cake it’s a choice of my sole chocolate cake recipe or nothing… So far there have been no complaints because they got the heavy adornment of sweets on the top and let’s face it, if we are rudely honest,  the sweets were the main attraction and my cake was just the excuse for them underneath,  but this  chocolate cake is a real grown-up show-stopper and it doesn’t need sweets on top to make you gasp…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 25, 2013

A Delicious Culinary Taste of Armenia…

Filed under: ARMENIA,Armenian Cuisine,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We went for lunch at  friend: “A’s” place recently and because our friend is from Armenia, we were served some delicious Armenian culinary treats.

I was too busy enjoying the food to write down that exact Armenian names of some of these dishes, but there were barbecued meats,  roasted veggies as well as several other superb offerings.

The cheese was home-made and sent over by “A’s” mother, she has round wooden cheese moulds  that she makes her cheeses in at home, and it tastes amazing.

Surprisingly for me it’s apparently not unusual to have a large plate of fresh herbs on the table,  diners take what they fancy and just eat it like a side dish to the rest of the food.

There are also bundles what you should really call “sheets” of flat bread as well as regular  “loaf”  style breads. Added too  are cold meats and salad veggies both au natural and pickled… and all delicious!

Also there is a meat and herb mixture that’s rolled up and cooked inside cabbage or grape leaves… this one is to die for and I’ve begged not just the recipe but also a cooking lesson. Naturally the only thing I didn’t try were the mushrooms since I’m allergic to them, but Himself declared them excellent too. Let’s take a look…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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