This "stop" is Albania.
My exposure to Albanian food information is extremely limited. Currently the only cookbook I own with Albanian recipes in it is The Balkan Cookbook, by Jugoslovenska Knjiga, which I have owned for years but had not cooked from until this weekend. I had been waiting to get back to my project before delving in.
I had a lot of trouble deciding which recipes to make. Many of the Albanian dishes sounded tempting and I will definitely be going back to make others as time permits.
After much internal debate, I decided on making Burek with meat because I was curious to see how it would differ from the Mince and Onion Pie I make from a recipe book from New Zealand (given to me by my New Zealander mother-in-law).
For the Burek I used a fillo dough packaged as "Bourek Dough" from a local Mediterranean/"international" market here in L.A. Although this dough was obviously different than the flaky pastry dough I make for the NZ pie, the dough was not what I found most different. The Burek was put together in layers of fillo dough, cut into squares and then a mixture of yoghurt, eggs and mineral water was poured over the top and left to sit for 15 minutes before baking. I admit, I was kind of freaking out when I poured that over the top. But it all worked out perfectly. The top picture shows the Burek which my husband had with a yogurt-dill-garlic sauce. [I got the recipe for it here, but didn't add the oil.].
Next up was the Courgettes with Tomato, which was simmered thickly sliced summer squash, tomato, chopped garlic, salt and pepper with fresh parsley.
I thought this salad was delicious but I am assuming it will be even better tomorrow, once all the flavors really have time to meld together.
Because the salad was to be mixed with yogurt, I opted to take a shot of the chopped up ingredients in case they were masked too much by the yogurt.
[pictured ingredients: fresh dill and parsley, potato,
red and green bell pepper, onion, raisins and tomato.]"Dude,where’s my Gomar?" blog.
Here are some of the videos I found on youtube.
Elvana Gjata - Puthe
Miriam Cani - Labirint (Official Video HD)
Silva Gunbardhi ft. Mandi ft. Dafi - Te ka lali shpirt
ALBANIA2014 - ALBANIAN FOLK MUSIC
Albania Nature's Beauty& Traditional Music [HD]
Tonight or tomorrow night, I'll be watching Albania, La Storia. From what I recall of the description, it is a history of Albania from 1890 to 1990(?).