Explore some of the recipes from Maria’s kitchen. Learn about different Bulgarian and Mediterranean dishes, try the taste of Emona and Balkans.
Zucchini with yogurt-dill sauce
Zucchini with yogurt-dill sauce. Perfect for a hot summer’s lunch. Visit http://mysticalemona.com/baking/ to explore some of the recipes from Maria’s kitchen. Learn about different Bulgarian and Mediterranean dishes, try the taste of Emona and Balkans.
Tulumba is a very sweet and popular dessert in the Balkans. Tulumba are traditionally fried in oil and then soaked in simple sugar syrup overnight(similar to baklava).
An important tip for making this dessert tulumba is that you should throw them into cold oil, wait it to rise and then rise the heat slowly. You shouldn’t fry them in hot oil! Otherwise, inner side of them is not well cooked.
Moussaka (moo-sah-KA) is a classic Mediterranean dish. Its basic ingredients are fairly plain, but the yogurt gives it a unique, tangy taste. It’s surprisingly delicious! Here is a simple recipe I learned from my grandmother.
Bulgarian bread “Pitka”
Easy to make traditional Bulgarian bread “Pitka”. This recipe is from my friend who is an excellent cook. It takes about 1 hour to make the bread; also you can use your creativity and play with different ingredients. In some places in Bulgaria they call this bread “tutmanik”. Very tasty and easy to do, enjoy!
Banitsa (Bulgarian: Баница, also transliterated as banica and banitza) is a traditional Bulgarian food prepared by layering a mixture of whisked eggs and pieces of cheese between filo pastry and then baking it in an oven.
Traditionally, lucky charms are put into the pastry on certain occasions, particularly on New Year’s Eve. These charms may be coins or small symbolic objects (e.g., a small piece of a dogwood branch with a bud, symbolizing health or longevity). More recently, people have started writing happy wishes on small pieces of paper and wrapping them in tin foil. Wishes may include happiness, health, or success throughout the new year.
Banitsa is served for breakfast with plain yogurt, ayran, or boza. It can be eaten hot or cold. Some varieties include banitsa with spinach (spanachena banitsa) or the sweet version, banitsa with milk (mlechna banitsa) or pumpkin (tikvenik). (source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banitsa)