Our New Year’s Eve party with our Bulgarian friends got cancelled so we decided to stay at home with the cats…after all it IS their first New Year’s. Poor Matt has been coughing, it’s probably a good thing that we are laying low tonight.
Nothing beats fresh coconut and pomegranate.
Things are getting a little silly around here!
Alright, we all know that I’m a little bit crazy…especial when it comes to food and crafting. As per tradition, I made an all seafood meal: warm crab dip, coconut shrimp, shrimp cocktails, a Polish Christmas dish called “ryba po grecku”, quail eggs with Russian caviar, smoked salmon pancakes with cucumber, prawn crackers with avocado and salmon jerky and Matt made a Polish mayo potato Christmas salad.
Just waiting for me to turn my back.
Want fake snow? Grate a bar of soap with a fine cheese grater!
Cleaning herself after a small quail egg snack.
Warm floors = happy cats.
I’m happy to report that the Scorpions concert was amazing. The band sounds great live, plus they played all the songs I love!
It’s impossible to find fabric (for clothing) in Burgas which makes me really sad because I just bought a new Singer. I’m bring back fabric for new fancy pants, a skirt and enough Christmas flannel for 2 pairs of Pj pants and cat sweaters.
Monster celery root! A farmer saw me taking pictures of food so he grabbed me and ushered me over to his stall to show me his crazy celery root. The thing was as big as a bear’s head.
Best butcher in town I assume.
My latest “pickled” discovery is pickled green tomatoes (not shown in this picture).
At Christmas time Bulgarians fire roast slices of pumpkin then sprinkle them with walnuts, honey and/or feta cheese. Old ladies stand over fires and serve this on almost every street corner.
Matt really wanted this tape deck.
Crazy gypsy lady!?!
I love all European markets. This one was spotless, not even a crumb on the ground.
This is the fancy hotel we rented for a couple days. It’s so much fun here, a little bit chilly but very fun.
View from our 6th floor window. We almost got the 7th floor penthouse with wraparound balconies but then I pointed out that it’s –2 degrees outside and the balconies would be a tad overkill. The 6th floor is pretty awesome anyways.
The main pedestrian street with overpriced stores and restaurants.
I almost got knocked over by a delivery truck taking the tram picture below, a reminder that I need to update my health insurance. Luckily my knight in shinning armor swept me out of the way then proceeded to bitch out the careless driver. Go Matt!
Big buildings, very Bucharest.
Today’s activities include a huge continental breakfast, walking around Sofia holding hands, shopping at the gypsy market, Vietnamese Phò and the Scorpions concert. I’m so excited!
I tried to make these soup dumplings today and they tasted great and the “soup” stayed inside perfectly except the dough wasn’t exactly right (too doughy).
Darn tiny shrimp took an hour to peel!
Pork and shrimp filling with the jellied broth.
I’d love to go to China and eat the real thing.
My local store didn’t have any food colouring so I had to make my own using raspberries, blueberries, spinach and turmeric. Baking the cookies was actually lots of fun plus Matt helped me decorate!