Greetings from Tbilisi in Georgia! I have the usual blog backlog with a couple of recipes to share with you this week – including an aromatic poached chicken (poached with lemongrass, galangal, chilli and such) – and also my mini guide to Gothenburg after last weeks trip. First though, while I am here, I want to share some photos of Tlibisi, the capital of Georgia, where I am spending my weekend.
Highlights? The food market was a huge one, the flea market also, although I resisted buying anything despite the many amazing gems. Having spent the last month sorting items for storage, I had to talk some sense to myself before embarking on the flea market voyage.
Lunch today was also great, featuring giant dumplings similar to my favourite Chinese Xiao Long Bao with soup inside. It turns out that they influence these, as they travelled to Mongolia, who brought similar here. That’s a rough summary, budding food anthropologists, but I just love a little cultural food quirk. Dinner was too, but I’ve not edited the photos yet, I’ll be back with those soon.
Khinkali: beef & pork dumplings with soup inside
Inside the dumpling :)
Lots of delicious walnut bits
Traditional sulphur baths - smell like rotten eggs but apparantly amazing for your skin and lungs
Two old ladies chinwagging by the cathedral, flower in the foreground
This made me smile! Extremely happy sculpture of a Georgian film director
Preserved wild yellow Ppums - cooked traditionally with lamb & tarragon
Marigolds and chillies
Some lovely friendly locals
Terrific Georgian smoked cheese
Icons watching over the cheeses
Another friendly local who requested that I take his picture :)