November 4, 2010

A Quiet Weekend

Posted in Children, Family, Food, Friendships, Home, Women tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:58 am by Liliana

Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning

After months of busy workdays and traveling weekends, I was ready for a quiet, relaxed, at home kind of weekend.

And that is what I got.

I met my friend Ann at the farmer’s market early last Saturday morning. We had coffee and talked for more than an hour, then walked through the cold market and bought fresh apples, lettuce, spinach, onions, potatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant.

I also stopped at the butcher’s and bough meat for our evening barbecue – sirloin steak; ground beef, pork and lamb for a Serbian delicacy called “chavapchichi”; and chicken drumsticks.

My nephew Sasha came home from Columbus and together with Joe, we spent the afternoon watching Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at their rally (to restore sanity, and, or fear!)

Joe’s birthday is on Halloween, but we decided to celebrate it on Saturday evening. Jeff barbecued, while I prepared the side dishes and the salads. I roasted the peppers and the eggplant, pealed the skin, sliced everything up, and mixed the vegetables with garlic, oil and vinegar. It is one of my favorite dishes. I washed and quartered the potatoes, then roasted them with olive oil, salt and pepper in the oven. They were crisp on the outside, and luscious on the inside. I made a salad with fresh greens, and a selection of fruit – apples, oranges, pears and plums. Cilantro added just the right sense of danger.

Sam set the table.

It was just eight of us for dinner (our household, plus Jeff’s and Joe’s brother, Randy, and his wife Peggy) and it was relaxing and pleasant. We talked, and lingered, no one in any hurry. The blueberry pie that our guests brought was delicious, and, together with coffee and tea, the whole thing quickly disappeared.

Sunday morning I woke up at 9 am. I can’t remember when I slept that late. The morning was sunny, but cold. I made coffee, fetched the paper from my front lawn, found a sunny spot on my couch, and settled to read. My cup overfloweth.

May 1, 2010

Roasted Peppers – Serbian Style

Posted in Food, Recipes, Serbia, Traditions tagged , , , at 5:30 am by Liliana

Roasted Peppers - Serbian Style

Roasted Peppers - Serbian Style

Recently, I was looking for a favorite Serbian delicacy – roasted peppers – and I came across Bibi’s blog.

This is what she writes about herself:

“I’m an American woman who has lived and worked in Belgrade for over 30 years. I’ve come to love the people along with all their idiosyncrasies, and hope that you’ll learn something more about Belgrade and Serbia … ”

This is her recipe for roasted peppers – Serbian style:

“You haven’t really enjoyed peppers unless you’ve eaten them Serbian-style. These sweet peppers, either green or red are roasted on a grill or even directly on the burner on one’s stove like I did above, until their skin is black. When they’re cool, peel the burned part away, place in a salad bowl, add plenty of chopped garlic, oil, and vinegar, and enjoy! Yum. Serbs also make roasted peppers into ajvar (pronounced EYE-var) by adding roasted eggplant and garlic, and running it all through a meat grinder. Ajvar is then eaten as a garnish, spread on bread, or mixed with a kind of feta cheese. Yum again.”

Yum, indeed. Try these delicious recipes and visit Bibi’s blog for more information. She has some very witty commentary and beautiful pictures.