Friday, March 7, 2014
Through my website, I frequently get questions on where to find meat, poultry and eggs and unfortunately I have nothing to offer, but my research lead me to find Philip Haramandjiev from Chiflik Livadi (meadow), and also owner of the Damianitza winery. I first read about him in an article for Light and then in the same week a friend of mine made an introduction; we got to meet and chat about food, agriculture and Joel Salatin.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
If I received an unlimited gift card to whatever store I wanted, it would be a book store or Amazon! I love reading and I love books, the feel of them, the smell of them, freshly printed or a bit musty, regardless, there is something that I am intrinsically drawn to. Living in Bulgaria, it is hard to satisfy my need to read in English, yes, I know I can order them from the UK or US, which is expensive or download them to a reading device, but as I stated earlier, I like books. My latest discovery is the Hot Spot Book & Art library of English language books in Sofia.
Monday, February 24, 2014
There are many new and interesting ideas springing up from the rising demand of farm fresh food, and starting a relationship with producers whose products help to nourish our body and soul. It has become increasingly common for urban people longing to break away from their food deserts and reconnect with the earth. Farmhopping gives you that option. This idea is the brain child of Rossi Mitova, founder and food enthusiast. I became acquainted with Rossi and Farmhopping a few months back and our shared ideals about food and agriculture helped to foster a partnership. I am now a Farmhop-er!
Monday, December 9, 2013
A few weeks back, I was asked to participate in a documentary film called 111,000 Food Steps by Alval Entertainment, about traditional food in Bulgaria. I will be one of the presenters, along with Yolanta Delibozova from recipe blog Вкусно с Йоли and the new 24Kitchen show „Домашно приготвени рецепти с Йоли“, plus Dessislava Dimitrova from Slow Food. The producer had asked me to create a recipe using Bulgarian ingredients, but also give a lesson on cooking techniques that I learned from the Culinary Institute of America. Because it was fall, I decided to make a pumpkin risotto, which is a seasonal favorite of mine and my first ever recipe translated into Bulgarian.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
This was my second DiVino Taste experience, my first being last year in 2012 and 2013 did not disappoint. Packed to the gills, over 4000 people gathered in NDK Hall 6 to experience over 50 of Bulgaria's best wineries. The two day forum included a tasting exhibition, as well as master classes and lectures. I was fortunate enough to learn about Different Faces of Eastern Europe lead by international Master of Wine Caroline Gilby. Other notable masters, tasters and experts of wine from Bulgaria and abroad rounded out the classes with topics such as combining food and wine, retrospectives of wine from Bulgaria, 2007 vintage, an in-depth look at Mavrud, plus lectures from the Bulgarian Wine Acadamy to help novices hone their skill.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
During the Inter Food and Drink expo at the Inter Expo Center in Sofia, Slow Food Bulgaria organized an international event inviting our friend from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Turkey to share ideas about small-scale farming, food production and the tools for sustainability in rural areas in South-Eastern Europe. While the subject of the event was not light by any means… with good food and company, we managed to find ways to enjoy ourselves while engaging in important work.
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