Georgians – they are my kind of people! The more I learn, the more I NEED to go there.
Moving on though…now I’m reading about their wine. It’s possible that wine-making originated in this part of the world over 8,000 years ago. And the methods used then are still in practice now. Gotta love that.
Here’s a great
website to read all about it.
Painting of a kvevri – the traditional vessel used for wine production (Niko Pirosmanashvili [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
One of the books I’m delving into for Georgia is
The Georgian Feast: The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the Republic of Georgia by Darra Goldstein. Verdict so far: thumbs up. I haven’t cooked anything yet, but the recipes look fantastic and I’m looking forward to diving in quite soon. I’ve been delayed a bit by the calendar; it was Thanksgiving here in the US this week, so non-turkey-and-stuffing-related cooking had to take a backseat.
There is one other small problem: Georgians apparently LOVE walnuts.
And…I’m allergic to walnuts. (Pecans too). It’s a total pain, and I am not amused by any of it.
So, there are so many wonderful sounding dishes that I won’t be able to make. I might just post a few of the forbidden ones, so you can try them and tell me what I’m missing…sigh…
It hurts to even look at this. (image by By PlayMistyForMe (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons)