Food & recipes

How to make mekitsi

How to make mekitsi

  The first time we ate mekitsi, we were in the Rodopi mountains, staying in a small family hotel. Every morning the cook would bring out a plate piled with three or four large mekitsi at a time. There would be a brief but dignified scrum among the few guests...

Scavengers

Scavengers

You know what’s the surest sign that winter is on the way? It’s not the arrival of this year’s wood order, which finally turned up about a week ago… The annual Rob-in-front-of-the-wood-delivery picture.   Nor is it harvesting the tempting butternut squash,...

Tart me up

Tart me up

  Here’s a neat way with courgettes that I made up all by myself, like the clever sausage I am. Now that we’re ramping up to Peak Courgette, it’s useful to have yet another courgette recipe to put into rotation, alongside other favourites like cake, briam...

The increasing Westernisation of Bulgaria as demonstrated through avocado availability

The increasing Westernisation of Bulgaria as demonstrated through avocado availability

  Kaufland didn’t have any avocados the other day. Just typing that sentence makes me realise how much Bulgaria has changed since we first came here in 2011. I don’t think I saw an avocado in a local shop until … maybe 2014? 2015, even? I mean, you’d see them...