DIY, Educational, In the Kitchen

Bulgarian Rhapsody: Lentil Yakniya and Festive Bread

My mother-in-law makes lentils fairly often and that mine turned out almost as good as hers was a point of pride!  Forristal’s lentil recipe was right on target, but her bread dough recipe came out a little sticky.  To be fair though, it might have been sticky because this bread is usually shaped into a round loaf rather than braided.  I had to add a lot more flour to make it tough enough for braiding.  The amount of yogurt and cheese in it made for a very soft and moist bread.

Also, her Au Gratin recipe only called for zucchini but Bulgarians often use eggplants and zucchini together so that’s what we did.  There is a layer of dill between each layer of vegetables that I thought would taste off, but it worked well with the rest of the dish!

Lentil Yakniya, Eggplant & Zucchini Au Gratin, and Festive Cheese Bread
Our first braided bread. The shape is a little uneven (rustic or artisanal) but it tasted great!
DH and I went to the Heard Museum
We found a Southwestern Native American cookbook which I am excited to try but I think we'll need one of these to grind our corn...

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