Cheese and Dried Tomato Banitsa

18 Finished banitsa

This recipe is courtesy of Kristina’s Mum. Kristina was the poor Bulgarian lady who was thrown in the deep end….. she ended up having to work in my team. Not only did she have to put up with me, she had to put up with a bunch of Spaniards who, perhaps unsurprisingly, tended to talk in Spanish. She did a fantastic job and ended up being a valued member of the team.

Over the months we worked together we occasionally touched on the subject of food. She mentioned that Bulgarian recipes used “white” and “yellow” cheese. I feared something had been lost in translation, until I received a Bulgarian cookery book that used ingredients called”white cheese” and “yellow cheese”. If more proof were needed, relatively recently I had to go to the dentist’s for some treatment. To recover from the shock I went into a delicatessen near the dentist’s looking for something interesting to eat……. and found to my surprise that they sold Bulgarian white cheese.

01 White Cheese

Kristina also introduced me to a new herb, Summer Savoury. I must admit to never having heard of it before. I found I liked the flavour very much and often sow the herb in the garden, using it fresh or drying it for use at a later date.

08 Summer Savoury

Although I have many hundreds of business-related trips I only ever visited Bulgaria once, visiting the capital, Sofia…………….

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2017 Lincoln W. Betteridge

Polvito Uruguayo (Caramel, Cream, Meringue Delight thingy!)

26 Finished pudding

The pudding this week is simply delicious. It has got to be one of the easiest puddings to make and it looks great. You won’t see me using much hyperbole on this blog, but today is an exception. Trust me….. you have to try this one!

I was recently in (San Cristóbal de) La Laguna in Tenerife with most of the family.

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La Laguna

We had just come out from visiting the church “Iglesia de la Concepción”, we were hungry and it was raining lightly.

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Iglesia de la Concepción

We made a dash for the first restaurant just across the square.

We had and would visit some fine restaurants during our stay on the island, but this one stood out from all the others. Exquisite food, great staff and very reasonably priced. Over the coming months I plan on publishing three recipes from our time in Tenerife, two of which come from this restaurant. So if you are out that way then let me recommend to you the “Tasca-Mesón Guerea

The name of the pudding might lead to some mirth from my Spanish-speaking readers and, due to the double entendre in the title,  I feel completely incapable of translating it into something English and repeatable! If however you serve it at your next candlelight supper, just feign innocence and introduce it in Spanish………………

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2017 Lincoln W. Betteridge