Random: The warring parties initialed a peace agreement in Dayton, Ohio
Location: Southeast Europe
Area: Under 52,000 km; 128th in the world
Slightly smaller than West Virginia
Population: Over 4.6 million; 120th in the world
Birth rate: 8.9 births/1000 population, 212/222 in the world
Borders: Still some disputes with Serbia along the Drina River
Bosnian cuisine: Many spices in moderate quantities
Source: CIA World Factbook, Wikipedia
Most of what I know about Bosnia and Herzegovina comes from one source: Zlata's Diary. I can't be the only person with this memory, can I? The specifics are eluding me, but considering I devoured books in grade school the fact that I could even recall this was about Sarajevo means it made an impression.
The national dish of Bosnia and Herzegovina was apparent: Bosanski Lonac. It is a beef or lamb stew with a lot of vegetables. Oddly enough, this sounds very familiar to a lot of the things in the Bolivia recipe. Except I didn't have any exclusive sources this time, and the search wasn't very fruitful. There were a lot of mentions of the dish on the interwebs, but not a lot of instuctions on how to make it. I even found an alternative dish, Bosnian pitas that I really liked. However, Kevin overruled. Man. Beef. Lamb.
This recipe ended up being the only one I found. So now we have a plan. A quick trip to the grocery store and we are ready for the rest.
Somehow I didn't notice it when reading through the recipe before I cooked, but there are basically three steps. Cut everything. Mix everything. Cook it for a long time. That doesn't result in a ton of pictures.
|Look at all of those veggies! It was the first time I bought a regular cabbage.|
|I went with lamb for Kevin.|
|It looked much more like a salad than a stew when I was putting everything into the pot.|
|It was also a little difficult to stir due to how full it was.|
|Mmmm, salt and pepper.|
|Filling with water.|
|Everything is all floaty now.|
|Look at them sharing. They are getting along a lot better. Still not great - and she still won't play with him - but better.|
|Investigating all of the new smells.|
|And still staring outside.|
A lot of things could have improved this. Stock. Spices. Maybe longer cooking? The version at myhungrytum seemed to turn out much better, and he did some of those things. I think this was just a problem of having a base recipe that would be better modified to individual tastes. There wasn't anything bad in it.
The broccoli, however, was amazing. Kevin's official statement:"This is healthy food I can get behind!" There are a lot of ways you could modify it for variety, as well. Not Bosnian as far as I can tell, though.
There are some questions I've been meaning to ask, and this seems as good of a time as any!
-When a recipe calls for a tomato, what kind do they normally mean? There are too many options in the store.
-Same question for onions.
-What should I do with the other pound of lamb I now have?
-Any suggestions for improvements/things you want to see?
Next time: Botswana