My granny is over 80 already, though she still keeps her village garden diligently. Couple of weeks ago she proudly introduced me with her tomatoes.
and some fruits . . .
Recently, we visited my aunt in the village Vanta, Kakheti Region. She is adorable cook and wonderful hostess and prepared some meal for us quite very quickly. (Generally people are very hospitable there and always ready to host their guests) <3
Here is what she served for us:
Every time I visit my village, we are making Mtsvadi a.k.a shashlyk, skewered meat – simple, stunning and delicious one; we are gathering around the fire, chatting and waiting for brilliant food.
There are various ways for making Mtsvadi, but here is the simplest one, follow the photo direction:
Traditionally, key ingredients of this dish are lamb and tarragon, but after desperate search of desired parts of lamb in Telavi Market , my father decided to buy veal for making Chakapuli (literally meaning the meat and greens boiled in its juice without removing the froth). The dish originates from Kakheti (East Georgia), as the lamb is very popular there and it is seasonal, usually made in Spring.
Surprisingly, when we finally arrived in the village, my father asked me to make Chakapuli so here is what I’ve made and what everyone liked in there.
Couple of weeks ago I visited my relatives in Telavi. There is a kind of tradition, when one visits Telavi City (East Georgia) one also visits old and famous Telavi Bazaar. So we did it as usual, my father was walking around and looking for various things to buy and I was just following him and photo touring around. Things are not quite expensive here and you can find almost anything you want, including handmade products, meet local people and chat with them (and they are so sweet and kind).
So here are some photos from Telavi Bazaar.
As I mentioned in my previous post, many interesting events are held in Tsinandali.
So, about a week ago, Georgian Cheese Festival was held in Tsinandali. For some personal reasons, I was not able to attend this glorious event, though, a kind friend of mine donated to my new blog some nice shots, which I hope you may enjoy:
It was 2010, when I last visited Tsinandali; I was then attending the exhibition of Salvador Dali works and wine sampling.
Tsinandali is a small village in Kakheti, Georgia – 79 km east of the Capital Tiflis.
For brief introduction of Tsinandali Palace, I can say that it belonged to one of the noble families of XIX century Georgia – The Chavchavadze Family;
This was the place where prominent people of various countries met each other, the place uniting art, literature, music, winemaking, gardening . . .
Tsinandali Palace was famous for its winery – the oldest and largest winery in Georgia, combining European and Georgian winemaking traditions and for its garden planned by European designers and being stretched on 12 h; 150 plantations from 400 in total, are exotic, brought from foreign countries, the Garden was even compared to Richmond Park and Alexander Dumas mentioned it as the Garden of Eden.
Presently this brilliant place is the Palace-Museum and is used for various events, such as wine fests, exhibitions, conserts, cheese festival, etc.
Some photos from Tsinandali taken in 2010