Haaretz.com, the online edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, and analysis from Israel and the Middle East, © Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. All Rights Reserved, Get email notification for articles from Doram Gaunt. Balkan people are generally known for loving meat and a good barbecue, so no big surprise there. Now go back to the Guriyevskaya Kasha and enjoy it, as royal offspring would, and I won’t have complaints that semolina is disgusting baby food, not anymore. In this sense, kasha is the food of the poor to an even greater extent than soup because kasha is prepared using whole kernels and without processing, while bread calls for flour which does require processing during which part of the kernel is thrown away. pleasure.”, “It should be more than that ! Transfer to a large plate. thick sauce; then roast beef, but see to it that it’s all “Well, there’s something in that,” replied Stepan “In the country we Then instantly, as if moved by a spring, he substi- tinued: “Vegetable soup, you understand; then turbot, with While the onions are cooking, cut the chicken into strips about 1 1/2 inches long and 1/4-inch thick. Kasha comes in different granulations, so make sure to read the label. Well, we’ll sort out what’s what, right now. again; but here you and I are doing our best to eat as Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox. Still, in northern Bulgaria we have a dish called Chicken Kasha, it is made of ordinary wheat flour fried in oil, added red pepper, bouillon/broth/water, chubritsa, and boiled and chopped up chicken breast. oysters, and then to make a complete change in our or…. total2 tbsp. Serve hot or warm. Add the chicken to the kasha and mushroom pilaf. Here's a one-pan Thanksgiving meal that takes advantage of inexpensive turkey drumsticks, complementing the rich dark meat with a spicy-sweet glaze. This may be tricky though, as soups can transform into kashas, or stews in the Bulgarian case, quite easily. Email questions to the Food Section at food@washpost.com. shchi and kasha but you can’t get them here.”. I daresay milk puddings are distant cousins of kashas too. So THIS, in spite of it containing much flour, many Bulgarians eat with bread, like a stew. no, that ‘s not enough, three dozen oysters, vegetable I have realised that, pretty much like Moliere’s bourgeois gentilhomme Mr. Jourdain, I have been eating kasha, or kasza, all my life, and never knew. According to a milestone cookbook called Bulgarian National Cuisine, published in 1978 as part of the communist regime initiatives marking the 1,300th anniversary of the foundation of the Bulgarian state, kashas are a popular dish in Bulgaria, especially in the Rhodope mountains, where they are – nobody says when – allegedly prepared with two types of flour, not grains. I can eat a good dinner with Taste, add seasoning if needed. Kasha and soup, these have been the foods of the poor since about agriculture emerged in the Neolithic, remember from my soup posts? Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes. I do love good food but I kind of see Levin’s point too. Add the kasha mixture; cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes, until the kernels separate and become dry. Doubles up as a filling dish for an easy Yom Kippur fast. On the other hand, kashas were regular fare at noble and royal courts during the Middle Ages, with only slight differences in ingredients between rich and poor. with milk or water and some stale butter; upper class children have barley kasha with fresh milk and fresh butter; while royal offspring enjoy semolina (durum wheat kasha) boiled with fresh milk, butter, and honey. What do you say  — to begin with Replies to those posts appear here, as well as posts by staff writers. “Kasha a la russe, if you would like to order it,” said Remove the chicken; set aside. Still, its merits include incredibly poetic and delightfully incoherent lyrics with stream-like flow and certain onomatopoeic qualities. soup …. In Bulgaria of the centuries past, bread was THE staple food to such an extent that soup was considered its accompaniment rather than the other way round. PS. According to Bulgarian cultural studies scholar Raycho Pozharliev (more here and here), the kasha, meaning grains, seeds or flour boiled in water, is perhaps the most ancient dish on the planet. Cover and bake for 40 minutes in an oven set to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit). They need ice from their pockets and water from the reawakened rivers to cool off their frenzied foreheads, but are reconciled as long as Fickle Fate keeps knocking on doors and clearing away snowdrifts to make words, and the world, live again. Washingtologists consistently post thought-provoking, timely comments on events, communities, and trends in the Washington area.


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