Look at this beautiful cake! Are you as surprised as I am to learn that it’s made of meat? Liver, no less (one of the few foods I really don’t like). But prepared this way, it’s really good! Additional ingredients include sauteed onions and carrots, and mayonnaise. Peace Corps encourages us to always say “yes” to new experiences, and this time I’m really glad I did. Tortă de ficat de pui (“tor-tuh day fee-caht day poo-ee”*) is delicious!
Did you know that yesterday was International Teachers’ Day? If you were in a Moldovan school, you definitely did! Our school actually began the celebration on Wednesday with a lunch and performances for retired teachers, and will continue it today with a picnic in the woods! Here are a few of the highlights so far:
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And here’s a few seconds of one of the talented groups of student dancers who performed on Wednesday:
If you have a big garden, and you spend the summer growing, picking and putting up vegetables for the winter, where do you keep them? If you live in Moldova, you most likely keep them in the beci (“betch”). This might best be translated as “root cellar”; it’s an underground room, where the cooler temperatures make it ideal for storing canned vegetables and preserves, homemade wine, pickles, etc.
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P.S. Those of you snickering about the way the word sounds: Stop it! You know who you are.
“The world is closing in. Did you ever think that we could be so close, like brothers?”
These words are from Winds of Change, by the Scorpions; a song written to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall. And right now, I, an American, am sitting in an assembly hall in a former soviet country, listening to this song performed in English by a young Moldovan! The world is full of awesome things.
So, this one takes a little explaining. The terci de mazăre (“terch deh mah-zuh-reh”*) looks a little like mashed potatoes, but is actually made of peas! It’s a thick puree (actually denser than mashed potatoes) with a flavor similar to split-pea soup. It’s served with a thick stew of vegetables and chicken which my host mom calls sous (“sowce”*). The flavors complement each other well, and the entire thing is delicious.