Monday, January 14, 2013

After Eight

Artsyville Tuesday's list for this week is about favorite family foods (e.g. dishes passed down through the generations, staple ingredients, weekly meal rituals, ethnic/cultural culinary traditions, that candy bar you must have every time you go to the grocery store, etc...)

This is a hard one because I need to translate it into English. :)
  1. my all time favorite "grandma food" is Ajdovi žganci s kislim zeljem - Buckwheat "mush" with sauerkraut. It was mandatory meal every time I visited my grandparents but grandma doesn't have as much strength in her hands now so my Mom took over.
  2. the second favorite is polenta with some kind of gravy. I used to eat it with milk before I went dairy free or with goulash before I went vegetarian. :) Translator gives me the same word in English but if you don't know what it is, it's made out of corn meal.
  3. mashed potatoes with cucumber gravy. This was mind boggling when I first heard of it as a kid. Cucumbers in a gravy? Are you nuts? But my aunt made it and it instantly became one of my favorites. I don't eat it anymore because it's made with cottage cheese. But I substituted it with sweet cabbage gravy.
  4. I eat a lot of fried zucchini with tenstan potatoes - translator can't find the word for tenstan. Click HERE to see how the dish looks like and let me know how it's called in English. :)
  5. fried cauliflower or fried brussels sprouts are often on my menu as well.
  6. After Eight chocolates. Need I say more?
 
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29 comments:

  1. Natasha May, I'll say that those are some combinations of flavors I have never experienced. However, I grew up on corn meal mush with butter, sugar, and real unpasteurized cow milk. My grandfather, with whom my parents and us lived, had a grist mill and ground corn. I have no idea what those potatoes are - tenstan. They look a little like au gratin (made with cheese sauce) or perhaps potato salad made with mustard. I wish I knew what was in it. I'll go back and translate the recipe and maybe I can tell. I'll report back if I learn what it is called in English.

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  2. Reading the recipe, it sounds like my mother's fried potatoes. She put onion slices in with the potatoes and fried in bacon grease. In your case, being vegetarian, I guess margarine or safflower oil or something.

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  3. I love, love polenta so much!!

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  4. Wooza, Natasha May! Interesting taste buds. I've never tasted any of it!!!!! How dull am I. HA! xodonna

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  5. Tole pa mi je nadvse všeč in zabavno.

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  6. Wow, there's some interesting foods there. I am particularly intrigued by the cucumber gravy!!
    Love the journal page, with the face peeping over the After Eights. What fun!

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  7. Lovely work! I just got up and you have made me hungry talking of food, I just love polenta and sauerkraut is high on my faves list! Valerie

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  8. Beautiful art journal page Natasha... and love the quote... great reading your answers as well...

    Jenny ♥

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  9. I love sauerkraut, haven't had it that way, although I used to make sauerkraut soup!! Sounds yummy, love zucchini my daughter makes stuffed zucchini a lot!!
    Thanks for sharing...great artwork to go along with it!

    Hugs Giggles

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  10. Hehe, si mi dala kakšno idejo. Tista po osmi pa je zmagovalna. :)))

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  11. I love your painting and your quote.! Now for the food! I am in with the sauerkraut, polenta, cottage cheese and after eight chocolates. The mashed potatoes with cucumber gray is something I would love to try!!! Have a great one ;o)

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  12. Y'know, I've never eaten a cooked cucumber! I bet it's good! Thanks for broadening my horizons and my tastebuds :)

    Grnadma foods are the best, aren't they?! Bring up such fond memories :)

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  13. I'm with you on the After Eights - one of the few chocolates I discovered over Christmas that I could still eat as there was no milk in them!! I've heard of Polenta but not so much the other dishes you mentioned - it's always interesting to see the typical dishes in different countries.
    Funny, one of my favourite meals as a child (and a very typically Irish meal) was Cabbage, bacon and potatoes with lots of melted butter. I still love the cabbage and potatoes but the bacon not so much!
    I loathe and detest cucumbers - they always seem to pop up in salads and even though they are mostly made of water they seem to make everything they touch taste of them - I do however love cucumber scented toiletries! I can't imagine cucumber gravy but I'm guessing I would prefer to put it on my face than eat it! ;0)

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  14. Oh, I love how she comes peeping from behind that box of chocolates :-)

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  15. I love both Polenta, and Sauerkraut...we make our sauerkraut with dried cherries(something that I just remembered my grandmother did) it was DELISH!
    Love your list, in any language!
    Lynn

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  16. Wow! Very interesting dishes!.. But I must say, I'm most intrigued with the After 8 Chocolates! I've never had them, so I'll have to keep an eye open for those! (Similar to Andes Candies?.. Better?)... Nice to meet you through List It Tuesday! ~tina

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  17. Okay, first of all, your art is gorgeous. I love that face. :)

    I love the zucchini and potato combination. (I am not sure exactly what type of potatoes they would be ... they seem similar to potato pancakes maybe but without being in the shape of a pancake? Almost a fried mashed potato? Oh, now I want some!)

    Polenta is polenta in English as well, the translator is correct. And sweet cabbage gravy sounds delicious.

    Also, I just spent a bit of time looking at pictures of Slovenia and reading a little about it because I did not know of it. Your country is so incredibly beautiful. Just gorgeous.

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  18. Oh how I'd love to try all those dishes!
    Funny that you mentioned brussel sprouts: I'm roasting some with parsnips and carrots tonight.
    visiting from list it tuesday.

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  19. Everything on your list was out of my realm of food reality except the zuke and potato combo.. but it all sounded intriguing enough to experiment... (again, just say no to sauerkraut). The one thing I had to have every time I went to the store as a kid, was Halvah! Ummm..yum...

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  20. Some strange food in your list, but the After Eight, I love! Except I've decided to stop eating chocolate! Am I crazy? patsy

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  21. LOL what a cool idea...I can smell the mintiness rightaway :))

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  22. I have sauerkraut on my list too do I see a cotton candy like girl above miss seeing those ladies from time to time thanks for sharing with SMWYG see you next week!

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  23. Hi Natasha...what a great list I may try some of these..love your faces and girls too....just beautiful...so glad to meet you here..!

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  25. Well, in Spain we eat some of those vegetables you are talking about in your post.I really love vegetables, but I love After Eight, too, of course I do :)


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  26. Terrific design, am so loving this, xx

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  27. I don't have it often, but I love sauerkraut as well!

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  28. I love sauerkraut, and I am after good zucchini recipes at the moment. Cucumber gravy has me intrigued, I can't even imagine!!

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