Saturday, November 12, 2011

Kyrgyz plov and fruit tart

Vegetarian Kyrgyz Plov
Food Diary (November 12, 2011)
Breakfast: Missed
Lunch: peanut butter and honey sandwiches
Baking/sweets: coconut cookies

A vegetarian Kyrgyz plov would be impossible to find in Kyrgyzstan, or any Central Asian country. People may even laugh if you mention vegetarian Kyrgyz plov. It is almost like asking for a vegetarian meat pie. Anyway, I made the plov and left out the meat. It was basically carrot, onion and rice but a plov transforms these three humble ingredients into something magical! The recipe is available here.

Today's Favourite Photo
Source: Smoky Wok
Strawberry and Kiwi Fruit Tart (with Pastry Cream)

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: Care2
On November 4, 2011 I summarized an article discussing the importance of maintaining a properly alkalized body. Today I saw another interesting article discussing this issue and suggesting the following 4 easy ways to start alkalizing your body.
-        Bittersweet pH Balancing: Start every morning with a large glass of water with the juice of half a lemon. Wait 20 minutes to half an hour before eating to give the lemon water a chance to start working.  Drink a chaser of plain water afterward and swish it around in your mouth to prevent tooth enamel erosion.
-        Water: Drink at least 8 more cups of water throughout the day, preferably on an empty stomach Add more lemon juice, powerfully alkalizing “green” powders (like barley grass or wheat grass powders), or alkalizing liquid drops found in most health food stores to each glass of water.
-        Lose the Caffeine: While there are some health benefits of coffee or tea, both are acid-forming.  Even worse, cola and other soda creates a tremendous amount of acidity in your body.  One cola requires over 30 glasses of water to neutralize it.  Cut out the cola and soda and reduce your coffee and tea consumption. 
-        Take Mom’s Advice: Eat your vegetables.

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  1. I don't know why but "Kyrgyz plov" sounds familiar (I have never been to Kirghizistan, so it's not that!). Maybe I have already seen it on your blog? It looks delicious! I have heard that the Asian parts of Russia and ex-URSS republics have very interesting cuisines. I only had a pleasure to taste several times incredibly good dumplings filled with meat, sold by an Armenian lady.

  2. Sorry, I meant USSR (URSS is the French version ;-)

  3. I could do with a slab of rib eye on that :D Need meat! Must have been a carnivore in my past life.
    I have a friend who does the lemon water thing every morning. She's the most active and healthy person I've met for her age but OMG, her temper .... SOUR!
    Lose the caffeine?! NOOoooooo ........
    (You can tell I don't do healthy. Visit my blog at your own risk)

  4. I think I might start trying that lemon water in the morning thing :) Sounds like an easy way to boost my health!

    Also, I'm having great fun trying to pronounce Kyrgyz.

  5. Did I already say this already? I'm going to say this again. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your favorite photos!


  6. I've never heard of a plov before but I'm quite interested in how it tastes! it looks like a risotto?

  7. I love the colors on that tart!

  8. I've never heard of a plov before but it looks like it would be an easy, simple, fast and inexpensive family meal?

  9. hi three cookies wow! at first i thought i saw rice..yes i was right.. see the appetizing look in that fried rice especially with carrots added... ooops! its not fried rice at all..never seen this before :) the fruit tart looks great tho.
    The more i know, the more i realized how fussy we has to be with our diet- not just the fat, calories, cholesterol and untritonal value- now the ph value too. 30 glasses of water to neutralize cola? OMG life is tough.. i am not that disciplined :)

  10. Sissi: you probably saw Kyrgyz plov mentioned in my blog, its not a commonly blogged dish! Central Asian cuisine is OK, not the best. Authentic Central Asian cuisine is quite bland with minimal use of spices. The Caucasus cuisine is awesome, like the Armenian stuff you had. And I didn’t know URSS was the French version.

    ping: OK, lemon water has its pros and cons. I don’t plan to reduce caffeine either, its good to know but not to follow:)

    Hannah: good luck with the pronunciation!

    Amanda: yes you did but thank you again:)

    Lorraine: it doesn’t have a risotto like consistency, bit drier.

    Raymund: it looks beautiful

    Hotly Spiced: yes it is easy, simple, fast and inexpensive meal

    Wan: its not fried rice at all. Our bodies are quite complex, we will get a migraine if we followed all the advice:)

  11. Talking about Kyrgyz plov, I have just been to a multi-ethnic shop where I find Russian and Polish curd cheese and guess what I saw? A small can with some rice dish photos, on which it was written "Kyrgyz plov"! It didn't look very appealing though. I prefer to cook your recipe than eat canned food. It was just funny that I noticed it the day after seeing your plov.

  12. Sissi: Canned meat, rice and carrots, this sounds unappealing for sure. I have never seen this, obviously its not sold in Kyrgyzstan. Its probably not made in Kyrgyzstan either.

  13. I don't know, I will inspect it in the future. It was written in Russian (I suppose it might be made both in Russia and Kirghizistan. My basic knowledge of Russian will let me read at least where it was produced.

  14. It's the same as asking Russians for some Russian dumplings (in Poland that's what they call potato and cheese stuffed dumplings). I guess people used to try to make food sound more exotic sometimes...but now we have planes and the internet and the truth comes out!