Blue Man; More Azeri Food
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Bapopik at AOL.COM
Sat May 18 19:55:07 UTC 2002
Greetings from Tblisi, Georgia.
Last night, there was no internet in my caravanserai in Sheki, Azerbaijan. Actually, there was no electricity, either.
Azerbaijan is a country that has lots of oil and gas. Sheki is a country town with high unemployment since its silk factory closed. I asked my tour guide a stupid question: How can an oil and gas country not provide electricity to its citizens? Has the boom done anything for a town like Sheki? Touring the falling-apart elementary school was depressing. My tour guide informed me that the Azeri president is a rich man, and there has been some corruption. It makes you both sad and angry.
I attended a "Georgian table" today. Our toastmaster gave toasts to health, happiness, women, children, our meal providers, the musicians, the bus driver...
BLUE MAN: From AZERBAIJAN (2001) by Mark Elliott, pg. 49: "Blue man" is a pejorative term for "gay" so wearing your favourite old Blues Brothers T shirt might be misconstrued!
(I was told that this comes from "blue boy," and it's used in Russia as well--ed.)
LA CUISINE AZERBAIDJANAISE
I picked this up at Sheki. It's about 60 pages, without page numbers. It was available only in French.
KHAMRACHI (soupe aux haricots et aux nouilles)
CHORBA AU POULET
GRILLAGE A L'AZERBAIDJANAISE
CHACHLIK DE MOUTON
KIALIAM-DOLMASSY (feuilles de choux farcies)
YARPAG-DOLMASSY (feuilles de vigne farcies)
KOUTABS A LA VIANDE
KOUTABS AU LEGUMES
KOUTABS DE PLANTES SAUVAGES
POIVRONS FARCIS MARINES
TOMATES ET AUBERGINES EN MARINADE
OVMA DE CHEKI-FIATIR
GATEAUX "LES FRUITS D'AZERBAIDJAN"
KHALWA DE GRAINS DE BLE
CONFITURE DE NOIX
CONFITURE DE COINGS
CONFITURE DE CORNOUILLES
CONFITURE D'ECORCES DE PASTEQUES
CONFITURE DE CERISES BLANCHES
SORBET AU SAFRAN
SORBET AU SUCRE
SORBET AU CITRON
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