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做一天和尚撞一天锺

Dear friends…

Happy Thanksgiving! Life here has been somewhat busy and my projects never did get completely organized enough for me to post a comprehensive list. However, work is still progressing and I’m thankful for that. I miss all of you and would go home if I didn’t have a job to do here. I’m thankful for the phone calls, video calls, and letters. Life here can sometimes slow down to a crawl and I don’t know how I’d stay sane without you.

When I really am alone, though, food is sometimes comforting. I’m not going to any Thanksgiving dinners this year because of some classes that need to be taught, but don’t feel too bad for me; I stocked up on some treats for myself when I visited town on Monday. Here’s a photo of smoked salmon on ciabatta:

But the real pièce de résistance is the foie gras. I picked up two beautiful lobes at the store – just over 300 grams – for under 8 dollars. I don’t have the right dish yet for terrine de foie gras, so my only option for now is to sauté. For now, things are simple, but I’ve got my eyes set on poaching some foie gras au torchon and serving it alongside brioche. Here’s a picture of the small lobe, sautéed, with oyster mushrooms, pomelo, and a balsamic vinegar reduction. Yes, I know that my plating is hideous; I’m lazy and I don’t have a long rectangular plate with me anyways.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of the other volunteers at the In-Service Training Conference in Plovdiv on Sunday. Bulgaria is a small country, and yet everyone still experiences something different at their own site, unique even from those of other volunteers less than an hour away. And of course, simply traveling around to see some new scenery would be very welcome. I’ve already accepted that wanderlust is incurable. It doesn’t hurt, though, that plane tickets and train rides help ease the symptoms.

Daniel

4 Comments

  1. Posted December 3, 2010 at 4:01 am | #

    From those beautiful food pics I would never guess that you are in Bulgaria. Nice to see you in Plovdiv!

  2. Shelby
    Posted December 11, 2010 at 5:47 am | #

    Just heard about your blog through Evangeline and I love reading about your experience over there! Hope all is well :) That smoked salmon is making me hungry.

  3. Evangeline
    Posted December 13, 2010 at 11:12 am | #

    more photos please :)

    some questions/requests:
    how cold is it in Bulgaria now?

    can you ask some Bulgarian grandma to tell you a “traditional story” and then type that story here?

    hope you’re doing better these days. you’re in my prayers!

  4. Posted December 24, 2010 at 2:07 am | #

    Blog mo!

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