April 5 & 6, Maya Pencheva cooked up an amazing Bulgarian dinner!
Bulgarian Dinner Menu
Сок от Бъз
Elderberry Ice Tea
Elderflower isn’t just for cold and flu remedies! At home, my father would make this drink from scratch every summer. You may want to bring champagne, vodka or gin to create your own cocktail.
Mлечна салата, кьопоолу и бабините соленки
Yogurt salad, eggplant-pepper spread, and grandma’s cheese sticks
This combo is a perfect combination of colors and flavors! The creamy yogurt salad (yogurt mixed with diced cucumbers, walnuts, and fresh dill) compliments the garlicy eggplant-pepper spread (eggplant, roasted peppers, garlic and parsley). My grandma’s cheese sticks are the perfect utensil to sample both dips. Vegetarian. Gluten-free and vegan options are available upon request.
Шопска салата и Ракия
Shopska Salad with a shot of Rakia
This salad is a national dish of Bulgaria. Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and roasted peppers, are topped with green onions, parsley, and Bulgarian feta cheese (much creamier than its Greek cousin). Typically, the salad course is the longest course as we leisurely talk with friends and sip on rakia, the national drink of Bulgaria. There is no gathering without this grape brandy. NAZDRAVE! (for good health)! Vegetarian and gluten-free. Vegan version available upon request.
My mother taught me how to cook this classic Bulgarian dish. The base of diced potatoes, ground beef & pork, onions, and tomatoes is topped with a layer of eggs, yogurt, and touch of flour. Garnished with creamy dressing of yogurt, made from Bulgarian yogurt starter. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free versions available upon request.
Тиквеник и пясъчна сладка
Tikvenik and Sandy Cookie
My true passion is baking, so I’m happy to share two of my favorite desserts with you.
Tikvenik is a typical Christmas Eve dish, that can be eaten for breakfast or as a dessert. These rolls of handmade filo dough, are filled with shredded pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar, and walnuts. I’ve made sandy cookies so many times throughout the years, that they’ve become my signature cookies that everyone loves, and always wants more! The jam center are the star of these buttery cookies. Both desserts are vegetarian. Vegan and gluten-free desserts available upon request.