Celebration tour: Armenia.

Food is a celebration of life. Cooking is a celebration of culture.

Here in sunny South Africa, we are spoilt. We can choose from cuisines as far away as Malaysia and Germany to brand new local fusion creations.

We have access to the best vegetables and to fruits that are considered exotic in many places in the world.

We can grow anything and as a community, we are interested in trying everything.

Armenia is our first country to explore.

In their long colorful history, they were the first Christian State in the world and they enjoy good food and wine. For thousands of years, they protected their recipes and techniques, preserving it for future generations.

We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have the opportunity to enjoy their recipes and taste their flavor combinations. We celebrate their strength as a nation and hope you will learn more about this beautiful country and their soulful traditions.

Ghapama

For this unique taste sensation you will need :

  • Pumpkin
  • Rice
  • Raisins
  • Apricots
  • Apple
  • Almonds
  • Butter
  • Honey
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon/allspice/clove

Cut a lid into the well-washed pumpkin and discard the pips.

Fry all the dried fruit and nuts in butter and add honey. Mix this with half-cooked rice and place it back into the pumpkin. Bake the pumpkin in the oven till soft and done.

In order to transform this into a vegan dish, no butter or honey is used. For single servings, I used gem squash and cooked it in the microwave.

I served this with frozen Dollas butterbean “meatballs” and tomato-based sauce. It is a substantial meal and not difficult to cook.

The tutorial is available on our Facebook or IGTv.

Try this for something new.

Happy cooking Dollas.

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