Hello Everybody, here I am back again! 🙂
I was away for a while, back in Latvia, for our annual summer break. Although, it wasn’t quite a relaxing trip, it was wonderful, as always, – seeing everybody, meeting new friends, long summer nights, good time and, of course, FOOD. Unfortunately, time has gone so quickly, Im back to work now and struggling to find time to tell you all about the food we ate at home and other things I’d like to share with you. I’m going to ‘dish it out’ for you in small portions.
I’ll begin it with our trip to Lithuania, to be precise to Zarasai, which is so close to my home town that you can easily drive there for lunch, exactly what we did, as well as nice walk around the lake and stroll through the town.
As per food, Lithuanian cuisine it is very similar to Latvian one, because of their common heritage and it mainly features produce such as potatoes, cabbage, pork, barley, mushrooms, beets, berries and a lot of dairy based products. Of course, one of the first traditional dishes springs to mind it is Cepelinai, which is potato based dumplings, stuffed with minced meet (some times with mushrooms) and served with sour cream and bacon. It is almost a staple dish of the country. Unfortunately for us, the day we visited Lithuania must be very popular with the tourist and all Cepelinai were eaten way before we arrived. However, other dishes didn’t disapont us either, especially exceptional was the Beef tongue served under horseradish sauce and the fish and vegetable bake. We also tried a new drink (we never had before), called Suktinis, which is basically Honey Mead, quite strong but packed with flavours and is perfect for colder days. And Mark tried Pigs Ears for the first time and was pleasantly surprised because it is not as gross as it sounds at all! 🙂