An Unexpected Vegan Treat

25 October 2010 at 00:01 3 comments

On my recent trip to the Nagorno Karabakh region, I made my way into an open-air produce market. My stash of pickled cabbage was running low, so I decided to buy some more. But as soon as I entered, my focus drifted off towards the delicious smell of freshly baked bread and herbs. Following my nose, I soon spot a group of women preparing treats. I forget about the pickled cabbage and head straight to the street vendors.

The Pickled Goodies Stand...

I'm Getting Hungry!

I watch them as I’m waiting for my bread to cook: they begin by mixing (I’m told) seven locally grown herbs into a bowl, adding nothing other than a little oil and salt.

Then they place the herb mixture over a thin layer of dough and wrap it. Try to imagine a vegan fresh herb calzone…once wrapped, the women then cook the bread over low heat until golden brown. And voila! My bread is finally ready and I chomp right into it…the herbs are steaming hot and full of flavor. I recognize basil, parsley and dill, but the other four herbs are a mystery to me. The bread is, well, just awesome.

The Baked Calzone...

In my time as a Kiva Fellow in Armenia, I have most enjoyed the  personal connections I’ve made with borrowers. These bread ladies are proud and passionate about their work, and I can taste it in every bite!

Entry filed under: KF12 (Kiva Fellows 12th Class). Tags: , , , , , , .

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  • 1. emine  |  2 November 2010 at 01:31

    Thanks for sharing your experience

  • 2. charmaine  |  25 October 2010 at 01:04

    What a wonderful description of what you saw at the market. Loved it! Thank you for sharing it with us.

    • 3. vanickd  |  26 October 2010 at 05:37

      I’m glad you liked it!


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