#136: Macedonia

Beware the Ides of March!

I love the idea of visiting the Ancient World with a trip to Macedonia on the week the Ides of March hit!! The continuity there is delicious– just like our meal (more on that below). The Ides refers to a portion of the month around the 15th that coincides with lunar movements. So you can have Ides of May or Ides of November….yet you never hear about those Ides. Why? Because thanks to Shakespeare, the March Ides are the day that Julius Caesar was stabbed in the back by 20 of his closest pals at the end of his famous play by the same name. That’s why one must beware these particular Ides. Don’t say I didn’t warn you… 😉 Sadly, I don’t think politics has really changed all that much.

THE DINNER: What do they eat in Macedonia? Well, to be completely honest, I never have given it much though because I think of Macedonia as being part of a time gone by. Now that I’m thinking about it, however, it occurs to me that it should be cross between Middle Eastern Food and Balkan Foods. It was just that. They gained Independence from Yugoslavia in 1993, so to be fair, it’s a young country but also an old country. The wonderfully mild climate means they get to harvest copious amounts of vegetables, herbs and fruits. Thus, Macedonian cuisine is particularly diverse and flavorful. We picked a dish called Pastrmajlija is a Macedonian Pizza topped with eggs and pork. Incidentally, this is such a thing in Macedonia that you can order it at Pizza Huts there!!

Pastrmajlija Recipe: http://diethood.com/macedonian-pizza/

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: ONE and a HALF STARS out of five this meal!
So homemade pizza dough? Turns out it’s not that hard to make!! I’m a little ashamed at how easy it actually is… apart from that, this one was really a dream. It was straight forward and simple.

Best dish of all time scale: FIVE STARS out of five for Meal!!
We’re on a roll! That’s two five stars in a row, which is nice after our little slump. We loved this one, but be ye warned, it was fiery! Lots of cayenne and the pepper was too much for my dad, but my mom and I loved it. I actually think this would make a great brunch treat because of the eggs, but it was nice for lunch. We added some green onions as garnish, but honestly, it really didn’t need a thing added. For those scared of the spice, a little ranch drizzle would clear that up nicely. The pork was really yummy though and instead of lard, we used butter as a substitute.

Next weekend we will be headed to El Salvador for a yummy #137!!

Et tu, Brute?
– L & K

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