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Cooking Lesson in Tirana, Albania


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Guests are treated royally. I was not supposed to help in the kitchen - couldn't even clear the table or help with the dishes.
Every AM we had Turkish coffee prepared over a bunson burner. Second morning, I asked to try. Oops - I boiled it over. I was not allowed to make the coffee again.

Byrek is a traditional Albanian dish. You can buy it llittle shops and in all restaurants.
It is prepared with 18 layers of filo-like dough with various sauces between layers 6 and 12.
Grandmother planned to make it one day, so I asked for lessons.
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Demonstration

Demonstration


I get to try

I get to try


Faster, Faster says Xherrie

Faster, Faster says Xherrie


Grandma can't bear to watch me struggle.

Grandma can't bear to watch me struggle.


I am allowed to add the sauce

I am allowed to add the sauce

No one in Albania believes I can cook.

Posted by pscotterly 12:36 Archived in Albania

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