Kavarma of Bulgaria

Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 11.06.03 AM.pngConsistency… A key skill to sustaining and becoming better in anything. Months had passed since I’d done the last international meal. The months in between Suriname and Bulgaria were difficult for a number of reasons: Spencer was extremely stressed with doctoral program auditions and his upcoming recital; going home in the spring for the passing of my cousin added more upheaval, dealing with grief and loss and sadness; figuring out our next life step and then making the actual transition happen, again, in my life. This time, it was from Toledo to Tucson. We moved in the early summer, spending a month at home before we made the journey.

That brings us to July 1st, our first official day in our new home in Tucson. I was in a familiar state of mind, similar to when I started this international cuisine journey – in a new place, lost, a little lonely, and in need of distraction from the work ahead of me. Bulgaria called, and I answered.

It was July 4th when we made this meal. Truthfully, I preferred this meal to the traditional hot dog, potato chips, and Apple pie. I was skeptical before I made it, for it didn’t seem out of the ordinary or special. Kavarma proved to be a delightful surprise, and made our first weekend in Tucson memorable.

Similar to Pom, its a casserole/stew that cooks in the oven for several hours. The difference is the use of white wine. The pork is cooked in it prior to the oven time, and the white wine makes it taste like a more sophisticated dish. For the record, I actually made this a second time for my parents when they visited us in Tucson. It was a hit both times.

Ingredient List

  • Pork
  • Onion
  • Leek
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Bell pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • White wine
  • Sunflower or vegetable oil
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Bay leaves
  • s + p

Quick Quotes

S: “This dish *laughs* is probably the most surprising dish so far.”

T: “Lovely. Comfort food + wine = Good!”

Dad, Ed: “I love Fruity’s stew and Spencer’s ambiance. They make a good team. Conversation was delightful, set off by Bulgarian music.”

Mom, Julie: “Good even on a hot day. Good, yet light, stew.”

Trivial Trifles

  • The capital of Bulgaria is Sofia
  • The official language is Bulgarian
  • Bulgaria has a wide array of plant and animal species, due to the interaction between the climatic, hydrological, geological and topographical conditions – making Bulgaria one of the countries with the highest biodiversity in Europe.
  • Bulgaria has some of the oldest trees in the world, including the Granit oak and the Baikushev’s pine.
  • Bulgarian ‘Bon-Bon’ Viktor Krum, the world’s greatest living seeker in the game of Quidditch, is actually a fictional Harry Potter character.
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