Cooking and sharing a meal always brings people together and we proved this true again on a cold winter night in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan. 10 students and 2 staff members cooked and ate a delicious meal together and had fun learning new recipes and sharing conversation.
Read more about how food brings people together and the Dinner Basket Project that started in Nelson, Canada:
Anisa Abibulloeva, cook extraordinaire from Dushanbe, Tajikistan taught some easy recipes to students and staff who need both good nutrition and comfort food. The highlight was a cheesey garlic bread that was so gooey and delicious both big French loaves disappeared in minutes.
Recipe for Anisa’s Cheesey Garlic Bread
2 cups of grated cheddar and parmesan cheese
2 cloves crushed garlic
2 Tablespoons fresh dill, parsley and chives (or whatever fresh or dried herbs you have available)
salt, pepper, enough olive oil or butter to help the cheese stick together
- Slice loaf of bread not quite through so the pieces are still attached to the bottom of the loaf.
- Stuff the cheese mixture between the slices of bread (loaves a couple days old are best so they are not too soft).
- Wrap in foil and make for 15 minutes at 350 degree F. until crispy on the outside and all the cheese is melted and gooey on the inside.
- Tear off chunks to eat with a winter hearty soup!
Anisa’s Fast Easy Thai Salad
cucumbers, tomatoes, coloured peppers, 1/2 cup of cooked beef or chicken, soya sauce, sesame oil (bit of chili sauce if you want some spice).
- Cut cucumbers into long 2 inch pieces.
- Chop tomatoes in chunks.
- Slice peppers into long strips.
- Lightly cook peppers in a tiny bit (still crisp but warmed through).
- Lightly saute cooked chicken.
- Toss all the vegetables and chicken with a tablespoon of soya sauce and a tsp of sesame oil.
- Add some sweet chili sauce or chopped chilies if you want a spicier dish.