Friday, October 05, 2007

Kebab sessions...







Azerbaijan is a country where people like eating meat...yes, we do have vegetarians but not so many...I would say that there is a cult of food especially in the regions including Sheki. People are very attentive to what they are eating, everything is mostly organic and very fresh, the culture of frozen and "ready to eat" food hasn't reached there yet...And one of the most preferred meals of course is "kebab". We do not call it barbeque we call it kebab. There are many kinds of kebabs but the most known and classic is kebab from mutton. Kebabs are prepared on charcoal. I personally think that the smell that comes from the meat oil that drops on charcoal is one of the most appetizing smells in the world. Yes, I am being subjective, because I love to eat kebab. Usually kebabs are prepared by men in Sheki and we say that it is a masculine job, but on these pictures I have women who volunteered to prepare the meal. Also preparation of kebab involves preparations etc. Therefore I am posting some pictures where you can see how people are getting ready to cook. This kebab is being prepared in the mountains in an open air...that is why the scene is so casual...Apologies to people who are fasting...please do not read this post until you open your fast.
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3 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

I like this photo of the kebab and the ladies doing the cooking of it. Nice photography. It looks like the perfect location to have it too.

Sally said...

I like barbecures AND kebab. Here barbecue is the means of cooking, and kebab is a type of food...and yes, I really like barbecue cooked kebab! But I especially like barbecued chicken - it seems to be more flavoursome and retain more moisture. During summer we cook on the barbecue in the backyard (just outside the kitchen door) may nights a week.

Your scene in the outdoors is lovely - I guess living in a big city we don't do that too often, or often enough!

Meg in Nelson said...

Barbecue is also the responsibility of men, here, too, and recently New Zealand was criticized by a British scholar because we don't have enough vegetarians. Imagine that! Can you please send us a couple of skewers of your good stuff? Lamb, please; hogget (1 year old) if possible. Hee hee.