This is going to be another geography lesson where my library had nothing for me. I searched around for interesting things to learn about Azerbaijan, and basically found out they really like rugs, and there are some really interesting foods, but nothing I could twist around to help my library out to find some good books. That means, our Azerbaijan unit is light on resources and ideas but made a fun addition to our Europe Unit.
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I searched around the webs and found a few websites with really interesting facts, like I said, but nothing that led to a book from the library.
Then I headed over to YouTube and found a few videos to watch together:
Quick question for you, what continent do you think Azerbaijan is on?
My official list of Europe from
UN (I think, I need to double-check that, nope it was Countries of the World) listed Azerbaijan as part of Europe, but I’d always thought of it as part of Central Asia.
Of course, they also list Azerbaijan in Asia…
Oh wait, they give an explanation on their website, Azerbaijan is one of several countries that crosses the border between Asia and Europe and thus is on both continents. That makes sense now.
Azerbaijani Chicken bites with fried garlic yogurt sauce
I scrolled through several recipes on the site up above until I found one with ingredients I could find at my grocery store. I was intrigued by one with barberries, but it only used a small amount and all packages of the berries were at least a pound. So, I ended up creating Azerbaijani chicken bites with fried garlic yogurt sauce. I could find everything on that list in my local HEB.
Also, total honesty it looked fairly easy, and after all the work I did for the Belarus crepes (which were good), I wanted easier.
- 5 chicken breasts, diced
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic mashed
- salt and red chili pepper flakes to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- pita or tortilla bread
- Heat oil and cook the chicken adding salt and red chili pepper flakes to taste.
- While the chicken is cooking, mash the garlic and then dice it.
- In a pan with 1 tablespoon oil, add Greek yogurt, mashed garlic, turmeric, and pinch of salt.
- Fry the yogurt for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Spread fried chicken nd garlic yogurt sauce on the bread and roll it.
- 5 chicken breasts diced
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (honestly, I would actually double the sauce)
- 2 cloves garlic mashed (I then minced it)
- salt and crushed red pepper to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- tortillas (pita bread would be better, but I couldn’t find it)
Let’s make this recipe!
- Heat the oil in a pan, and cook the chicken seasoning with salt and crushed red chili to taste.
- While the chicken is cooking mash and mince the garlic.
- In another pan, heat some oil then add the Greek yogurt, minced garlic, turmeric, and pinch of salt. Fry the yogurt for 2 minutes stirring frequently.
Spread the fried chicken and garlic yogurt sauce on the tortilla, roll it up, and enjoy.
So, I followed the recipe and found that when we made the food, there just wasn’t quite enough sauce for the food. As a general rule, Jeff and the boys found it a little bland. My struggle was, in order for it not to be bland for them, it would have to be too spicy for Princess, so I erred on the side of Princess this time. Partially I was really unsure just how to get the right amount by shaking it out over the chicken as I cooked it.
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All right, now I’m going to disappear back into the sewing machine. I’ve got three costume pieces to get done, and if I miraculously have time, I need to get a dress done for me.