Tarragon Soda

If you haven’t heard of it, try it. It smells wonderful and tastes just as delicious. I found it while wandering through a shop called Sasha’s International Market in San Antonio, Texas. The market has Eastern European food/drinks with a focus on Russian specialties (the shop will have its own post on my blog).

Tarragon is used medicinally as well cooking, and is definitely my favorite herb. When I read “tarragon” and it looked like a liquid I got so excited. The idea of tarragon soda was invented in Georgia (the country), and is very popular in Russia, and other Eastern European countries.

I personally have never seen this offered in any grocery store, though maybe I haven’t looked hard enough.

Enjoy!

Djuvec Rice

Djuvec rice is both a Serbian and a Bosnian dish. Found in the Balkans, the rice is very easy to make and delicious.

The main ingredients to use are: paprika, red bell pepper, onion, carrots, tomatoes, and something green. I mix it between parsley and peas.

My recipe: Heavy Vegetables: 1 onion, 1 red 1 yellow bell pepper, 3 carrots. Light vegetables: 3 tomatoes, 4 garlic cloves Spices: 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp marjoram 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp of salt. Rice: 1 cup rice with 2 cups chicken stock

Instructions: Sauté heavy vegetables in oil or butter until semi-soft, then add tomatoes and garlic. Keep cooking for 2 minutes. Add rice, spices, and stock (start with 1/2 cup then add until rice is fully cooked).