The Bulgarians love the nice table and the delicious dishes, the good wine and brandy. The Bulgarian table is before all a ritual and an opportunity for beloved people and friends to gather together and celebrate the occasion. Every region has rituals and rites of its own connected with the table. The result is a wonderful mixture of beautiful culinary views, aromas and tastes beyond explanations.
Why are the Bulgarian yoghurt and cheese so delicious?
Lets disclose this secret. They are made of the milk of cows, sheep and goats that have grazed at pastures rich in fragrant herbs. Milk which has in it much of the power of the still virgin nature of Bulgaria.
The Bulgarian yoghurt
It is a diary product, which is the result of milk`s fermentation. The name of the main micro-organism is Lactobacillus Bulgaricus and one can find it in its natural state only at the territory of Bulgaria. The Bulgarian yoghurt has an exceptionally favorable effect upon human health. It balances the micro flora of the stomach, dissociates the harmful substances and strengthens the immune system.
The Bulgarian brine cheese
It is a unique national product which is made in our land from ancient times. Its origin is connected to the way of living of the ancient inhabitants which processed the milk with various products. The cheese is made of pre-heated milk which is cooled and then is made sour with the help of cheese sourdough and enzymes. Then it is filtrated and left to ripen for at least 45 days. Last step is to be salted and packed in boxes containing brine.
The cold yoghurt soup is a very popular summer soup. The necessary ingredients are yoghurt, chopped cucumber and dill, some nuts and salt to taste. All these whipped with water.
The Bulgarian cuisine will not be complete without the Bulgarian barbeque. The preparation of it is a ritual, which is not to be missed. A whole skewered lamb is being roasted on fire for 6 or 7 hours, while being slowly turned around and poured on with sauce to keep it juicy. In the mean time the people keep the the spirits high with glasses of heavy red wine and various appetizers. The most popular meat is pork, but also chicken and veal. Beef is not widely spread.
No wander a man feels like singing! And no wander that the Bulgarians are so cheerful people!