Red Sands: Reportage and Recipes Through Central Asia, from Hinterland to Heartland by Caroline Eden

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  • Sour cherry borscht

    • mjes on May 22, 2021

      Okay, I was watching Great British Menu and noting all the beets ... which led me to thinking of Eastern European borscht ... which led me to my cookbook with a variety of Russian borscht ... which made me think that I'd seen an interesting Central Asian borscht recipe somewhere. Thank you EYB - I found it! I used dried sour cherries and ignored the gherkins to serve but, oh my, this is an excellent borscht. Grating the beets and carrots kept an interesting texture. I'd love to know that it taste like the next day but am not sure how much one would have to make for there to be any left after dinner, evening snack, midnight snack ... did I say I loved it!

    • jungliemonkey on November 24, 2020

      I was a bit short on sour cherries, so made up the difference with golden berries, which were probably a bit much... However, "user error" aside, this borscht was absolutely fantastic! Deep, rich, and tasty.

  • Canned peach and sour cream cake

    • jungliemonkey on November 24, 2020

      I should have added my sour cream bit by bit to the icing to get the consistency right, as mine turned out far too liquid! However, the cake itself was a triumph. Light, moist, and delicious. Will definitely be making this again.

  • Steamed pumpkin khunon

    • jungliemonkey on November 29, 2020

      The amount of dough here actually rolls out to more like 5x30cm for each. With the amount of filling I had, that made 12 good-sized dumplings, with dough left over. Delicious, particularly with a small amount of sour cream and the accompanying hot sauce recipe!

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  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    Through the author’s thoughtful narrative I am taken on a trip through Central Asia and gifted with beautiful photography and dishes that make me feel as I am along with her on this journey.

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  • ISBN 10 1787134822
  • ISBN 13 9781787134829
  • Published Nov 17 2020
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Quadrille Publishing

Publishers Text

The follow-up to the award-winning Black Sea, Caroline Eden's Red Sands is a journey through the places, peoples and food of the 'Stan' countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. These areas of Central Asia are little known ("the last sizable 'blank on the map'") but hugely significant in terms of world history, conflict and culture. Caroline explores this little-explored region through a series of essays and recipes, with descriptions and photographs that transport the reader to another world through the lens of food.

With unprecedented access to communities and locations as yet undiscovered by westerners, Caroline uncovers unique stories about forgotten people and places.


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