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Cooking in Räpina

Cooking in Räpina

On the 28th of September, a week before the end of my project, I cooked a national dish in the kindergarten where I’d been volunteering for 6 months.

This dish is called Dolma and it’s cooked in many countries of Balkans, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Middle East. The type of Dolma that i cooked is called Three Sisters and is mainly made during the summer since there should be fresh vegetables. Many of my colleagues joined me in the kitchen helping, watching and asking questions about this dish. They were very surprised to see how long it takes to cook it. We started at 9:00 and the meal was ready at 13:30! Thankfully, it was worth it and all my colleagues enjoyed this meal. I’m very thankful for the support and help that i got from them.

Here are some pictures of the prosess:


Me talking about the dish and explaining the proses of cooking it. P.s I’m not angry, it’s just a normal expression of my face😊
First step – cleaning the vegetables. My coworkers have joined me to help.

My sweet tutor cutting the onions and crying through laughter 😊
Me explaining how to cut the eggplant accurately. My colleague is so serious about learning how to cook this😊
Everybody is working so hard… except for the woman in green – I see you 😊
Cleaning those huge eggplants took most of the time. In Azerbaijan eggplants are way smaller!

Getting the stuffing ready. I loved how it came out – meat, inner parts of eggplants and tomatoes, onions, greens and spices… better than I had expected.
Cooking the meat before putting it inside the vegetables. In our culture it’s important to cook the meat properly since we don’t eat half raw meat.
Getting those vegetables ready for the oven!
Can’t wait till they’re out!
Sooo here we are!!! 😊 looks delicious!
Nati helping me to cut those huge eggplants and peppers.
The table is ready! Head isu!
The woman in green is thinking: “To eat or not to eat?”
I’m like: “You should say that it is delicious!”
My director giving me flowers for my hard work 😊 so sweet of her!
Hugs and warm words! I’m gonna miss this team!

Aytaj Asgarova stayed in Estonia for 6 months within the project “Boost the Mind III” which is funded by Erasmus+ European Voluntary Service program.

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