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An Incomplete List of Foods Eaten in Mongolia

6 Mar

This was written months ago.  If you are Mongolian without influence from the west your diet consists mostly of  meat, milk and dried and fermented dairy products, wheat noodles/dough, water, tea and salt.  The meat and dairy come from a variety of domestic cattle: cow, sheep, goat, horse, yak, camel, reindeer.

NB: all name and spelling errors are due to my ignorance and misunderstanding

aarts: a fermented ricotta-cheese type product.  We ate it cooked with rice and milk and sugar.  Different but nice. Has a tangy tsate.

hua jiao – a coriander-sized dried citrus fruit with a single black seed that smells spice/fruity/peppery which when sucked +/or chewed gives off a substance which makes lips, tongue and mouth tingle progressively more and more the longer in contact.  Alarmingly so! Think electric fence. Started out as a pleasant fruity taste.  Often used in conjunction with the very hot red pepper sauce.


Breakfasts: homemade yoghurt, bread, milk, tea

-milky cooked millet –sometimes with star anise and sugar

-bread and jam and milky tea

-milky sweetened rice

-bread and milk


Suppers:  Lahgman Manti–bean noodles,  ground meat and onions with a two toppings a) raw garlic ground with salt mixed with yoghurt and b) very hot red ground dried red peppers mixed with oil.  I forwent the second.

Narun: a Kazakh dish: boiled cut up horse with onions, carrots, potatoes, and noodles in the broth.  Kirsty taught me to make Mongolian noodles. Rounds of dough (flour and water) rolled very thin, lightly oiled, rolled up and steamed.  Then unrolled and cut or broken in pieces.

Laghman topping on rice: potatoes (lots) cabbage, red bell peppers, onions, beefe, black vinegar, laodza (the hot red pepper sauce)


Lunches and Snacks:  toasted, popped,  hulled buckwheat (this was tremendously wonderful–made by in a dry skillet)

-huushuur and pineapple Fanta.  Huushuur is a circle of  dough 6-7″ around lightly filled with cooked ground meat and onion, folded over, sealed and deep-fat fried.  Very nice.  Ate these with college students before going to visit the children in the holding facility.

-Mantibuuz: steamed dumplings: 4-5″ circles of yeast dough filled with ground raw cow head meat, onions.  Hannahd and Ganbaat made these.  They were very filling and delicious.  There is also buuz, made with a plain dough which i did not have.

-tea with small thick round sweetened biscuits flavored with orange oil, some dusted with confectionary sugar.

-Fried bread (kirsty’s) with onions and fried cheese

-rice with a fried egg on top

-Russian ice cream bar, Mongolian ice cream bars.  The Mongolian chocolate ones are especially nice.

The Ice Queen Returneth

19 Feb

You missed the 50 degree day.   The chickens loved it.  They were out scratching around all day.  The constant drumbeat of dripping melting snow continued unabated. The snow receded.  The rain troughs all were running full tilt. There were actual spots of green grass under the trees.

We woke up, almost unbelievably, to new inches of snow, cold, and high winds.  Well, the high winds were here yesterday, too.  It was so nice though that today ‘s winter return is difficult to grasp.  The roads are terrible; the class Hawthorne and I take was canceled!  It is still snowing.  It is still blowing.  It is cold.  The roads are still snow covered and greasy.

Our son has been house and cat sitting for a neighbor who has been off having sailing adventures. Isaac came over about 8.15 this morning and returned to the house about 3.45 this afternoon–and came right back with
news that a tree had gone down.  It was a very big tree.

The good news: it missed the house. If it had not, the house would have been crushed.  Isaac wasn’t there so it missed his car. It would have crushed it as it fell across the driveway. The electric lines are intact.

The not so good news:  the telephone line is down. Jay and I just returned from cutting and moving a few of the small limbs so when a car is parked or backed up to turn around they will not get scratched.  Also Jay removed the telephone wire from out of the way.

When I saw it, I thought “And L thought she was returning to a sedate life!  Ha!”

Power Parachute

16 Jul

Two of us returned Thursday from seeing niece J off on her return trip.  Early that morning P came with his power parachute.  He uses my father’s landing strip.  He was going to take photos of someone’s home and allowed me to come with him.

This is the “wing” of the aircraft.  My seat was behind and slightly above the pilot.  Feet rest on bars similar to a motorcycle.   Heavy three point safety harness and crash helmets.  Thin metal tubing.  A small engine.  A three foot diameter small gauge rotor.  And the air all around.  About as close to being a bird as one can get.

That small shadow in the lower right is the parachute.  What we are sitting on is almost too small to show up.  Where I hail from it is flat land.  The bright green is alfalfa, the blue green is cabbage that was being harvested.  Dark green upper right is corn.Yellow in mid-left is a harvested wheat field.

Here is P taking a photo.  He can fly without hands!  For a few moments.

We flew for about and hour and a half at about 1000-1200 feet most of the time.  It was incredible.  Wonderful.

Here we come in to land.

The hangar, his vehicle and trailer, the landing strip.  Corn on two sides, alfalfa on one and a harvested wheat field.  And the monster electric lines..

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