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Stories and thoughts about my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova

Fried Green Tomatoes

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So, work for me has been a bit slow the past two weeks and honestly I have been spending way too much of my time on Facebook or just checking out new websites and blogs.  The blogs are killing me, I love reading food blogs, and I get fun ideas and see great pictures of all sorts of recipes that I want to try.  My parents can vouch, they tried many of my recipes and heard me say more than once, “I found it on a blog, I want to try it.”  During training my blog reading was non-existent, I used my host sisters computer and had other things to look at in the short windows of time I was on her computer.  But, now that I am at site, I can’t stop.

Earlier this week I came across this blog, which got me exploring and onto this blog.  As I was scrolling through her recipes, I saw a picture and a link for Fried Green Tomatoes, and all I could think about was all the lovely tomatoes in my host family’s garden.  I even told my host mom how I wanted to make them “Eu vreau sa fac rosii verzi prajite,” (probably not correct grammar, but I didn’t care).  She told me she understood, and then we didn’t talk about it.  Tonight I had plans to be away from my house during dinner and last minute they changed, but I never told my host mom, she had not planned on making me dinner.  So during the afternoon I thought about what I could make myself on my first cooking experience in Moldova! My brain came back to the tomatoes, I went to the recipe, wrote out the stuff I needed, translated in Romanian of course ;).  And surprisingly, I found every ingredient I was looking for!

When I arrived at home, she was surprised to see me, and I told her that I would prepare my own dinner, and I asked if I could take some green tomatoes from the garden.  I relaxed for a bit then made myself dinner, and my first attempt at fried green tomatoes worked out, my host mom even tried them and said they were “gustos!”

Not quit as pretty as the picture on the blog, but she is a professional, I am still learning.

Noapte Buna!


Author: Mary O

Hi, I'm Mary. I am orignally from Spokane Wash., where I lived for 20 years of my life. I went to school in Bellingham Wash, at Western Washington University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In June 2011, I moved to Moldova for the Peace Corps. In the Peace Corps, I am an Agribusiness and Rural Development Volunteer, and live in a town called Riscani, which is about 3 hours northwest of the capital city. I love Moldova, but there are somedays where I really miss all my friends and family in the States! Email me if you have more questions!

One thought on “Fried Green Tomatoes

  1. they sure look good, even if they are icky ol’ tomatoes 🙂 Thanks for the support Mary, If there was anything you could do, I know you’d be there.

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