Albania

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Unusual Fact: Two thirds of the population of Albania subscribe to the Islamic faith.

Where is Albania?It is a south eastern European country near Bulgaria and Greece.

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Hello again and welcome to Albania. This week was interesting. The dish was OK. Angus gave it a rating of 1! He spat it out as soon as it was in his mouth. The Elly rating was 4 (it was disgusting). Mum gave it a rating of 6 and, finally, Dad gave it a rating of 7. We don’t recommend this dish. Though the greek salad was just OK. I ended up just eating the salad. The meat wasn’t that tender and the sauce was plain and unimpressive.

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Baked Lamb with Yogurt (Tave Kosi)

Serves: 6

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds lamb leg or shoulder

salt, to taste

freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

3/4 Cup butter

2 Tablespoons rice

2 Tablespoons oregano leaves, fresh

1/2 teaspoon; garlic, crushed

2 pounds yogurt

5 eggs; beaten

1 Tablespoon flour

Instructions

Cut meat into 4 serving pieces. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dot with 1/4 Cup butter and bake at 350 degrees with the oregano and garlic, basting now and then with pan juices, about 40 minutes, or until well browned. Stir rice into pan juices. Remove baking pan from oven and set aside while preparing yogurt sauce.

Combine yogurt with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in eggs until smooth. Set aside.

Melt remaining 1/2 cup butter and add flour. Saute until smooth. Add yogurt mixture and stir until smooth. Pour yogurt sauce in baking pan, stirring it with meat pieces, and bake at 375 degrees 45 minutes. Serve hot with a greek salad.

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