20 Nov 2012

Cooking club - chinkali

This Friday we learnt how to make homemade chinkali with meat and cheese yumi :P


  • 1,2 kg flour
  • 2 coups warm water
  • pinch of salt
Filing with meat

  • 1 kg minced pork - beef
  • 4 onions - chopped very small
  • coriander,
  • parsley, 
  • 2  teaspoons (tsp) black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli peppers
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup beef broth / or water
Filing with cheese
  • 1 kg sulguni cheese
1. We mix minced meat with chopped onion and we add spices. At the end we add the water or beef broth (as much as meat  absorb water/broth) and mix thoroughly all

 2. Wipe off the cheese on the grater

Mix the flour with the salt, then knead gradually adding hot water so that the cake was soft and flexible. The cake should give a fairly thin roll and stick with the chinkali.

Roil cake quite thick, and then cut out a glass circle, and each rolled thinly to a round cake. At the centre we put a tablespoon of filing and stick chinkali.
Salted water we need to boil. Chinkali cook for about 15-20 minutes.


    Yesterday , Ala, Zosia and me we did our first EVS presentation in Ilia State University in Tbilisi. We were host in the big conference room with all materials ready for us (computer, microphones, screen…), so confortable ! Of course we were a little stressful 5 minutes before to start : how to do a dynamic presentation in front of more than 100 students …?! Will they be interested …?!

   To attract them we did some small games: guess our nationalities, quizz about EVS, videos, powerpoint… And finally it was successful : room totally full of people; 4 papers full of email addresses; first calling in office 2 hours after; and some people interested also to participate in our French and Polish clubs !

   Conclusion :  everyone  was satisfied , students because they learned about this opportunity to go abroad for free and help people ; and us because we felt active and we were in direct contact with Georgian youth !
                      An experience to repeat  !!! :)


Cooking club 2 - Pumpkin day

At the second meeting we had a pumpkin day. We prepared 3 dishes with this vegetable.

Pasta with pumpkin and butter
Ingredients for 2 portions:
  • pasta  
  • 1/2 half of small pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup of liquid cream 15%
  • 5 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 shallots - onion - chopped very small
  • 4 tablespoons grated Sulguni cheese
  • salt, pepper,
  • parsley,
  • nutmeg
Pumpkin peel and seed seeds. Cut into cubes. In a skillet, over low heat melt the butter, add chopped onions, season with salt and stew it slowly covering it, about 10 minutes, but not brown it. Add pumpkin and season with a pinch of nutmeg. I cover and stew slowly about 15 minutes under tender. I add the cream, 2 tablespoons Sulguni cheese, 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, season with salt and pepper. If the sauce is too thick I add a little hot water. For the sauce, I add cooked al dente pasta. Mix, sprinkle the remaining two tablespoons of Sulguni cheese.

Pasta with pumpkin and chicken in tomato sauce
Ingredients for 4 portions:

  • pasta
  • 300 g pumpkin, cut into small cubes
  •  2 medium double breast of chicken
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • tin of chopped tomatoes / or 4 tomatoes cut into cubes
  • tomato paste
  • 1 chili
  • oregano, cumin, curry
  • salt, pepper,
  • sulguni cheese  
Chicken washed, drought and cut into small cubes. In a skillet until golden brown. I add a small chopped onion and crushed garlic squeezed through. Fry moment until the onion is tender and pour in water. I throw a whole pumpkin and stew about 10 minutes. I add tomatoes and paste. Stew 5 minutes and add spices to taste. Stew pumpkin under tender. Cook pasta al dente in salted water. Sprinkle with grated Sulguni cheese on top.

Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin
The cake tin with a diameter of 22 cm
  •  3 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 130 g of sugar
  • 150 g melting and cool chocolate
  • 200 g grated pumpkin *
  • 200 g grind almonds 
  • 1 teaspoon of soda
  • 3 tablespoons corn flour
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • grated peel 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* If the pumpkin is too juicy, you can squeeze it gently

Preheat oven to 180 ° C. White of an eggs whip to stiff with a pinch of salt, egg yolk and sugar whip white mass, then add all the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Then add the white of an egg and stir gently. We put cake to springform pan and bake 45 minute.

icing on the cake: melt chocolate

* If the pumpkin is too juicy, you can squeeze it gently

Preheat oven to 180 ° C. White of an egg whip to stiff with a pinch of salt, egg yolk and sugar whip white mass, then add all the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Then add the white of an egg and stir gently. The weight of a greased springform pan translate and bake about 45 minutes.


8 Nov 2012

Youth Exchange „Green Stage“

On 23 October 2012 there was a theatre play about natural environment in the premises of the local gymnasium in New Rustavi. Actors of this performance were the young people of five different countries - Norway, Armenia, Poland, Latvia and Georgia, who were invited by our organization for an exchange called "Green Stage". The theme was theatre and ecology and the main objective was show to the others cultural difference in each country, to address global issues around the world and environmental problems in the participants´ countries. With this youth exchange young could realize the seriousness of the problem of environmental pollution and pollution of their surroundings. At the end all these issues were expressed in a theatre performance. During the ten days meeting the participants had an opportunity to show and express their views, find a hidden talent for theatre and think about the environment around them. On their own and also together as a group they were searching for solutions to improve the environment. Among participants there were professional actors but also amateurs and students of ecology. Together they created a play on how to treat the nature around us gently. The participants prepared the costumes, the plot, lighting and music themselves in the Scouthouse in Old Rustavi.


1 Nov 2012

Cooking club

Hey guys ! If you haven't noticed yet, on last Friday (25th October), Cooking Club started. It will take place every Friday at 5 pm in Scout house (Rustavi, Balanchivadze str. 9).

If you want to have a good time in international group of people and eat something that we prepare together - feel invited !

The idea of my Cooking Club is to  give everyone the opportunity to discover a passion for cooking. Familiarize participants with cuisine from different countries. Show that cooking can be a great way to spending leisure time. At first meeting we bake two cakes (chocolate and apple). We spend together great time, eating delicious cakes after.

And here are recipes :)

Chocolate tartCake:
  • 300 g flour
  • 200 g butter
  • 100 g powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 150 g butter
  • 150 g bitter chocolate
  • 5 g flour
  • 200 g powdered sugar
  • 4 egg
And: cocoa for dusting Sift the flour on the pastry board, add the rest of the ingredients, chop with a knife until just combined, quickly knead the cake, otherwise it will be hard. Cool 30 minutes. Smeared with butter spring form stick with the cake. Bake for 15 minutes at a temperature of 180-190. Melt the chocolate and butter, whip the eggs with the sugar and flour, added to the cooled chocolate. Fill the cake and bake until the filling hardens.

Apple tart
  • 100g flour
  • 50g oat flour from blanding oatmeal
  • 50g powdered sugar
  • 100g butter
  • yolk
  • pinch of salt
Butter, cut into pieces. It should be cold. Rub your fingers with flour, sugar and egg yolks, then knead the cake. Wrap with foil and store in the fridge for an hour. In the meantime, prepare the filling.Filling:
  • 4 apple
  • 2 table spoons of melt butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 table spoons of sugar
  • peelings from apple
  • 1/2 glass of sugar
  • 1/2 glass of water
  • pinch of cinnamon
Filling:Peel apples, keep the peel, remove seeds and cut into slices. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees. Lay off the spring form cake tin with baking paper and smeared with butter sides of form. Stick with the cake, make small holes with a fork and bake 10 minutes at this temperature and for another 15 reduce it to 180 degrees. Cool. Apples thick stack. Brush with butter, sprinkle with salt and sugar. Bake 30-40 minutes at 180 degrees.CarmelPeels, sugar, water, cinnamon fry for 15 minutes, stirring from time to time.  Remove the peel and pour over baked tart.