Do you like travel? And delicious food? In a series of texts, Webcafe.bg will take you on a journey through the most delicious corners of the country, and our faithful travel companions will be a fabulous chicken and a magical chef.
When we call chicken “awesome,” we’re not using a metaphor. It’s about the French brand of chicken Le PouletGrown in Bulgaria.
Le Poulet is fabulous and has nothing to do with the term “broiler”. It grows in an empty region of Bulgaria – in the village of Banya near the Zhrebchevo dam.
It is grown according to the proven standards of French producers, and French cuisine has always paid special attention to the quality of each product in its recipes, especially when it comes to meat.
Together with Le Poulet, chef Filip Spasov embarked on the adventure of finding and cooking old Bulgarian home recipes, especially for us with the taste of the wonderful French chicken.
After the delicious recipes Crane, Kyustendil, Edges the danube and The magical Rhodopes, now it’s time to look to Eastern Bulgaria with a recipe for light chicken soup. The area it comes from is often associated with seafood and fish soup. However, it is true that Varna has long-standing culinary traditions and they are not limited to what the sea gives us.
The coastal flavor of Chef Spasov and Le Poulet’s soup is mostly carried by the thick breath of bay leaf and the citrus note of lemon.
It’s a great soup for both the cold windy seaside months and the hot summer months, when warm chicken soup with plenty of lemon juice and finely chopped parsley can neutralize any hangover and banish even the slightest heat-induced discomfort.
Here we provide the recipe for light chicken soup from Varna and the method of preparation – in the gallery below the photos.
Necessary products for 4 servings:
Le Poulet whole chicken – 1 piece.
Carrots – 300 g
White onion – 300 g
Bunch of parsley – 1 piece.
Chicken broth – 200 ml
Oil – 100 g
Package of noodles – 1 piece.
Celery head – 300 years
bay leaf – 1 piece.
Black pepper – 10 pcs.
Lemon – 1 piece.
While the soup is simmering, let’s see what adventures we can plan around Varna. Apart from the beach, of course, where even on a winter day, if it’s a little calmer and sunnier, you can have an unforgettable picnic with the most wonderful view in the world, of the gently swaying sea.
If there is one area around Varna itself that you have probably never thought of stopping by, then it has to be the town of Devnya. The museum is a place you won’t regret going to ancient Marcianopolis. It presents the largest collection of mosaics in Bulgaria, and is built on them. You will be surprised by the beautiful works that decorated the walls of the houses of our famous ancestors. In front of the museum building there are also the remains of the ancient city of Marcianople, with the two main streets clearly visible.
A little more difficult to reach is another landmark, located not far from Varna – Petrich Street. It is an early Byzantine fortress, built on suitable massive rocks. XII. According to the descriptions of an Arab traveler in the 16th century, there was a rich, large and beautiful city in this place. Petrich Kale is located near the town of Beloslav, near Razdelna station. An unpaved road and a poorly marked mountain path lead to the fort.
Petrich Kale is now distinguished from afar mainly by the raised and illuminated metal cross at the edge of the crown of rock. It has been there since the fall of 2015 in the town of Razdelna as a reminder of the devastating flood at the beginning of the year. One of the main attractions of this place is the narrow stair passage in the rocks leading to the stairwells of the fort.
If you think there is no desert in Bulgaria, you are wrong. “Struck Stones” – one of the most interesting natural attractions of our country – is actually the only naturally formed desert in Eastern Europe. Fortunately, it is located 18 km from Varna, between Sunny, Strashimirovo and Povelyanovo Devne district, and has been there for the last… 50 million years.
The beaten stones themselves (from Turkish – Dikilitash – trans. Beaten stones) are limestone columns, five to seven meters high and with a different cross-section. They don’t have a solid base, but they are filled with sand inside. There are several theories about their origin. By organic, we are talking about coral organisms that have acquired their current form over time.
The inorganic version is defined as the result of the weathering of the rock to the formation of sand-limestone solidifications. To protect it from attacks, Pobitite Kamani was declared a protected natural landmark in 1937. Today, they look like the remains of an ancient temple or a mysterious alien landing site. Definitely the Stonehenge of Bulgaria!
Thirty-three kilometers from Varna, there is another place you may not have heard of – “Ak Yazale Baba” tekke in the village of Obrochishte. It is a legendary place that unites Christianity and Islam in one, because two saints are worshiped in this place – Ak Yazale Baba and his Christian counterpart Saint Atanas. The architectural complex itself was once large and impressive.
Today, two identical buildings remain from it – one is a mausoleum, and the other – an imaret – the place where dervishes performed their rituals and received guests. The whole complex was built in the 13th-14th century. Today, in its center is the tomb of the Muslim saint, who was a real person, a healer and a miracle. It is believed, like him, that the place has healing powers, which is why pilgrims from both religions are here throughout the year.
Photographer: Mira Dermendzhieva
Place: METRO Academy