Friday, June 18, 2010

weakness of nationalism at The Office

Editor Colleague: You know, maybe we should stop feeling so happy the US tied it up. After all, no one here even cares about soccer. That's all Slovenia has.

YT: Shh!! Stop! Be strong of mind and will!! Slovenia has plenty.

Marketing Director: Like what?

YT: Like... delicious cuisine.

MD: Oh yeah? Like what?

YT: Uh. [I'm not sure, so I scramble to look up "Slovenian Cuisine" on Wikipedia, and come up with this]. It says right here that... "There is no such thing as Slovenian cuisine..."

EC: Exactly.

Fight Wikipedia, my friends! Send me your best Slovenian recipes. Go US!


Josin L. McQuein said...

Who doesn't like Goulash?


* 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
* 2 pounds beef stew meat
* 1 can beef broth
* 1 cup onion, chopped
* 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
* 2 Tablespoons paprika
* ½ teaspoon salt
* ¼ teaspoon black pepper
* ⅓ cup water
* 3 Tablespoons flour
* 2 cups cooked egg noodles

To make:

1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the beef and cook until sides are browned.
2. Add beef broth, onion, tomato paste, paprika, salt, and pepper.
3. In a bowl, mix the water and flour, stirring to remove lumps. Stir the flour mixture into the pot with a wooden spoon.
4. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1 to 1½ hours, or until meat is tender; stir occasionally.
5. Serve over hot noodles.

Makes 5 to 6 servings.

Josin L. McQuein said...

Forgot to say --

That recipe came off "food by country"s Slovenia page.

E.J. Wesley said...

We were jobbed! Worst official EVER ...

Didn't Van Helsing kill something in Slovenia? What more could they want?

Barb said...

Don't worry about the food, let's all have shots of Rakija!

JEM said...

Goulash is Slovenian? Thanks, Slovenia! I love that stuff!

Also, just glancing at Josin's comment I read "vegetable meat." Gross and delicious.

hampshireflyer said...

Anything Austrian or Hungarian would probably be Slovenian enough for your purposes right now.

There is also a pizzeria in the capital of Slovenia that makes more than a hundred varieties - though somehow that might not prove your point as well as the goulash...

Claire Dawn said...

A friend of mine is of the same opinion. The rest of the world isn't forming American Footbal teams, why is the US pretending to care about (the real) football?

Since Japan pays the bills, I'm supporting them as well as my real fave team, Holland.

No Slovenian recipes. All I know about Slovenia, is this is it's first time on its own in the World Cup since it used to be a part of the nation formally known as starts with Cz, which I can't spell.

Leona said...

See? Now this is why I nominated you for versatile blog award. :D to see the nominees LOL

Seems to be a fun award passed from blogger to blogger but I did my part. I sincerely hope people look today :)

word verification bleuted: new Slovenian dish

Travis Erwin said...

This gave me quite the smile. Keep up the good fight Moonie.

Jennifer said...

Goulash is eaten all over eastern Europe, actually. I would presume that includes Slovenia, but I'm only really familiar with SloVAKian cuisine.

Which includes such gems as piroghi (sp), of which there is probably a Slovenian version (It's another dish eaten all over Eastern Europe).

Piroghi are small pastries with a variety of fillings...the Slovakian versions include sauerkraut, mashed potato, cottage cheese and the amazingly good prune (Not would NOT think prune pastries were good).

I'd also wonder if they have a version of bibulki, the Slovakian way of disposing of stale bread...small balls of baked dough covered in enough poppy seeds to make you fail a drug test.

And, of course, there's sauerkraut mushroom soup.

But all that's Slovakian. I dunno how much would cross over into Slovenia.

Colleen said...

umm, the kremšnita from Lake Bled is uber-delicious.

moonrat said...

Colleen--that thing looks SERIOUSLY delicious. I think I've had something similar at the Hungarian Pastry Shop on the Upper West Side. Drooool.

brionywilliamson said...

I'm not sure about food, but a friend of mine got married in a castle in Slovenia. Apparently for a bargain fairy tale wedding Slovenia is the place to go.

It is gorgeous too.

Colleen said...

Yeah, Slovenia is pretty much a fairy-tale place with lovely lakes, green rolling hills, affordable wonderful skiing, and the cream slice from heaven. They have PLENTY so we can take soccer.

Claire Dawn said...

So I just realised I mixed up Slovenia and Slovakia. I'm so ashamed. *Skulks off to look for Atlas* :(

moonrat said...

Claire--I'm totally skulking with you right now.

WendyCinNYC said...

There were a bunch of Slovenian exchange students at my kids' school earlier this year and we all watched a big presentation about the country and its culture. It seems pretty awesome, actually, and I'd like to go.

Re: rooting for USA world cup soccer. We seem to be damned if we do or don't. Ignore the biggest sports event in the world right now? We are insular, as usual. Cheer for the team? How dare we!

Don said...

I was hoping Slovenia would win because my mom is Slovenian. As for cuisine they have a really fabulous rolled nut bread called potica. You can find plenty of recipes on the web for it. But they also eat "foal in sauce." Yes, it's just what you think it is.

Imogen said...

I seem to remember fabulous pancakes filled with grated dark chocolate, chopped walnuts and poppy seeds...
I couldn't give a hoot about the footie, but I work in an office smitten by a massive power cut yesterday afternoon; disconsolate blokes gathered on the staircase to lament together like an opera chorus...