I got a few more Albanian products in from TurkishMart – it seems to be one of the few sources for Albanian imports into Canada, and they have really fast shipping. There’s a lot of potential with these ingredients!
Sejega lutenica – Lutenica is a spread found across the Balkans – basically a chunky sauce made from roasted bell peppers and tomatoes, and in this case, carrots too. I’m not entirely certain exactly how it’s different from ajvar, except I think lutenica is chunkier.
Cà Mucci roasted garlic – What more could you need, roasted garlic in oil! It’s plain delicious, you can spread it straight into bread. I’m probably going to rip through this jar in short order.
Cà Mucci tomato peppers with cheese – Pickled sweet yellow peppers with a good dollop of soft feta cheese in the middle. Not spicy at all.
Cà Mucci hot cherry peppers – Similar to the yellow peppers, but actually spicy! They’ve got a great zip to them, and the feta goes so well.
I figured I’d make a little Albanian meze platter with these goodies. There’s a lot of flexibility with meze, but I tried to use foods that are talked about in Albanian sources. I’ve included:
- Feta, with a little drizzle of olive oil
- Whole grain baguette
- Prosciutto and salami
- Cucumber slices and baby tomatoes
I had originally planned to also include hardboiled eggs, another staple, but unfortunately I forgot! Still, I think that’s a good enough little spread, I can replicate it on a bigger scale when more guests are over.