Prijatnovo Appetita

Last night, I was invited to dinner at the flat of a couple who serve on the ministry team of Kishinev Bible Church. They are Gagauz. The Gagauz are a Turk people from southern Moldova who speak a very distinct Turkic dialect. Since I was a special guest, they served me the favorite of the Gagauz, “kivirma”. Kivirma is a layered pie stuffed with sheep’s milk cheese and soaked with sour cream before baking. Not to be missed!


I had borscht for lunch today. The combination of beetroot and beef is hard to pass up. This came from a seasoned Moldovan culinarian who has been making this recipe for over 50 years.


There is a McDonald’s directly across from the building where I’m staying. Only one of three in the city. It’s not even a temptation. I’m not sure that it’s even real food…but it’s always crowded. Kivirma and Borscht are worth coming to Moldova for.

Jesus said in John 6:55, “For my flesh is real food and my and my blood is real drink”. I didn’t plan the sequence of my recent two meals. But the kivirma kind of reminded me of that real food…the borscht of that real drink. While so many are following the crowds to McDonald’s, Jesus has invited us to sit down at table…with Him…to eat and drink the real stuff. “Prijatnovo appetita”.

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