We had a great Nooruz party on Saturday with all the Central Asians we know in Utah and the Americans we know who've been to Central Asia. A friend from Kyrgyzstan is visiting and she even brought Uzgen rice with her to make real Kyrgyz plov.
We managed a pretty good spread (for mostly being a bunch of Americans) with plenty of salads, plov, bread, shashlyk, suzma, and raspberry jam. What a fun day.
I'm trying my hand at sumalak today. I had hoped to make it on Saturday, but our Uzbek friend couldn't make it. Hopefully tomorrow I will have pictures of authentic-looking sumalak. And I really hope it tastes good for all the time it takes.