Khaosan Road style Pad Thai with chicken – shrimp, dried onions, crispy chicken skin, red cabbage, sprouts, home grown cilantro, fresh limes, green hot peppers, carrots, garlic, leeks, basil and Bulgarian mint.
Cabbage rolls with rice and pork. I remember using a touch of dried mint which gave the rolls a nice, light, fresh flavor.
Dark photo of strained yogurt, green figs in syrup, strawberries and toasted pinenuts.
Pork steak with roasted sesame and broccoli crumble (steam broccoli then dehydrate), octopus onigiri and lemon olive oil octopus salad.
Roasted chicken with homemade antipasto. Note to self, make more antipasto. I’m pretty sure I used this recipe.
Caviar cake! Layers of blini, avocado and trout caviar.
Homemade schnitzel with beans, sausage and sauerkraut.
Beef tripe in butter with 3 dipping sauces. Parsley, chili and more butter?
Caesar salad with AWSOME dressing and grilled chicken thighs.
4 large cloves Garlic
2 Egg yolk, large
2 tsp Dijon mustard
3 tbsp Lemon juice, fresh
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Honey
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black pepper, ground
1/2 cup Olive oil…maybe less
The trick is to first blend the hard ingredients with the yolks and then add the wet ingredients, except the oil which you slowly pour into the blender to thicken the sauce.
Polish “Milk Bar” dinner.
Pressure cooker osso bucco with spinach dumplings. I really like Emeril’s recipe.
I went dehydrator crazy and made my own veggie stock.
French onion soup.
Avocado and caviar appetizer.
Chicken liver pâté.
Pickled herring. Even I, who for some reason hates pickled herring, liked these…maybe because I added a stick of cinnamon? I’m not 100% sure but I think I used this recipe.
So this was my list/menu for Christmas…it was enough food for a family of 6! The squid and duck were out of this world!
-Stuffed squid: lemon, garlic, parsley, fried bread crumbs, mini shrimps
-Garlic butter shrimp
-Wreath salad with citrus champagne vinaigrette
-Duck a l’orange
-Polish misteria: cucumber, sour cream, garlic and dill salad
-Matt’s Polish potato mayo salad (made by Matt!)
-Stuffing stuffed onions: sausage meat, nuts, figs, candied orange peel and sage
Loads of wine, Champagne, homemade eggnog and Christmas cookies.
The duck sat in a brine for almost 3 days and then I loosely followed this recipe.
The texture was perfect but it was way too salty. I’ll need to try a different recipe next time.
This is a great recipe, I added large chunks of leeks to mine.
Easy, budget friendly dinner!
Place Brussels sprouts on the bottom of a steamer. Place meatballs on top of Brussels sprout and steam for 8-10 minutes depending on the size of the balls. Serve with warmed sweet chili sauce or homemade sweet and sour sauce. Garnish with cilantro and green onions.
For the balls:
For the sauce:
This is not a 100% authentic, Abuela approved, recipe as I don’t have access to hominy or large dried ancho chilies to make my own chili sauce but the flavors were there. One of my favorite soups I’ve made so far.
The gamy favors of the duck with the garlic sauce was unreal!
It all started with 1 bored girl and 4 innocent egg whites. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not very good at just sitting. Sure, I can watch TV and movies non-stop for hours on end but I’m usually cooking or crafting something at the same time. Last night the 4 egg whites sitting in refrigerator where driving me crazy, I hate wasting food and I know that egg whites have a short shelf life, what should I make with them!!?! After some serious Pinteresting I decided to make Royal Icing Sugar, looked easy enough; eggs whites, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, blue food colouring because why not, and a splash of vinegar (in lieu of cream of tartar). Whip, whip, whip and OMG, WHAT! I never read the recipe through, I just made a LITER of Royal Icing Sugar! I don’t even like desserts!
Ok, well now I needed something to “ice”. Wow, I really didn’t think this through. Back on Pinterest and a few minutes later I decide to make Old Fashion BAKED Sour Cream Doughnuts. I’ve made fried doughnuts many times before and they always turn out so delicious, why not attempt the healthier version. Mix, mix, mix, bake and TA DA!!!! I think I’ve nailed it.
Borzi city center rooms. Only 2 months old, very central and clean. cute place with young owners, great place.
Main pedestrian street.
Deep fried artichoke hearts.
Fleeing the scene.
Hello wonderful restaurant. Thank you for frying the catch of the from the fish market (2 meters away) so perfectly. Thank you for the octopus salad.
Skipline competition 2016.
Sunday street fish market in Catania.
Best homemade cannolis in the world around the corner.
Fancy train to Palermo.
In my element.
He’s happy I’m doing all the work.
Salty, salty, salty sardines.
Amalia and Matt.
Slice a thing cut of horse leg, salt, grill, brush with vinegar and herbs, salt and serve.
Etna at the end of the street.
Etna from our hotel.
92 year young man.
My favorite photo of the trip.
Using the whole kitchen at our B&B.
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