Chicken Biryani

by smth good on November 30, 2011

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After our adventure with the Uzbek plov, we have continued to cook rice in all kinds and forms: pilaf, risotto and now… biryani. It’s a complete dish, full of flavours and richness; it takes almost 2 hours to prepare it but it’s worth it – slow food as comfort food, I like to call it. [...]


Roast duck with sour cabbage

by smth good on October 16, 2011

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I’ve been busy. Celebrating my son’s birthday, my husbands’ and my own. Busy anniversary season over here and lots of parties. Appart from all those delicious cakes (the recipes will follow soon), I wanted to share with you a really impressive recipe that is quite popular in Romania in the cold season – roast duck [...]


Pollo alla Parmigiana

by smth good 20 September 2011 meat&poultry
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Whenever I have to prepare a dinner for more than 6 people, I start cheating . I want to spend the time wisely in the kitchen and I don’t want to be late with dinner and stuck there for another hour after guests arrived. Therefore, choosing the right courses is crucial; I want something elaborate [...]

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Porcini stuffed peppers

by smth good 15 August 2011 veggie
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It was called “the wild mushroom par excellence” (by the Italian chef Antonio Carluccio) and it’s one of the most appreciated edible mushrooms in European cuisines. It’s Boletus edulis / porcini (Italy) / penny bun (UK) / cèpe (France) and it is Europe’s second most sought-after mushroom after truffles. Wait, there’s more : it has lots [...]

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Cream of tomato soup

by smth good 7 July 2011 soups
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Inspired by the Italian Zuppa di pomodoro, this cream of tomato soup is delicate and elegant. We have served it as a first course for a dinner with friends and, well, it was a good choice, with mint and basil smoothly combined in a creamy tomato puree. Serves 4, prep. time 50 minutes Utensils: a [...]

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Stuffed bell peppers

by smth good 30 May 2011 meat&poultry
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Because we are leaving again, this time to Thassos (Greece), I wanted to share with you a really tasty Greek recipe – yemistes piperies, meaning stuffed peppers. There are many variations of this recipe, some of them do not use meat, but we chose to use lamb for the stuffing and it was a good choice, trust [...]

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Veggie noodles

by smth good 23 May 2011 pasta&risotto
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Noodles with nothing but cabbage, onion and pepper? Oh, yes! A magnificent monument of simplicity in the kitchen. This recipe is traditionally cooked in Transilvania during the fasting periods (before Easter or Christmas) but I like it also during hot summer days when I am in mood for something veggie, other than salads. Utensils: a [...]

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Chicken with sage, rosemary and garlic

by smth good 7 May 2011 meat&poultry
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Expecting guests for lunch or dinner is a perfect occasion to roast a whole chicken. So, we decided to roast one with a mixture of sage, rosemary, lemon and garlic. It was fantastic! Serves 6-8, prep. time 2 hrs and 15 minutes Utensils: a baking tray with rack, a bowl Ingredients: 1 whole chicken 2 [...]

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Omelette with wild asparagus

by smth good 4 May 2011 appetizers
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Our Easter holiday gave us the opportunity to travel through 4 countries: Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. We visited great places, met interesting people and tasted very delicious foods. As March & April are asparagus months, we came across a wide range of dishes using this miracle plant. And, the great surprise was the wild [...]

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Turkey in marjoram and mustard sauce

by smth good 16 April 2011 meat&poultry
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This dish has German influences, using marjoram and mustard. Marjoram is so dear to me and there are not so many recipes that uses it. So, I try to compensate and use it to spice up salads, fish, game or cheeses. Its nutty spicy flavor goes so well in the dish below that I highly [...]

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