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Fish burgers

by smth good 11 April 2011 fish&seafood
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I know it’s quite late to talk about New Year’s resolutions with Easter coming and the spring floating in the air. I know also that fish is the core of  any gourmand’s resolutions (I am one of those focussing on fish this year at a statement level, at least). Don’t get me wrong. I like [...]

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Uzbek Lamb Plov

by smth good 4 April 2011 meat&poultry
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There are various rice dishes with meat and/or vegetables that are cooked especially for celebration moments (weddings, funerals etc) in many parts of the world. The Uzbek Plov is one of them; staple food in Uzbekistan (former Soviet Union), this dish is similar to pilaf and it is traditionally cooked with mutton or lamb, onion, [...]

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Pork knuckle in pickled cabbage juice

by smth good 25 March 2011 meat&poultry
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This is not just a dish, it’s a feast! Ingredients: 3 pork knuckles 1 onion, cut in big chuncks 2 liters pickled cabbage juice 1 tsp black pepper berries 1 tbsp mustard berries 1 tbsp allspice berries or juniper berries 3 bay leaves few red chilies (optional) Bring to boil the pickled cabbage juice in [...]

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Venison bourguignon

by smth good 19 March 2011 meat&poultry
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Traditionally cooked with beef, this rich stew has a certain charm when cooked with venison and served on a chilly evening. Slow food staple, beef (or in this case venison) bourguignon must be cooked with a good Burgundy wine. I used a Merlot for the recipe below, a good choice judging from the result. Some [...]

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Cream of sweet corn soup

by smth good 25 February 2011 soups
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Snow again over here, lots of it; and I am almost in a Christmas mood. Or maybe it’s just the cold outside, who knows… What made my evening bright was this cup of sweet corn soup served with crispy onion and some crunchy crackers. A feast, indeed, ladies and gentlemen, a feast that I highly [...]

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Salmon & shrimp soup

by smth good 17 February 2011 fish&seafood
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Whenever I try out a new restaurant I grade it by its fish soup (where I can find one on the menu). I am really picky when it comes to fish soups, although I like them all: bouillabaisse, Ostende fish soup, Cullen Skink, the Hungarian and the Romanian fisherman’s soups, the Greek psarosoupa, miso soup. [...]

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Salad with balsamic glazed beef

by smth good 1 February 2011 meat&poultry
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Having an outdoor electric griddle is quite useful. Griddle me something, baby! a quick breakfast with eggs, a fried rice with vegetables, some fresh fruit or vegetables. So many possibilities. What I really like about our griddle, apart from being able to cook much more quickly than on a charcoal grill, is that it allows [...]

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Turkey in pineapple and Madeira sauce

by smth good 30 January 2011 meat&poultry
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In the mood for a good steak of some sort, I stormed right to the freezer to look for raw materials. Two giant turkey wings were just at my eyes’ level, ready to fly off the rack. Now, there is a bit of a problem when dealing with turkey wings – they are big but [...]

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Cute deviled eggs

by smth good 29 January 2011 appetizers
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They are popular in many parts of the world, but in Romania deviled eggs are mandatory appetizers. For Christmas and Easter. And weddings. And birthday parties. And regular Sundays. They might be used as a grading systems for any household and any cook though recipes over here are pretty standardized: boiled egg yolks, mustard, mayonnaise [...]

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Bean salad with a Greek twist

by smth good 27 January 2011 salads
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During the fasting period, it’s quite popular around here to prepare beans salads in a very simple manner – putting together some boiled beans with chopped onion and a classic vinaigrette (oil, vinegar, salt and pepper). Usually, this salad is prepared with beans boiled a day before and used also for other dishes. And if you [...]

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