Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dolmas (Dolmades)

I love Greek cuisine! And Mediterranean in general. Here is the recipe for one of my favorite Greek dishes-Dolmas!


20 vacuum packed grape leaves
1/2 short grain rice
4 table
spoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion,finely chopped
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
6 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

lemon slices and fresh mint to garnish

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Dashi (Japanese stock)

Ichiban Dashi
Ok here it is - Dashi! Umamstick ;) Udon, miso soup and Japanese food in general are so much loved in my family that I will be making this again soon and probably be freezing it.

I have got a kezuriki as a present from a very dear friends from Japan to shred  katshuobushi myself -how exciting-but you can, of course, buy dried bonito flakes from any Japanese grocery store instead. Ichiban dashi is used for clear soups and many other Japanese dishes which I am yet to try making. And Niban dashi you can use for miso soup.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

"Vanilice" with a twist - recipe from 'Three Little Halves'

Recently, my friend's recipe was featured in Food & Wine magazine. How exciting! :) Having tried Sashka's recipes before and vanice being one of my favorite cookies, I was looking forward to trying out this recipe. The fact that I've made them twice since tells you all... Last time I didn't have pistachios at hand, so I've replaced them with almonds which worked very well.