Daylight Come and He Wan’ Go Home

Presented with a request for Caribbean food, I could not pass on an opportunity to insert this scene from one of my favourite films in the subsequent blog entry.  #beetlejuice   Caribbean Cabbage Slaw I made this one on the fly with shredded cabbage, carrots, green onions, tarragon leaves (fresh not dried), mango, radishes, and…

Khachapuri Dream Boat

Before I tell you about the cheesy dream boat I made, I’d like to share this intense performance art song by The Shin (a Georgian band, as opposed to The Shins) that incorporates moves from “Thriller” and something called dabbing long before it became an ordeal. There is also a tall-dark-and-handsome singing an ode to…

If I Knew You Were Comin’…

Cakes are the centerpieces of every great party. They are eaten at birthdays, weddings, arrivals, and departures. Cakes serve as vessels for artistic expression and to announce proclamations to the world. They are awaited with colossal expectations and greeted with impatient lust, often celebrated just as equally as the people or event they are made for.…

Herby Potter’s Fantastic Feast

We chose Harry Potter / Fantastic Beasts for our dinner party theme last night, which included an entire leg of pork, baby octopi, mutant mushrooms, “mandrake” fries, and a Deathly Hallows pie with a sign made of mushrooms. Bellatrix, Professor Lupin, and Harry all made an appearance. To make my savoury Deathly Hallows pie, I…

Colcannon and Bangers

For Saint Patrick’s Day I made Colcannon, an Irish dish of cabbage, potatoes, and a whiskey sauce. Simple, quick, and classic comfort food that can be served as a celebratory meal in its own right, and before or after a night out drinking. I serve mine like a little volcano- a mound of mash with…

Plenty of Leftovers

My mother is notorious for her cooking, which is always based on creating healthy delicious meals with fresh, organic ingredients. This woman is a living encyclopedia, a wealth of culinary knowledge, and she absolutely knocks people out with what she cooks. What she has taught me over the years is invaluable, not only in procedure…

Drop the Beet

Eastern Europe, diverse as it is, has a hundred variations for every dish it offers. Borsch, my favourite, for example. During my time in Moscow, I did not find a single menu that failed to tempt me with Борщ, the notorious stew most non-Slavs do not quite understand. Борщ- those four letters which translate into…