Red Right Hand; the Makings of Russian Borsch

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

Colcannon, Bangers, and Guinness Stew

Having just returned from Ireland, I felt it imperative to revisit a previous blog and add my hand at Guinness stew. Colcannon In honour of 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…

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. Despite having just been introduced to Harry Potter…

Kuidaore!

The Japanese word Kuidaore means “to ruin oneself by extravagance in food” and we succeeded in our mission. This month for our Eat the World foodie party, we chose Japanese (-fusion), which is Jessica’s specialty. She and Greg recently gave me a lesson in decadent Osaka cuisine when they invited me over to learn to…

The Reformation

For our monthly foodie potluck, Eat The World, some friends and I decided on a continuation of last month’s Austro-Hungarian Mmmpire theme. We chose recipes that were a fusion of German/Austrian and Hungarian foods, and for Part II we progressed into some more Hungarian-Romanian specialties like I had while visiting Transylvania. We started with some delicious cheeses, crackers, lecso…

Austro-Hungarian Mmmpire

Most dishes that I cook start with sauteed onions, garlic, and paprika in oil over low heat. It’s just my version of Mirepoix, and a distinction I’ve become notorious for.  Eastern-Southern European  cuisine is quite cozy with these flavours, and my intrigue in experimenting with them has grown vastly since my trip to Transylvania. I…