Moroccan Eggplant Salad

I came across this warm eggplant salad 10 years ago, when discovered harissa. Unfortunately, this salad is less know than zaalook, another Moroccan eggplant salad — with tomatoes. Or, let’s say there are fewer references to it available out there in English. 

It is sweet and sour, refreshing and citrusy, mildly spicy, with very pronounced Middle Eastern flavors. Pairs well with crispy grilled flatbread.

January 21, 2021
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Smoked Blood Sausage | Кров’янка | Traeger Grill

It’s my third serious attempt to master Ukrainian blood sausage using local ingredients. Every time I slightly change the approach with a better understanding of what and why I am doing with every step.

January 19, 2021
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Smoked Lamb | Pellet Grills

Traeger Grill was THE 2020 cooking device for me. And the best tasting smoked meat I made with it was the rack of lamb.

January 12, 2021
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Smoked Christmas Goose | Traeger Grill

Roasted young goose became my favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas dish only a few years ago. And I wrote a very long text about it. This year, I gave my heart to another version of cooking goose — smoke-roasting with Traeger Grill. I tried it once out of curiosity and will never go back to oven-roasting for as long as I have my little Traeger.

January 5, 2021
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Roasted Sevruga | Tsar-Style Cooked Sturgeon

Both species from Sturgeon Aquafarms — sevruga and sterlet — are relatively lean. I tried multiple cooking methods to see which one is the best for my taste —  grilling, frying, smoking, boiling, and baking/roasting. The last one was the most awarding. I call it baking/roasting because of the oven, but it is cooked in moist heat. The fish is covered all the time (more like in a dutch oven), and it cooks in its own juice and steam, which is the best for it. The vegetables are arranged around it, share the same cooking method, and absorb the same flavors. This cooking method unlocks the best in this fish in terms of flavor and texture.

January 4, 2021
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Smoked Wagyu Brisket | Traeger Grill

In Central Texas, we see more and more rare for Prime and Wagyu beef cuts every holiday season. Since beef brisket is one of Texas BBQ specialty, it was very tempting to smoke Wagyu using my Traeger.

December 29, 2020
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Lemon Pastry

“…но какие ж они были вкусные, те лимонные. Наша школа была буквально метрах в 200 от хлебзавода, они к нам попадали чуть ли не тёплыми. И вот тебе 12 [лет], у тебя в обеих руках по пирожному, сейчас ты будешь от уха до уха в белковом креме…”

October 11, 2020
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Apple Brioche

Apple Seasons Every year I add another apple recipe to my collection. Some of them are discovered that year, some of them perfected (meaning I finalize them in a way I like them the most), some of them are my memories from the past. Every year the apple recipe becomes symbolic for a particular year,...
October 2, 2020
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Zwiebelkuchen | German Onion Pie

happy fall y'all We made it through the summer of 2020. Phew! You know what I mean. Time to celebrate autumn, aka fall in North American English. Today, I am doing it by making the Zwibelkuchen, a German onion pie. For a passionate foody, Germany is one of the best travel destinations in the Fall....
September 20, 2020
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Lilikoi Butter | Hawaiian Passion Fruit Curd

If you can’t travel, travel with food memories. Imagine enjoying tropical breakfast — spread some lilikoi butter over a slice of tender milk bread, bite, sip your hot black coffee, and exhale. It’s another beautiful summer day ahead of you.

July 3, 2020
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