Almond whipped cream has different properties than dairy whipped cream. It is much lighter, there is less fat in it. It doesn’t form stiff picks, so it can’t be used for decorating cakes or pastries. But it tastes good and it will successfully replace whipped cream in, for example, coffee or hot chocolate.
I used Austrian pumpkin seed oil to flavor my modernist “burrata” appetizers. This oil is a culinary specialty from southern Austria, Styria. It adds beautiful green color and amazingly reach nutty flavor.
Pkhali (ფხალი) is a signature Georgian appetizer. Its consistency is similar to pesto and tapenade. Pkhali’s main ingredients are cooked vegetables and walnuts mixed with traditional herbs and spices. If you don’t aim for authenticity, and rather prefer to explore your own vegetables-nuts-herbs-spices variations, play with different nuts and seeds. Use your favorite spice mixes and herbs instead of Utskho Suneli and Khmeli Suneli. You won’t be able to name your dish “pkhali”, but you’ll enjoy it for sure.
Kharcho (ხარჩო) is a traditional Georgian meaty soup or stew. It is usually made with beef or chicken, but can also be made with other meats and poultry. Depending on the region, its consistency may vary. There are many recipes, many variations. What similar characteristics make them all “kharcho”?
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake made of shredded cabbage mixed with a variety of ingredients and some batter. Cooked okonomiyaki is served with okonomi sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, katsuobushi, and aonori. All these components are important.
Okonomiyaki originated from the Osaka and Hiroshima areas (West) of Japan. The name means “what you like, grilled”. Okonomi means “what you want” or “what you like”, yaki means “grilled” or “cooked”.
Guacamoles are the best when made fresh. The ingredients that make guacamole taste wonderful lose their intensity with the time. Try to make it at home with ripe avocados, crushed fresh herbs and green chiles, and freshly squeezed key lime juice — and you’ll never buy guacamole again.
My Tom Kha Thale is a Thai-flavored bouillabaisse: the Thai soup base — coconut milk, galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, lime juice, Thai chilies — and the best seafood medley I can get.
Tom Yam Kung (prawns or seafood combo) and Tom Yam Gai (chicken) are the most popular variations of Tom Yam outside of Thailand. They are made with fresh readily-available ingredients, they are easy to make, and they are beautiful, low-calorie soups. Vegans can use recipes where the shrimp paste and fish sauce are substituted with plant-based ingredients. The best way to substitute is to make your own Thai chili and curry pastes, stir-fry sauces, and salad dressings. Once you make your own vegetarian Nam Prik Pao, it’s only a matter of minutes to cook a vegetarian Tom Yam.
Rasam is an important part of traditional South Indian menu. If you start with a precooked lentil stock, store-bought organic tomato puree, it is very quick and easy to make. It is light and bright and perfect for vegetarian and vegan diets.