Chakapuli | Lamb Stew with Green Plums

The recipe below is a modified version of Chakapuli (Georgian: ჩაქაფული), a Georgian stew made with onions, lamb neck, unripe cherry plums (tkemali), fresh herbs (parsley, mint, dill, cilantro, tarragon), garlic and salt. It is considered to be one of the most popular dishes in Georgia.

Choosing the right lamb cut for the dish is crucial. This dish is cooked low and slow to make sure all flavors are developed. Lean lamb will become tough and dry at the end of the process. We need something with bones and connective tissues. The best cuts, in this case, are the leg and the neck of lamb. The neck is often sold as a cross cut steak and makes this dish very flavorful. This recipe doesn’t use any additional liquid. The meat is cooked in its own juices.

April 11, 2015
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Grin for Green! Ox Tail Green Borsch

Long time ago, I was sure green borsch is unique for Ukrainian cuisine. In reality, a similar dish exists in many cuisines all over the world. For regions with four-season climates, a soup with local greens is a must. Like for red, there are many variations of green borsch in Ukraine. This recipe is one of my variations with a strong ox tail stock. Use any stock of your choice, or even water. Adjust the toppings to you taste and diet. Sorrel and other greens are the main hero in this soup, they create the flavor and pack it with spring goodness!

April 8, 2015
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Let Zephyr only breathe…

Zefir (Russian: Зефи́р, may also be spelled zephyr or zephir) is a dessert commonly produced and sold in the countries of the former Soviet Union. As the name suggests it has a delicate airy consistency. It is made by apple puree, which has been thickened with pectin, and egg whites into a foam. The foam is stabilized by a sugar and agar syrup.

March 25, 2015
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Grin for Green! Pastel de Calabaza

Every time I taste this delicate and elegant dessert I can’t believe it is made of ordinary zucchini. Look at the color! The younger and smaller zucchinis you use, the higher the ratio of dark green skin and the more vivid green your soufflé is. Be patient. Just like other soufflés, this one needs to be cooled very slowly. You have to give it a lot of time to set by reducing the temperature gradually and by keeping it refrigerated for a few hours before reheating and serving.

March 14, 2015
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Megrelian Kharcho

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”?

January 13, 2015
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Aquacate + Mole

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.

January 12, 2015
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