Main Dish

Chocolate Banana Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate Banana Smoothie Bowl

After spending a month in Indonesia this past winter both Alona and myself kind of fell in love with smoothie bowls. They are a great way of eating healthy, tasty food. Not to mention getting creative with toppings and trying to make them look pretty. […]

Creamy Crab Pasta

Creamy Crab Pasta

Ok, in all fairness as you can probably see by the picture, I used imitation crab claws. However this recipe can use real crab meat as well. If you aren’t a fan of imitation crab meat but don’t want to “shell out” (pun intended) on […]

Honey Sumac Glazed Ribs

Honey Sumac Glazed Ribs

One of the best things about living in Ukraine is just how cheap pork is. This whole rack of pork ribs only cost me $3! This gives me so many opportunities to get creative with different glazing recipes and rubs. These honey sumac glazed ribs […]

Ukrainian Meatballs (Котлети) Recipe

Ukrainian Meatballs (Котлети) Recipe

See the big pot in that picture? That was the amount of Ukrainian meatballs, or Котлети that Alona‘s babushka made for a holiday party. No, wait, that’s just one pot, there’s another of equal size just outside the frame. These are some of my favorite […]

Ukrainian Liver Cake (Печінковий торт) Recipe

Ukrainian Liver Cake (Печінковий торт) Recipe

This is one of my favorite Ukrainian recipes, and my main request from Alona’s babushka every time I stay over for holidays. This Ukrainian Liver Cake recipe is quite easy, but so delicious and rich. Finally, after four years of eating it, I determined it […]

Roast Quail With Brown Butter Four Seasons Vegetables

Roast Quail With Brown Butter Four Seasons Vegetables

Yesterday I saw a great deal on quail at my local grocer so I decided to make a roast quail for dinner. A lot of people are intimidated by quail (or other game birds for that matter) but the truth is they are no more […]

Sumac And Pistachio Crusted Whitefish

Sumac And Pistachio Crusted Whitefish

One of my favorite things to make is a pistachio crusted salmon, but today I decided to get a bit experimental and make a sumac and pistachio crusted whitefish. For this recipe, I chose Iridescent Shark as the fish. Interestingly, it is not actually a […]

Mixed Vegetable Curry (Sri Lankan Style)

Mixed Vegetable Curry (Sri Lankan Style)

During my time in Sri Lanka, I had many different home stay hosts teach me their authentic Sri Lankan recipes. My favorite of course had to be Winston, our host at Ella Sisila View. Our first night there we were having an evening tea when […]

Ambul Thiyal – Sri Lankan Sour Fish Curry Recipe

Ambul Thiyal – Sri Lankan Sour Fish Curry Recipe

Ambul Thiyal is one of the most signature dishes in Sri Lankan cuisine. When I was first learning how to make it, I was thinking of ceviche a bit because the primary method for cooking the fish is by acid. The fish, usually tuna, is […]

Opor Ayam (Balinese Chicken Curry)

Opor Ayam (Balinese Chicken Curry)

This was one of the three main dishes I learned during my Balinese farm cooking class at Pemulan Farm Cooking School, which is about an hour north of Ubud. I’ve always felt pretty ‘meh’ about curry, so I was surprised I liked this one as […]