Mamaliga

Mamaliga

Romanian Expat Living in Chicago

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Tabouleh

Tabouleh

If you’re like me, you probably associate summer with fresh salads of all sorts, straight from your garden. One of these is Tabouleh (Tabbouleh) which packs major key veggies and herbs like cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, and onions.

Transylvanian Chimney Cake

Transylvanian Chimney Cake

Chimney Cake
Chimney Cake

 

 

So, prompted by my friend Valerie from KumoCafe (who posted a blog post and tasted the real thing in Romania) and mixed with a longing for a somewhat obscure pastry I’ve tasted long, long ago also in Romania I embarked on a quest to bake the Transylvanian Chimney Cake (aka Kürtőskalács).

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Mushroom Pastry

Mushroom Pastry

It all started with the ridiculous amounts of mushroom I usually buy from the grocery store. I always over estimate the quantity for mushroom consumption in our family. So, as it is with all those brilliant ideas, when stars align and you have just the […]

Roasted Peppers Pasta

Roasted Peppers Pasta

Roasted pepper pasta inspired from Jamie Oliver’s Cook with Jamie cookbook.

All American Taco and Taco Potion #19

All American Taco and Taco Potion #19

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It so happened that this week my bro in law Tim shared some of his catch of corn kernels and slacked lime (a.k.a cal), from his meandering in Mexican grocery stores. I saw Alton Brown’s episode on how to make corn tortilla from scratch so I went on and tried it out. People – why on Earth are you still buying corn tortillas as the store? Don’t give me the “convenience” story. You will have to try this at least once – you’ll make yourself a favor. Please!

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Alton Brown’s Chili Powder

Alton Brown’s Chili Powder

I am a big fan of Alton Brown as you may already know, as well as a big fan for home made spices. And when these two come together, the result is an instant combustion chili powder that will make every chilli recipe (or any other that call for chili powder) an explosive winner.

Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread

Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread

This bread involves heaps of dried cranberry (9 ounces to be precise), that paired with walnuts, scream “Christmas”, and tastes pretty darn close to Panettone (texture & taste) which we usually associate with this time .

Crepe Recipe Song

Crepe Recipe Song

So, what happens if you like to cook, you like writing songs and like video-production? You might start singing about recipes and post them in a videosong. Which just happened with me. It’s a practical song that you can actually cook! Crepes Recipe is the debut song from a collection of videosongs I plan to post in an album called “Kitchen Tunes”.
You can download the Crepe Recipe mp3 for free from Reverb Nation.

Please leave a comment and let me know if you cooked this Crepes Recipe and if you liked it!

The Paw Paw in Our Backyard

The Paw Paw in Our Backyard

Shrubs, flowers, ornamental trees of all sorts, are very common to find in a usual suburban backyard but a Pawpaw tree? That’s what you will find if you come to our backyard (actually two of them).