Recipe: Buttermilk Crepes With Berry Compote
Growing up my mum often made pancakes and crepes with buttermilk instead of regular milk. Buttermilk, also known as keffir, is a popular drink in Ukraine and could always be found in our fridge. Essentially, buttermilk is a fermented milk drink that’s characteristically tangy in flavour and thicker in texture. The tartness comes from the lactic acid produced during the fermentation process.
Recipe: Chorizo omelette
I love those lazy weekend mornings when you wake up when your body feels like it, lay around in bed reading a book, and indulge in long breakfast rituals with double orders of coffee, freshly baked bread and cheeky bacon and eggs.
Review: Toku Toku izakaya on Glebe Point Road
You know that sound you hear when your pour sake into a cup…well the Japanese call it toku toku which is coincidently the name of a sake and wine bar, also known as an izakaya, on Glebe Point Road. I always think of izakayas as the Japanese equivalent of Spanish tapas bars.
Recipe: Rabbit stew with tarragon, white wine and cream
I first tried rabbit at our relative’s country house in regional Ukraine when I was 8 years old . Of course, my mother didn’t tell me it was rabbit until after I finished gulping the last spoonfuls of rich creamy sauce. I thought it was the best chicken dish I’ve ever had – soft meat falling off the bone, sweet baby carrots and little green peas swimming in creamy sauce… After the initial shock realisation that I just ate a bunny I thought that perhaps it was the best way for a rabbit to go – end up in a heavenly stew shared by friends and family.
Recipe: Couscous salad with salsa verde dressing
I made this salad for our Easter Friday beach picnic the other day. None of the shops were opened but I happened to have a packet of instant couscous in my emergency pantry (I converted our garage shelves into a Lost like bunker stash), some leftover salad vegetables and plenty of green herbs from my backyard veggie pots. I also have pretty much every spice under the sun in my house so it was pretty easy to throw a few things into a super delicious, summary salad. You might have to do some forward planning to make sure you have all of the ingredients on hand.
Posted in HEALTHY EATING, IREY'S KITCHEN, SALAD QUEEN, VEGETARIAN TABLE, YUMMY LUNCHES
Tagged Couscous, Lunch, Moroccan, Picnic, Pistachios, Salads, Salsa Verde
Recipe: Potato salad with green apple, crispy bacon & capers
Having grown up in Ukraine, I think I can call myself a potato salad expert. In fact, our whole nation is probably the world’s experts on all potato matters in general. I remember having potatoes at least once a day, whether it was potato rosti with fried eggs for breakfast, mash potatoes with meat stew for lunch or potato dumplings for dinner.
Recipe: Banana bread with dried fruit and walnuts
Overripe bananas! Why do I always get stuck with brown, slushy bananas in my fridge? I always have the best intentions when I put a cluster of fresh, aromatic, firm, unmarked bananas in my shopping basket – one before the gym, two for breaky smoothies, some on my muesli… But in reality their destiny lies at the bottom of a trash bin. That’s not what I want for those poor uneaten bananas so I resort to a not so secret rescue mission called BANANA BREAD.
Recipe: Italian flat beans with creamy onions
This recipe has been a long time favourite in my family. I’m not sure who came up with the recipe but my sister made it a lot when I was growing up. The smell of cream and garlic cooking is so intoxicating, it’s hard not to lick the spoon after each stir. We usually have it as a side dish but it’s fantastic on its own with some fresh crusty bread.Italian flat beans are similar to green string beans but have larger flatter pods and are usually available in most good green grocers.