Category Archives: By Country

Pavlova

January 26 is the official national day in Australia called appropriately - Australia Day. So I decided to cook a delicious meringue-based dessert with berries that's especially popular in New Zealand and Australia. This cake was actually created in honor of the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. There are several versions of how and why this cake was created...
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Kartofdzhyn

These popular Ossetian pies are baked with different fillings and often prepared on holidays. In Ossetia they traditionally serve three pies on a plate and only on days of mourning - an even number. These pies are a cult food in Ossetia and have ritual significance. Kartofdzhyn- the pie stuffed with potato and cheese. Ossetian cheese can be replaced with similar cheese such...
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Vatrushka with Tvorog (Quark) and Raisins

Vatrushka with tvorog (quark) is a popular in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia (Slavic) made from round soft sweet pastry buns that are open on top and filled typically filled with trovge in the middle, along with raisins or dried fruit. Tvorog (quark) is a type of fresh dairy product, dictionaries usually translate it as curd cheese, cottage cheese or...
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Uzbek Plov

Plov is a central Asian dish made mostly from rice is cooked in a seasoned broth, called zirvak (Uzbek). Depending on the region it may also contain meat, fish, vegetables, pasta, and even dried fruits. In the east, plov is almost a daily staple but at the same time is served for special events like a wedding, funeral, child birth etc. Since...
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Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef is not a Mongolian dish, it's a Chinese-American dish of thinly sliced beef, fried in a sweet spicy yet savory sauce. If you like even spicier food, you can add a couple of chili peppers. Serve with steamed rice, rice noodles or cellophane (noodles). Really easy recipe! (more…)...
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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Now when it's getting colder and windy outside, this soup is a great idea for your lunch or dinner. Even my kids like to eat this soup. I love how this chicken tortilla soup is both easy to make and satisfying. If you like spicy soup, add jalapeno to the vegetables. True comfort food! (more…)...
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Ossetian Pies Kartofdzhyn

These popular Ossetian pies are baked with different fillings and often prepared on holidays. In Ossetia they traditionally serve three pies on a plate and only on days of mourning - an even number. These pies are a cult food in Ossetia and have ritual significance. Kartofdzhyn- the pie stuffed with potato and cheese. Ossetian cheese can be replaced with similar cheese such...
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Chicken Adobo

Very simple and easy Filipino chicken recipe. Adobo (which means ‘marinade’)- is a popular dish and cooking process in Philippine cuisine. You can use meat, chicken, seafood or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce and garlic and then simmered in the marinade. There are many versions for Adobo, this version is one of my favorites - simple and delicious. The chicken can be cooked...
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