Category Archives: Culinary Dictionary

Kartofelniki

Kartofelniki is a Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian dish, stuffed baked potato patty. You can make them with different toppings such as meat, mushrooms,  vegetables and serve with different herbs, sauces or cream, however it is normally served with sour cream. Tasty fried ‘kartofelniki’ can be a side dish to meat, but they are good with different fillings and used as...
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Allspice

Allspice is a single berry from a tropical evergreen tree grown primarily in Jamaica. The berries are picked unripe, then are sun-dried until they resemble large brown peppercorns. While allspice tastes like a blend of cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, and nutmeg, it's aroma is most reminiscent of cloves. Ground allspice is an important seasoning in Caribbean cooking and main ingredient...
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Crêpes

Crêpes are thin pancakes, cooked with milk and without yeast that are especially popular in France. Dough for crêpes must rest 6 hours or more, so prepare the batter in the morning or if you are planning to make them for breakfast, prepare the batter in the evening and leave in the refrigerator overnight. Usually I make a cake...
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Pan De Muerto

Each year on November 1st and 2nd in Mexico as well as in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, people celebrate the Day of the Dead. This is a touching and at the same time joyous holiday  when people remember their dead relatives and ancestors. They believe that the souls of the dead relatives and friends come these days to visit...
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Nalysnyky

Nalysnyky is a traditional Ukrainian dish made from thin pancakes and served with sour cream, jam, honey, condensed milk, caviar, whipped cream, or even more savory ingredients like cheese, meat, mushrooms or vegetables. It’s very similar to crepes. Traditional Ukrainian fillings for Nalysnyky is cottage cheese with sugar and raisins, and the second most popular filling is meat. Here...
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Latkes

latkes are a traditional Jewish dish for Hanukkah, but they can be made on any other day as an appetizer or side dish for dinner. Latkes are usually made ​​from potatoes and onions, but you can also add zucchini, apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips and more. If you want your latkes to be golden crispy on the outside and soft...
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Pelmeni

Like borscht, blini or pirozhki, pelmeni is a classic Slavic dish. They are usually prepared from beef, pork, lamb or any other kind of meat and even sometimes fish or mushrooms. Usually the family gathers at one large table and makes them together by hand. Some eaten then...
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Lula-kebab

Lula-kebab is a popular dish of Azerbaijani cuisine and common in the Caucasus region, Central Asia and the Balkans. It’s a ground meat formed into sausages and skewered. These can be cooked on a grill or in an oven. The most important thing in cooking Lula-kebab  is when kneading the ground meat onto the skewer. The more you knead the meat, the better it will hold onto...
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Peking Duck

Peking duck is one of the most famous of Chinese dishes. The duck is rubbed with honey and baked in a special oven, usually served with steamed pancakes (or ‘mandarin’ pancakes), spring onions, cucumber sticks and sweet bean sauce (Tianmianjiang which can be replaced by Hoisin sauce). There are many recipes for Peking duck, some are easy and some...
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Khachapuri

This is the Georgian national dish made from bread and cheese. There are a lot of variations of khachapuri – Imeretian, Adjarian, Abkhazian, Ossetian etc. They can be of different shapes also either round, puffed, or the classic which is in the form of a boat where the dough is formed into an open boat shape and topped with...
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