Home, Main Dishes

Fragrant Pot Roast

So I deviate a lot from plans. Mostly when it comes to food. I mean, I think I know what I want to make, plan the menu, but then something happens, like I come across an ingredient in a store that I just have to make, or something like and event throws the whole menu… Continue reading Fragrant Pot Roast

Home, Main Dishes, Weekly Menu

Pelmeni – Russian version of Tortelini

There is nothing more cozy on a cold December day than a bowl of hot soup. To me, even cozier is a bowl of Pelmeni (or Dushbere in Azerbaijan, except back home we serve it as a soup, with the water). These are pieces of heaven (ok fine, dough) stuffed with a delicious meat mixture,… Continue reading Pelmeni – Russian version of Tortelini

Home, Snacks

B.F.T (a cousin of B.L.T)

I was at a restaurant the other day for lunch and saw something extremely interesting on the menu: Bacon Feta and Tomato sandwich (B.F.T). Now come one, I had to try it. I mean, I love bacon. I love sandwiches. I love love love Feta. Done deal. And so it was probably one of the… Continue reading B.F.T (a cousin of B.L.T)

Home, Main Dishes

“Goodbye Summer” salad

When I think salad I don't necessarily think "entree". That's not true thought, is it. Many restaurants serve salads as entrees and done right, salads can be filling and satisfying. For me, the most important part of a salad is the PROTEIN. I am biased, because I cannot go one day (or one dinner) without… Continue reading “Goodbye Summer” salad

Home, Main Dishes, What we eat/Recipes

Yogurt Marinated Chicken Thighs

I have an enormous appreciation for Mediterranean kitchen. Maybe because Azeri food is very similar to Mediterranean cuisine. Maybe because in my heart of hearts I want to travel so badly and I would start with that part of the world 🙂 maybe one day soon I will 😉 who knows. Anywho...this recipe is super… Continue reading Yogurt Marinated Chicken Thighs

Breakfast, Home, Sweets and baking

Greek Yogurt Muffins

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day...That is the mantra I try to live by, especially during school and work times. So sometimes I get it into my head that I must prepare things for breakfast so my husband and I would have no choice but to eat it. And I've… Continue reading Greek Yogurt Muffins

Food from Azerbaijan and beyond, Home, Soups and Stews, What we eat/Recipes

Buglama – a classic

Ok, so it would seem that Azeri people love their stews. I never though of it that way, but it would seem that we do! Buglama is another version of a "stew". It is more formal (if food can be formal) and is usually served at weddings or other gatherings. To tell you the truth,… Continue reading Buglama – a classic

Food from Azerbaijan and beyond, Home, Main Dishes, Soups and Stews

Adjab Sandal – Azeri beef stew

There is nothing more comforting than Meat and Potatoes, especially on a rainy, gloomy somewhat depressing (for other reasons) night. I must have made dozens of dishes whose main actors include the aforementioned. One thing always hold true: they never fail in taste. Be it the slow cooker beef stew, or the main character of this… Continue reading Adjab Sandal – Azeri beef stew

Food from Azerbaijan and beyond, Home, Sweets and baking

Turkish Baklava

I made something deliciously evil last night. Evil - because of its high sugar content. Delicious - because of its high sugar content. Please disregard my uneven cutting technique. This, my friends, is Baklava. The Turkish/Greek kind I suppose. Azeri Baklava (Paxlava) is way harder to make, and requires hours of dough rolling. This Turkish… Continue reading Turkish Baklava

Food from Azerbaijan and beyond, Home, Main Dishes, Soups and Stews

Chilled Yogurt Soup: Dogramach or Ovdukh

I have a love/hate relationship with herbs. I dislike them in soups and stews. I love them fresh. I know they add tons of flavor to food and are a staple in Azeri kitchen, but I shy away from them. The dislike for cooked herbs started when I was a child, and continued into adulthood… Continue reading Chilled Yogurt Soup: Dogramach or Ovdukh