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  1. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    @Nicolai Looks amazing. You know it's a real-deal persian meal (unintentional rhyme) when you got half a garden worth of herbs on the table. BIalys and un-pureed fasole batuta + sour cream.
  2. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Fresh handmade tofu (not by me), celery, scallions, peanuts, white soy sauce, sizzling chili and sichuan pepper oil poured on top.
  3. The Soup Topic (2013–)

    Here you go:
  4. 180 g dry small white beans, soaked in water overnight 1 teaspoon salt 3 bay leaves stock (chicken or veg) 1 large red pepper 1 medium onion 3 large celery branches (keep the leaves) 1 parsley root (you can use a parsnip or more carrots instead) 2 small carrots 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tablespoon butter 1.5 tablespoons flour 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1.5 teaspoon salt To finish: 3 teaspoons Hungarian paprika (you can replace some with smoked paprika) 3 small garlic cloves, crushed 3 teaspoons wine vinegar A little chili powder, to taste 10 tarragon leaves, chopped 3 tablespoons chopped parsley 2 tablespoons chopped dill To serve: Red onion, finely chopped, mixed with a little wine vinegar and salt Sour cream (important) Light country/seeded bread, not sliced - before serving, put it (or a portion) in a low oven and bake until it's crips on the outside preparation In a pressure cooker, cook the beans in the stock with a teaspoon of salt and bay leaves. Cut all the vegetables into small cubes. Keep aside the celery leaves (check that they are not bitter, if they are, discard them). In a large pot, heat the butter. Add the chopped vegetables (pepper, carrot, parsley root, onion, celery) and saute while stirring over medium heat until the vegetables soften, but not browned. Add the garlic and flour and mix well until it is absorbed. Add the tomato paste, salt and celery leaves. Add the beans with their cooking liquid. Add more water/stock as needed Mix well, cover, and cook until the vegetables soften. Add vinegar, paprika, crushed garlic, tarragon, parsley and dill. Serve very hot, accompanied by vinegered onion, sour cream and bread.
  5. The Soup Topic (2013–)

    Romanian bean soup.
  6. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I cook the onion, in oil until golden, add some garlic and spices (mostly cumin, paprika and a tad oregano), sliced chili, chopped tomato and cook quite well, so that it's saucy and the tomato is soft. I then cook the eggs separately, just enough for it to start set and form largish curds. Then the eggs goes into the sauce and mixed well, bring it to temp and no further cooking is required. The feta is added just before serving (along with some important sumac). I choose a soft feta to begin with, and kept it in distinct pieces, but you can use a drayer one and chop it finer. There's also some tahini in my picture which might be mistaken for melted cheese.
  7. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Simit breads, menemen (scrambled eggs cooked in tomato, onion and green chili sauce) with feta; labneh with zaatar, sirene, olives, veggies.
  8. @Kim Shook If I may suggest, take a look at this cake recipe: It's tender and uses labaneh or Greek yogurt for tenderness. You can replace the mandarin zest with more lemon zest. And if you rather, I know from experience that the olive oil can be replaced with melted butter (45g oil = 56g butter).
  9. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Risotto with weeping bolete and champignon mushrooms. The former were picked a mere 300 meters from my home. I like their flavor a lot, but they have a soft silken-slimy texture, so the champignons provide some contrast.
  10. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Cabbage stuffed with mushrooms and buckwheat. Sauce is sour cream with tarragon, paprika and a little tomato paste, lightly thickened with a roux.
  11. Coffee Ice Cream

    I don't have experience making ice cream, but my 2 cent: The only really good coffee ice cream I had was one in which the coffee was mostly concentrated in a swirl. In a homogeneous ice cream, it's really hard to get a the full aroma, as it will always be too diluted (a sorbet might work better). The swirl allows short periods of full coffee flavor, with the base sort of cleaning the palate from it.
  12. @Anna N Your Brutti ma Buoni looks quite different then the version I'm familiar with, which I guess is a good thing Anyway, yours seems great, I'll need to make those. My to-do list is always growing faster than I can cook from it. Glazed strawberries with pepper. Cream of almonds and bitter almonds. Ricotta with vanilla and honey. Crispy crumble with aniseed. Mint.
  13. The Soup Topic (2013–)

    @Anna N Sure. It's a quick and quite simple soup. 1 whole bulb of garlic 1 tablespoon of butter 1 onion, diced 1 tablespoon of flour 5 cups of stock (being vegetarian, I use vegetable, but I do suggest you use chicken stock) 4 additional garlic cloves Thyme to taste 0.5 teaspoon brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 tablespoon wine vinegar 1-1.5 teaspoons of salt White or black pepper A small bundle of chopped chives for serving Croutons for serving Cut the garlic bulb in half. Put it in a 180 deg C oven for 5 minutes or so. The garlic should not brown much. Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Saute the onion until golden, but not brown. Peel the baked garlic cloves, add to the pot and fry on a low flame, stirring for about three minutes. Add the flour gradually, stirring until it is lightly browned and completely absorbed in the butter. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Add the 4 additional cloves of garlic, the thyme and the brown sugar. Cook for 5-10 minutes. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with the vinegar to get a thick paste. Mix in the eggs. Blend the soup at high speed, gradually adding the beaten eggs. It should form a uniform, thick soup, with a some foam. Season with salt and black pepper. If needed, add more vinegar to taste. Serve immediately with croutons, extra black pepper and chopped chives. You can also sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese.