EUROPE


SPAGHETTI AGLIO E OLIO WITH ANCHOVY PASTE 2
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is one of my favorite pasta dishes ever. Super favorite if I must emphasize. My first exposure to Aglio E Olio was few years ago at Pasta de Waraku in Singapore and I have since declared that I have fallen in love with Aglio Olio. I […]

SPAGHETTI AGLIO E OLIO WITH ANCHOVY PASTE


LINGUINE FRUTTI DI MARE
My first Italian meal when I first set feet on Minnesota was linguine frutti di mare or known as seafood pasta at Buca di Beppo and I can tell you it has been my all-time favorite ever since. Every time we go to Buca, that’s pretty much what we order […]

LINGUINE FRUTTI DI MARE


CHICKEN SCHNITZEL
I’m a HUGE fan of schnitzel. Actually the whole family of ours are too. The first time I made it several years ago, we all got hooked. I made the Veal cutlet that time and it was a big hit ! Recently I tried it on the chicken and as […]

CHICKEN SCHNITZEL



SWEDISH MEATBALLS WITH SWEET POTATO MASH
Swedish meatballs was one of the thing we often ordered when we went to IKEA. It’s yummy and they always have it on a special and you can see almost every diner at IKEA ordered Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes. When I saw the Swedish meatballs recipe on Jamie Oliver’s […]

SWEDISH MEATBALLS WITH SWEET POTATO MASH


PANAKUCHEN / DUTCH APPLE PANCAKE / GERMAN APPLE PANCAKE 2
Want to start your morning right ? well, panakuchen will do just that for you. I’ve heard of Panakuchen before but I never tried it. My husband came home with a recipe of panakuchen (or known as Dutch apple pancake or German apple pancake) one night. The recipe is from […]

PANAKUCHEN / DUTCH APPLE PANCAKE / GERMAN APPLE PANCAKE


CREAMY POTATO GRATIN
From what I understand is that Gratin is originated in French Cuisine. Gratin usually represented with browned crust on top of the dish. What I’m sharing here is creamy potato gratin from Nigella Lawson’s cookbook: Nigella Bites. You will find that the recipe is definitely not the orthodox way of […]

CREAMY POTATO GRATIN



KARELIAN HOT POT / KARJALANPAISTI
Karelian hot pot or known as Karjalanpaisti in Finland, is one of the national dishes in Finland. Originated from Karelia region, this stew is usually prepare with at least two different type of meats, usually beef and pork, but lamb is also common. The stew was traditionally prepared with wood-burning […]

KARELIAN HOT POT / KARJALANPAISTI


CARDAMOM COFFEE BRAID / PULLA
Cardamom coffee braid or known as pulla or vehnapitko in Finland, is the Finnish staple. Pulla is served whenever coffee is served. Most Finnish family bake this at home often. I like the flavor of cardamom and hence I find pulla tasty. I had fun making it too because I […]

CARDAMOM COFFEE BRAID / PULLA


FINNISH MEATBALLS / LIHAPYORYKAT
Finland itself has always been special to me for the longest time. I’ve never been there myself if you wonder why. Finland is special because I have a special friend there A friend that I got to know before I knew how to use a desktop computer and connect to […]

FINNISH MEATBALLS / LIHAPYORYKAT



LEEK SOUP / PURRESUPPE
My mom likes to use leeks in cooking, not as main ingredient, but to flavor things up. When leeks are the main ingredient though, she doesn’t like it as much. I used to be that way too. In fact, it frightened me just thinking about having a full plate of […]

LEEK SOUP / PURRESUPPE


HASSELBACK ROASTED POTATOES
One of the top reasons why I wanted so bad to make this hasselback roasted potatoes was, they look so elegant and pretty. While the ingredient itself, the potato, is a humble ingredient, hasselback potatoes really kick it up a notch in presentation. Originated from Sweden, hasselback potatoes look sophisticately […]

HASSELBACK ROASTED POTATOES


NORWEGIAN SPINACH PIE / NORVEGIA SPINATPIE
  This Norwegian spinach pie is one of the most delicious vegetable pies I have ever tasted so far. The flaky pie crust with the spinach and bacon filling is sure to guarantee satisfaction, at least it did to us. In fact, I couldn’t have enough of it. Such an […]

NORWEGIAN SPINACH PIE / NORVEGIA SPINATPIE



NORWEGIAN SPINACH PIE / NORVEGIA SPINATPIE
Fish gratin or known as fiskergrateng in Norwegian was another one of the Norwegian dishes I tried the other day. Absolutely scrumptious. Very creamy and delicious. This is a one-pot-dish you would love to eat. I think even people who don’t care much for fish dishes, won’t really notice the […]

FISH GRATIN / FISKERGRATENG


NORWEGIAN LAMB AND CABBAGE / FARIKAL
I decided to pack my kitchen with me and head to Norway for an adventure. Just kidding! I’m still physically here, but we did have some cooking adventure trying out several Norwegian dishes with Authentic Norwegian Cooking by Astrid Karlsen Scott . It’s interesting how much you can learn and […]

NORWEGIAN LAMB AND CABBAGE / FARIKAL




30-MINUTE MEAL: SWEDISH FISH CAKES WITH AVOCADO SPROUT SALAD
I decided to give this Swedish fish cakes with avocado sprout salad a try from Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals cookbook with some modification on the salad. I think I’ve mentioned before that both my husband and I are not too big of a fan of cooked salmon. We love raw […]

30-MINUTE MEAL: SWEDISH FISH CAKES WITH AVOCADO SPROUT SALAD


BANOFFEE PIE
My big man that is. Today indeed is a very special day, not only to him, but especially to me. It’s beyond words how grateful I am for having him as part of my life. It’s one of the best things happened in my life. Not only he’s a husband […]

BANOFFEE PIE FOR THE BIRTHDAY BOY


QUICK PORTUGUESE EGG TARTS
It wasn’t very long ago I made Portuguese egg tarts from scratch. I have some leftover of the puff pastry and decided to make this quick Portuguese egg tarts from Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals cookbook. I know the guy never let me down so far on his recipes. He […]

QUICK PORTUGUESE EGG TARTS



FISH AND CHIPS
Each time I see fish and chips on the menu in western restaurant, I’m always so tempted to order it. I’m a big fan of fish and chips. Well, most people do I believe. It’s not the healthiest thing I know and I do allow this every now and then […]

FISH AND CHIPS


ARROZ CON POLLO / RICE WITH CHICKEN
Arroz con pollo or rice with chicken is my kind of favorite dish to cook. Why ? It’s one-pot meal! Originated in Spain in the form of pilaf, arroz con polo has become staples in Latin America and throughout the Carribean. The chicken is infused with flavor from adobo rub. […]

ARROZ CON POLLO / RICE WITH CHICKEN


CIOPPINO/ SEAFOOD STEW
This was my first time having cioppino. I often heard of it but never really knew what it was until I tried it from Bobby Flay’s Throwdown cookbook. It is so extremely delicious for real! Cioppino is an Italian-American stew/soup originated in San Francisco. Reading the history of it, cioppino […]

CIOPPINO / SEAFOOD STEW



CHICKEN MARSALA WITH SAGE
Chicken Marsala is a classic Italian dish that is made with chicken cutlets, Marsala wine and often you will see mushrooms in the dish. The chicken is lightly coated with flour and pan-fried. The Marsala sauce is made by reducing the mixture of shallots, herb (in this case, sage), chicken […]

CHICKEN MARSALA WITH SAGE


PORTUGUESE EGG TARTS
One of the positive legacies of Portuguese colonial rule is their Portuguese egg tarts. My first encounter with the Portuguese egg tarts was when we were in Macau as part of our honeymoon journey. In fact, I made it a point to my husband that we gotta try them out […]

PORTUGUESE EGG TARTS


OSTEND-STYLE FISH GRATIN
It is delightful to see many fish recipes in the Dutch and Belgian Food and Cooking by Janny De Moor and Suzanne Vandyck. The cookbook did mention that Ostend, a coastal town in the Flemish province of West Flanders, Belgium, is renowned for the quality of its fish and shellfish. […]

OSTEND-STYLE FISH GRATIN



BIRDS' NESTS WITH PINK POTATO PUREE FOR EASTER
Okay, it’s not a very common name for a food I have to admit. Birds’ nests ? pink potato ? wha..what?? Easter is coming up and so I thought it would be fun to prepare an Easter treat this year. Birds’ nests with pink potato puree is traditional Belgian Easter […]

BIRDS’ NESTS WITH PINK POTATO PUREE FOR EASTER


CHICKEN AND KALE RISOTTO WITH PINE NUTS AND BACON
I got this chicken and kale risotto with pine nuts and bacon recipe from Start Fresh cookbook by Tyler Florence. A friend asked me to share recipes that Fiorina likes. It can be challenging cooking for toddlers (at least mine). Overall, she has gotten better. She eats pretty much most […]

CHICKEN AND KALE RISOTTO WITH PINE NUTS AND BACON


TURKEY MEATBALL STROGANOFF
I made this turkey meatball stroganoff specifically for Fiorina to try. Well, we ate them too This was another recipe I tried from Start Fresh cookbook by Tyler Florence. It’s really delicious and it’s not just to feed your baby or toddler, you can feed the entire family. Fiorina ate […]

TURKEY MEATBALL STROGANOFF



CAPUNS/ SWISS CHARD ROLLS WITH SAUSAGE IN CREAM SAUCE
Capuns is a traditional Swiss dish from Graubunden canton in Switzerland. As described in the title it is pretty much a meat incorporated in a spatzli batter (type of soft egg noodles found in Switzerland and other parts of Europe) wrapped in Swiss chard leaves and then cooked in butter […]

CAPUNS/ SWISS CHARD ROLLS WITH SAUSAGE IN CREAM SAUCE


PAPET VAUDOIS/ VAUD SAUSAGES WITH LEEKS, CREAM AND POTATOES
Papet Vaudois is a very popular dish from the Vaud canton in Switzerland. This is another one of a super easy dish to make and a one-pot too. The creamy leeks and potatoes are served with the Vaud smoked pork (and beef) sausage. This is actually also a highly-recommended winter […]

PAPET VAUDOIS/ VAUD SAUSAGES WITH LEEKS, CREAM AND POTATOES


CHURER FLEISHTORTE/ MEAT PIE FROM CHUR
Deciding to make this meat pie from Chur was one of the many best decisions I had ever made in life. I love meat. I love pie. You put the two together and you get lots of love. I’m not kidding though, this meat pie was REALLY good. Meat pie […]

CHURER FLEISHTORTE/ MEAT PIE FROM CHUR



ZURCHER GESHNETZELTES BELLEVOIR/ MINCED VEAL BELLEVOIR
Minced veal bellevoir is one of the national dishes of Switzerland. This particular recipe is from the famous Bellevoir hotel school in Zurich. As shared in The Swiss Cookbook by Nika Standen Hazelton, the Swiss butchers sell the veal for this dish already minced; they do the mincing in special […]

ZURCHER GESHNETZELTES BELLEVOIR/ MINCED VEAL BELLEVOIR


ROSTI
It had always been my dream since I was little, I can’t remember how little, but perhaps old enough to understand certain things and old enough to have dreams, to travel to Switzerland. Why Switzerland ? well, I always think it is such a peaceful country (it’s hardly ever on […]

ROSTI


eggs
Caviare or Caviar is the roe from the huge sturgeon fish that is found in the Caspian sea. It is usually black in color and often associated with gourmet dish. From what I read from wikipedia, the caviar of the sturgeon is the most expensive. Currently, dwindling fishing yields as […]

EGGS WITH CAVIARE



CHICKEN KIEV
Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate. We are forever grateful for everything we have. No turkey in the oven or stove-top this year. I remember last year my mom was the one who was busy with all the cooking. This year I got a day off (from cooking). But I […]

CHICKEN KIEV


PIROZHKI
Pirozhki is a generic word for individual-sized baked or fried buns stuffed with a variety of fillings. Homemade pirozhki are great favorites of old and young alike. A common variety of pirozhki are baked stuffed buns made from yeast dough and often glazed with egg to produce the common golden […]

PIROZHKI


BIGOS
When a country proclaims a certain dish as a national dish, you just have to know that there gotta be reasons why they do so. Bigos is Poland’s national dish (as well as Ukranian’s). It is a traditional meat stew with typical ingredients may include sauerkraut, pork, sausage, venison, veal, […]

BIGOS



SALMON KULEBYAKA
As a seafood lover, I can tell you that I don’t really care much for a cooked salmon. I like to eat my salmon raw. I’m surprised that my hubby actually feels the same way (another sashimi-maniac). I hardly cooked salmon (besides for Fiorina). You can probably find just few […]

SALMON KULEBYAKA


VEAL SCALOPPINI WITH SAFFRON CREAM SAUCE
I actually made this dish to join Giada’s Let’s Get Cooking photo contest. There were 50 recipes to choose from Giada’s list and veal scaloppini with saffron cream sauce was one of the recipes that called my name when I saw it. I love veal and had been cooking several […]

VEAL SCALOPPINI WITH SAFFRON CREAM SAUCE


SHEPHERD'S/COTTAGE PIE WITH RUTABAGA TOPPING
I had always wanted to make my own shepherd’s/cottage pie for a long time but never got around to do that. But I finally did. And a mean one too! 😉 This shepherd’s/cottage pie with rutabaga topping is from Martha Stewart’s Living cookbook. In early cookery books, the dish was […]

SHEPHERD’S/COTTAGE PIE WITH RUTABAGA TOPPING



MOM'S LASAGNA
Michael Symon’s Mama that is :). He said that every Wednesday at his parent’s house was lasagna night and that was the night that all his friends begged to eat over. Mom’s lasagna cemented his mom, Angel, as best cook on the street. The smell of the baking lasagna traveled […]

MOM’S LASAGNA


POT AU FEU
I decided to give another big classic of French dish a try – Pot Au Feu. According to Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles cookbook, Pot Au Feu is soul food for socialists. And if you want to make a Frenchman cry ? Make him a nice bowl of Pot Au Feu. […]

POT AU FEU


DUCK CONFIT
What is duck confit ? I heard it all the time. Never tasted it though. However, I know that a plate of one duck confit doesn’t come cheap. So, here’s what I learned about Confit from both Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles cookbook and Michael Symon’s Live To Cook cookbook. Confit […]

DUCK CONFIT



TOMATO SALAD
Well, seriously, it’s not that I purposely wanted to make tomato salad. I had so much tomatoes in my fridge and I had been using lots of them when I cooked Mexican and Turkish dish. We juice the tomatoes too, but I just want to clean up the fridge and […]

TOMATO SALAD


vegetables
This is a Mediterannean-inspired dish that is simple and great as appetizer. It has lots of flavor. The eggplant dip is made with garlic, peppers, olives, pine nuts, and capers. I ate it with toasted pita bread I made and it was indeed fabulous. ROASTED EGGPLANT CAPONATA (8 servings) 1 […]

ROASTED EGGPLANT CAPONATA


CREAMY PARMESAN POLENTA
So, I have been seeing quite a bit of polenta recipe in different cookbooks, however, I hadn’t had a chance to try it. I decided to give it a try the other day while flipping through Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? cookbook. If you like cream of […]

FEED MY BABY: CREAMY PARMESAN POLENTA