• Watermelon Carpaccio

    Watermelon Carpaccio

    Watermelon Carpaccio is not a very common dish. In fact, I haven’t seen it being served anywhere. At least not in the form that I’ve come up with. In order to make my Watermelon Carpaccio, I‘ve cured, smoked and roasted a whole watermelon... and it blew me away! At the end it took me a couple of days to finally devour the end product. However, the wait is totally worth it! Here’s what you will need for the Curing mixture: - 200 g Kosher salt - 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika - 2 tbsp Onion powder - 1 tbsp Ginger powder - 1 tbsp Chili flakes And this you might need to…

  • French Onion Soup

    BEST SOUP – French Onion soup (classical SIMPLE recipe)

    Unlike many people, I absolutely LOVE soups, and French Onion Soup is definitely my favourite. I remember just where and when was the first time I've tried it... It was back in 2014, on a cold and rainy Toronto evening. I was visiting my friends in Canada and doing some touristic things, when I got lost and came across a small cosy French bistro. I tried my first onion soup there and then, that was love from the first sight, and there was no turning back for me anymore... So, now I'm so excited and glad to share with you the recipe of my favourite soup. Surprisingly, it's actually quite…

  • Maltaise sauce

    Maltaise sauce

    Maltaise sauce is a classical French sauce and a derivate sauce from Hollandaise. The ingredient that defines Maltaise apart from Hollandaise is a blood orange. Yes, that sweet and bitter orange, with a taste between sweet orange and grapefruit, and aroma close to raspberry. Maltaise sauce is a perfect sauce to be served with many vegetables, especially asparagus. It is also worth noting, that Maltaise sauce has the same expiry time, as the Hollandaise sauce (check my notes on the technique of cooking a Hollandaise sauce HERE), i.e. 2 hours at 63C (145F). If the temperature rises above that level, eggs will start to cook, and if the temperature falls…

  • Benedict and Florentine eggs

    Eggs Benedict & Florentine eggs (DREAM BREAKFAST for 2)

    Eggs Benedict and Florentine eggs are known as a staple of a dream breakfast and even brunch! Many people, however, assume that they are pretty difficult to make and either avoid them completely in their home cooking, or cook only some of their components at home and rest purchase ready-made. In reality, though, both eggs Benedict and Florentine eggs are pretty straightforward to cooking, and quite doable for anyone with beginner-intermediate cooking skills. 1 Poached egg 20 ml Hollandaise sauce 1 English Muffin 1 Bacon strip Fry the bacon in its own fat and assemble your Egg Benedict in the following order (bottom to top): English muffin (whole, or half)…

  • Gourmet vegan sushi

    7 Ways Of Making Cute Vegan Nigiri (Gourmet Style Sushi)

    I just love sushi, don’t you? But when it comes to vegan sushi, they are so boring: just avocado roll, cucumber roll and sometimes (if you are lucky) a yum roll… those are all the options that you usually get… Depressing… So, I’ve decided to spice up the vegan sushi game a bit, and come up with sushi, specifically nigiri, that I think vegans all over the world deserve to eat! Let me introduce you: THE 7 WAYS OF MAKING CUTE VEGAN NIGIRI SUSHI! And, of course, with a little gourmet molecular gastronomy touch to it :) Here’re those 7 types of cute vegan nigiri: Carrots with toasted sesame seeds…

  • Super Nutritious Vegan Bars

    Super Nutritious Vegan Bars

    Here's a quick & easy, but also super nutritious recipe for the vegan bars. It took me a while to come up with the name for this recipe, because there's so many amazing ingredients inside: almonds, goji berries, coconut... You might as well call them superfood bars, peanut butter bars or whatever you want basically... that's not the point! The point is, that they are extremely nutritious, and will fill you up quite quickly, so keep this in mind while considering your intake :P Preparation time: 1 hour Cooking time: 10 min Per servings: 20 Small bars / Biscuits Ingredients for the Super Nutritious Vegan Bars: Coconut oil - 1/3 cup…

  • Sourdough

    Easy Sourdough bread

    Making Sourdough bread is a step further in your bread game. It's more complicated and definitely more challenging: so many variables to keep in mind and so many aspects to take of... BUT! Once you've baked your first Sourdough bread and tasted it splendid and absolutely unforgettable taste, there is no way back! You are hooked and there is not other bread anymore. I have tried several Sourdough bread recipes by now, and here is the one that might be the easiest in handling. There's only 2 proofings and 1 folding required in this process. I am also using a stand mixer for this recipe, so for those of you…

  • English muffins

    Absolutely delicious English Muffins (breakfast ideas)

    Need some ideas for a special breakfast? Here's a perfect one just for you! English muffins with poached eggs, a.k.a. eggs Benedict. Although the whole process of cooking English muffins takes about 4 hours (3 inactive hours, while the dough is rising), it's totally doable to make them fresh for breakfast. Just prepare the dough a day ahead, leave in the fridge to proof overnight and cook them fresh (10 min to fry) the next morning. These savoury muffins are mostly known for being an essential component in Eggs Benedict and part of MacMuffin at McDonnalds Mac Breakfast. Nevertheless, you will also absolutely love to have them with butter and…

  • Barlotto

    How to cook Barlotto, a.k.a. Barley Risotto

    Risotto comes from an Italian word, meaning ‘rice’, referring to a rice dish. So, Barlotto is another way of naming barley, cooked using a risotto cooking method. But it also is one of the culinary methods, used for rice cooking, when rice is first toasted, and then little amounts of hot liquid are added little by little, while vigorously stirring and waiting for it evaporate. Barley, as we know, is usually cooked using a Pilaf culinary technique of rice cooking… In Barlotto dish, however, it turns out just perfect when cooked with a risotto method and, in my opinion, even more flavourful and interesting than a classical risotto. The recipe of…

  • Shiitake mushroom crackers

    Shiitake mushroom crackers recipe

    Here's a quick an easy recipe of a cool snack that you can make at home in just a few minutes - Shiitake mushroom crackers. This crackers are perfect on their own, but they also go brilliantly well with sour-cream & mushroom based dips. I've prepared these crackers to pair them with my Barlotto, a.k.a. Barley Risotto, cooked with Shiitake mushrooms. Without further ado, here's a recipe for you to follow in order to cook these Shiitake mushroom crackers. Preparation time: 35 min Cooking time: 15 min Per servings: 5 servings Ingredients: 75 g Rice flour 75 g Bread flour 3 Dried Shiitake mushrooms (app. 10 g in total) 2…