Pelmeni are the Russian equivalent of the Italian ravioli and the Chinese dumplings. Actually, almost every cuisine has it's version of dough balls stuffed with sweet or savory filling. The word pelmeni literary means "ear bread." Back in the days, peasant women in Siberia used to make hundreds of pelmeni, stuff them into canvas bags, and hang them outside to freeze.
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This deep red meaty soup has many varieties depending on the region it's coming from. But it seems that it has become somewhat of a Ukrainian national symbol. The red beetroot is the major ingredient of the soup and the bearer of that rich, earthy, delicious flavor. Here is how I cook the Ukrainian Borscht.
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It has been snowing all day today and I couldn't help thinking about the summer with a little bit of nostalgia. I decided to perk myself up by cooking a dish I enjoyed very much during my vacation in Afythos - Shrimp Saganaki. The word saganaki refers to the single-serving frying-pan it is cooked in. I do not own such dish, so I cooked it in shallow ramekins. Here it is.
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I just spent a few hours defrosting a large tuna steak wandering how to cook it, when it turned out that we are going to have company for dinner. To feed 4 people with one tuna steak I made grilled tuna fajitas. Bellow is how I cooked it. Bear in mind, this recipe is very spicy.
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It is said that every festive meal should start with an appetizer to whet the appetite. In Italy, those are known as antipasti, in France as hors d'oeuvre. Here on the Balkans and the Middle East we call it mezé. Today's appetizer recipe will surely tease your palate.
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