Tortellini, also known as “Pelmeni” in Russian and “Chuchvara” in Uzbek, is an amazingly delicious dish. I love two types of tortellini: one filled with meat and the other type filled with different greens and herbs. They are fairly easy to make. Once you get used to rolling the dough, you can easily make them every other day :) I make them at least once a week, because my two boys are in love with them.
If I can describe this soup in three words, they would be: healthy, easy and delicious! Even my picky son Omar loves this soup (except I have to fish out the vegetables from his bowl, just because he doesn’t like bright colors in his food).
Norin is a very popular dish in Uzbekistan. Norin is a combination of thinly-sliced home-made noodles, aged meat (previously marinated and dried) and herbs. Of all regions in Uzbekistan, Norin is widely available in Tashkent, the capital of the country. While my parents were visiting us here, I asked them to help me out to create a step-by-step recipe of this traditional dish. They conveniently agreed and I snapped many, many pictures of the process. I love Norin, in fact, a lot of Uzbeks do :)
Russian Cutlet, known as “Kotleta” in Russian, is a pan-fried minced meat dish that contains onions, garlic and various herbs. It is definitely one of the most popular house dishes in Russia, served with side dishes such as mashed potatoes, fries, pasta, buckweat and barley. I decided to post the Russian Cutlet Recipe, because it is also one of the most favorite meals for both of my boys (right after raviolis). Very easy, delicious and totally Russian!
This is that “special” recipe Nasim has been raving about – the pickled cabbage recipe, similar to the popular “Russian Sauerkraut”. I did not want to call it Russian Sauerkraut, because it is a little different than the Russian version ingredient-wise and taste-wise (it is much better :)) This pickled cabbage came out so good, that we ate it all in less than a week! It is sooo tasty and crunchy, that you will never want to try any other pickled cabbage elsewhere. And the good news is – it is very simple to make!
My mother is my biggest inspiration in the kitchen. I love the way she cooks and believe me when I say that she is an outstanding cook by all gourmet means. Once you know how good a combination of certain ingredients can taste, you always strive to create something that tastes at least equally as good.
Pide, also known as “Pita” in some countries, is a pizza-like dish, typically served as a part of Turkish, Armenian and Middle-Eastern cuisines. This particular recipe is for the Turkish version of Pide, that comes in different toppings and is served in many of the popular Turkish restaurants worldwide.
This is one of our family-favorite chicken dishes of all. You might ask if I ever post anything that is not our favorite? Good question! No, I do not post anything thatÂ our family members or I do not enjoy. Every single dish youÂ find in our blog is straight from our kitchen and is prepared for consumption :)
I do not think blintzes need any introduction. They are loved in many families. I make them once a week since my boys really like blintzes with different fillings. Our favorite fillings are ground meet, fruits (which makes them crepes), cheese or just plain raspberry jam and honey.