delicious grilled lamb chops with perfect mashed potatoes

delicious grilled lamb chops with perfect mashed potatoes

when I hear “lamb chops” I  instantly grow an appetite! lamb meat is special and that is why it needs special attention and preparation. lamb meat needs to be extra fresh and always flavored correctly. red wine marinade is what it needs; however, compared to other recipes, the fresh lamb...
sardines a l'aioli

sardines a l’aioli

you know how sometimes you just feel like eating something, something else, special maybe…oh,oh! and easy to cook if possible! that’s what we had in mind we saw fresh sardines at the local sea food market. and since the weather was good, I used of course, the grill! oh! do...
charcoal grilled egg plant salad

charcoal grilled egg plant salad

friends, what ever you do, you MUST try this at least once! for me, this is a Romanian traditional dish even if in the Middle East countries you can find something similar – the taste is not the same and neither is the preparation. but enough about that, here is...
finger-licking rabbit grill

finger-licking rabbit grill

we really wanted that grilled rabbit. we spoke about it half a year. and when we reached the sea, we said: that’s it. we’re gonna grill it now and we did it on the beach! whooha rabbit is already royalty food and grilling it is so much fun, especially on...
1390 km to Gicutzu

1390 km to Gicutzu

who is Gicutzu? my friend’s grandma has the funny habit of naming animals based on the people’s name she bought them from. Gicu and Gicutzu were 2 pigs she had purchased Aug 2011. and as any decent pig they offered themselves to the yearly tradition know in Romania as Ignat....
rich stuffed cabbage rolls (aka sarmale)

rich stuffed cabbage rolls (aka sarmale)

there is nothing more satisfying than a good bunch of stuffed cabbage rolls. this is a typical Romanian traditional dish, usually served on special occasions (Christmas, New Year’s or parties) and is commonly known as “sarmale”. one can actually stuff different types of leaves, including wine leaves. the stuffed cabbage...
spicy roasted whole chicken duet

spicy roasted whole chicken duet

probably the best chicken in the world ;). we were 4 and we were hungry. so 2 medium size chicken seemed very appropriate. I always envied the professional rotisseries until I figured that “I wanna do that too”. how? easy. simply stuff up the bottom of the chicken with a...
oysters, love for food or food for love?

oysters, love for food or food for love?

oysters! I eat them once a week. and I have recently found out they are even healty! how about that? usually the stuff we like is bad for us. not oysters. oysters are usually not the cheapest thing around and the restaurant prices would drive me bankrupt if I were...
spit roasted baby lamb

spit roasted baby lamb

it has been a while since I have first done this one! the 1.2 mega pixel pictures were actually taken more then a few years ago, back in the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains. it was very rustic and as you can see we built our own wooden spit and rotisserie. lamb...
spleepy real dorada on a bed of veggies

spleepy real dorada on a bed of veggies

I prefer to call it dorada (in Spanish) while in reality it comes in different names depending on the country. What really matters is that this fish is truly cherished around the world because all languages translate it as “golden”. The royal dorade or bream (real dorada) is one of...
red wine marinade

red wine marinade

this is one of my favorites. to be honest, I initially started with “whatever I had around” and then it eventually became a regular to pretty much all nice meat cuts or pieces. it goes smoothly with lamb and also with game. I once tried it with suckling pig and...
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