Turkey Pastrami – Asian style

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I love experimenting with various tastes when I cook, and especially with Asian flavours. So here I’ve tried a very interesting combination in the glaze for this juicy and tasty turkey breast pastrami. What’s best about this recipe, besides it’s taste and aroma, is you don’t really need a grill or a smoker – it will taste fabulous roasted in the oven as well!

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“Johnnie Walker” brined chicken breasts

Do you remember the last time you’ve grilled chicken breasts? No? Oh don’t get worried, your memory is just fine! You are in a good company – many people simply avoid grilling chicken breasts. Why? Well, for one simple reason – it often comes out dry as a desert!

In a whole chicken the breast is the leanest part, very low fat, and when grilling it dries almost instantly. So, since shortening cooking time isn’t an option here (unlike beef, chicken must always be “well done” – that’s a food safety matter), another obvious idea is to “push” extra liquids into the meat. Yes, you may use an injector, and by all means, if you’re in a hurry, do use it, indeed! However, there is a much simpler and basic way – brining!

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Panna cotta – my favourite Italian dessert

I have always loved panna cotta. Always loved, but also was afraid to cook, thinking it’s probably a lot of work and mess in the kitchen. How wrong I was… During my journey to Tuscany, one of the best trips I had, I was lucky to take a cooking class in the “In Tavola” school in Florence. Little I knew about the dishes I will learn before I came in, but wow – here it was – panna cotta with strawberry coulis! Spoiler – one of the easiest dishes to make!

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Lemon & herbs roasted hens

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Very often my recipes are quite complex, but sometimes I like to go back to the “keep it simple” approach, and this is one of those times. Hens, simply halved, rubbed with olive oil and spices and grilled – quick score when you don’t want to get into complications.

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Hummus with musabbaha – Middle East on a plate

When people talk about Middle Eastern cuisine, one of the most popular dishes is hummus. It is mostly considered just a dip, made of chickpeas, but that’s such an underestimation! Hummus can be the entree, the main course – the sky is the limit, really! So this time, I am bringing you one of my most favorite way to serve hummus – with musabbaha topping. What’s that? Read on!

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Aussie lamb shanks, the Irish way

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In my cooking I very often mix and match different styles, tastes and techniques, mainly because I love experimenting, but also because the results can be absolutely stunning. This is one of those adventures – Aussie lamb shanks, seasoned with a wonderful “Three Little Pigs Touch of Cherry” BBQ rub, one of the best commercially available rubs I’ve tried, and then roasted with a pint of Guinness stout (“The black stuff”, as they call it in Ireland).

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No-dough ricotta cheesecake

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Today’s recipe is for a dish I remember since I was about 4 years old. Something very similar was an all times favorite of all the school and kindergarden kitchens in ex-USSR – yeah, I happened to be born in Moldova, one of the republics. This is one of those things you are either crazy about, or consider it your worst culinary nightmare, and I admit, I belong to the former. Yesterday I got 2 kg of fresh ricotta from my local deli – the DeliHub in St Ives, NSW (big shoutout to these guys – there’s no week I am not there!), hence this old times relic was brought back to life by my wife and here we go!

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Pork fillet & bacon roll

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It’s been a long while, as I’ve been busy with my other projects, which I will be delighted to share with you quite soon. My wood workshop has been made fully operational and I am trying my luck as a hobbyist woodworker.

However, my barbie was not given any days off! So here is a quick and very easy to make pork fillet roll, grilled, needless to mention. And with some extra bacon reinforcement it really is a treat!

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Grilled Tasmanian salmon

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Grilling or smoking for me is by far the most preferred way to cook fish. There’s something utterly primal in the combination of fish and fire, since, mind you, this is just the way our great great ancestors used to cook it, right after pulling the fish out of the waters… The sea was the taste, the smoke was the spice and the fire was the soul.

Salmon is one of the most noble creatures of the sea and it deserves the noble and most traditional treatment – open fire!

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Chicken pilaf (plov) – when you want your rice in style

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Despite its simplicity, this dish has a history of thousands of years. Pilaf, or palov, osh-palov, biryani, pulão… It has known countless variations in India, Balkan, Caucasian, central and south Asian countries, and it’s basis is rice, cooked in a seasoned broth. The usual meat of choice is lamb, but here’s a version of the same dish, but with chicken.

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