Soy & Ouzo Chicken Wings – Middle East and Asian fusion

This is the 3-rd and final post of the “Holy Wings Trinity” series. Growing up in Israel, I’ve learned a lot about the Middle Eastern food, and how diverse it can get… On other hand, I’ve always appreciated the Asian cooking, so in this recipe I simply combined the two and created a marinade, which might seem a bit odd (and honestly, weirdly smelling one too!), but trust me, the wings come out so good you won’t be able to resist! The subtle anise flavour from ouzo is taking the wings to a totally different level!

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Raspberry & Balsamic glazed BBQ wings

Continuing the three recipes series I’ve started in this post, this one is so easy it’s hardly can be even considered as a recipe. Use of balsamic vinegar here brings those wings to a totally different level. Try it!

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Sweet, Hot & Sticky Wings – perfect beer companion

Couple of days ago a good friend told me she & her partner are planning a beer and wings night, and asked if I have any good wings recipe. I immediately remembered three recipes which ended on my shortlist after quite a lot of experiments. This is the first post out of three, so stay tuned!

We start with the sweet, hot & sticky wings – very easy recipe, not too much work, and the outcome is absolutely mouthwatering!

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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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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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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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Grilled chicken breasts – the simple way

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So, the chicken breasts… One of the cheapest cuts you can get, and one might think, quite simple to cook. But here’s the catch – this cut is one of the leanest ones as well, so, to keep it succulent and tender, you will find all kinds of marinating, brining and wrapping techniques suggested in the recipes. No, I am not saying these methods won’t work… On a contrary, they will, and you’ll most probably love the results, but… what if I told you there’s a way to grill an ultimately juicy and tender chicken breast completely fuss-free and ridiculously simple? Do I have your attention now? Good! Let’s go!

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Buckwheat pilaf -Russian kitchen meets Persian

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Today I want to share something very special. Usually, buckwheat is found in the organic foods sections of the supermarkets and not really popular among those who are not after pure organic and healthy food lifestyle. However for me, born and raised in the long gone Soviet Union, buckwheat is a taste of childhood, no less than that. Back then, unlike many other foods, buckwheat was freely available in the stores, and that made it one of the pillars of russian cuisine. The dish I am about to show you had no name other than “buckwheat with meat”… But I’ve taken it a bit further, upgraded it to the next level, if you like, and took the liberty to compare it with another dish I really like – persian pilaf, as, mind you, the preparation steps are almost identical. Hence, here I am, giving you the “buckwheat pilaf”, a dish which is about to change all you’ve known about buckwheat till now!

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Sunday Fair Smoked Turkey Legs

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G’day, folks!

Sooo…. I finally got my smoker! Before moving to Sydney I had a Weber Smokey Mountain cooker, which I unfortunately had to leave behind. For the last 6 months I’ve been doing market research trying to find a better smoker, but eventually I am back with my trusty “R2D2”, as my two little “Star Wars” fans named it.

Today I am going to talk about one of those recipes demonstrating how the basic techniques make an amazing outcome. Turkey legs are among the cheapest cuts of meat you can get, but, cooked right, will become a real treat!

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