Those of you who follow my posts probably remember my origins, roots, if you like, are from Eastern Europe. Generally speaking, Russian, I would say, but being more specific, I was born in Bessarabia, a relatively small piece of land in between Moldova, Ukraine and the Black Sea. Throughout its whole history Bessarabia was a very desired trophy – it’s been conquered by Turks, Romanians, Russians and a handful of others who ruled the land for shorter periods of time… Such a mixture of cultures created a very interesting culinary fusion as well, and Bessarabia’ cooking is heavily influenced by that of the conquerors – Turkey and Romania mainly, but also Russia and Ukraine. So, today I want to show you my take on a traditional Romanian “mititei” – grilled ground meat rolls, as I remember them from my childhood.
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!
Couple of weeks ago, during the “quarterly visit” to Costco, we ran into a big books stand loaded with cook books. I wasn’t planning on any additions to my culinary library, but my wife picked out of a huge pile a book with Christmas recipes. Since we’re new to Australia, I thought it’d be a great excourse into Australian traditional Christmas delights, and I was most definitely not mistaken. So, the first recipe we (ok, ok, my wife 🙂 ) picked was this luscious, totally crazy and addictive dark chocolate and sherry-cherry cake. Chocolate junkie like me, I was in heaven!!!
Pork loin is one of my favorite cuts. It is equally great for steaks, kabobs or, butterflied, as a wrap for stuffing it with anything you can think of. But today I am sharing a whole pork loin roast, a classic indirect grilling made simple.
Well, the reason I’ve been so quiet past few months is I actually moved from Israel to Sydney, Australia. Yep, the southern hemisphere, the world down under :). Was a bit shaky period, but it’s finally over! This blog is on again, and I will do my best bringing you not only the food related goodies, as I’ve done till now, but also some interesting Ozzy stories about how things are done down here.