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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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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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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Mpiftekia (Greek burgers) and souvlaki – simple pleasures

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When I posted this photo on my Facebook page I wrote “burgers and kabobs”. However, since I got quite a few complaints from my Greek speaking friends (and working in a company with a big branch in Cyprus, I have a bunch of those 🙂 ), I decided to give this post a Greek spirit. So, today we are grilling mpiftekia – Greek burgers, and souvlaki – chicken thigh fillet skewers. And yeah, you’ll get extra points if you’re able to actually pronounce those names 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Grilled “mititei” – back to the roots…

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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.

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