Grilled sandwich with caramelized onions, mushrooms and goat cheese

"Life is like a sandwich - the more you add to it, the better it becomes".  Sandwiches for breakfast were kind of a "default" choice when I was growing up. Easiest, quickest to make and hassle free. White bread, butter, cheese or sausage, topped with a tomato or cucumber when available. No one in our … Continue reading Grilled sandwich with caramelized onions, mushrooms and goat cheese

Chicken breast with black pepper marinade

"Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of culture."~Mark Kurlansky I've developed a serious habit of reading labels at the store. In the beginning grocery shopping took me quite a bit of time. Now that a lot of labels are somewhat familiar, the process is not as … Continue reading Chicken breast with black pepper marinade

Grilled octopus with baby potatoes, baby aubergines and smoked paprika

"If you've lost your appetite today, I think I have it!" Ordering food at a restaurant, there are several ingredients that always draw my attention. One of them is octopus. I love it in many shapes and forms, yet grilled octopus wins over everything else! I must admit I had tried quite a few times … Continue reading Grilled octopus with baby potatoes, baby aubergines and smoked paprika

Buffalo wings

"Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you!" ~Tommy Smothers Who am I to say so... I don't eat meat at all for over 7 years now, but I do like preparing it for others. The most interesting part is getting it right without tasting, going only by smell. … Continue reading Buffalo wings

Banana Flambé

(don't) Try this at home! Let me tell you - the trick with flambe works every time when you have some rare guests over and you work to impress! I've made this super simple dessert for quite a few friends of mine and even the most serious dessert lovers claimed it was amazing. Besides, if … Continue reading Banana Flambé

Grilled stingray

"The only thing I like better than talking about food is eating!" John Walters Don't ask me where I am, when the weather is good.I'm always at the cabin. And quite often - the designated chef. This is one of those places where I can nurture my creativity - the grocery stores in the closest … Continue reading Grilled stingray

Fish soup over wood burning open fire

Even if you've been fishing for three hours and haven't gotten anything except poison ivy and sunburn, you're still better off than the worm! #FishingStory One of my top favorite things to do in summer is cooking over open fire on warm nights. There is something so magical about it! Starry nights, nightingales, good company... … Continue reading Fish soup over wood burning open fire

Cod wrapped in brined grape vine leaves grilled with baby carrots

 "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he'll sit in a boat with a fishing pole and drink beer all day." Lorena McCourtney, 'Invisible' It was Friday - a day when most of the groceries stores in town get fresh fish. A few friends recommended … Continue reading Cod wrapped in brined grape vine leaves grilled with baby carrots

Tuna steak with potato-parmigiano cakes

Is this chicken what I have or is this fish? I know it's tuna, but it says "Chicken of the sea". Jessica Simpson   The first time I heard this quote, I seriously didn't think this was real! Oh well, everyone has their own blond moments. The tuna steak is the simplest part. The only … Continue reading Tuna steak with potato-parmigiano cakes