Squid Ink Pasta with Scallops in Creamy Sauce

This pasta is one of those marvelous dishes that look gorgeous, but take less than 30 minutes to make. I don't want to write to much about it let's just dive in right into cooking. If you don't have squid ink pasta, it's no problem, use any type of spaghetti that's in your pantry. Oh, maybe just one more thing - don't overcook your scallops! Continue Reading

Chicken Tikka Masala and Garlic Naan

Since we had self-quarantined ourselves in our apartment a few weeks ago, we stopped ordering restaurant deliveries or pick-ups. For the first couple of weeks, it was super fun to try all the recipes I've been putting for later, or cook my childhood favorite dishes I haven't tasted for years. But on a third week, I was done with Eastern European recipes. I started craving Indian food so much, I was ready to break my quarantine and go to any Indian restaurant even just to stare at their closed ... Continue Reading

Garlic Naan Bread

This is the second part of my Chicken Tikka Masala and Garlic Naan saga; I hope you enjoyed both recipes. Time to make some bread! Disclaimer: this recipe is not authentic, it's just super delicious. This Naan is wonderfully soft and elastic, and I honestly could not get enough of it. Continue Reading

Easy Penne Pasta with Tomato Sauce

For me, there are very few meals more comforting than good old pasta with thick and flavorful tomato sauce. This dish seems very basic; it actually is. It consists of only six ingredients: olive oil, butter, onion, garlic, crushed tomatoes, and a handful of excellent Italian penne (I don't count salt and chili flakes). The secret is to use the best ingredients you can find and cook pasta to a perfect al-dente. Yes, as easy as that. If you're looking for a quick-fix meal for dinner, this pasta ... Continue Reading

Muhammara with Pickled Bell Peppers

Sometimes inspiration comes from unexpected sources. Mine found me when I was decluttering my pantry. After going through countless half-full bags of lentils, barley, and some weird grains I didn't even know I had, I discovered a jar of roasted and pickled red peppers, which I bought a few months ago and completely forgot about. For some weird coincidence, I placed them next to a bag of toasted walnuts my mom brought me from Ukraine, and then the lightning struck. I thought that I should ... Continue Reading

Candied Butternut Squash with Ice Cream and Pistachios

I like making elaborate desserts, but sometimes it's so nice to cook something very straightforward yet utterly delicious and satisfying. This Candied Butternut Squash with Ice Cream and Pistachios is all about elegance and simplicity. I was inspired by classic Turkish dessert Kabak Tatlısı Tarifi which is basically pumpkin slices cooked in simple syrup. In my version, I added a little bit of lemon juice and zest to make the flavor more interesting and to cut the sweetness. I think it worked ... Continue Reading

New Black Sea Dinner Series

You are invited to embark on an epicurean journey around the Black Sea, exploring vibrant culinary cultures of Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania. Every dinner will be a beautiful family-style 6-course feast featuring one of the following food destinations: #1 Jan 26th - Our first culinary destination is Odessa - one of the most vibrant Ukrainian cities. I'll be honoring its diverse culinary heritage with traditional Forshmak, umami Buckwheat and Mushroom soup, and ... Continue Reading

Dec 15th, 2019 – Supra: Georgian Bountiful Feast

If according to Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, every Georgian dish is a poem. Then every Georgian feast must be a polyphony written with food and wine. With this dinner, I want to take you on an exciting culinary journey to one of the most beautiful countries that gave birth to wine and colorful Supra feasts. I'll recreate Georgian most favorite dishes, along with my modern interpretation of their traditional recipes. Together we'll taste the most delicious Adjarian Khachapuri, famous ... Continue Reading

Homemade Soft Cheese (Syr/Tvorog)

A recipe for Tvorog, or Syr how we call it in Ukraine, was one of the most requested ones on my Instagram. The reason is that Tvorog is a crucial ingredient for a countless number of Slavik dishes. Including my favorite Lazy Dumplings, crispy Syrniki, and thin Nalysniki stuffed with this lovely cheese. I've recently learned that an internationally known name for Tvorog is Quark or quarg. The names may vary from country to country, but the basic idea is the same. It's an easy-to-make, fresh ... Continue Reading

Nov 16th, 2019 – Georgian 6-Course Supra Brunch

We're happy to present our first 6-course Georgian brunch pop-up. With this menu, we want to take you on an exciting culinary journey to a faraway Georgia and share some of our favorite dishes such as Imeretian Khachapuri, Georgian Spiced Eggs, and Honey Cake. It will be our morning version of a famous Supra feast. Let's start the weekend together, meet new people, and have a delicious meal together. Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at 11 AM – 1.30 PM Picnic on Third (Map) RESE... Continue Reading