202 posts by Anna Voloshyna

Lahmacun Recipe – Divine Middle Eastern Flatbread

Lahmacun, also known as Lahmajoun, is a genuinely multinational dish. This thin flatbread topped with ground meat and spices is very popular in Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, and multiple Middle Eastern communities worldwide. It's also often called "Turkis pizza," although I don't like to use that term. To me, "crispy flatbread" sounds more on point. But no matter how you call it, Lahmacoon is an incredibly delicious and versatile dish. In Turkey, it's one of the most favorite street food dishes. ... Continue Reading

Georgian Satsivi – Chicken in Creamy Walnut Garlic Sauce

Satsivi is one of the most famous Georgian sauces made with ground walnuts, garlic, and spices. Everything is mixed together with a bit of liquid, water or broth, until velvety smooth. This sauce tastes great on top of salads, grilled vegetables, and meat, but the most praised combination is with poultry. In Georgia, they make with whole chicken or turkey and serve it during the New Year celebration. I prefer Chicken Satsivi made with skinless chicken breast or thighs. Another unusual fact ... Continue Reading

Fluffy Sourdough Pancakes

I've been playing a lot with my infant sourdough starter lately. It still fascinates me how incredibly versatile this thing is. Although I have big plans for my starter, making sourdough croissants, pizza, brioche, and biscuits, I've decided to start with something a bit more simple and familiar. Yes, I'm talking about scrumptious sourdough pancakes. This recipe is very easy and straightforward. The only thing is it takes some time to make. You'll need to prepare an overnight sponge and leave ... Continue Reading

Scallops with White Beans and Bacon

When I crave seafood, scallops are always my first choice. These Scallops with White Beans and Bacon are a perfect choice to start the week with something fun and unusual. This dish is elegant, comforting, and full of flavor. It looks impressive and takes only 40 minutes to make. What else could you wish for? I'd would never have guessed that seared scallops would go so well with beans and bacon. But this dish was love at first bite. It's loaded with my favorite savory flavors, of applewood ... Continue Reading

Lobio Georgian Bean Stew Recipe

Lobio is a traditional Georgian dish and one of the pillars of their cuisine.This dish has a concise and straightforward list of ingredients, just dried beans, onion, walnuts, garlic, and cilantro. As for the spices, I like to keep that part simple and traditional as well, using salt, chili pepper, coriander, a pinch of black pepper, and a splash of red wine or balsamic vinegar. That's it. But despite its modest appearance, Lobio is a vibrant and versatile dish, and it always holds a special ... Continue Reading

Jingalov Hats Armenian Flatbread Stuffed with Greens and Feta

The spring is finally here, and the only thing I want to do is cooking with all the fantastic produce that's in season right now. To be honest, I got a bit over-excited and stocked my fridge with an immense amount of luscious greens and herbs. When I realized I need to utilize all of that crop before it turns into brown mush, the fabulous Jingalov Hats instantly came to mind. Jingalov Hats is the Armenian flatbread stuffed with herbs and fried on a dry skillet. It's a very rustic dish ... Continue Reading

Softest Paska (Kulich) – Sweet Easter Bread

Paska (also known as Kulich in Russia, and Panettone in Italy) is a Ukrainian name for a sweet, soft, and incredibly aromatic bread that's traditionally baked for Orthodox Easter and brought to Easter service to get blessings from a priest. Paska is usually decorated either with meringue-like egg white frosting (my personal favorite), or sugar glaze and topped with colorful sprinkles or dried fruits. The Paska recipe I'm sharing with you today is my absolute favorite. It's rather ... Continue Reading

One-Pot Moroccan Style Chicken

There is something utterly comforting about meat stews simmered in a thick, flavorful sauce. This mouthwatering One-Pot Moroccan Style Chicken totally falls into that category. It's full of aromatic spices that will warm you up and make you cozy in no time. It also has a bunch of sweet and savory ingredients that melt into a beautiful and intricate symphony of tastes and aromas. And the best part is that it's really easy to make. It will take you about 40 to 50 minutes from start to finish. ... Continue Reading

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