180 posts by Anna Voloshyna

Light Kefir Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote

Panna Cotta is one of those desserts which look very fancy but actually incredibly easy to make. This silky, custard-like goodness is so great for summer. Because let's face it, it's not fun to spend a few hours in the hot kitchen baking pies and sweating next to an oven. That's why summertime is when Panna Cotta can shine in all it's glory, especially when topped with seasonal berries or fruits. For this particular recipe, I suggest cooking simple Strawberry Compote to add a little brightness ... Continue Reading

Best Grilled Chicken Pita Pockets

For our family summer is, first of all, is about grilling. My husband is incredibly passionate about cooking food outdoors, and not so much about cooking at home :) So when I have a chance to make him cook, I take it without asking. I've noticed that there is definitely something about guys and grilling. Somehow it fascinates them more than any other food related activity. My thoughts are the combination of fire, sharp metal objects, and a chance to spend time drinking beer with other buddies, ... Continue Reading

Tuna Tartare with Lemongrass on Crispy Wontons

Recently I've had an amazing opportunity to teach a cooking master class in the heart of San Francisco. It was my first teaching experience, and I felt incredibly excited, but at the same time overwhelmed with all the preparation and planning. I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone to give this class. At first, the whole idea of showing other people how to dice, julienne, and brunoise gave me and anxiety. However, the more I though it through, the more excited I got. Because I realized ... Continue Reading

Buttermilk Orange Panna Cotta

Light but creamy Buttermilk Panna Cotta is a foolproof dessert choice. You can cook it way ahead of time plus it's almost impossible to find a person who doesn't like it. Everybody will enjoy this creamy vanilla bean deliciousness topped with fresh oranges. It's a perfect dessert for warmer weather. Especially spring, when you can sit outside and have a teaspoon of light panna cotta and a sip of slightly chilled sweet wine. Yeah, life can be unbearably good sometimes! It's surprisingly ... Continue Reading

Beet and Mozzarella Sandwich with Pistachio Pesto

Roasted beets may not seem the obvious ingredient choice for a sandwich, but it's definitely a delicious one. Accompanied with fresh mozzarella slices, delicate pistachio pesto, and crispy watercress this sandwich makes a great lunch. Thinly sliced beets are like a vegan version of cold cuts, especially when dressed with some smoked olive oil along with a drop of wine vinegar and fresh herbs. It's always good to have a few roasted beets in your fridge. Just in a few minutes, you'll be able ... Continue Reading

Gua Bao – Taiwanese Pork Belly Steamed Buns

Pork Belly Steamed Buns is hands down our favorite Asian street food. White and fluffy bao filled with tender, slowly cooked pork belly along with some crunchy veggies and sauces is a pure delight. Classic Taiwanese Gua Bao includes a few simple ingredients: soft steamed bun, tender pork belly, pickled mustard greens, fresh cilantro, and powdered peanuts. As you may notice, we're not good at following traditional rules, so we decided to make some changes and use fresh veggies instead of ... Continue Reading

Healthy and Delicious Egg Salad Sandwich

Egg Salad Sandwich is one of the easiest sandwiches to make. We like it because it has just a few simple ingredients which are magically combined into a delicious and satisfying meal. The only downside is that with great taste comes a significant amount of calories. Considering this, we decided to give a little makeover to a good old recipe and make a healthier version of an egg salad sandwich. First of all, we substitute full-fat mayo with a healthier mix of homemade mayonnaise and ... Continue Reading

Awesome Hasselback Potato with Mint Chutney

We've always thought of Hasselback potato as a holiday side dish. Because it looks so festive and unusual and goes exceptionally well with roasted meat and poultry. That's why we decided to post this Hasselback Baked Potato with Mint Chutney recipe right before Easter. This dish has lots of variations, and you can use almost every spice and herb you have in your pantry. This time we wanted to balance starchy potatoes with something fresh and piquant. Homemade mint chutney seemed like a great ... Continue Reading

Roasted Coffee Carrot

Combine carrot and coffee in one dish may sound like a crazy cooking idea, but it tastes unexpectedly good. We've tried this flavor combo in the SHED restaurant and instantly fell in love with it. Our Roasted Coffee Carrot dish is a tribute to an endless creativity of folks who work at that awesome place. We didn't copy their recipe because we didn't have it. All we did is followed our cooking instincts and flavor buds. As a result, we created a new unique recipe that we are proud of. Don't ... Continue Reading

Creative DIY Easter Eggs Idea: the Little Prince

The Little Prince story is the one that touches hearts and changes minds. It reminds us of the best moments of childhood and puts a smile on our faces. If this Easter you want to create something very special for your nearest and dearest, this DIY project is exactly what you’re looking for. Release your inner artist and have fun making Little Prince Easter Eggs. And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisi... Continue Reading