Thursday, February 26, 2015

Indian Brunch with Paneer-Mint Kulcha

Flatbread, Indian Flatbread Recipe

Hope you all have enjoyed this week's brunch menu's - whether you are in the mood for Czech, Turkish or Indian, a wonderful weekend brunch menu is now at your fingertips..so get in the kitchen and treat your family this weekend!

Today we are doing an Indian themed brunch. This menu takes inspiration from several North Indian states, including Punjab & Jharkand. Many South Asian and Middle Eastern countries use yogurt to create very soft and fluffy flatbreads, as demonstrated in Turkish Bazlama here. Here is another case where yogurt creates a delectable bread that's hard to resist.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Turkish Brunch with Balik Koftesi (Fish Fritters)

Turkish Fish Fritters

Today I am presenting a Turkish themed brunch. With Turkey's location at the edge of Europe and the beginning of the Middle East, it's a delicious fusion cuisine drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean as well as Arabic culture.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Czech Style Brunch - Rohliky, Bramboracky & Okurkovy Salat


This week's BM theme is Weekend Brunch. Brunch is what happens when everybody is lounging around on the weekend and then before you know it, it's too late for breakfast but too early for lunch so you combine a little of both. Toast and coffee just doesn't hit the mark on late, lazy weekends.

I've decided to give myself an additional sub-theme and give you ideas to serve brunch items from different parts of the world. Today we are visiting the Czech Republic. All those foreign names in the title and you might wonder what crazy food I'm presenting you with today. Well actually once translated, all it is are soft and fluffy crescent rolls, potato pancakes & cucumber salad.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Freekeh Date Pilaf

Freekeh Pilaf


Here is a Middle Eastern inspired pilaf that goes great with grilled, fried or roasted meats. It can also be used as the filling for things like stuffed peppers or Turkish pide.

It makes a flavorful alternative to plain rice or potatoes with your meals and perfect for the Vegetarian or Vegan at your table.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tomato Chayote (aka christophene) Soup

Tomato Chayote Soup, Chicken Chayote Soup


This soup was taken from a cookbook I have on Middle Eastern & African Cooking, however I made a number of changes to the original recipe as I found it a little bland.

Chayote is a vegetable that has many different names even in English, depending on what country you are in. Most Americans and Mexicans call it chayote, Jamaicans cal it cho-cho, Africans and Caribbeans call it christopene and in New Orleans it is called mirliton. Whatever you call it, it is one of my favorite vegetables to include in soups. It is a member of the squash family and will absorb other flavors rapidly.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bramboracky - Czech Style Latkes



The Jewish holidays are fast approaching with one of the biggest holidays coming in April, Passover. There are many traditional foods to eat during passover and one of them is latkes, potato pancakes. Starting a few weeks before, latkes are available everywhere here in NY, from Whole Foods to the corner deli. Every country in Eastern Europe has a version of these traditional potato pancakes, albeit with slight variations.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Crescent Rohliky

Breakfast, Brunch Recipes

If you live in the northeastern part of the United States, we woke up to snow yet again. According to CNN last night, it's because of the warming of the Atlantic Ocean, there is too much moisture which is giving us all this snow and frigid temperatures...and you have those skeptics who don't believe in global warming or environmental change....tell them to come over to my part of the country for proof!  They call it a conspiracy theory. Anyway, I really don't have the right to complain too much because I don't live in Boston and thank God I don't....the amount of snow there is just inconceivable.

When you wake up on a cold snowy morning, what's better than some soft and fluffy warm rolls. Try these and I promise you won't be disappointed.

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