Not on Food! On Love. Happy Valentine’s Day!

 Let’s Love today, let’s put troubles aside. For a day let’s not hate, instead let’s love and celebrate this beautiful life.  I woke up today and watched the news! I don’t do that anymore (watch the news that is)! Because they are just a reminder of what a troubled world we live in these days! …

Understanding Meringue

Meringue is the true melt in your mouth experience… When done right!!! The hard outside and the smooth and mallow inside texture of meringue is the reason behind the world’s love of this cloud-like food. Ask anyone and they will tell you that a Baked Alaska is an incredible experience that showcases a balance between …

Filo Dough 101

So what is Filo dough? Phyllo, Filo or Fillo*, also known as sheet pastry doughs, which are paper-thin sheets of unleavened** flour dough, very commonly used in making pastries both sweet and savoury, especially in Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. * All spellings are correct and commonly used to refer to the same term. **Unleavened meaning: without …

Caviar

Background Caviar is Sturgeon’s eggs that have been brined or salted and allowed to mature. For the longest time, the Soviet Union was the sole producer of caviar. But since 1953 Iran’s Caspian Coast started producing 180 tons of caviar annually (Russia produces 1800 tons annually). Now the Caspian Sea produces 98% of world’s caviar. I …

Apple Brined Turkey – A recipe you will be happy to have

Ohh Yah! It’s the good old Turkey! It is that time of year again when you can have a feast, and I want to make sure you have a turkey recipe that you will be really happy with. I want you to confidently cook the big bird for your friends and family, knowing that you …

Mincemeat – is it a Trick or a Treat?!

  The first time I had mincemeat, I thought: “This must be a joke!” It was Christmas, and definitely not Halloween’s, but it sure felt like a trick and no way near a treat!! It was a school Christmas celebration and there was a lot of food on the table! A friend of mine had …

Christmas Cookie Exchange and little DIY projects

It is the countdown to Christmas! Have you been busy planning and organising? If not, get on with it, take the time to plan a celebration. Gather up your family and friends and make sure you all have a good time. One good place to start is to throw a cookie exchange party. A beautiful …

Dima’s Top 10 Cookie Baking Tips

Here is a quick post to help you with your cookie baking… Cookies like cakes are dependent on precise measurements. Make sure to measure your ingredients precisely to achieve best results. (This is important for all things baked, as ratios of dry to liquid ingredients is what creates the desired results) Cookies are not Bread. …