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Blackcurrant vanilla muffins (vegan version) [23 Apr 2012|10:36pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamon at Blackcurrant vanilla muffins (vegan version)


This recipe survived in my kitchen for a year and I thought it really is worth sharing. These are the simplest muffins from what I bake. After lots of trials with other muffin flavors I have to say they also taste the best to me. They are something I don't forget and keep coming back to, like these oatmeal cookies and this banana bread. Read more...
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Falafel home making [03 Apr 2012|09:03am]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamon at Falafel home making
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I always thought it was difficult and time consuming but now I know it isn't. Making falafel at home turned out easy and fun. But even if it wasn't I'd still do that at least sometimes because nothing can compare to having that first falafel ball. It is yours right out of the hot oil before anyone even knows that falafel is coming. I mean, you have to taste when you cook, right? Read more...

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Favorite caponata [27 Mar 2012|07:51am]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamon at Favorite caponata


You might well tell me that it is not the classic caponata and perhaps you will be right. It happened so that I tried caponata in different interpretations here and there and there was one I liked by far the most. It was at l'Osteria (tiny Italian restaurant of Toni Vianello in Paris). Since then I was dreaming to recreate it and finally it worked. Read more...
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Dal Makhani to die for [22 Mar 2012|06:22pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamon at Dal Makhani to die for


Just for you to know, I've been saying that I should start cooking Indian food at home since last January. Only a year and a bit and there you go, I made my first dal. I've never been to India and all my love to the food comes from my Indian friend from Insead. From the dal he made for himself and let me taste at our mutual home in Fontainebleau. Read more...
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Baba ganoush (eggplant hummus) [19 Mar 2012|03:31pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamon at Baba ganoush (eggplant hummus)


Once we were discussing the Lent with my friend Leo. It turned out that he keeps the fast so I asked, what he eats at this time. He just said "hummus" and I thought "of course!". Can there be any problem with getting through the Lent once you know about hummus? That must be one of the most nutritious and at the same time delicious, almost addictive vegan foods on earth. With all my love to hummus and to eggplants one day I had to start making baba ganoush. Read more...
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Potato zrazy with mushrooms [08 Mar 2012|10:44pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamon at Potato zrazy with mushrooms


These potato zrazy are another take from my grand grandmother's collection. I make them really rarely, because it is time consuming. Something has to force me and this time it was a Russian / Ukrainian cooking class I was preparing to give to a group of tourists from Germany. My granny stuffed the zrazy with minced meat, but I prefer mushrooms especially given that it is Lent now. Read more...
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Thai green curry from scratch [02 Mar 2012|11:26am]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamon at Thai green curry from scratch


While I was living in Singapore and Thailand my favorite thai food was always green curry, not tom yam or phad thai. There were whole weeks when I kept eating it day after day, craving for it, hunting and traveling for it. The best green curry I had in Bangkok - at a little thai restaurant across the street from Holiday Inn. We came there by chance, a happy one (I know now) because we missed our flight from Cambodia to Singapore. Read more...
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Proper French onion soup [28 Feb 2012|04:42pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamon at Proper French onion soup


I always loved the French onion soup and for some reason couple of day ago I got obsessed with making it myself. I mean that full blown version where you start from making brown stock (which cooks for 5 hours), then you caramelize onions for 40 minutes etc. There was something so fascinating about this whole process of making it slowly and properly. The result tasted better to me that what I got to try in restaurants so far. I must have got really biased during those 5 hours. Read more...
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Sticky toffee pudding [24 Feb 2012|10:13am]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamon at Sticky toffee pudding


Couple of weeks ago I entered a phase of heavy craving for dates. It's hard to explain, but I just can't help eating them. Some days - for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Weird, but those dates which look the most messy and jammed, as if a bear stepped on them, seem to be the tastiest. Anyhow, that day I woke up determined to make a proper sticky toffee pudding - soft and moist with gooey butterscotch sauce and melting ice-cream on top. Another idea was to give a class about it, it didn't work. But the pudding itself! I can't find words strong enough to describe its beauty. Read more...
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Buckwheat galette with an egg [20 Feb 2012|07:38pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamon at Buckwheat galette with an egg


This galette is one of addictions I got while living in Fontainebleau. At first I had certain trouble eating French there with my vegetarian preferences. So very fast I switched from bistrots (common casual dining French restaurants, which were mainly meat dominated) to creperies. These were a true paradise with their menus filled with both sweet white crepes and savory buckwheat galettes. The galette with an egg was apparently the most sexy and always managed to beat everything else. Read more...
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Tom yam kung. Home made. [12 Feb 2012|10:35pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamon at Tom yam kung. Home made.


In a certain way I was really proud when I got this tom yam at home. I had many doubts that it was at all possible in Moscow. But after certain reading effort, couple of visits to an Asian store and some time around the stove I tasted it and (!) it was good. While in Thailand and Singapore I had so much tom yam everywhere possible that I got very clear - the right tom yam is pure red liquid magic that impresses you forever once you try it. However even in Asia you very often get served a very ordinary prawn "soup" instead of it. This home made one is among the two or three best tom yam's I tasted. Read more...
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Gnocchi with basil and tomato sauce (vegan version) [09 Feb 2012|04:24pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamon at Gnocchi with basil and tomato sauce (vegan version)


Gnocchi is one of my beloved comfort foods I picked up last year. It turned out that in Moscow you still can't get them ready made in most of the supermarkets. It makes me complain before I make them, but it also makes me note each and every time how delicious they are when freshly made at home. Read more...
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Quinoa, well, salad [26 Jan 2012|06:31pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamonat Quinoa, well, salad

I had two sources of inspiration for this - Corner Burger and leftover quinoa. It is something you can throw together in a matter of minutes and get a beautiful light lunch or dinner. It is one of those meals that are disproportionally rewarding for the effort you put in. Read more...
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Lazy vareniki (cottage cheese dumplings) [23 Jan 2012|02:07pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamonat Lazy vareniki (cottage cheese dumplings)


Just in case you were looking for a recipe to turn your kitchen into a real mess, I've got one for you. Trust me. It works. Lazy veryniki come out great from your very first attempt. They make an amazing breakfast, lunch or snack or even dinner. We kept making them for as long as I remember myself. However, though I normally succeed in cooking clean, lazy veryniki always leave me with a mess at the kitchen. If you solve this - my respect. Read more...
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Slow cooked vegetable tagine [18 Jan 2012|06:45pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamonat Slow cooked vegetable tagine


I got used to eating tagine in Fontainebleau. The town though small has two or more Moroccan restaurants, one of which was almost next door to our house. We frequented that tiny hospitable place with dark red walls and always well made food. I loved the tagine there, but once I made it at home I realized it can be even better when you can afford to cook it really slowly. Read more...
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Spanish hot chocolate [11 Jan 2012|04:34pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamonat Spanish hot chocolate


Our first meeting at Pinch of Cinnamon club was about making churros with Spanish hot chocolate and I was just amazed how good a topic these two were for a short and friendly cooking class. All this chocolate melting, piping out pastry, deep frying and then (very important!) eating is just a lovely little feast. So if you are in search for interactive cooking ideas, consider this one. Read more...
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Spanish churros [11 Jan 2012|04:32pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamonat Spanish churros


Have I said already how much I love churros with hot chocolate? I first tried them in Barcelona at a Christmas fair. I was standing there on the snowy Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes holding a paper cone of long hot and crispy sugary doughnuts in one hand and a plastic cup of thick dark majic in the other hand... and had no spare hand whatsoever. Read more...
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Quinoa with smoky eggplant and roast pepper [24 Dec 2011|05:52pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamon at Quinoa with smoky eggplant and roast pepper


I finally got some quinoa. I tried this grain twice before - at Terresa's class in Paris and in Corner Burger in Moscow. Both times I found it completely amazing so I cooked it at home to share the finding with my family. Yes, they did indeed like it. But as soon as I set down and started eating I realized I was making it just for myself. Read more...
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A very special red lentils soup [22 Dec 2011|01:25pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamon at A very special red lentils soup


I would never think that a soup made of these simple ingredients can be that delicious. However once my mom threw it together and since then we are making it virtually every week. Everybody loves it including my little brother and when I eat it I think I do know why. It is just one of those dishes that are truly good for you. It always leaves you with a deep feeling of satisfaciton and comfort. Read more...
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Quince marmalade [19 Dec 2011|03:24pm]

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Originally posted by pinchofcinnamon at Quince marmalade


That's the second autumn when my mom made quince marmalade. Last year the stocks lasted till late winter. It suddenly became so deeply imbedded in the family eating that we can't imagine our mornings without it any more. Sometimes we have it on toasted bread with fresh cheese, other times - on its own with tea. When I started inquiring it turned out that this marmalade comes from hispanic cooking and the particular recipe - from an amazing mama-fenix. Read more...
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