Monthly Archives: January 2010

Thoughts on Pelmeņi

Boiled Pelmeņi with Vegetables

For my birthday today, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite Latvian foods: pelmeņi. I’ve always loved dumplings of all sorts, especially potstickers and gyoza which have been the source of many a great meal for me over the years. These aren’t very different – simply a different mix of ingredients. They’re not natively Latvian – pelmeņi are a very popular Russian (and previously Soviet) “fast food” and are found all over Eastern Europe. Then again, pelmeņi are related to ravioli, gyoza and wontons – every country and culture seems to have their own twist on stuffed pasta.Boiled Pelmeņi with Vegetables

For my birthday today, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite Latvian foods: pelmeņi. I’ve always loved dumplings of all sorts, especially potstickers and gyoza which have been the source of many a great meal for me over the years. These aren’t very different – simply a different mix of ingredients. They’re not natively Latvian – pelmeņi are a very popular Russian (and previously Soviet) “fast food” and are found all over Eastern Europe. Then again, pelmeņi are related to ravioli, gyoza and wontons – every country and culture seems to have their own twist on stuffed pasta.

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Pomegranate Salad

Pomegranate Salad

We had a couple of pomegranate salads and I’m sorry to see them disappear from stores. They were awfully good. Next October, when everyone goes gaga over pomegranates being back in season, I won’t pass them by.

This recipe doesn’t specify units because I feel they’re arbitrary, with the exception of a couple of suggested portions. Use as much as you want and whatever your favorite salad ingredients are. Since this recipe was used at lunch, I didn’t put too much in.Pomegranate Salad

We had a couple of pomegranate salads and I’m sorry to see them disappear from stores. They were awfully good. Next October, when everyone goes gaga over pomegranates being back in season, I won’t pass them by.

This recipe doesn’t specify units because I feel they’re arbitrary, with the exception of a couple of suggested portions. Use as much as you want and whatever your favorite salad ingredients are. Since this recipe was used at lunch, I didn’t put too much in.

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Penne with Sausage, Eggplant and Feta

Penne with Sausage, Eggplant and Feta

Ever have one of those days where you just couldn’t wake up?

Yeah, that was my day today.

I even napped in my desk chair for a bit this afternoon with Mickey, my 18 lb kitty, purring happily away on my chest, head snuggled into my cheek.

Which is why this post is woefully late… and consists of the most excellent meal we made for ourselves just a few minutes ago. Penne with Sausage, Eggplant and Feta

Ever have one of those days where you just couldn’t wake up?

Yeah, that was my day today.

I even napped in my desk chair for a bit this afternoon with Mickey, my 18 lb kitty, purring happily away on my chest, head snuggled into my cheek.

Which is why this post is woefully late… and consists of the most excellent meal we made for ourselves just a few minutes ago.

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Brazilian-style Collard Greens

I’m always surprised by how many collard greens are required to make a satisfying dish. I never feel guilty, however, if I wind up using a ton of these dark, leafy greens with their negligible caloric impact and high nutritional values.
I’m always surprised by how many collard greens are required to make a satisfying dish. I never feel guilty, however, if I wind up using a ton of these dark, leafy greens with their negligible caloric impact and high nutritional values.

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Char Siu Bao (Chinese BBQ Pork Steamed Buns)

Char Siu Bao

After explaining all the different things we could make with a bamboo steamer, my husband was really intrigued by the idea of steamed buns, or bao. I promised him I’d make him char siu bao or Chinese barbecued pork buns within the week.

Now, I’ve steamed a lot of different types of dim sum but I’ve never made bao before. Turns out, it’s not a big deal: the yeast dough is quite simple to make and the filling is deliciously easy.Char Siu Bao

After explaining all the different things we could make with a bamboo steamer, my husband was really intrigued by the idea of steamed buns, or bao. I promised him I’d make him char siu bao or Chinese barbecued pork buns within the week.

Now, I’ve steamed a lot of different types of dim sum but I’ve never made bao before. Turns out, it’s not a big deal: the yeast dough is quite simple to make and the filling is deliciously easy.

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Looking back at 2009

American Potato Salad Just over six months ago, I started this blog. Since then, I’ve met a lot of very lovely people and eaten a lot of great food.

I thought I’d share with you a few favorites.

American Potato Salad Just over six months ago, I started this blog. Since then, I’ve met a lot of very lovely people and eaten a lot of great food.

I thought I’d share with you a few favorites.

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Happy New Year!

I hope you enjoyed your New Year’s celebrations, whatever they may have been, and safely returned (or stayed) home. I know the folks on the road here were crazy — and that was well before dark!

I’ve never been much for resolutions. They’re more likely to make me feel guilty rather than inspired. Instead of setting myself up for failure, I’ll share with you some of the things I hope to accomplish this year. I hope you enjoyed your New Year’s celebrations, whatever they may have been, and safely returned (or stayed) home. I know the folks on the road here were crazy — and that was well before dark!

I’ve never been much for resolutions. They’re more likely to make me feel guilty rather than inspired. Instead of setting myself up for failure, I’ll share with you some of the things I hope to accomplish this year.

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