Food blogger

I love to cook and experiment with new ingredients, spices or not yet familiar cuisines, also I love to photograph results of my discoveries. When I'm not preparing at home, most probably I'm trying out some new dining place somewhere in my home town Tbilisi or around the world and writing restaurant review.

Christmas Cooking Photo Session in The Kitchen - Olivie salads, Pirozhki and of course Pizza

That time of the year have come and for the rare time this year I was actually operating with camera in our kitchen - in today's special Christmas menu - our "traditional Georgian Christmas" table - salad Olivie, pirozhki and of course that tasty pizza.  It was that time of the year when again I installed a tripod, put a telephoto lens and decided to shoot macro's.  Christmas time during our expat time in Georgia have always marked two essential things...

Sponge Cake With Wild Berries

Here comes another post on food blogger series, and again I must admit I'm not the original creator of following sponge cake, my better part is.  Sponge cake with wild berries Really cool cake, here is photos and cooking directions: Biscuit dough: 4 eggs, 4 tbs. flour, 4 tbs. sugar Cooking directions: Separate egg white form the egg yolk. Whip egg white to hard foam. Separately whip yolks with 4 tablespoons of sugar. Fold into the egg yolks Whipped...

How To Make Burger Buns at Home

If you asked me how to make hamburger buns at home question some eight years ago - I would say - it's complicated and most probably impossible. Ask me today - and I will not only exactly tell - but I will show some cool pictures of both how to make burger buns at home and some really delicious home made burgers and variation of hotdogs. Allow me to inform you - I'm not the original creator of what you will see next (I was allowed just to photograph) - but since we made burger buns at home...

Cranberries in Powdered Sugar

Cranberries in powdered sugar are one of my favorite sweets (sorry, Georgian churchela). I remember in my childhood there were nice little carton boxes available for sale at local stores around my native Riga. It was always as small celebrity when my mom or grandma bought me some box with cranberries in powdered sugar and let me eat all out, For a very long time I didn't find them around, but at the start of 2000's they started to appear again in shop shelves. Anyhow - many more years latter I...

How to Make Traditional Italian Pizza

An Italian pizza was the reason for our latest travels to Italy, it was at the start of November 2015, I was kneading dough for pizza, when my beloved told me - hey, we should visit Italy and try real Italian Pizza. So we did - we spent about a week in Italy, traveling a lot and trying real Italian cuisine.  Speaking of Italian pizza in Italy, here is the craziest pizza topped with a lot of prosciutto I ever have tried - Restaurant Antica Drogheria in Lucca, Italy, those guys...

How to Prepare Traditional Dolma (Grape Leaves Roll)

Hello everyone and welcome to another post from my experiments being a food blogger. OK, for following recipe I wasn't actually preparing that tasty dolma, instead I experiment with new food photography technique. About food photography: Today I decided to experiment with 100mm lens and used long exposures (obliviously from a tripod). Find more tutorials on Digital Photography School About Dolma (Grape leaves roll) - Dolma is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes common in the...

How to prepare traditional Solyanka soup

In today's food blogger series I'll share a photo recipe on how to prepare traditional Solyanka soup. Solyanka is among my favorite soups and I prepare this some 3-4 times in a year. Pictures in this article are back from summer 2015 when I boiled a large pot with this delicious soup. Solyanka is a thick, spicy and sour Russian soup that is common in Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union. There are three basic types of solyanka, with the...

How to Make Homemade Dumplings from Scratch

In today's food blogger series I will demonstrate how to make homemade dumplings from scratch. Well, almost from scratch, there are a few handy tools that might be very useful preparing this delicious food. I love dumplings, in most cases dumplings is a cost effective solution when you are in hurry and really hungry. It hasn't been rare for me to visit local groceries shop at 2AM just to buy a pack of frozen dumplings. Today I will show how you can prepare dumplings at home. It's a really...

Simple Aspic (Meat Jelly, Kholodets) Recipe

In today's food blogger's series I will show how to prepare a really tasty and delicious homemade aspic out of pig's trotters. I'm not sure how popular an aspic is in the Western world, but it is a super popular in post Soviet countries, and is served in every fiests. Russian have a name for it - a kholodets (Холодец).According to Wikipedia - Aspic is a dish in which ingredients are set into a gelatin made from a meat stock or consommé....

Masterclass in Asian Cuisine

At the start of November 2015 I took a master class in Asian Cuisine. The master class happened in a lovely Georgian restaurant Sareckela in Tbilisi and was led by a gourmet chef from Russia Natalia Chvileva. You can follow Natalia on her Facebook page: Touch to Food The reason that made me to take participation in such master class was simple - I love to cook, I enjoy Asian cuisine and I have a food blogger section on my blog. Being a food blogger means just one - I'm always learning new...

Homemade Noodles in Spicy Sauce

November started with a huge goal - not to spend a tetri eating outside, instead we decided to cook good food at home. Today I will show how to prepare a really fresh egg pasta noodles in spicy sauce.  I really love to make noodle pasta by my own - and actually it's very easy, thus a hand strength is required if you are not using some dough mixer machine.  My recipe for noodle pasta is simple - one egg for every 100 grams flour. Today I took 7 eggs and 700 grams flour. Add a little...

How To Prepare Traditional Uzbek Plov (Lamb and Rice Pilaf)

In this post you will learn how to prepare a traditional Uzbek plov (lamb and rice pilaf.  It might sound as a complicated food to prepare, but in fact if you have the right ingredients and right tools (cooking pot) there is nothing complicated in it. There are three main ingredients to get that tasty plov done - lamb meat, rice and quince. Since I'm living in Republic of Georgia, it's easy to find all the ingredients here, on the other hand, it might be...

Sorrel Soup With Hard-Boiled Eggs (Photo Recipe)

Today we will prepare one of mine all times favorite soup - Sorrel soup. The idea for this blog post come out of my 365 days photo project, when everyday I'm taking some picture in Manual mode and publish it to my Flickr account. Since the strong jury didn't enjoyed my entry photo with sliced onion for day 13 I was literally taken to the kitchen and all I has to do  - just to photograph. One image speaks thousands words! Enjoy! Ingredients: Sorrels, carrots, smoked meat, potatoes, dills...

Boiled Potatoes With Ground Meat Sauce Recipe

Welcome everyone to just another food blogger post series - today we will prepare a very simple recipe - Boiled potatoes with ground meat sauce.  It's just that time of the year when I found myself more in kitchen just eager to cook something, and after a visit to the local market I decided I want to prepare something simple, tasty and something I could photograph for my digital photography school project. As I believe a successful food blogger should take sharable and...

How To Make Nadugi - Traditional Georgian Snack (Fresh Cheese With Mint)

When I first arrived to Georgia back in 2011, I was immediately taken to one of the lovely Tbilisi restaurants. Since I had no clue what so ever special of Georgian Cuisine I asked my friend could he suggest me some common and typical Georgian food? We ordered Ojakhuri and Nadugi.  When I first seen Nadugi I thought its form looks like cone of ice cream, and then my associative thinking turned on and I thought - strange they eat potatoes / meat stew together with ice...

Simple Homemade Hamburger Recipe With Photos

What happens when bloggers, who are trying out some new photo equipment and who loves to cook comes together? Right, they do a food blog. This time blogger here is just one (I do have a lovely assistant) and strong jury although. So, lets make a really simple hamburger today. For ingredients you will need to have those lovely buns (you can try to buy them at your local shop), for patties I'm going to use ground meat (minced meat) out of pork, but you could use beef, as I believe a...

How To Make Fresh Egg Pasta Noodles Using Macaroni machine

Welcome to my third attempt of being a food bloger, today I will demonstrate how one (perhaps you) can make a home-made noodles by using a macaroni machine.I believe just like in my previous food blog posts I will learn some new English culinary language.Ingredients you will need: flour, eggs, salt and a macaroni machine.We bought our macaroni machine here in Georgia some years ago already, if you don't have one, take your chances and browse on amazon.com Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine,...

Home Made 'Pirozhki' (Baked Stuffed Pies) And Cinnamon Buns

Welcome to my second attempt of being a food blogger - in this post I will try to demonstrate how to bake a Russian 'Pirozhki' and a cinnamon buns using yeast dough.Please pardon my English language it's not my native language.I'm complete profane into cooking and I'm a super complete profane in English culinary language. But hey, that's what for my blog is used for - to learn new things and improve my language skills.I believe the culinary English is a great way to improve English language...

Food Blogger: Gingerbread Dough Recipe

In this article I'm going to show how one (perhaps you) can prepare a gingerbread dough at home. Ingredients:You will need: butter, flour, eggs, salt&sugar, malt, spicesIt all starts with butterButter Since I'm living in Georgia - most of the ingredients used in this recipe are local GeorgianFlourEggsSugarIt's better if you have a brown sugar. We didn't find any brown sugar so we used a regular white sugar.MaltWe bought this Malt about a year ago at local Carrefour store, as we...