garlic cucumbers

the time is ripe for first garlic cucumbers. my friend Iveta told me this recipe. it works marvellously. 4 kg cucumbers 2 tbsp crushed garlic 200g sugar (12 tbsp) 100g salt (6 tbsp) 1 glass vinegar 9% 1 glass vegetable oil 1 tbsp black pepper cut the cucumbers into quarters lengthwise, then in halves, mix…

shades of green with a dash of red

take two green zucchinis (about 10 inches long each) and dice them one large green bell-pepper, also dice about 25 green olives, chop into bits three cloves garlic, minced one can diced tomatoes with basil put into a bowl, add about 1/2 teaspoon salt(or to taste) with a pinch of five peppers, and about 1…

no, not a feminist

“i can see right away, you have a real man in the house,” she said. “why?” i asked her. “all your knives are very sharp,” she replied. and i took offence. even when she said it was only in jest, i felt offended. there has never been, and never will be a man, real or…

liver, apples, white wine and onions

for about 4 persons ca 500g liver 1 large onion (or as much as you like), thinly sliced, divided in two portions 150 ml white dry wine (or so) 4 tblsp balsamic vinegar (and 1 teaspoon for later) 4 large firm apples (go for the sorts more on the sour side) 4 tblsp (60g) butter…

an annual event of colour discrimination

so, the time is ripe for fried green tomatoes. thus, the conversation in the local farmers’ market: — excuse me, are those green tomatoes? — these are green tomatoes. did you want tomatoes that are green, or green tomatoes? — i wanted green tomatoes, not tomatoes that are green. — these are green red tomatoes,…

cooking

when cooking, i think of this: of all those people who have packed all those things i use: like today i bought some dried apricots from turkey, and they came in this totally elegant little package, arranged neatly in little rows, beautifully done. i wish i could personally thank those people who do this – probably for…

goulash

so, let’s see about a kilo of beef about a kilo of quite soft tomatoes about 1/3 kg carrots 2 large red bell peppers 2 large onions 4 cloves garlic – all sliced, chopped or whateverly done 3-4 tblsp tomato paste 1 tblsp ajika water and salt to taste cut the beef, fry it up…

basil and slightly stuffed chicken legs

take a few chicken thighs bone them sprinkle with salt+black pepper boil an egg and dice it get smoked ham (sliced works best) put a piece of ham and some egg in the place of bone, roll the meat up, tie with string/thread fry on medium heat till light brown/golden