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…

aukstā zupa neātri, jeb kā to dara malēnieši

skatījos, skatījos internetā auksto zupu receptes, bet tādu kā mūsu galā īsti neatradu; un, kā zināms, ‘mūsu galā’ gatavo pašus pareizākos ēdienus (kam nepatīk, lai iet uz savu galu vārīt). Tātad: uz 4 cilvēkiem 4 kartupeļi, ko nomizo un sagriež 1 cm kubiņos vai drusku rupjāk un liek atbilstošā ūdens daudzumā (var pielikt sāli pēc…

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…

funeral coffee

the kitchen is ever dark, and cold, and cave-like, and sombre. starting the fire, on gas or in the cooking range. the quiet determinism of those present in the house for the morning. the smell of sadness, the unspoken collectiveness of all people waiting. the setting-up of the pots, the pouring of water, the measuring…

a little thought of food

i put to you this, o plant eaters if you eat plants because you think that thus you will not enslave animals, or bring them to death, or you will support the animals in the wild, think of this: 1. what do the plants eat? especially the plants consumed as food by humans. manure. compost.…

beans and curry and tomatoes

i got really tired of the many ways of cooking potatoes, and went for something more aggressive. this is what the result was: kidney beans in tomato-curry sauce serves: approximately 4 or very hungry 3, or not-so hungry 6  you will need: 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 5cm diameter or 1 10 cm diameter onion/s,…

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…

the fish soup like they make it at my end of the world

this is as far as ‘ethnic’ cooking goes in my case. this, and another recipe of soup (which i might share slightly later in the year)  are very specific to the place i grew up. even if the ingredients look exotic and incompatible at first, the result is quite edible, and i believe, even delicious. it is…

lunch tenses

in “A Scandal In Belgravia”, Irene Adler texts Sherlock Holmes with words: I am not dead. Let’s have lunch and i thought: how elegant. ans i also thought that food, just like verbs, has tenses. the past of lunch is vegetables and raw meat. the future of vegetables and raw meat is a meal. that kind…

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

just so

tomato sandwiches. with a touch of black pepper and a pinch of salt. heaven of taste. maybe this is why it was worth it, to discover america.