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Toast Skagen

By on 13 Aug , 2014 in National Dishes | 0 comments

Sweden. Home to a great variety of excellent metal bands, as well as a great variety of sophisticated food. In this post I would like to present a fine example of both. It will be one of my favourite Swedish recipes that I learned from my host in Stockholm some years ago and that I prepare semi-regularly ever since. I like it because it is extremely simple to prepare yet super-delicious. Toast Skagen is a combination of prawns and a fresh sour cream sauce piled on top of a piece of sautéed bread. It is a light and tasty starter or side dish, but, providing you have a plenty supply of small prawns available, it can easily become a light main course as you will hardly be able to stop eating until all of it is gone. Not the cheapest food you will make in your life, and I am also full aware that it it in sharp contrast with the hearty meals that have been presented on this blog so far. Nevertheless, you will not regret to try it. Save it for special occasions.

Japanese dinner in London

By on 24 Jul , 2014 in Japanese, National Dishes | 0 comments

If the last burger porn edition from Kiev was special, I am not sure what to call this one as this post is going to be something truly unconventional for our blog. I was on a work-related trip to London last week and, like I always do when I am there, went to my favourite place for dinner one of the nights, a tiny Japanese restaurant on Plender Street, Camden Town called ‘Seto’. Formerly a small but busy restaurant in Soho, it is now a true hidden gem on one of the side streets of Camden High Street. Seto is run by a Japanese couple, honest hard-working people who actually do work there every day, not just running a business. A fairly non-descriptive venue from the outside, and you will notice absolutely nothing fancy even after you entered, however, this is one of the rare places in London where you will find great Japanese food made with care.

Hortobágy meat (and metal) pancakes

By on 6 Jun , 2014 in National Dishes | 0 comments

Hortobágy. The largest natural grassland in Europe. The horizon cuts the boundary between land and sky like a quick slash of a razor blade, only to be disrupted by an occasional herd of Hungarian grey cattle grazing in loose groups far, far away. Hortobágy. The name is synonymous with flatness. It is, indeed, as flat as the pancakes we were abut to roll up last afternoon to create the dish that originates from the wast expanse after which it was named.

Hortobágy meat pancakes are one of our favourite national dishes. It consists of large, thin pancakes filled with meat stew, rolled up and poured on top with a meat stock and sour cream sauce.

Khinkali (Georgian Meat Dumplings)

By on 12 May , 2014 in National Dishes | 0 comments

Khinkali. The most famous national dish of Georgia. The idea couldn’t be simpler yet more brilliant. Take the meat that you love, grind it and mix it into a spicy, juicy dollop, fill it into a funny but awesome-looking dough bag and cook it in boiling water. Cheap, filling, tasty.