Creamy chicken casserole

You can tell summer is coming to Erbil after increased amount of dust that you inhale every day. It’s still bearable those days. However, after a month temperature outside will reach 50 degrees turning the landscape into bleached khaki blanket made of coarse fabric, just like the one they use in military. Iraq is preparing to Ramadan that will start next week. This weekend might … Continue reading Creamy chicken casserole

Tiramisu and its Middle Eastern counterpart

Mascarpone is not very common in Iraq. The only way you can get it is to ask your friends coming from abroad to pick up some on their way here. Fortunately, there are local products that can successfully replace it. Kaymak is a Middle Eastern clotted cream popular in Turkey, Iraq, Balkans and Iran. It is made from the milk of water buffaloes, cows, sheep … Continue reading Tiramisu and its Middle Eastern counterpart

Vietnamese noodle salad – Bun Bo Xao

Bun Bo Xao is a Vietnamese beef and noodle salad. Xao means stir-fry, because original recipe uses beef stir fried with lemon grass.  My recipe replaces beef with egg as it’s much faster and easier to prepare. I find this salad to be a perfect summer dish. Therefore I don’t want to be bothered with cooking meat. It brings back memories of Poland. Every time … Continue reading Vietnamese noodle salad – Bun Bo Xao

Eggs steamed with cream, butter and nuts

In Poland we mainly eat scrambled eggs, fried eggs, hard and half-boiled eggs with mayonnaise. If we get more imaginative we even stuff them with mushroom. My Grandpa mastered his egg boiling technique making my childhood full of half boiled eggs (which I still truly love). However, the more people share with you their egg habits, the more adventurous you become while preparing your old goodies. In … Continue reading Eggs steamed with cream, butter and nuts