International Cuisine

Salsa verde made with unripe tomatoes instead of tomatillos

Salsa verde made with unripe tomatoes instead of tomatillos

One of the difficulties of experimenting new recipes or trying to replicate some of them is the lack of specific ingredients in the market here in Tirana. Anyway, so far it has not been that disturbing since I have found some good substitutes which have […]

Easy Peasy Homemade Quesadillas

Easy Peasy Homemade Quesadillas

Now that you’ve mastered the art of flour tortilla making ☺, you are ready to upgrade your skills and start making quesadillas. Quesadilla derives from Spanish word queso, meaning cheese, so literally quesadillas are cheese filled tortillas, baked in pan. You can add practically everything […]

Classic Profiteroles

Classic Profiteroles

Profiteroles are pretty similar to éclair pastries since they share the same dough, to be more specific the pâte au choux. In fact there are a lot of desserts that share this kind of dough but cooked in various shapes. Here we can mention Tolumba ( a Turkish sweet […]

Homemade sushi platter

Homemade sushi platter

Have you ever tried making sushi at home? I’ve been always intrigued trying to make it at home so two years ago I made my first sushi platter for Christmas dinner. It was a real success, I never thought my kids were going to love […]

How to dry corn husks for tamales

How to dry corn husks for tamales

Now it is corn season, and beside enjoying grilled or boiled corn, I have the opportunity to preserve the husks for tamales. Since in Tirana it is impossible to find dried corn husks, because no market sells them I have to dry my own corn husks, […]

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Homemade Flour Tortillas

I have made it clear almost in each post now that I love Mexican food, I simply adore it. In Tirana there two or three (maybe more) restaurants that serve Mexican food luckily, but I love to cook it myself. On my beginnings though, I had […]

Chicken wings with homemade dipping sauce

Chicken wings with homemade dipping sauce

My kids love chicken wings, they could just eat them everyday if asked. The first time I made chicken wings, I deep fried them. Since deep frying is not healthy I’ve decided to bake them, the result? Just heaven. Crispy to perfection and full of […]

Easy soy sauce and hoisin sauce

Easy soy sauce and hoisin sauce

These dipping sauces are so easy to make and they add a great flavor to Thai rolls or sushi. When I made my first Thai rolls, these were the sauces that we used for dipping and since the combination was successful I use them every […]