The Spanish fly is one of the most unique and interesting creatures in nature, both in its appearance and longstanding effects. But what is its track record and purpose in accordance with aphrodisiacs? For starters, its name alone is misleading, since in actuality Spanish flies are a beetle that sports a distinguishable emerald green color.
I don’t like fish. I don’t like it at all, no matter how it’s cooked. As for me, lamb, beef and pork are much tastier. But my wife and daughter love fish, so they treat themselves periodically to fish cooked in some way. This time, a few medium size steaks of red trout were baked
If you were on holiday in Egypt, you probably faced there the national Egyptian drink – Karkade tea. This tea has many beautiful names, but in fact it is a sweet-sour taste tea drink of bright red color, made of dried Sudanese rose flower bracts. You can drink it both hot and cold. They drink
With the end of the walnut season, some of them migrated from the garden to my home. Usually they would have a long lay somewhere in the fridge, but this time I decided to use them. Georgian cuisine came to mind immediately. In their dishes this nut is very popular, so there is a plenty
Since it is indigenous to the Pacific Islands, kava is a rewarding crop that unfortunately has not been consumed by all those who could benefit from its power. Kava kava is synonymous with tranquility and being calm because it relaxes the brain and places the body in a comforted state. This is extremely helpful in
Not very many foods are simply referred to by a number, let alone aphrodisiacs, but soup no. 5 serves as an exception. The fact that it is a food whose main component is bull testes, it is likely to scare off most patrons. That being said, for those curious enough to experience its taste, it
A minimal amount of people will recommend eating seahorse to you, and even fewer will advocate that you try it in powder form. In actuality, seahorses have been consumed for over 1,000 years, with those dedicated to the delicacy singing its praises in regards to its positive impact on sex drive, particularly in men over
Last time we talked about the most popular aphrodisiac of all time – spanish fly! Today we will talk about something special from Philippines. Unless you are of Filipino heritage, you have likely never heard of balut. Balut is a hard boiled duck egg that can be eaten directly from the shell. The fetus is
Solyanka is a traditional Russian and Ukrainian dish. There are many variants how to cook it, but all in all it is a soup with meat, fish or mushroom broth and various spices. Solyanka usually has sour-salty-spicy base due to the addition of such components as pickles, olives, capers, lemons and sour cream. We will
My wife and I have recently decided to find out, what the taste roasted beets has. It turned out to be very tasty. Actually to my taste it’s not much different from boiled. Actually, we have tested it in a salad with cottage cheese and in the cream soup, the recipe of which I’ll give
Oranges are always in the season, so you can bake something with them at any time. Vanilla is also one of the ingredients that any lover of baking cakes and pies has at home. Another advantage of the cake recipe which I will show is that it is quite simple for making, because it is
Even despite of the fact that in the city where I live, the temperature rarely goes below 0, the transition to winter isn’t that easy. Everyone wants something hot to warm in the evening. And what could be better than warm tea or shotglass of some heating drink? Of course, a mixture thereof. This mix
Buns are the thing that reminds of school cafeterias. I don’t know the situation now, but when I was at school, such buns were probably in all school cafeterias of Russia. Often, they were the only thing that could be eaten in these canteens and enjoy. Even now, I sometimes want to eat such a
I have already showed you how to cook Camembert cheese and said that such a method of preparation of this wonderful cheese I like the most. But if baked, this cheese is tasty, too, so I’ll show how my wife and I baked it. Besides, the perfect addition to this dish can be Jack Daniel’s sauce. This
Mushrooms are a great addition to many dishes, but they can also become a great garnish on their own. My wife just loves them, so we try to cook them periodically to make her happy. A cool way to save their taste in cooking and make it even more interesting is to bake them in
Ciabatta is a simple type of Italian white bread, made of wheat flour and yeast. It was developed in 1982 and in the late 1990s it became popular in Europe and the U.S.A. A feature of this bread is a crispy crust and the flesh with large, irregularly distributed porosity. Ciabatta is often used as
Pilaf is a very old dish that is usually made of rice and some meat. It came to my country from the East, and still is one of the most popular dishes in the Middle East of Central Asia. Each country has national characteristics and many recipes for cooking it, but its distinguishing feature is
Here’s another version of muffins. Yes, we make many muffins. To be more precise, my wife bakes them, because our daughter likes them very much. Besides, they are simple to make, stay fresh for a long time and are easy to diversify. This time we bake carrot muffins with sunflower seeds. Very tasty and healthy
Until recently I hadn’t approved any of the apple baked foods, but knowing my love to baking with cinnamon, my wife baked a cake, where both ingredients were present. The most interesting is that the pie was very tasty and nice. By the way, it’s very simple to prepare and all the ingredients can be
Sometimes you may think of some little and simple in cooking and at the same time tasty snack to accompany a bottle of wine. So, my wife and I have recently discovered a snack of that kind called Camembert. It is a soft sort of cheese coated with cheese mold, which is especially tasty when
Borsch is perhaps one of the most famous dishes in Russian cuisine. It is considered the national dish in Poland, and Russia, and Lithuania, and Romania, and Belarus and Ukraine. Borsch is known from 14 – 15th centuries in Russia, it was mentioned in the monuments of 16-17th centuries and books of 1586-1631. The consequence
In the town where I live winter is ranging now. Despite the fact that the town is rather southern, we have snow everywhere. Strong wind and temperatures below zero make us hurry up to homes to spend an evening in warmth and comfort. Such an evening will be ideal if it also includes a delicious
What could be easier than cooking some meat in a pot? In my opinion, this is one of the easiest ways to cook it, and it’s difficult to spoil the meat this way. In addition, you can put some more tasty things in one pot with the meat and get well balanced food, which does
This spicy classic from Sichuan is very easy and quick to make. That’s the main reason why I love stir fries and cook them often. Besides, you can make it with different sauces and ingredients to get a great depth of flavor. My recipe is a modification of Grace Young’s recipe SIchuan Pork with Peppers
Fried eggs with a slice of bread and bacon are certainly not new, but you can serve it in a very original way, in the so-called ‘basket’. For many people, like me, this is important, as I quickly get bored with the monotony. There are more than 25 names for a recipe of the eggs
As I already said, I’m attracted to pasta. I also like soft cheeses and smoked sausage, so I could not help combining them all in one dish. The dish turned out to be very interesting to look at, so it can be served for a small company of guests. Do not be deceived by a
My daughter is very choosy at food, as probably all the children. She is only 2 years old, but she already has her favorite food, and not always agrees to try something new. By some miracle, she loved muffins and because of this they have stayed for a long time among the culinary experiments in
My wife and I are very fond of simple recipes. They certainly can become boring fast, but even simple things like baked chicken thighs and rice can be cooked in many different ways. For example, they can be cooked in Thai style with flavors appropriate for this cuisine. Lime, coriander, coconut and chilli are a
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Have you ever tried to pickle lemons? I’ve always thought that this makes no sense, since it is easy to buy them all year round. It turns out not all that easy. Having found out a number of Eastern cuisine recipes and some recipes by Jamie Oliver, where pickled lemons were used, I decided to
Quite a funny story happened with this cake. My wife was going to bake it for the arrival of guests and prepared a dry mixture. Coming of the guests canceled at the last minute, and since I’m not a fan of apple baking and nobody was going to eat it, we decided not to bake
I was already nostalgic about my school years and baked simple honey buns, and here nostalgia came back again. Although this is more about university years because sausage rolls for a while was the only eatable thing in our canteen. Their quality was certainly doubtful, but we got coming and going, so periodically ate them. Actually
I’ve missed my Friday’s For The Love of Food post last week because me and my wife were visiting Spain. That was an amazing journey with lots of sightseeing and wine tasting. We even managed to eat dinner in the oldest restaurant in the world – Sobrino de Botín. That was an interesting experience and
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I love simple recipes. This wonderful recipe is just one of those recipes. It is very simple, and cooking does not take more than 30 minutes. Having tried it once, I quickly put into use and prepared immediately for a small meal, where all the tomatoes were eaten by guests with pleasure.
If you feel neutral about pastry, then perhaps these muffins is what you need. Their composition can be varied by adding different vegetables, such as bell peppers and using bacon instead of ham, salami, hunter sausages, etc. I think that they are ideal for a hearty breakfast, plus you can leave them to have a
After a short absence I’d like to share a wonderful recipe of pickled cucumbers. They are a great snack for any table, so be sure to try it. Certainly it’s better to use seasonal cucumbers, but at other times it is possible to find decent ingredients. Preparing all is very simple, you just need a
Welcome to Friday’s Foodie Links Roundup, Foodienarium’s weekly link roundup. This week you’ll find here amazing examples of toned food photography and some interesting recipes for a brunch or for a light dinner.
As I said, I am absolutely not a fan of sweet pastry. But I really like the famous cinnamon rolls (Cinnabon) and their variants. Actually this bread is one of such variations. The procedure of folding is somewhat different and the dough is different (I tried to make rolls of it, they are different from
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I’ve recently wanted some very easy pasta with mushrooms. Cream sauces are great but they bore sometimes. I want the very taste of the pasta not to be spoilt by the sauce, and as my wife loves mushrooms, it shouldn’t spoil their taste, too. Without pausing to think, we decided just to cook fettucini and
My wife and I often face a problem of variety of breakfasts. If you are already tired of eggs in all their variants, cereals with milk and different sandwiches with jam, then maybe it’s time to learn to cook scones. For example, oat scones to be discussed further can be one more dish that can
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My wife and I like Jamie Oliver’s TV shows. Some of his meals we sometimes cook and we like them. In the last two cycles of programs he presented wonderful ideology – fast dishes. The first cycle was how to cook a lunch in 30 minutes, where Jamie prepared 4 dishes in 30 minutes. The
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Chinese five-spice powder is a well-known mixture of five spices used in Chinese cuisine. It also appears in other Asian cuisines and is now quite popular around the world. There are different versions of the mix but almost all of them include anise, cloves, fennel, cinnamon and Sichuan pepper. Despite of the mix contents, it’s
If you like different steaks, chops, shashlik or barbecues, then you surely enjoy various side dishes. As for me, I always eat such meat with a side dish. When cereals, pasta, fried potatoes and mash start annoying, we have to think over how to diversify them. For example, how to cook mashed potatoes in a
Welcome to Friday’s Foodie Links Roundup, Foodienarium’s weekly link roundup. This week you’ll find here some amazing spring salads and pies and ways to make your spring party more fun. Yep, I’m talking about orange slices with vodka.
Hazelnut is a very tasty nut, has a wonderful sweet nutty flavor. Unfortunately, its skin is bitter a little, and it tastes much better without it. In most recipes it’s better to use hazelnuts without skin from the point of view of both taste and aesthetics. Fortunately, if you have an oven, removing the skin
Pasta and quick to prepare meals continue their way in my blog. This time even without the participation of the famous English chef recipes of whom I have been sharing lately. We all have been eating spaghetti since childhood and in combination with roasted cherry tomatoes, they can become simply magical in just 15 minutes.
Today there is no problem to buy any part of chicken in the needed quantity. They are certainly not as tasty as good poultry, but sometimes it’s convenient. In addition, the taste of chicken breasts isn’t like that. Plus it is easier to just give them some interesting flavor using various spices and sauces. Since
What is good in seafood, is the fact that it’s very quick to cook. In addition, it looks very interesting and dishes with them also look very unusual. It is also not unimportant, since the aesthetics of food adds a lot of motivation to cooking it. And even when the seafood is not prepared in
Pies of puff pastry with various fillings are nothing new, but envelopes are an absolutely different matter. And although they are in fact almost the same, they look differently. Besides, the taste, as it seems to me, is also much more enjoyable. More tender. Such envelopes can be served in a very interesting way and
Welcome to Friday’s Foodie Links Roundup, Foodienarium’s weekly link roundup. This week you’ll find here some amazing recipes for your next lunch and some great deserts.
Actually, baked fish is not mine favorite dish, but as the whole family loves it, so it appears periodically on our table. In this case, it’s a medium-sized sea bass baked in the oven, but with a twist. In fact not even one.
The salads are a very cool thing, but you have to know how to cook them. You should be able to choose ingredients well, so that the tastes combined well, the salad looked beautiful and the salads varied. My wife and I do not always succeed, because of banal laziness mostly, but we periodically try
As it turned out, the summer is not the best time for blogging. On one hand, all the products are fresh and it’s a pleasure to cook something of them, but on the other hand, this is summer … We eat less and instead of that just spend more time outdoors. Fortunately, quick recipes are
I want to share another great recipe of a very “green” snack, perfectly suitable for a glass of white wine in the hot summer days. Such a snack is a good treat for guests if they suddenly appear on the threshold on a warm summer evening…
Since this summer for our family has been intense, we have very little time for photography and cooking, and our latetest recipes are not particularly complicated. Now the question is about a classy summer recipe for those who still have tomatoes in the garden, or for those who know where to buy fresh and delicious
Lamb in tomato sauce is one of those dishes that my wife cooks just awesome. She doesn’t particularly like either lamb or meat in tomato sauce, but I love it. That’s why she sometimes pleases me in one way or another. This time she pleased me with a dish combining both. I certainly could not