Recipe: Onigirazu

I know every website will tell you that onigirazu are like making sushi but easier but it still takes SOME effort to get the hang of making these stacked rice sandwiches. That being said they’re perfect for lunch and you can fill them with whatever you want in my variation they’re packed with lots of vegetables and a spicy-chili olive oil mayo but these are good with canned tuna, breakfast fixings, leftover cooked ground meat or anything you can think of.

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Recipe: Grilled Halloumi Bowl

I’ve come to really appreciate halloumi during my time in Estonia because I can’t usually get paneer in stores and halloumi has the same quality of not melting when heated through which allows for great and delicious ideas like grilled the slices of cheese and putting in on top of a big bowl of couscous, hummus, and vegetables. This 10 minute lunch (or low effort dinner) is loaded with deliciousness.

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Recipe: Crumpets

A British staple filled with nooks and crannies these aren’t available at all in Estonia so when I was craving them I thought I’d be kind of out of luck or that the recipe would be super difficult but I was pleasantly surprised that it’s no more difficult than making pancakes. I used biscuit cutters for the mold rings which was a little annoying but doable. These are really lovely with a bit of jam and cream cheese.

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Recipe: Crab Rangoon

These are a great thing to make ahead of time with pre-made wonton wrapped. I used surimi to make them even cheaper and easier but you can use canned crab or already shedded crab and it’ll be just as good if not better. These freeze (pre-fry) very well and then take just a few minutes to make so they’re great for a party, side dish, or snacking.

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Recipe: Migas

If you left your tortillas on the counter last now and they are now hard tack or if you have leftover tortillas but not enough to actually fry for chips this is the perfect way to use them up. Migas is supposed to be finest hangover cure as well and considering it’s a bomb of protein and carbs that’s probably not completely inaccurate but I’d stick with the fact that it’s a nice breakfast.

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Recipe: Potato Dumplings

Are these going to win an award for attractiveness? No. But they are really delicious and really simple to make. These are of the multitudes of recipes that calls for “leftover mashed potatoes” which I don’t actually believe in but if you want to eat potatoes but don’t exactly want mashed potatoes this is a great inbetween recipe. This could be the main dish or a side dish and you can make the mashed potatoes ahead of time so that it only takes 15 minutes for an easy last minute dinner.

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Recipe: Sticky Chicken

These are so good and they’re pretty easy to make that they’d be great for a nice weekend meal. They have that nice mix of salty, sweet, and heat that makes some foods really easy to eat. I served them over rice but they really needed more sauce for that to make sense so consider making twice as much sauce if you want to do that.

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Recipe: Nan-e Barbari

I’m always in support of making breads and this one is quick, easy, and delicious. The thing that separates this Iranian bread from other bread is a thick glaze that goes on before baking – a mixture of flour and oil that gives the top a nice crunch. It’s technically called a flat bread but it’s not quite flat, half-flat bread.

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Recipe: Mushroom Paprikash

I love this recipe. It’s quick, it’s delicious, you can serve it on top of any carb you have on hand : rice, noodles, couscous, spƤtzle, even a baked potato. You do you. It also is made of very simple ingredients that I tend to have on hand and you only have to chop an onion and some mushrooms. If you add in some frozen peas or spinach you can get some green vegetables in there too and it’s just a nice balance of quick, easy, cheap, and delicious you don’t find in most recipes.

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