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: 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: 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: Vegetable Wontons

These vegetable wontons can be made ahead of time and frozen. You can make your own wrappers but I use store bought ones to cut down on the time and honestly, they’re just better than the ones I’ve ever been able to wmake at home. The Wontons can be steamed, pan fried, or added to soup. I find them to be very delicate in soup so probably next time I’ll give pan frying a try instead. This recipe is a bit of a time sink but if you make a big batch it’ll feel worth it on bad days when you have something special to eat.

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Recipe: Blueberry Babka

I’ve become very enamored with Babka lately. There is something about the brioche-like texture and the sweet inside that really makes me happy but I actually do not like to stuff bread with chocolate and the cinnamon version always feels a little too dry so I decided to try a jam version and that is amazing. I can’t seem to make this without also getting jam all over the place but I’m sure that’s just a me-problem.

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Recipe: Pull Apart Garlic Bread

I guess the common name for making pull apart bread like this is “monkey bread” but out of all the names I really like “bubble bread” personally. This is a pretty standard recipe for garlic rolls / garlic knots but made into small pieces that make it really fun for a party and to share. This looks like it would take a lot of work really it’s probably only five extra minutes of work to dunk the balls in garlic-butter. If you don’t have a bundt pan then simply place a ramekin in the center of a round tin like I have.

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Recipe: White Bean Soup

You can make this as creamy as you like by adding an extra potato (or a potato with a higher starch content) and by blending as much or as little of the soup as you like but it’s clean taste and satisfying stick to ribs taste make this the perfect fall or winter soup. As a bonus it’s made of ingredients that are cheap most of the year and are generally in my pantry so it’s perfect for last minute or cheap night meals.

White Bean Soup