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Alena Natalia

Alena Natalia
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Member Since: Sep. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I grew up in Moscow, Russia and have been living in London. I enjoy keeping a little garden, reading, etc. I'm studying political and social theory.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoying cooking a hearty vegetable soup. I love Asian cooking, European cooking, and Middle Eastern/Moroccan.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is Moroccan, so she cooks a lot of Arabic food. She also cooks amazing Indian food. People tell me I inherited her cooking abilities. She also makes amazing chicken and matzo ball soups, Moroccan lentil soup, and great Chinese food!
My cooking triumphs
I am told I make the best soup in the world.
My cooking tragedies
I can't make a tasty pesto.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Apple, Cranberry, and Pear Crisp
There was was too much butter in this. I would have put in at least half the called for amount. The bottom of my baking pan was half an inch deep with melted butter! I would have preferred the topping to be more dry and crunchy. Just an opinion, but for anyone else that feels the same... I also added a little vanilla to the fruit mixture, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice. I also added some blueberries. Other than the butter problem, it came out deliciously and I would definitely make it again, just without that much butter. Thanks for the recipe!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 27, 2010
Carrot Cake Cookies
I was really excited to make these. Not sure what went wrong but they came out VERY cakey and more like pancakes than like cookies. Well, I think I remedied the situation by popping them in cupcake papers into a muffin tin and baked them as muffins for a little longer than the cookies. I certainly liked them as muffins!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 17, 2010
Spinach and Leek White Bean Soup
This soup was amazing! I used quinoa instead of couscous, which gave it a very distinct taste. I also added some thyme, tarragon, and a little savory. I barely used cumin, just a sprinkle. The soup had a more savory taste than an ethnic taste. This soup was really very good! So light, simple, healthy, but filling. Definitely will be making this a lot more.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 20, 2010
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