Bela82 Profile - (19892596)

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Home Town: Kiev, Kiev (Special City), Ukraine
Living In: Zwiesel, Bayern, Germany
Member Since: Jun. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
After being married for most of my adult life I find myself single for the first time in 16 years! So now I finally get to cook what I want, how I want, when I want!
My favorite things to cook
I'm not a huge fan of cooking but I LOVE good food so it kind of stands to reason that I learn to cook well myself ;) My taste is very eclectic so it's easier to say what I don't like (BBQ, grapefruit, celery and cilantro - I am also allergic to ALL peppers except bell pepper, which makes cooking and eating out a bit of a challenge haha)
My favorite family cooking traditions
I like it when the whole family piles into the kitchen and cooks together (like people do during holidays), there is a real sense of family in that.
My cooking triumphs
I'm pretty lucky, I have a natural knack for making pretty good food. I don't know if I would say I am a great cook but I have never made anything bad. I have good instincts with flavours, seasonings and ingredients :)
My cooking tragedies
Other than borsch I have NEVER made a soup and I do so love stew-type soups!!
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Baked Salmon II
I will start out by saying that I am not a big fan of fish in general but this recipe was Simple and PERFECT!! I didn't use the measures but rather added ingredients by eye and I didn't have parsley so I used herbs de provance. At the end, when the fish was pretty much done, I opened up the salmon so it could brown and it gave it that perfect crispy finish on the outside. I also used quite a bit of oil so it would create a sauce and used that to pour over the pasta that I made to go with it (adding sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, mushrooms and flax seeds),some nice steamed broccoli and et voilĂ , wonderful Mediterranean meal in the middle of winter in a Bavarian forest! :D

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 30, 2013
Easy Lasagna II
I have never ever made lasagna before. This was my first recipe and after dinner my mom told me that this lasagna was better than hers (and she is a pretty good cook!)! I did like everyone advised and used ricotta instead of cottage cheese (500g more so by accident than desire to scale down the content). I also used about 800g of pasta sauce but then got worried that it wont be enough so I added 400g of chopped tomatoes. Of course garlic a-plenty in both the meat while it was frying and the pasta sauce while it was simmering. I also added pre-cooked onions and mushrooms (as advised). Completely improvised with dried basil and herbs de provance (the pasta sauce was not particularly tasty so I improved it). TOTALLY making this one again!! PS: I compromised with water - recipe calls for 1/2 cup and everyone advised 1/4 so I went 1/3 instead and it was great not too runny and not dry, as Goldilocks would say - just right! ;)

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 22, 2013
Basic Flaky Pie Crust
This recipe is PERFECT!! Light and buttery crust is your reward. Didn't change a thing! Was worried that it did not say to pre-bake the pastry shell, thought the dough underneath would be soggy because of the filling but in fact it was perfect! I made extra dough for the lattice crust. Everyone had second helpings :D

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2013

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