Armenian

  • Hungry Rabbit's pistachio baklava cake
    Pistachio baklava cake Pistachio baklava cake

    Pistachio baklava cake

Pistachio baklava cake

Baklava for me was always an indulgence. Something to be eaten at special occasions and in small quantities. Whether it was the Middle Eastern type with pistachios, the Bulgarian variety with walnuts, the Armenian kind – scented with cinnamon, honey-drenched Greek baklava or modern interpretations that involve chocolate – I love baklava. And when the Miraj Hammam spa at the Shangri-La hotel greeted me recently with a bite of baklava and grapes after my recent hammam and gommage treatment, it was like a salve to my weary soul. Still, despite my comfort in the kitchen, making baklava always felt like it was out of my comfort zone. I’m not sure why. Even my mother, a working woman who always felt more comfortable talking about Balzac than clarified butter, made a delicious Bulgarian-style baklava for special occasions when we were growing up. And still, I always felt that it was better […]

  • Pomegranate rose-water persimmon pavlova Pomegranate rose-water persimmon pavlova

    Pomegranate rose-water persimmon pavlova

Pomegranate rose-water persimmon pavlova

This recipe may have been doomed from the start with a name like “The Sultan’s Pavlova: Ottomans Come Down Under.” With every ingredient I purchased, with every stir of my spoon, with every step all I could think was that the Armenian genocide unfolded during the Ottoman Empire under some Sultan’s orders and that I would rename this recipe if it turned out well. And then, when I posted a sneak peek of this pavlova on Instagram, with the caption that I’d never make this again, I thought it was clear this wasn’t a winner. And yet, it was one of my most popular Instagram pictures ever in terms of comments. I’d pinned this recipe on Pinterest long ago, and although I have no time to bake these days, I made the time one Sunday. I’d been collecting some of the more unusual ingredients for months from different stores across […]

  • My Grandma’s Armenian Tell Kadayif My Grandma’s Armenian Tell Kadayif

    My Grandma’s Armenian Tell Kadayif

My Grandma’s Armenian Tell Kadayif

  I am making my way through a book about food writing, and it suggests that blog postings about our childhood memories of food are commonplace and therefore – well, rather boring. Humour me, then, please as this is a topic close to my heart. This is about my Grandmother Mariam’s Tell Kadayif, an Armenian version of a dessert commonly made in the Middle East. “Tell” means “string” in Armenian, due to the thin, long strands of the kadayif.Kadayif consists of shredded phyllo pastry,  which you can find at Greek or Middle Eastern grocers. This dessert is flavoured with rose water; filled with thickened cream, or cheese or walnuts; and topped with  a thickened sugar syrup. Western palates might find it more savoury than they’re used to, and perhaps more exotic as well due to the generous helpings of nuts, and rose water – a distinctly flowery and pungent taste. […]