Author: Madona

restaurant reviews

Mother’s Ruin

It’s just the name of the place I reviewed in this post. Even though I love visiting the city as much as I can, I hardly ever go every week unless I have to. This week I had to attend the book signing by a Georgian author and political scientist, […]

Cauliflower with beef ragu
dinner, main dish

Cauliflower with Ground Beef Ragu

This dish is inspired by pasta with the ground beef ragu, but since my customer is on paleo diet and can’t eat pasta, I substituted it with cauliflower. It’s a perfect fall dish, healthy and delicious and easy to make, of course.

corn and red pepper salad
Salads, side dish

Corn and Red Pepper Salad

Corn and red pepper salad is the perfect summer/fall dish. It’s crunchy, colorful and very refreshing. Now, when the farmers markets have tons of red peppers, fresh corn, radishes, red onion and lots of herbs, it’s a must have salad at least once a week.

upper west side
restaurant reviews

New York, Oda house and more…

Every time I go to NYC I bring my colorful scarf. It’s not your regular scarf, it a very special piece… I remember vividly my first visit to New York. It was 13 years ago at night and I was in Kate’s car, blasting some Georgian music and probably smoking. […]

Chicken with potatoes
dinner, main dish

Chicken with Potatoes

I created this dish for one of my customers who is allergic to onions and garlic and struggles with cutting the food. So, I cut everything myself, so that she can eat easily.  She likes  flavors from the herbs but can’t eat the herbs in the food, so I pureed […]

restaurant reviews

San Diego Food Experience

I finally made it to San Diego. Not that I didn’t want to visit but I went because I had to. Everyone was telling me how beautiful and amazing San Diego is. Lile (my baby girl) is attending SDSU and I had to get her set up in her dorm. We had […]

Chicken in walnut tomato sauce
dinner, Georgian, main dish

Chicken in Walnut Tomato Sauce

Chicken in walnut sauce is a very traditional thing in Georgian cuisine. Just because I was at the farm this morning and got tons of ripe cherry tomatoes, I decided to incorporate them in the dish. First I cooked the cherry tomatoes because I was going to save them for […]

Potato Perashki
Appetizers

Potato Cheese Perashki

I usually use yeast dough for perashki, which is good but time consuming, you need to wait for at least an hour for the dough to proof. Yesterday, I found this easy ricotta and baking powder based recipe and I tried. It was very good, light and fluffy. I can […]

stuffed bell peppers
dinner, Georgian, main dish

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are perfect summer/fall dish. In Georgia we stuff them with rice and roasted eggplant, tomatoes, carrots and onions. It’s very light and flavorful. You don’t even need to heat them second day, chilled is very good. This time, I stuffed them with ground pork/beef mix, rice, tomatoes […]