Welcome to my humble kitchen!

ትንሿ ጓዳዬ 

Butter and beef are not the enemy!

ትንሿ ጓዳዬ - small kitchen - 6 by 12 foot room with 9 foot high ceiling

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Bitten by the culinary bug at an early age, more often than not, I found myself in my small kitchen just because.

I come from a family of fantastic cooks and home brewers. I’m here to share generations of Ethiopian classic food, Ethiopian style homebrewing and other favorites with easy step-by-step photos. 

My baking, cooking and homebrewing are mostly an attempt to recreate the dishes and the spritzes that I grew up enjoying by tweaking a bit here and there to improve the texture and the taste and also keep the authenticity. When it comes to food, authenticity doesn't always translate delicious, with the exception of baking teff injera  (ጤፍ እንጀራ) (Ethiopian flatbread).

Even though, my kitchen is the smallest of all the rooms [6 by 12 foot, the 9 foot high ceiling is a plus] that I have to keep the pantry in the other room, there’s always something to learn about or experiment. What's more dirty dishes left in the sink and on the counter gazing at me for days and not feel guilty is the only justification I got from a small kitchen tucked away by itself. 

Some of my recipe experimental attempts produce good result that I am proud I made it. And I have to admit that there comes those days, I would go to my kitchen hoping to nail that one recipe that something completely unexpected crops up to produce a completely unexpected result and keep me a little humble.


More on childhood cooking and baking enthusiasm


More on my cooking and baking


More on my home-brewing adventure

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Butter and beef are not the enemy! 

A savory danish braid filled with sauteed lamb (የበግ ጥብስ -Ethiopian style)
A savory danish braid dishes filled with with cabbage- Ethiopian style (ጥቅል ጎመን).
A savory danish braid dishes filled with Lentil salad – Ethiopian style (አዚፋ)
Herbal Teas
Tella - Ethiopian Style Black Beer
Yeasted Barley Pancake (የገብስ ቂጣ)
ጠጅ - Tej, Ethiopian Style Honey Mead
ጠጅ - Tej Tasting Ethiopian Style Honey Mead
A savory danish braid filled with homemade cottage cheese and Collard green - Ethiopian style (አይብ በጎመን)
A savory danish braid filled with Berbere chicken stew - Ethiopian style (ዶሮ ወጥ)
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