Poffertjes: Dutch Silver Dollar Pancakes

Poffertjes topped with powdered sugar and butter

Some recipes we choose to do for less logical, more emotional reasons. Even in the early stages of recipe planning, we were determined to focus on poffertjes for our deep dive into Dutch dining. Nevermind their ubiquity in Dutch snacking culture. Poffertjes hold a bit of sentimental value for the both of us. We can both hearken … Read more

Paifala

Paifala Dish

As we continue to try new recipes from around the world, we’re starting to pick up on certain trends and commonalities between cuisines. We thought we had come onto one of these commonalities with paifala. After all, from the outward look of it, paifala looks an awful lot like empanadas from the Latin and Spanish … Read more

Joulutortut: Finnish Jam Pinwheel Pastries

Joulutortut: Finnish Jam Pinwheel Pastries

As we pursue to make traditional holiday dishes from around the world, I doubt that any will look as aesthetically appealing as joulutortut does. It certainly requires a bit of extra finesse in order to get the joulutortut into its pinwheel shape, but a finished joulutortut pastry, especially with the color contrast between the golden pastry and the dark purple prune … Read more

Sachertorte: Austrian Layered Chocolate Cake

Sachertorte: Austrian Layered Chocolate Cake

Today is a very special day. Yes, it’s Sinterklaas in Holland and Father’s Day in Thailand, but that’s not the reason why today is such a special food day. In fact, unless you’re a native of Vienna, Austria, or a buff on the Viennese cuisine, you might not immediately associate December 5 with National Sachertorte Day. … Read more

Melomakarona: Greek Honey-Dipped Christmas Cookies

Melomakarona: Greek Honey-Dipped Christmas Cookies

Over here at Arousing Appetites, we take our holiday seasons very seriously. It’s a fantastic time to get together with friends and family and to reflect and express gratitude on the year that was. Of course, it’s also a great time to eat. Cuisines around the world each have their own special (and delicious!) holiday traditions, … Read more

Gibanica: Serbian Cheese Pie

Gibanica: Serbian Cheese Pie

One thing I love about our little project to internationalize our upcoming holiday meals is how and from where recipe inspiration can come from, literally anywhere. For example, I had no idea about any type of dishes from Serbian cuisine, but we were really pleasantly surprised to learn about how many amazing recipes are out … Read more