Educated in Engineering, Vlad Piskunov once started a culinary blog and soon found himself as one of the leading bloggers in the country. Since then, he has published three books, tried hosting the “Men’s food” programme and launched a site called Zhelezo i Ogon (Eng. Iron and Fire), which offers recipes, kitchen accessories and his own spices.
We invited Vlad to our studio to cook pancakes, because one of his books, “Vot Blin!,” shares insights about the dish and its interpretations around the globe.
The gig transformed into an international pancake fiesta, as he prepared everything from Palestinian pancakes and Corsican cake to Monegasque Crepe Suzette.
Vlad was the first person to cook at the Eda studio-kitchen at Danilovskaya Manufacture. And we’re planning to extend this invitation to our location on Kuznetsky Most.
Traditional Arab pancakes, also called katajef, are filled with custard, but Vlad decided to give them a twist and prepared them with cottage cheese. You can top your creation with orange syrup or something similar.
Cheese Pudding With Pancakes
Vlad inherited the recipe from his babysitter, Thecla. It is reminiscent of Bulgarian and Transylvanian pancake pudding. The pancake rolls should be tightly pressed against each other. It’s one of those cases when you don’t complain about the lack of elbow room.
The recipe was inspired by Corsican chestnut pancakes. But in our country, wheat flour better serves the purpose, as chestnut flour is hard to come by.
The number of pancakes, as well as their size, can vary depending on the serving.
In theory, Crepe Suzette needs to be flambéed but, even if it isn’t, the taste of the pancakes will not be compromised.
A cast-iron pan is ideal for cooking: warmed slowly, it retains and evenly distributes the heat. But modern pans, with a flat bottom and low sides, are more convenient and allow pancakes to slide more effortlessly.
Rice Crepes With Coco Filling
The filling requires fine coconut flakes, whereas thicker flakes can be used to sprinkle on the pancakes.
Author: Ksenia Shustova