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Hi! I’m Sneji.

Nice to meet you!

I am more commonly known as “The Modern Nonna” on social media where I create easy home cooked meals with a modern twist. I was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria and learned how to cook at the best culinary school in the world – my grandma’s kitchen. I lived in Greece on the Island of Crete with my parents for a while and then moved to Toronto, Canada when I was in grade 5. I started to really cook and experiment with food 11 years ago when I was 21 years old. Everything I currently know is a reflection of some part of my life…

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My Latest

Easy Home Cooked Meals


The Best Carne Asada (Flat-Iron Steak)

My carne asada recipe is not traditional, but it is packed with flavor. This is as much a steak cooking tutorial as it is a recipe for steak made in a carne asada-style. In Latin cuisine, the term carne

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Salads and Sides

Simple Green Salad

This is the best simple green salad recipe. This Bulgarian green salad has been on my family’s table for generations. Any time we have ever served this salad to guests, it’s devoured in seconds, and we are always asked

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Tutorials & Hacks

How To Make Stainless Steel Non Stick

This simple tutorial for how to make stainless steel non stick is going to change the way you cook. If you are sick of being oversold on nonstick pans that don’t actually work, this hack will change the game.

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Roasted Leg of Lamb (European Style)

This roasted leg of lamb is the perfect meal for Easter or any special occasion. A traditional Easter meal in Bulgaria and Greece includes a whole lamb cooked on a spit (skewered and cooked over a fire) accompanied by

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How To Cook Mushrooms (Like a Chef)

If you want to learn how to cook mushrooms like a chef, or don’t know how to cook them properly, you’ve come to the right place! Most people struggle when cooking mushrooms and I notice the same mistakes being

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Bread & Dough

Bulgarian Fried Dough

Bulgarian fried dough is a traditional breakfast that can be found on every corner in my country. These fluffy donuts are called “buhti” in my language and are usually served with powdered sugar or other toppings like jam (or

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Cookies & Snacks

Healthy Ice-Cream

This 3 ingredient healthy ice-cream will blow you away. Not only is it incredibly delicious, it’s packed with protein and totally healthy! 500 grams of ice-cream yields 60 grams of protein due to the cottage cheese that we use

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Sandwiches & Toast

Easy Tuna Melt Wrap

This easy tuna melt wrap has been my go-to lunch for a while; it takes just minutes to prepare and uses ingredients with a long shelf life, which I almost always have in my kitchen. When I feel like

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Bread & Dough

Easy 5 Ingredient Irish Soda Bread

This easy 5 ingredient Irish soda bread is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond! I hope you get the chance to make one of the simplest, most comforting breads. This bread only takes 10 minutes to whip up

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Bread & Dough

Three Cheese Buns

These one-bowl, three cheese buns have been incredibly hard to name. These are like a hybrid of cheesy scones, biscuits, popovers, and soft cheese bread. If you love mozzarella, parmigiano, and ricotta, you will absolutely love these. They are

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Dips & Spreads

Egg Free Mayo

My egg free mayo recipe is perfect for anyone that is allergic to eggs. After posting my traditional homemade mayo recipe this week, I had a lot of you ask for a version that’s free from eggs. This recipe

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Breakfast Foods

Bulgarian Meat and Cheese Sandwiches

These Bulgarian meat and cheese sandwiches are the ultimate comfort food. You can find many versions of these baked sandwiches on every corner in Bulgaria. These sandwiches are called “Prinzesi” in Bulgarian, which translates to princesses. These sandwiches are

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