appetizers recipes

tonic beef & pork & fennel meatballs
tonic beef & pork & fennel meatballs

I know what I said : "EAT LESS RED MEAT, EAT MORE FISH & VEGETABLES !" Well, for your information, these meatballs are 1/3 vegetables so without abandoning meat, we’re still making an effort. Okay, it wasn’t really an effort either. I often want to try out recipes that are “UPLIFTING” reinterpretations...

14.12.2015
spiced pickled apples
spiced pickled apples

It’s an INVASION I tell you ! Just when I thought I’d eaten all, dealt with and finished with the apples that my friend brought me from the countryside 10 days ago (about 1,5 kg), then more appeared. As I was typing this recipe, I was kindly delivered another 4,5 kg of country apples from Northern France. Well, it’s my...

05.10.2015
pickled and marinated vegetables
pickled and marinated vegetables

Laziness can sometimes be a good motivator to do one thing just so you don’t have to do other things. This was the reason behind making pickled and marinated vegetables ! Sometimes you’re just too lazy or tired or don’t have enough time to ccok up something, and with just a little effort and very little money, you can prepare...

30.07.2015
asparagus & smoked ham & cheese wraps
asparagus & smoked ham & cheese wraps

ASPARAGUS ... so weird & funny-looking ! I know I usually use filo dough pastry sheets when I bake but there are more varieties of prepared types of pastry dough out there than you expect ! Brik pastry sheets, usually used in North African countries is round, thicker and sturdier and there is no need to double it up as we do with filo...

09.06.2015
black tarama dip
black tarama dip

Tarama fish roe dip is usually beige or pale pink in colour when home-made or bright pink when industrially-made. The eggs that are traditionally used are either codfish or mullet fish but obviously these are much harder (and expensive) to find and buy than lumpfish eggs, whether red or black, which readily available in 100 gram jars at any...

04.05.2015
pickled green cherry tomatoes
pickled green cherry tomatoes

It took me a while to share this with you … I know. Not because it’s complicated. It’s super simple but I preferred waiting until they were ready, correctly pickled and taste-tested. The verdict :  WONDERFUL, so just do it too ! It’s a pity to waste those last green unripe tomatoes of the season. It was warm here...

29.10.2015
filo and feta hand pies, 4 variations
filo and feta hand pies, 4 variations

Do you know which country consumes the most cheese in the world ? Answer : Greece ! This includes cheeses in baked goods as well as non-baked goods. Each citizen of Greece consumes an average of 30 kg of cheese per year, and 2/3 of that amount is in the form of feta cheese ! I wish Greece all the best for what they’re going through and hope...

20.09.2015
italian antipasto skewers
italian antipasto skewers

Simple is great too so these appetizers require more assembling and less preparing but a little effort will make it tastier ! Once you get the cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls and fresh basil leaves, then you can decide whether you use prosciutto or pancetta or other smoked and cured meats or you may decide to leave aside the cured meat and...

10.07.2015
tomato and black olive flatbread
tomato and black olive flatbread

This flatbread recipe can be made simply and with no toppings, as a snack or even as a thicker and heavier bread base for your pizza (I must admit that I often like a thick crust). I always have leftover fresh yeast when i make breads and leftover tomato sauce when I make pasta or pizza and this flatbread is perfect for them. This sun-dried tomato...

31.05.2015
pogos
pogos

A POGO is a sausage covered in batter and then fried. Pogos (or cornsdogs) were invented by Germans in Texas in the 1920's. Pogos are as good as they are surprising, you can eat them as a treat during a cocktail-dinner, served alongside other easily held finger foods (my guests loved them). The regular version of pogos uses hotdogs, but I...

01.05.2015
fried extra green tomatoes
fried extra green tomatoes

YES, 6 KG of UNRIPE GREEN TOMATOES ! I mentioned some time ago that I had received over 5 kg of unripe green tomatoes from a friend … I had more actually, an additional 1 kg of my own cute little unripe green cherry tomatoes from my own garden ! The smallest ones are patiently pickling (recipe appearing soon for that, I’m...

26.10.2015
rolled zucchini and feta omelette bites
rolled zucchini and feta omelette bites

I didn’t have much of a choice, it’s been a zucchini year, so here’s another recipe (a simple one) for a light lunch or dinner ! You can always make a regular omelette and just toss in chopped vegetables and cheese and whatever else makes you happy, but this is an impressive way of making individual omelette bites or parcels and...

05.08.2015
grilled anchovies
grilled anchovies

With this heat, comes the urge to take it easy, hang out in the garden and perhaps go to the beach, but has your summer vacation already begun or will you have to wait some more ? Why not pretend you’re already on vacation and make some small fish skewers at home, whether with small sardines or with large anchovies. You can either grill them...

03.07.2015
leftover pasta chips
leftover pasta chips

I always boil too much pasta to go along with my prepared sauce and always leave all that extra pasta on the side which just dries out the next day and is often nibbled on the next day and/or finally thrown away the day after that ! Enough with the wasting of food, you can turn this leftover pasta into a snack. All you need is for the pasta to be...

22.05.2015
white tzatziki & green tzatziki
white tzatziki & green tzatziki

This is the traditionnal tzatziki recipe, white, made with cucumber and yogurt. A simple recipe that (almost) everyone knows and, a modified version of the tzatziki recipe with avocado and green pepper based version with a few changes. The question was how to create something similar with a common base but different enough (with a few subtractions...

15.04.2015