appetizers recipes

“so nice” panisse sticks
“so nice” panisse sticks

STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT !  STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! STOP IT ! … sorry, but I needed to get that out of my system. Terrible and tragic and unforgiveable things...

17.07.2016
april fool’s day salt-cured sardines
april fool’s day salt-cured sardines

"Are you a genuine APRIL DAY FOOL if you make your own sardines at home ... or just TOTALLY-BANANAS-CRAZY !?" Well, I’m not so sure. I made a small batch, starting with 1 kg of fresh sardines, cleaning them, salt-curing them for several days, then storing them in olive oil. The first time I tried this, I realized that...

01.04.2016
savory puff pastry pinwheel appetizers
savory puff pastry pinwheel appetizers

Let’s start at the very beginning, A very good place to start, When you read you begin with A-B-C, When you sing you begin with Do-Re-Mi, Dough- (yeah, it's funny) -Re-Mi, The first 3 ingredients just happen to be, Flour, Butter, Water … Flour-Butter-Water-Puff-Pastryyyyy !  …...

12.01.2016
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
kadaifi-wrapped prawns with fresh herbs, ginger and pineapple dipping sauce
kadaifi-wrapped prawns with fresh herbs, ginger and pineapple dipping sauce

This is not a summer BARBECUE recipe. It's an end of spring (waiting for the summer) recipe for a DEEP-FRYER on a BALCONY or TERRACE, with an extension cord ... (a bit like trying to pretend it was already warm & beautiful outside and we absolutely could & should cook outside) ... Well, you understand that I’m a...

30.05.2016
peelings & skins chips
peelings & skins chips

What do you mean by : “WHY AM I BOTHERING YOU AGAIN THIS WEEK” ??? & WHY, WY, Y are we THROWING AWAY our VEGETABLE PEELINGS and SKINS ?!? … because we are wasteful & dumb creatures or perhaps just didn’t know any better … we may be forgiven (if we change our ways now). As I was recently...

11.03.2016
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
mushroom & gruyere cheese appetizers
mushroom & gruyere cheese appetizers

RAIN, RAIN, and again more RAIN ! . . .  If it was sunny, I’d be sharing recipes about barbecues, planchas, grilled sausages, roasted vegetables & meats & seafood, fruity pies & desserts, condiments for hotdogs and hamburgers and all that picnic stuff … but it hasn’t stopped raining for weeks...

23.05.2016
scallion hummus
scallion hummus

I like my hummus CHUNKIER (not too smooth & silky) and I NEVER ADD WATER … and of course it has to have lots of lemon, garlic, cumin and SCALLIONS. Is it truly a “hummus” ? It doesn’t matter, it’s how we like it ! If I hadn’t prepared and served this version of hummus several times in the past 2 weeks, I...

30.01.2016
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