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triple-layered «croque monsieur & madame» quadruple club-sandwich cake (with a mushroom & bacon & arugula heart)
triple-layered «croque monsieur & madame» quadruple club-sandwich cake (with a mushroom & bacon & arugula heart)

It all began with 4 SLICES of SANDWICH BREAD, aPERFECTLY-SIZED SQUARE BAKING DISH& MOVING DAY ! Not mine of course but some neighbors who moved 2 doors down to my building complex. With many arms carrying boxes and bags and disassembled furniture and many legs going up and down stairs and elevators, it seems like the best...

15.06.2019
the “beefiest & bluest & beautifullest” all-beef & blue cheese burger
the “beefiest & bluest & beautifullest” all-beef & blue cheese burger

Is a meat patty just a piece of ground meat ? Is a slice of blue cheese just cheese ? Is a condiment just a sauce ? Are dressings just extras ? Is a bun just bread ? Is a burger just a hot sandwich ? They all could be just that of course … unless you make a special effort for each separate element and assemble them creatively !  If...

30.03.2019
oven-roasted chicken & cauliflower & broccoli & cheddar casserole
oven-roasted chicken & cauliflower & broccoli & cheddar casserole

A “USE EVERYTHING & WASTE NOTHING” hearty WINTER MEAL, resembling a lasagna (but there’s no pasta here), with winter vegetables and some chicken. All the ingredients are pre-roasted before assembling them, using only 1 mixing bowl, 1 roasting dish, 1 casserole and 1 baking sheet and nothing else (okay,...

08.02.2019
roasted & stuffed holiday capon (with herbs, wild rice, mushrooms,  confit poultry livers & gizzards)
roasted & stuffed holiday capon (with herbs, wild rice, mushrooms, confit poultry livers & gizzards)

This 50-ingredient holiday recipe is like singing that well-known and quite long “THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS” carolling song, once you begin, you simply have to go on until it’s all sung and you’ve reached the end … It’s never easy convincing anybody (and this includes friends & family) about preparing a...

21.12.2018
macaroni & roquefort 'blue cheese' casserole
macaroni & roquefort 'blue cheese' casserole

I still remember the BOXES of MACARONI & CHEESE by KRAFT DINNER we had as kids growing up in Montreal ! You boiled the dry pasta in water then strained it, then you added the milk and butter and the packet of processed cheese powder, mixed and served. This was a treat for us. It’s actually considered a national dish and Canadians consume...

06.10.2018
3-meat & spicy «pastisio» greek pasta bake (with cinnamon, allspice, clove & nutmeg)
3-meat & spicy «pastisio» greek pasta bake (with cinnamon, allspice, clove & nutmeg)

“PASTITSIO” … such a very Greek dish (as well as Cypriot, Turkish, Egyptian & Maltese) because it’s just so Mediterranean. But the original word “pasticcio” is Italian and signifies a baked pasta & meat dish. It’s not a lasagna nor a beefy macaroni & cheese dish, but something in between...

01.06.2019
the “crème de la crème” cream of cauliflower soup
the “crème de la crème” cream of cauliflower soup

I’m exhausted. I had one week off and am now launching myself in 5 assignments during the next 5 weeks before my next one week off happens again. I obviously didn’t rest. I’m doing stuff around the house. Not regular everyday cleaning and tidying up but more electrical stuff. “LIGHTING” can be everything,...

02.03.2019
detox-9 soup with root-vegetables & avgolemono sauce
detox-9 soup with root-vegetables & avgolemono sauce

The holidays were GREAT, the eating was FANTASTIC and the drinking was AWESOME. The PARTY’s over. Time to pull yourself together and detoxify (yeah, again) ! I can’t decide if it’s fashionable, (or not), to detoxify your system (and admit to it). Even though it isn’t not cool nor sexy (in my world), your body (and mine) are...

11.01.2019
roast pork (or veal) in milk & sage with baby potatoes & pearl onions
roast pork (or veal) in milk & sage with baby potatoes & pearl onions

This weekend on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11th 2018 is the 100th Anniversary (the Centenary or Centennial) of the ARMISTICE or End of the First World War. Sixty heads of State and 120 dignitaries will be in Paris for an international ceremony to commemorate the event, to celebrate the peace and the end of that war, even though other wars,...

09.11.2018
roasted sea bream with citrus & allium & capsicum
roasted sea bream with citrus & allium & capsicum

OK, I’m just playing with words ! . . . ALLIUM is the family of onions, garlics, shallots, chives and leeks & CAPSICUM is the family of sweet and hot peppers and CITRUS of course you already know. By the way, sea breams, also called gilt-head bream, are part of the SPARIDAE family and are marine fish (at least you learned something...

04.08.2018
all white & green «from winter to spring» minestrone soup with walnut & parsley pesto
all white & green «from winter to spring» minestrone soup with walnut & parsley pesto

It’s WHITE and it’s GREEN . . . because it was WINTER and then it seemed like SPRING, much earlier than usual. And I planted my seeds and they became seedlings. And then it wasn’t spring any longer and it got colder and then it got really, really colder. Winter to spring to winter. And this happened...

13.04.2019
braised & shredded beef & cabbage casserole
braised & shredded beef & cabbage casserole

I had a craving for a greek dish called “SARMADES” or “LAHANODOLMADES” which is a northern greek version of cabbage leaf rolls, stuffed with a mixture of rice and minced meat, strongly-flavored with lemon and cumin, that are time-consuming in their assembly, each one roll and piled on top of one another,...

23.02.2019
the ‘ultimate’ 4-braised & shredded meats lasagna
the ‘ultimate’ 4-braised & shredded meats lasagna

This "L-A-S-A-G-N-A" may be ultimately DECADENT & SHAMELESS in its creation, and perhaps INDECENT & SHAMEFUL in its consumption … but for me, the 2-week holiday period begins on December 24th until January 1st and ends on January 7th (my birthday and the Orthodox Christmas). I end the...

05.01.2019
chunky vegetable & feta quiche with the incredible 2-ingredient breadcrumb & mayonnaise crust
chunky vegetable & feta quiche with the incredible 2-ingredient breadcrumb & mayonnaise crust

It’s super CHUNKY as you can see, from the filling to this incredible & thick 2-ingredient breadcrumb crust. It’s also adaptable & modifiable, but less painful than dealing with DST or Daylight Savings Time. It’s all about adding & subtracting. The 2 crust ingredients are dried breadcrumbs and mayonnaise....

03.11.2018
ouzo-flavored tempura seafood & vegetables
ouzo-flavored tempura seafood & vegetables

Another TEMPURA-STORY . . . again ! Even though we talked about this about 6 weeks ago when we were focusing on stuffed & deep-fried zucchini flowers that I brought back from Marseille (see the recipe here) I’m still rather obsessed with this method, so here we go again. So JAPANESE, right ?! And yet so PORTUGUESE, right ?!...

21.07.2018