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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
summery “beefsteak” tomato & mozzarella pizza
summery “beefsteak” tomato & mozzarella pizza

So you want to make a PIZZA ? I mean a real home-made pizza ? Are you going to make the PIZZA DOUGH from scratch ? Are you going to make the PIZZA SAUCE from scratch ? Will you prepare the TOPPINGS ? Yes, my friends, toppings also need to be prepared because you probably don’t have a professional commercial restaurant pizza-oven at home...

04.07.2018
spring onion & feta-yogurt cream pizza
spring onion & feta-yogurt cream pizza

“THE FRESHNESS OF SPRING” . . . announced with a vegetarian pizza that incorporates this same attitude. Instead of the usual spicier, heavier, fattier pizzas that we all love and adore, why not make a pizza that is actually FRESHER-LIGHTER-BRIGHTER-ZESTIER-ZINGIER ? Is it a “SALAD-PIZZA” ? Not really, but the effect is...

27.04.2018
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
salt cod fish croquettes - 'bolinhos de bacalhau'
salt cod fish croquettes - 'bolinhos de bacalhau'

A re-adaptation of a recipe for BOLHINOS DE BACALHAU from Portugal (and perhaps similar versions in Spain and probably Brazil too). I’ve been jumping from country to country in my latest recipe posts. PORTUGAL is geographically not a MEDITERRANEAN country, physically facing the rougher Atlantic Ocean on one side and bordering Spain on the...

15.06.2018
vegetable & cheese stuffed lasagna rolls
vegetable & cheese stuffed lasagna rolls

“I TOLD YOU SO !” . . . even though many of you scoffed at me (and probably even considered blocking or blacklisting me). The oh-so-boring-and-simply SIMMERED & SAUTEED VEGETABLES that I posted one year ago (see recipe here) which I adjusted just for this recipe to less than half the initial amount and added eggplants too are,...

20.04.2018
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
exceptionally herby ‘keftedes’ (greek meatballs)
exceptionally herby ‘keftedes’ (greek meatballs)

You know when you think people 'know stuff' but they actually don’t ? Fool that I am, I often forget this ! Many people’s culinary backgrounds & experiences are most often quite different from your own. It was time for me to explain KEFTEDES more precisely even though I had already posted a recipe using keftedes/greek...

11.05.2018
‘fasolàda’ multi-bean & vegetable soup
‘fasolàda’ multi-bean & vegetable soup

“I TOLD YOU I WAS GOING TO TRY to be more VEGETARIAN !” (at least more regularly and/or occasionally). So this is what I’m doing and maybe I’ll continue with a whole month of a series of vegetarian recipes (this is the 2nd one). A good vegetarian dish takes more time than a carnivorous one . . . This is how I see it :...

13.04.2018