main courses recipes

‘avgolemono’ (egg-lemon sauce) soup with chicken & rice ‘yuvarlakia’ (meatballs)
‘avgolemono’ (egg-lemon sauce) soup with chicken & rice ‘yuvarlakia’ (meatballs)

This is the “SOUP of SOUPS” . . . a flavorful chicken & vegetable broth yet light & clear, slowly & patiently thickened with an ‘AVGOLEMONO’ sauce made with whipped egg whites combined with fresh lemon juice & egg yolks, coddling poached YUVARLAKIA (or giouvarlakia or yiouvarlakia, who knows how it should...

02.03.2018
salt cod ‘brandade’ with brined black olives
salt cod ‘brandade’ with brined black olives

BRINY & SALTY & FISHY FLAVORS : shredded SALTED COD, smothered with mashed POTATOES and OLIVE OIL, to be transformed into something creamier and with (of course) my additions like the crispy scalloped potato topping and those BLACK OLIVES (inside and out), adding more depth and intensity (if that’s even possible)...

26.01.2018
honey-glazed roasted leg of lamb with fruits & vegetables
honey-glazed roasted leg of lamb with fruits & vegetables

TICK-TOCK & DING-DONG & JINGLING BELLS & HO-HO-HO & LITTLE KIDS GIGGLING & GROWN-UPS CLINKING-CLANKING GLASSES and ME, STILL GETTING ALL EXCITED ABOUT HOLIDAY MEAL PREPARATIONS (even at my age) and when it comes to preparing all that stuff, I’m a lot of things but I’m definitely not lazy ! IT’S A...

14.12.2017
roasted peppers on scrambled eggs & feta on grilled bread on salad : a full meal !
roasted peppers on scrambled eggs & feta on grilled bread on salad : a full meal !

GOOD-BYE MONTREAL & HELLO PARIS ! *and I'm gonna have a little nap now . . .  I’m ending my short trip to Montreal and return back to Paris with one of my favorites which is a complete meal too (even though this type of recipe or assembly of diverse and slightly messy elements may not even deserve to even be a recipe...

08.09.2017
red tomato pizza-pie & green pepper pizza-pie
red tomato pizza-pie & green pepper pizza-pie

In 1953, Dean Martin sang : “when the moon hits your eye like a big(ga)-pizza-pie, that’s amore . . .” I don’t know if Mr. Dean Martin was talking about this kind of pizza-pie or not. But I do know that I don’t often write the funniest or most clever stories. Those usually require a particularly well-developed...

25.06.2017
mediterranean-style pomegranate-glazed pork belly strips
mediterranean-style pomegranate-glazed pork belly strips

The ever-changing dates of Chinese New Year are like the never-changing dates of Christmas on December 25th, New Year’s Day on January 1st, Valentine’s Day on February 14th and Saint-Patrick’s Day on March 17th . . . it doesn’t matter what day it will be on this year nor what your ethnic origins or cultural or...

16.02.2018
greek 'loukaniko' fresh sausages (from scratch)
greek 'loukaniko' fresh sausages (from scratch)

“I MISS FAMILY-FOOD-MAKING-DAYS” . . . I miss making sausages with them every winter back in Montreal. I miss the hand-operated manual machine we used to have and that big wooden board we had to attach it to, in order to have an appropriate workspace and to avoid damaging the rest of the kitchen installations. I miss the ache of all...

19.01.2018
roasted eggplant & zucchini pizza with béchamel sauce
roasted eggplant & zucchini pizza with béchamel sauce

« A PIZZA FOR EACH SEASON » . . . or how to take advantage of the last zucchinis & eggplants of the season, before you actually start making & preserving jars of your own home-made tomato sauce for the colder autumn & winter months upon us already !  Seriously ? Are you actually planning to do...

22.09.2017
picnic pita ‘pissaladière’ pie
picnic pita ‘pissaladière’ pie

“PICNICKING” mediterranean-style . . . yeah, I love all of that ! I wasn’t planning to publish a “PISSALADIERE” recipe but because it’s picnicking season and because I’ll be talking about PICNICS and how to organize them very-very-very soon (in the next few days perhaps), it just made sense to include...

21.07.2017
all-white four-cheeses pizza : part 4 of the ‘pizza series’
all-white four-cheeses pizza : part 4 of the ‘pizza series’

1, 2, 3, 4 - cheeses white pizza to wrap up part 4 of the ‘pizza series’. I’m not gonna lie to you, an all-white cheesy pizza is good, but a reddish tomato-sauce all-dressed pizza with all the toppings is better, but this is a nice & easy & quick recipe option and thus ‘deserving’ of being...

12.05.2017
‘potaje’ spanish cod & spinach & chickpea stew
‘potaje’ spanish cod & spinach & chickpea stew

SALT COD RECIPE N°5 . . . and 2-3 more to come (but most probably next winter). It’s cold out there and it’s going to get colder next week so just eat some POTAGE or STEW or a good thick SOUP now ! This is more of an early spring dish in Spain but salt cod is a staple for me (but you know that already). I still remember my...

02.02.2018
‘roast beast’ leftovers sandwich with all the extras
‘roast beast’ leftovers sandwich with all the extras

I HAVE BEEN SO LAZY ever since the end of all the holidays followed by my birthday too and taking down all the Christmas decorations (boo hoo) and this cold weather and those grey skies . . . It’s a miracle that I even have the energy to type all of this up ! I just want to take it easy and eat “leftovers” or dream that there...

12.01.2018
triple-tomato beef ravioli (for my sister stella)
triple-tomato beef ravioli (for my sister stella)

STELLA is my darling sister in Montreal. This recipe is for HER. We all call her STELLA-WELLA (because it rhymes) or STELLITSA (which signifies little Stella in greek). She is tall & thin & pretty and very organized with a good head for business and finances (which is why she works for a branch of the UN international...

15.09.2017
'riggidanella' eggplant oven-baked pasta cakes
'riggidanella' eggplant oven-baked pasta cakes

This “THING” appeared on my table a few weeks ago when I was on assignment and in a fancy restaurant with some charming guests. This “THING”, individually prepared & served is so lovely to look at. This “THING” is simple in its flavors and in its assembly. This “THING” can be prepared in...

07.07.2017
montreal-style all-dressed pizza : part 3 of the 'pizza series'
montreal-style all-dressed pizza : part 3 of the 'pizza series'

MAYBE you’ll understand and MAYBE YOU WON'T ?! I’m obsessed with the pizza of my childhood, my teenage years and my younger to older adult life . . . It’s all memory-related. Ordering an XL PIZZA from our favorite neighborhood pizzeria was always a moment of joy and homey comfort. To this day, the first thing that my...

05.05.2017