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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
‘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
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
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
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
‘kleftiko’ (mountain-thief) roast leg of lamb
‘kleftiko’ (mountain-thief) roast leg of lamb

"YEAH, GO STEAL A LEG OF LAMB TODAY !" (a whole lamb would be too much to ask, but you are forgiven) . . . ARNI (lamb) KLEFTIKO (stolen) is the name of this dish. I can almost picture the scene : me stealing a lamb from a farm in the countryside and dragging the thing back to my Parisian apartment by bus, train, subway … A pilot...

23.03.2018
‘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