main courses recipes

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
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
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
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
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
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