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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
bacon & egg & cheese filo pie
bacon & egg & cheese filo pie

“FILO” isn’t just for making GREEK STUFF you know (or Turkish or Armenian or Lebanese stuff for that matter) ! And I think it was also time that I publish some very quick & easy recipes after all my complicated and/or time-consuming recipes, that may scare some of you or perhaps just make you roll your eyes back at me,...

31.03.2017
spicy green hot pepper & vegetable & herb beef sausages
spicy green hot pepper & vegetable & herb beef sausages

I’m going to try to keep it short and simple this time: “HAPPY FIRE ROOSTER CHINESE NEW YEAR” ! . . .  and yes, I’m amazed to know that. It’s interesting how CHINA and the CHINESE CULTURE play such important roles in our lives or at least that we’re so aware of when the Chinese New Year is...

27.01.2017
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
mixed vegetables and cheeses ravioli & easy homemade pasta dough
mixed vegetables and cheeses ravioli & easy homemade pasta dough

Get yourself a KITCHEN SCALE (digital and precise if possible please) ! A PASTA-MAKING MACHINE would also be lovely, but I must admit that I broke my cheap model after using it twice and finally ended up using a ROLLING-PIN and  ELBOW GREASE (everything is possible, especially ‘old school’ methods) … Making RAVIOLI...

04.03.2017
greek green beans & beef stew
greek green beans & beef stew

This dish is called “FASOLAKIA ME KREAS” in Greek and is usually prepared in just one casserole, gently simmering for several hours until so tender that it melts in your mouth and actually becomes a liittle too mushy (if you’re not attentive during the long & gentle simmering) . . . In the summertime, we often make it...

13.01.2017
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
big & easy ‘potée’ stew (for 8) with mini vegetables
big & easy ‘potée’ stew (for 8) with mini vegetables

A 'POTEE' is a huge french-style winter brothy stew usually made with a whole green cabbage, potatoes, carrots, turnips, some onions and various pork meats and many variations of this dish exist throughout France. It’s also usually a quite large dish because a cabbage is a big thing and you have to slice it up into at least 8...

17.02.2017
chicken (or whatever meats) pot pie – a holiday meal leftovers solution
chicken (or whatever meats) pot pie – a holiday meal leftovers solution

I really-really-really WISHED I could show you all the stuff I’ll be preparing for the holiday meals like : salt-cured foie gras (not ready yet) & salt-cured dried beef (still drying & curing) &  roasted leg of lamb with baby potatoes, onions, mushrooms and maybe chestnuts (the lamb is marinating...

23.12.2016