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«ragù bianco» pasta sauce with roasted & shredded chicken & creamy eggplant & mushrooms & leeks
«ragù bianco» pasta sauce with roasted & shredded chicken & creamy eggplant & mushrooms & leeks

A delicate, lighter and more subtle version of the traditional ragù sauce that we are all familiar with like the heartier, heavier, redder and spicier “ragù bolognese” and you’ll understand why if you read ahead and if you venture to prepare this delight yourself ! It all begins with the meat,...

24.02.2024
spiced carrot & sweet potato soup with tahini drizzle & seeds
spiced carrot & sweet potato soup with tahini drizzle & seeds

A slightly spicy blend of ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander and allspice to accompany a creamed soup combination of roasted carrots, sweet potato, onions and citrus and topped with a tahini drizzle & roasted seeds, warming your bodies & souls in this chilly weather ! It’s a very Mediterranean version of a creamy and blended carrot...

27.01.2024
cold artichoke & parmesan dip
cold artichoke & parmesan dip

There is rarely a dip you can make that can be put together as rapidly and easily and since it’s New Year’s Eve very soon, here’s a last minute idea for something refreshing; the secret though is to let the delicate artichoke flavors shine through without overpowering them, so take it easy with the additions & best wishes for...

30.12.2023
quick & easy «bolognese» sauce with beef & mushrooms
quick & easy «bolognese» sauce with beef & mushrooms

And all of this in under 60 minutes, with enough for this weekend’s dinner and also enough to store in jars in the refrigerator for another dinner or two, because this is a simplified version of a 6-hour «ragù alla bolognese» that uses only one type of meat this time, but still packs immense flavour because of...

09.12.2023
autumn mini-cakes with molasses & spices
autumn mini-cakes with molasses & spices

A long time ago, I read a wonderful book given to me by a friend and in this book was a recipe from the 1900’s for a “groaning cake” to be prepared by a future mother when her first labor pangs appeared and completed and baked by the accompanying women; I hope my modern-day reinterpretation of this spicy, fruity, spongey and...

11.11.2023
mushroom & brie cheese & béchamel sauce appetizers
mushroom & brie cheese & béchamel sauce appetizers

I’ve always loved big stuffed mushrooms as appetizers, but they have to be warm and gooey (and not cold) so the idea here is to bake them inside a pastry shell, (even though upside-down mushroom caps are already shells) and to fill them up with creamy yet delicate creamy ingredients ! Of course, you’ll need the quite large mushrooms...

10.02.2024
custardy bread pudding
custardy bread pudding

Leftovers, even when dried out and stale or overripe and mushy are ingredients with potential that can be transformed into nourishing treasures and I’m quite certain that after all the winter holidaying and feasting, that you too have all the ingredients handy for this custardy bread pudding, crunchy on the top and creamy on the bottom...

13.01.2024
a better traditional & aromatic «baklava» with walnuts
a better traditional & aromatic «baklava» with walnuts

Making a traditional walnut BAKLAVA even better is easier than you think because it’s all about the choice of the complementary flavors that will be added to accentuate and simultaneously brighten up this very sweet, buttery and crunchy holiday dessert ! It’s true that I do have a preference for hand-held or individual format...

23.12.2023
chicken thighs & rice pilaf casserole with lemon & oregano & green peppers
chicken thighs & rice pilaf casserole with lemon & oregano & green peppers

This one-casserole dish, that is started off on the stove top and finished up in the oven, celebrates a variety of mediterranean flavors such as oregano, lemon, onions, garlic and especially green peppers and the trick is to end up with crispy and juicy chicken thighs and firm (thus not mushy or sticky) flavorful rice pilaf, so follow my tips...

25.11.2023
«piperopita» filo rolls with bell peppers & feta cheese
«piperopita» filo rolls with bell peppers & feta cheese

It’s a rarity but a personal favorite ! You are all mostly familiar with tiropita (only cheese pie) and spanakopita (spinach & cheese pie) and perhaps kremidopita (onion & cheese pie) but PIPEROPITA (sweet peppers & cheese pie) exists too, even though I didn’t know it myself but my love for peppers has no limits and it was...

28.10.2023