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3 oven semi-dried vegetables & their 3 spreads : green peppers & red tomatoes & white mushrooms
3 oven semi-dried vegetables & their 3 spreads : green peppers & red tomatoes & white mushrooms

It’s officially the END OF SUMMER & the BEGINNING OF AUTUMN. It’s the end of some things that you will miss and the beginning of other things to look forward to. It’s okay to miss things and to want them back. It’s okay to not have them and wait for their return. It’s okay to pursue new things and put...

22.09.2018
greek yogurt & dark chocolate mousse
greek yogurt & dark chocolate mousse

THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT . . . because even though I do not claim to have imagined nor invented this yogurt-version of a traditional well-known dessert, it seemed like an “intervention” was necessary (even when on my vacation) because all the existing versions that were brought to my attention by my friends were wrong ! Why ? Because one...

08.09.2018
cold pasta salad starter with 'the freshest hand-crushed & no-cook heirloom tomato sauce'
cold pasta salad starter with 'the freshest hand-crushed & no-cook heirloom tomato sauce'

And here’s part 2 (of 3) of the summer tomato mini-series, called “REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD” (but does that refer to picnic food and cold starters too ?!) . . . One of my dearest, darling, overseas cousins that I spoke to last night had mentioned over the phone that the no-cook & hand-crushed heirloom...

19.08.2018
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
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
wholewheat & kefir 'irish-mediterranean' soda bread & buns
wholewheat & kefir 'irish-mediterranean' soda bread & buns

It’s only MID-SEPTEMBER so STOP YOUR WHINING because you can still fire up that barbecue (that’s probably still out lying there in the yard or balcony) and pretend it’s still SUMMER … because it is technically ! Here’s an  easy, no-fuss, no-mess, delicious and tender IRISH that has become kind of MEDITERRANEAN...

15.09.2018
picnic focaccia with tomato-water dough & the 'freshest hand-crushed & no-cook heirloom tomato sauce' topping
picnic focaccia with tomato-water dough & the 'freshest hand-crushed & no-cook heirloom tomato sauce' topping

And finally PART 3 which wraps up the summer tomato mini-series. Yup, it’s about time ! This time, the “freshest hand-crushed & no-cook heirloom tomato sauce and/or spread” (see the last 2 posts here & here) is strained to its maximum to utterly become a chunky "spread” that is used as a topping for...

24.08.2018
the freshest hand-crushed & no-cook heirloom tomato sauce and/or spread
the freshest hand-crushed & no-cook heirloom tomato sauce and/or spread

PART 1 (of a summer mini-series) of 3 episodes ! ... Here’s a story about how refreshing and surprisingly vibrant RAW & UNCOOKED (and yet still slightly prepared) FRESH & RIPE HEIRLOOM TOMATOES can be and how you can accentuate these same flavors and prepare them without cooking (I mean without applying heat) during a...

15.08.2018
apricot & almond breakfast-cake squares
apricot & almond breakfast-cake squares

APRICOTS are my SUMMER SYMBOLS, wherever I may be (or dream of being) especially while enjoying glorious summer holiday mornings, if possible, close to the Mediterranean Sea (or at least close enough to feel and smell a salty sea breeze). That freshness, crispness, clarity and transparency in the air as you’re having breakfast, ideally...

28.07.2018
chocolate & coffee & wafers ice cream (easy & no-churn & with kit kat)
chocolate & coffee & wafers ice cream (easy & no-churn & with kit kat)

The days are longer (especially for those furthest away from that imaginary and yet ever so present dividing line called the «equator») and even though cocktails may begin earlier than usual and suppers and dinners inevitably end later than usual too, you probably won’t be having that ESPRESSO at the end of your summer meal . . ....

14.07.2018