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braised & shredded meats pita sandwich (with fresh vegetable toppings & tzatziki)
braised & shredded meats pita sandwich (with fresh vegetable toppings & tzatziki)

… But please understand that one man’s DONER KEBAB, is another man’s SOUVLAKI, is another man’s GYRO, is another man’s SHAWARMA, is another man’s SHASHLIK, is another man’s CHUANR, is another man’s KATI ROLL, is another man’s TACO, etc. (and when I...

24.08.2019
icy & sparkling watermelon granita & gin cocktail
icy & sparkling watermelon granita & gin cocktail

… with ginger ale too of course, for the bubbles and to lighten it up somewhat “decently”. And if you make the granita now before noon, it’ll be ready for cocktail hour tonight ! So 2 weekends ago, my friends from Montreal dropped in for a short trip to Paris, via CANNES, followed by a trip to CRETE...

10.08.2019
gently-baked & delicately-spiced custard & filo breakfast tartlets
gently-baked & delicately-spiced custard & filo breakfast tartlets

It’s an early morning reward, a breakfast pastry just for you. You’ve gotten up and readied yourself to brave the new day. It’s a sweetened milk & egg dish in its own crispy carrying case, still slightly warm and ever-so-gently spiced, to rock your heart and soul and body as you walk yourself to work or maybe a stroll...

20.07.2019
whole-wheat savory pie crust (for a deep-dish quiche)
whole-wheat savory pie crust (for a deep-dish quiche)

It’s going to be a DOUBLE RECIPE POST weekend, divided into 2 PARTS: PART 1 is for the PIE CRUST (or the exterior casing of a huge and high and deep-dish quiche, that could feed 6-8 people) and PART 2 is all about the FILLINGS that go inside that deep-dish quiche but in a new way, with less eggs and cream...

13.07.2019
flaked sea salt & cracked black pepper rolled grissini breadsticks
flaked sea salt & cracked black pepper rolled grissini breadsticks

When it comes to organizing PICNICS, “rumor” has it that some people pretend to be too busy to organize them and yet always agree to attend them when organized by others and as long as they don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting (carrying, transporting, delivering) and then they’ll bring a little something of course as a...

22.06.2019
a better traditional tzatziki : thicker & chunkier & tastier
a better traditional tzatziki : thicker & chunkier & tastier

A 'traditional' TZATZIKI should be denser, drier (thus less wet and runny, so-to-speak) and more concentrated in texture (thus chunkier) and in flavor (especially if made with goat’s milk and/or sheep’s milk yogurt too) and the ultimate texture test is that a spoon placed upright in its center, should be able to remain...

17.08.2019
chilled & tangy potato salad with preserved lemon & yogurt dressing
chilled & tangy potato salad with preserved lemon & yogurt dressing

Everybody’s got their favorite version of a SUMMER POTATO SALAD and here’s mine ! Move aside mayonnaise (because you’re too fragile when it’s hot out there) and hello to a yogurt and olive oil and lemon juice dressing with a special guest star appearance of a...

03.08.2019
deep-dish mediterranean roasted vegetables quiche
deep-dish mediterranean roasted vegetables quiche

And here’s PART 2 or the FILLINGS that go inside the savory pie-crust shell we prepared or will soon be motivated to prepare (see recipe here) ! But like I said in part 1, it’s a bit different because instead of just combining the fillings of roasted vegetables (no frying here) and perhaps too many eggs, heavy cream and grated...

13.07.2019
strawberry & ricotta & almond & filo shreds mini-cakes
strawberry & ricotta & almond & filo shreds mini-cakes

That sneaky and fickle and ever so demanding FILO / PHYLLO, always letting itself dry out in under 10-15 minutes, and crumbling to pieces if exposed to the hot summer air and if not meticulously covered up with another sheet of baking paper and also a damp cloth, when you unroll it and lay it out. And sometimes it’s just ripped here and...

06.07.2019
triple-layered «croque monsieur & madame» quadruple club-sandwich cake (with a mushroom & bacon & arugula heart)
triple-layered «croque monsieur & madame» quadruple club-sandwich cake (with a mushroom & bacon & arugula heart)

It all began with 4 SLICES of SANDWICH BREAD, aPERFECTLY-SIZED SQUARE BAKING DISH& MOVING DAY ! Not mine of course but some neighbors who moved 2 doors down to my building complex. With many arms carrying boxes and bags and disassembled furniture and many legs going up and down stairs and elevators, it seems like the best...

15.06.2019