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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
cantaloupe melon & apple cider sorbet
cantaloupe melon & apple cider sorbet

I was in AIX-EN-PROVENCE where they make the original CALISSONS d’AIX. It’s a candy made of a thick layer of candied melon paste (and some candied citrus) and almond paste, flavored with some orange blossom water and then shaped like an oval eye or almond or a ‘weaving shuttle’ (but it actually represents the...

22.06.2018
stuffed & fried zucchini flowers
stuffed & fried zucchini flowers

I went to MARSEILLE. I came back from MARSEILLE . . . with a HUGE BAG OF FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. They were being sold in the Gare Saint-Charles train station by local organic farmers who are there every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and it’s not expensive. I got some huge beefsteak tomatoes, a bouquet of baby...

08.06.2018
muhammara - roasted red pepper & walnut dip
muhammara - roasted red pepper & walnut dip

MU-HAM-MA-RA my love, a reinterpreted recipe from the war-torn & devastated land of SYRIA, previously known as the “culinary pearl of the middle-east and the levant”. May peace & harmony & genuine support come to you soon . . . This dip or spread is usually made with a roasted red peppers paste (like a caviar...

25.05.2018
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
summery “beefsteak” tomato & mozzarella pizza
summery “beefsteak” tomato & mozzarella pizza

So you want to make a PIZZA ? I mean a real home-made pizza ? Are you going to make the PIZZA DOUGH from scratch ? Are you going to make the PIZZA SAUCE from scratch ? Will you prepare the TOPPINGS ? Yes, my friends, toppings also need to be prepared because you probably don’t have a professional commercial restaurant pizza-oven at home...

04.07.2018
salt cod fish croquettes - 'bolinhos de bacalhau'
salt cod fish croquettes - 'bolinhos de bacalhau'

A re-adaptation of a recipe for BOLHINOS DE BACALHAU from Portugal (and perhaps similar versions in Spain and probably Brazil too). I’ve been jumping from country to country in my latest recipe posts. PORTUGAL is geographically not a MEDITERRANEAN country, physically facing the rougher Atlantic Ocean on one side and bordering Spain on the...

15.06.2018
walnut & spice ‘paximadia’ biscuits
walnut & spice ‘paximadia’ biscuits

PA-XI-MÀ-DIA is just the word that designates the Greek version of BISCUITS or BISCOTTI and this is a ‘staple product’ in my parent’s home (I mean the sweeter version and not the neutral ones resembling rusks). This is my adaptation of my mom’s version that just about everybody that I know and their friends have...

01.06.2018
whole-wheat “toast” & sliced sandwich bread
whole-wheat “toast” & sliced sandwich bread

Here’s a 'recipe request' (which I sometimes entertain) from my sister STELLA who loves SLICED & TOASTED SANDWICH BREAD (particularly a healthy whole-wheat version with seeds). SLICED SANDWICH BREAD is just one of those things I rarely buy and rarely consume, unless on rare morning occasions of...

18.05.2018
hot milk & vanilla cakes with mascarpone & cream filling
hot milk & vanilla cakes with mascarpone & cream filling

WHEN YOU NEED A TREAT ... like these little cakes for kids, after a long day at school. Nothing fancy, nor exotic. Two layers of of cake that are soft & dense & sweet and in the middle, one layer of pure creaminess. Just VANILLA flavors. Just SOFTNESS. Just INNOCENCE. A treat for “recess-time” for kids or an afternoon snack...

04.05.2018