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cold oven pound cake
cold oven pound cake

This recipe is for what is called a "pound cake" in English or a "quatre-quarts" in French. Usually cmposed of 4 equal parts of eggs, sugar, dairy such as milk and butter and flour. Probably the simplest and yet most delicious and moist and honest cake you'll ever make. I always flavor mine with vanilla and sometimes also...

25.05.2015
melopita honey pie
melopita honey pie

Melopita means honey pie in Greek. Melopita recipe is a simple cake that people in Greece were making using only 3 main ingredients such a soft neutral cheese like myzhithra in Greece, ricotta in Italy or brousse in France, eggs, honey and a few little extras for flavourings such as cinnamon and citrus zest, what could be simpler ?...

16.05.2015
chocolate magic shell and bananas
chocolate magic shell and bananas

I absolutely had to find out how to make that chocolate syrup that turned into a magic hard shell chocolate coating that we loved when we were kids growing up in North America, and of course covered our ice cream with it ! The "magic" was that this chocolate syrupy liquid (at room temperature) turned into a hard chocolate coating on...

07.05.2015
lemon-lime & geranium sorbet
lemon-lime & geranium sorbet

A sorbet is always a nice way to end a heavy meal or even as a refreshing pause before a main dessert (if you'll be having that too). It is quite easy, especially if you have an ice cream maker to churn and aerate the mixture, instead of doing it by hand, but either way is fine and will give good results. The difficult yet beautiful way of...

28.04.2015
mussels & fries poutine
mussels & fries poutine

Or rather when Belgium meets Quebec… This my friends was freaking amazing ! A readaption of the typically simple and delicious mountains of mussels in their shells (cooked in white wine, beer and sometimes cream) with a side-order of fries and mayonnaise like we eat in northern France and further north-east in Belgium (where it originates)....

20.04.2015
leftover pasta chips
leftover pasta chips

I always boil too much pasta to go along with my prepared sauce and always leave all that extra pasta on the side which just dries out the next day and is often nibbled on the next day and/or finally thrown away the day after that ! Enough with the wasting of food, you can turn this leftover pasta into a snack. All you need is for the pasta to be...

22.05.2015
crusty dutch oven 5 cereals and 5 seeds bread
crusty dutch oven 5 cereals and 5 seeds bread

Bread is not hard to do ! Especially with a covered casserole or & dutch oven ! The concern is that the crust is often less crispy than bread from a bakery… the solution is the dutch oven and some water vapor. My recipe is relatively simple and quick to make, you just have to be patient with the time needed for the dough to rise,...

13.05.2015
black tarama dip
black tarama dip

Tarama fish roe dip is usually beige or pale pink in colour when home-made or bright pink when industrially-made. The eggs that are traditionally used are either codfish or mullet fish but obviously these are much harder (and expensive) to find and buy than lumpfish eggs, whether red or black, which readily available in 100 gram jars at any...

04.05.2015
belgian-style spanish stew
belgian-style spanish stew

It’s time for my favorite Spanish stew, but with a Belgian touch. This is one of those comfort foods I absolutely adore and that I can eat for several days (because I make a lot) and it gets just gets better and better with time. A stew that is usually made in Spain in order to feed many family members all at once, combining veal (I used...

25.04.2015
fried apple rings
fried apple rings

Spring is finally here and we've spent most of the winter eating apples and oranges. Here's an idea for a simple apple snack before the spring and summer seasons provide us with other fruits that we've missed. My mother used to make these for us as a healthier version of a dessert or snack. Just peel, core, slice and coat your apples...

18.04.2015
stuffed zucchini with rice and aromatic herbs
stuffed zucchini with rice and aromatic herbs

A nice and tasty vegetarian and vegan version of a dish often prepared with ground beef and also mixed with rice. With this rice & herbs stuffed zucchini dish, the zucchini pulp replaces the meat and the fresh aromatic herbs give it those extra green flavours. You can also prepare this dish with bell peppers (very easy because they're already...

19.05.2015
greek bifteki
greek bifteki

Bifteki is not a hamburger. Bifteki is not a steak. Bifteki it's something in between ! When I was young boy, we would always go to my uncle's diner in northern Greece, in Thessalonike, to have a wonderful bifteki ! Bifteki is a very simple beef recipe with no extra herbs or flavours. You can prepare it beforehand and keep it in the...

10.05.2015
pogos
pogos

A POGO is a sausage covered in batter and then fried. Pogos (or cornsdogs) were invented by Germans in Texas in the 1920's. Pogos are as good as they are surprising, you can eat them as a treat during a cocktail-dinner, served alongside other easily held finger foods (my guests loved them). The regular version of pogos uses hotdogs, but I...

01.05.2015
maple fudge speculoos squares
maple fudge speculoos squares

A maple fudge recipe to continue with my Belgian-Canadian inspired culinary experiments, following the mussels and fries poutine recipe a few days ago, it was time to switch to a sweet recipe… something very, very sweet ! I combined (and crushed) the spicy ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and anis biscuits from Belgium called speculoos with...

22.04.2015
white tzatziki & green tzatziki
white tzatziki & green tzatziki

This is the traditionnal tzatziki recipe, white, made with cucumber and yogurt. A simple recipe that (almost) everyone knows and, a modified version of the tzatziki recipe with avocado and green pepper based version with a few changes. The question was how to create something similar with a common base but different enough (with a few subtractions...

15.04.2015