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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
red quail eggs for easter
red quail eggs for easter

One regular chicken egg is equal to five little quail eggs ! This year for Orthodox Easter, I wanted to dye eggs red again, but not just any eggs but little speckled quail eggs. Why ? Two reasons ! To use them as garnish on my mini-tsoureki breads and second reason, to eat less eggs than I usually do around this time of year. The envelope of red...

09.04.2015
easter chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake
easter chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake

Easter & chocolate . . .  For kids, it's all about the chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, chocolate everything, the more the better ! We're all familiar with cheesecake, whether baked or non-baked, with or without a cookie crust, with or without a topping. But "kadaifi filo" pastry dough (unfamiliar to some) is like...

03.04.2015
baby lettuce salad spears
baby lettuce salad spears

SALAD for COCKTAIL HOUR - no forks required PLEASE ! Smarten'up and stop grinning… I know it's not really a recipe ! But it's fresh it's crisp, it's wholesome. Not a whole serving of salad, no salad bowl needed nor a fork to eat it with. Just salad spears, lightly coated with some slightly sweet, slightly tart, light...

31.03.2015
creamy and greeny leftover veggies soup
creamy and greeny leftover veggies soup

Time is not always on our side. One more day until the next outdoor market in my neighborhood here in Paris (which is, by the way, chilly this week) and I still have loads of greens and vegetable leftovers and yes they are taking up a lot of space in the refrigerator… half a cabbage, lots of celery, green onions, parsley, dill, a few...

27.03.2015
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
greek easter tsoureki buns
greek easter tsoureki buns

The traditional Easter bread served in Greece is traditionally braided, with a red-dyed hard-boiled egg inserted in the middle and then baked. Like many yeast breads, these easter breads require two risings, so plan your timing when making them. My reinterpretation results in smaller individual portions like muffins or cinnamon-buns. The ball of...

08.04.2015
brunch-bites for robot-kids
brunch-bites for robot-kids

"The robot-kids are coming over and bringing along their non-robotic parental units. They're good kids, they don't say much or even look up much. They're watching their mobile phone screens and staying connected and texting and/or updating their statuses". . . I could just send them a text message to get their attention...

02.04.2015
almost steak-tartare burger
almost steak-tartare burger

Feeling weak ? Feeling hungry ? Feeling carnivorous ? Raw meat… mixed in with more raw stuff, this is the original "steak tartare" in France. Raw, fresh quality ground beef (sometimes hand-cut) served with a selection of condiments and an egg yolk that you mix in yourself (or sometimes pre-mixed) alongside a simple green salad and...

30.03.2015
spanakopita
spanakopita

I really thought I could stay away from my traditional Greek recipes but the spinach and leeks and green onions and dill caught my eye at the outdoor market today… I was helpless. The pack of rolled filo dough waiting for me in the fridge didn't help much either. The filling is simple enough to prepare and can easily be varied. I appreciate the...

25.03.2015
hay-roasted leg of lamb
hay-roasted leg of lamb

The first time I tasted matcha (green tea) ice-cream, probably around 20 years ago, it was heavenly. It felt as if I was tasting the cream made from the cow's milk as well as the grasses it fed on in order to create this milk. This is the idea behind my hay and twig roasted leg of lamb. A lamb prepared in a traditionally Greek manner but...

12.04.2015
scallop and shrimp wonton tartlets
scallop and shrimp wonton tartlets

The outdoor market had pretty lovely seafood so I obviously bought some. The tartlets were prepared with a more exotic and Asian flavour, because of the wonton wrapper shells, holding it all together. Mixed in with some julienned vegetables, some coconut milk and coriander and ginger root too ! An explosive flavour that is addictive…...

06.04.2015
salty potato balls
salty potato balls

These salty potato balls are more a method or just a fancy trick so stop giggling ! Anyways, these potato balls are round, salty, airy, crispy, resembling a small hummingbird's nest or a miniature ball of string. Everyone has a tea strainer (or two) lying around so here's a new way to use it. I used regular potatoes, you can perhaps try it...

01.04.2015
rolled baklava fingers
rolled baklava fingers

"Baklava" is right up there with moussaka and spanakopita for things we love to eat and rarely make (or at least not often enough). The preparation of the baklava filling, the layering of the fragile filo dough, the buttering and the assembly could hinder anyone's good intentions as well as their wavering appetites. A big thanks...

28.03.2015
apple custard tart'wich
apple custard tart'wich

The wintery months are all about potatoes, cabbages and apples. I'm always amazed (having spent half of my life in North America and the other half here in Europe) how people here in France are acutely aware of the different varieties of fruits and vegetables and herbs and of "what's in season" and acquire their fruits and...

21.03.2015