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extra-aromatic rolled baklava cigars
extra-aromatic rolled baklava cigars

The “NEW & IMPROVED” 2.0 VERSION … or just a better and more intense version of my rolled baklava fingers (renamed as “cigars” here) ! Why ? Because I realized that regular baklava that is usually prepared as a flat & multi-layered dish, and then sliced in squares and served was almost always more...

23.03.2019
the “crème de la crème” cream of cauliflower soup
the “crème de la crème” cream of cauliflower soup

I’m exhausted. I had one week off and am now launching myself in 5 assignments during the next 5 weeks before my next one week off happens again. I obviously didn’t rest. I’m doing stuff around the house. Not regular everyday cleaning and tidying up but more electrical stuff. “LIGHTING” can be everything,...

02.03.2019
oven-roasted chicken & cauliflower & broccoli & cheddar casserole
oven-roasted chicken & cauliflower & broccoli & cheddar casserole

A “USE EVERYTHING & WASTE NOTHING” hearty WINTER MEAL, resembling a lasagna (but there’s no pasta here), with winter vegetables and some chicken. All the ingredients are pre-roasted before assembling them, using only 1 mixing bowl, 1 roasting dish, 1 casserole and 1 baking sheet and nothing else (okay,...

08.02.2019
tangy oven-roasted celery-root winter dip
tangy oven-roasted celery-root winter dip

Poor CELERY ROOT, always sitting in a cold corner of the fridge after only a fraction of you has been used as part of one dish or another (just like it often happens with more ordinary celery branches too). Please don’t take it badly, you’re just so BIG and usually weigh almost 1 kg and even if I use half of you, it’s still a lot...

18.01.2019
‘in-between-holidays’ salty & spicy snack mix
‘in-between-holidays’ salty & spicy snack mix

I adore having close friends come over IN-BETWEEN-THE-HOLIDAYS. To be more precise, after the family Christmas festivities but before New Year’s Eve and sometimes between New Year’s Day and my birthday on January 7th, so ideally December 28th or January 4th. Those days tend to be the safest days for everyone, no more indigestion, nor...

28.12.2018
“tirokafteri” spicy dip with feta cheese & green sweet pepper & green hot pepper
“tirokafteri” spicy dip with feta cheese & green sweet pepper & green hot pepper

SATURDAYS. I’ve always loved this day, even when we were kids and had to go to Greek School one weekend day per week, after five weekdays in “regular” French & English school in Montreal.  Before my parents got a car, we’d take the bus and subway with my father, back to our old neighborhood in Mount-Royal (which...

16.03.2019
braised & shredded beef & cabbage casserole
braised & shredded beef & cabbage casserole

I had a craving for a greek dish called “SARMADES” or “LAHANODOLMADES” which is a northern greek version of cabbage leaf rolls, stuffed with a mixture of rice and minced meat, strongly-flavored with lemon and cumin, that are time-consuming in their assembly, each one roll and piled on top of one another,...

23.02.2019
smoked salt & sugar-cured egg yolk ‘bottarga’
smoked salt & sugar-cured egg yolk ‘bottarga’

Here’s a MEDITERRANEAN-ASIAN 'garnish' (to commemorate the Chinese New Year) that you could grate or thinly slice, the way you would with hard cheeses, on top of a preparation. 'Bottarga' is the salt-cured & dried fish roe that you may be familiar with but here we're using chicken egg yolks . It’s an...

01.02.2019
detox-9 soup with root-vegetables & avgolemono sauce
detox-9 soup with root-vegetables & avgolemono sauce

The holidays were GREAT, the eating was FANTASTIC and the drinking was AWESOME. The PARTY’s over. Time to pull yourself together and detoxify (yeah, again) ! I can’t decide if it’s fashionable, (or not), to detoxify your system (and admit to it). Even though it isn’t not cool nor sexy (in my world), your body (and mine) are...

11.01.2019
roasted & stuffed holiday capon (with herbs, wild rice, mushrooms,  confit poultry livers & gizzards)
roasted & stuffed holiday capon (with herbs, wild rice, mushrooms, confit poultry livers & gizzards)

This 50-ingredient holiday recipe is like singing that well-known and quite long “THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS” carolling song, once you begin, you simply have to go on until it’s all sung and you’ve reached the end … It’s never easy convincing anybody (and this includes friends & family) about preparing a...

21.12.2018
creamy & soft-centered chocolate cakes
creamy & soft-centered chocolate cakes

Are they chocolate MI-CUIT (which means half-baked) cakes ? Chocolate LAVA or MOLTEN cakes (as we like to say in North America) ? Or GATEAUX AU COEUR COULANT (which means cakes with a runny & flowing center) ? Chocolate MOELLEUX  (which means soft & tender) cakes ? But they’re not really chocolate FONDANT (which means quite...

09.03.2019
rose & pomegranate candy-coated love strawberries
rose & pomegranate candy-coated love strawberries

TICK-TOCK because I’m running late ! TICK-TOCK because the beauty of these strawberries (pretending to be roses) is fleeting and with a very short lifespan, before just re-melting and disappearing ! I love their “ephemeral” aspect, almost like real roses fading (but at super fast-forward) … but I hope your...

14.02.2019
bread-crusted & mushroom-stuffed oven-baked camembert
bread-crusted & mushroom-stuffed oven-baked camembert

This is a BREAD & CHEESE BOMB so BOOOOM !!! What could be better than  a "reinterpretation" of a CHEESE FONDUE (hot and melty) with some great BREAD (warm too), during this super-cold weather and icy winds we’re having and when you’ve chosen to experiment with not eating any meat in the past...

25.01.2019
the ‘ultimate’ 4-braised & shredded meats lasagna
the ‘ultimate’ 4-braised & shredded meats lasagna

This "L-A-S-A-G-N-A" may be ultimately DECADENT & SHAMELESS in its creation, and perhaps INDECENT & SHAMEFUL in its consumption … but for me, the 2-week holiday period begins on December 24th until January 1st and ends on January 7th (my birthday and the Orthodox Christmas). I end the...

05.01.2019
chestnut cream-glazed & chestnut flour cakes
chestnut cream-glazed & chestnut flour cakes

That CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ? How can we re-kindle that ? Sometimes that ‘holiday thought’ is just hanging around (or hiding) in the back of your mind and maybe in your heart, (because you still have one, you know, even when you’re too busy to remember). If you’re like most people, the holiday spirit is most often directly...

14.12.2018