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fresh bread & fresh herbs salsa
fresh bread & fresh herbs salsa

A dip made with fresh bread & fresh herbs, not to be enjoyed with other starches like breads nor chips nor crackers but rather with more summery preparations like fresh or grilled vegetables as well as grilled meats, fish and seafood too. I often will simultaneously buy lots of small “bouquets” of fresh herbs at the market and...

17.07.2021
piri-piri sauce oven-roasted cockerels
piri-piri sauce oven-roasted cockerels

Both an African (Angola & Mozambique) & European (Portugal) recipe, this succulent preparation with a whimsical sing-song name, refers to the sauce prepared with small bird’s eye or bird’s tongue chilis called PIRI-PIRI (or peri-peri or pili-pili), generously slathered on chicken most often but also used on shrimps and usually...

05.06.2021
traditional «tsoureki» for the 21st century
traditional «tsoureki» for the 21st century

… an updated & foolproof version with a logical approach for making an even better traditional Greek sweet bread for the Orthodox Easter festivities.  The idea behind this recipe and instructions, after meticulously analyzing my own family’s traditional recipes and comparing it to other existing and successful recipes was...

24.04.2021
turkey shanks «osso buco» with cherry tomatoes & baby potatoes
turkey shanks «osso buco» with cherry tomatoes & baby potatoes

Could this smaller and easier-to-handle yet handsome, home-made and hearty preparation be an eventually possible option for a small Easter or other spring celebration meal for 4 people (in this unusual era and year of lockdowns, curfews and limited-number gatherings) to replace the more usual gigantic leg of lamb or other...

20.03.2021
spanish lentil & chorizo stew
spanish lentil & chorizo stew

Every country, every region and perhaps also every neighborhood and every household has their own versions of lentil soups, but this one, called «LENTEJAS CON CHORIZO» is my favorite. An intense, spicy, smoky, herby and hearty version with sliced chorizo and extra paprika. It’s a full meal for these colder months,...

06.02.2021
lemon & lime & olive oil cakes
lemon & lime & olive oil cakes

A new & improved, easy summer dessert classic, with lemon of course and good quality olive oil, but also lime (for a more complex flavor) and buttermilk (for extra fluffiness and moistness), but you’ll have to work fast because of the reactive chemistry of the mixture but I’ll explain ! As you all know, this is one of the...

03.07.2021
almond & citrus soft amaretti cookies
almond & citrus soft amaretti cookies

One part egg white + two parts sugar + three parts ground almond powder, with a few extras. What could be simpler ? But I realized that most people were doing it all wrong ! This is the better and much easier way for perfect and flawless results … It’s such a pity that I only make these when I have leftover egg whites and often...

22.05.2021
cream of leek & potato soup (with lemon & dill & herb chips)
cream of leek & potato soup (with lemon & dill & herb chips)

A humble wintery cream of leek and potato soup can be brightened up with springy lemony & herby flavors and dressed up with windowpane (or sandwiched semi-transparent layers of) oven-baked crispy leek & potato chips, filled with more fresh herbs too. All of this is because here in France, we thought that spring had already placed a...

10.04.2021
crispy filo & creamy egg custard tartlets
crispy filo & creamy egg custard tartlets

A feeling of déjà-vu ? Well, here’s a reinterpreted Greek version of the famous Portuguese “pasteis de nata” custard tartlets as well as the French “flans pâtissiers” and the British “custard tarts”. It’s an easier and crispier version because the crust is made with 10 layers of...

06.03.2021
mushroom & brie cheese quiche
mushroom & brie cheese quiche

SIX LAYERS IN ALL. Two alternating layers each of sliced brie cheese, fried mushrooms with leeks and aromatic bechamel sauce (made with the vegetable leftovers), all wrapped up in an over-the-top and high whole-wheat crust ... Mushrooms and leeks are pretty inexpensive this time of year and I think I’ve included mushrooms in my...

23.01.2021
«tiropitakia» filo triangles with feta cheese & eggs
«tiropitakia» filo triangles with feta cheese & eggs

I hadn’t realized that I had never shown you all how to make the simplest of all Greek-style cheese pies or called “TIROPITA” when large and then sliced into squares or smaller turnovers called “TIROPITAKIA” when shaped or folded into small triangles to become 2-bites appetizers ! Of course I’ve shown you...

19.06.2021
couscous with stewed vegetables & grilled sausages
couscous with stewed vegetables & grilled sausages

In an ideal world, everybody would celebrate everybody’s holidays together, discovering similarities and understanding differences. All of this often happens quite easily when sharing a traditional holiday meal, around the same table, especially when it’s COUSCOUS. Couscous, instead of rice or pasta, is the easiest thing to do. I...

08.05.2021
carrot & clementine cake with cream cheese frosting & candied carrot ribbons
carrot & clementine cake with cream cheese frosting & candied carrot ribbons

Quite obviously, everyone that we know has their very own "best carrot cake recipe ever" that they’ll stick to forever and never change and that’s all fine and dandy, of course. But just in case somebody would like to try out another version, perhaps to be kindly adopted in your family of recipes, then here’s a fresher...

27.03.2021
crispy & creamy onion & cheese pie
crispy & creamy onion & cheese pie

ONIONS are not just something to be added to dishes as a flavoring. They can be the star of the dish because they’re flavor bombs, especially after partly roasting.  Just as a PIE CRUST is not just a bland vessel to contain the pie fillings because it too can make the dish memorable, through its exceptional (and hopefully not soggy)...

20.02.2021
3 kings crown cake with chestnut cream & chestnut syrup & candied chestnuts
3 kings crown cake with chestnut cream & chestnut syrup & candied chestnuts

This is one of those modified pastry or brioche dough and yeasted cakes you only make once per year, after the New Year festivities and for Epiphany on January 6, especially in francophone countries and regions or for Mardi Gras in February, in many countries overseas. Because it’s a multi-step cake, even when initially mixing it and a...

09.01.2021