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cherries in syrup «spoon sweets» preserves
cherries in syrup «spoon sweets» preserves

In the olden days, whether in Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, the Balkans, and also in further away Romania and some Middle-Eastern countries, every guest visiting any home, no matter how rich or poor the household was, could expect a cup of hot coffee, a cold glass of water and a small plate of room-temperature home-made "spoon sweets",...

04.07.2020
triple-everything bean salad
triple-everything bean salad

TRIPLE-EVERYTHING simply means 3 types of beans, 3 types of onions, 3 types of citrus juice, 3 dried spices, 3 fresh herbs and 3 additional flavors (olive oil, garlic and pomegranate syrup) to bring it all together into something nice and nourishing, in under 15 minutes ! And with this warm weather and the confinement pantry ready to explode with...

30.05.2020
mirepoix & beer braised rabbit roast and/or stew
mirepoix & beer braised rabbit roast and/or stew

A small and simple dish with honest and readily available flavors, using a MIREPOIX base and the simplicity of BEER, but pushing it until it becomes not only its foundation of flavor but the actual structure of the dish, with no interfering extras. A “MIREPOIX”, just like an Italian BATTUTO and SOFFRITTO and a variation of Spanish...

18.04.2020
spiced apple cakes with olive oil & buckwheat
spiced apple cakes with olive oil & buckwheat

I’m almost certain you all have APPLES ! Right ? Along with some citrus fruits and maybe bananas too … the basics in the world of fruits. Let’s make an easy and modifiable apple cake that’s perhaps a little bit healthier too, but that’s up to you and your taste buds, because I’m sure you’ve all become top...

28.03.2020
thick & chewy chocolate chunk & roasted almond cookies
thick & chewy chocolate chunk & roasted almond cookies

Or the “1-2-5” COOKIE since all the main ingredients each weigh 125 grams and are easy to remember, even the little added extras measure 1¼ tsp each which is also 1,25 teaspoons right ? And the baking time is 12 ½ minutes too.  I also tried baking them at 125°C and then let them sit in a turned off oven but...

15.02.2020
juicy apricot & almond tart with crunchy shortbread crust
juicy apricot & almond tart with crunchy shortbread crust

It’s like biting into a piece of a cool and light summer morning, before the sun has had time to heat up the surroundings and scramble its crystal clarity. Or with less imagery, it’s like a munching on a thick, crumbly, crunchy cookie topped with fruit jam and big pieces of juicy fruit, except that this fruit-topped crunchy cookie is...

20.06.2020
easy bread (with the pizza dough hack)
easy bread (with the pizza dough hack)

Did you make any BREAD during the “lockdown” or “partial confinement” period ? Did you have flour ? Did you have yeast ? Is everything almost back to “normal” where you are ? Are you all okay ? Is it ALL GOOD ?! If YES, have you tried quick-rise, normal-rise and slow-rise dough schedules ? Have you tried...

16.05.2020
inside-out strawberry & almond shortcake
inside-out strawberry & almond shortcake

We’re living in interesting times. Everything seems backwards, topsy-turvy, inside-out, but life goes on and it’s my sister Stella’s birthday today ! Despite the worrying situation and anxiety, everything has slowed down and almost stopped for almost everybody. For me so far, it’s been 1 workless month of partial...

10.04.2020
sesame & beer & olive oil «lagana» greek flatbread
sesame & beer & olive oil «lagana» greek flatbread

It’s an easier and simpler method to make this Greek LAGANA flatbread (quite similar to an Italian focaccia) that is both moist and airy on the inside and crunchy on the outside and much tastier than a traditional version too ! Why ? Let me explain … It’s a question of the dough hydration (or the ratio of the liquid...

14.03.2020
creamy 5-bean & 5-vegetable soup
creamy 5-bean & 5-vegetable soup

It’s BEAN season (or actually the season for those dried beans that we should use up during the winter) and I don’t feel like I eat enough of them, which ideally would be at least once a week, whether they’re chickpeas or lentils or fancier mixes and my absolute favorite : giant LIMA BEANS (also called BUTTER BEANS in English and...

01.02.2020
spaghetti & meatballs (with fennel)
spaghetti & meatballs (with fennel)

This comforting dish definitely has the flavors of ITALY but isn’t Italian in its form nor presentation nor originally an authentic Italian dish at all from Italy but actually an adaptation of a dish by Italian immigrants in America in the early 20th century. And yet, like modern-day versions of lasagna and pizza, it provides complete...

06.06.2020
mini crustless quiches with roasted vegetables & béchamel
mini crustless quiches with roasted vegetables & béchamel

I’m a “hoarder” by nature (but I prefer “prudent planner”) and I do have a comfort zone that consists of having a stock of stuff I use regularly and often, which has nothing to do with the present “lockdown” situation. But I may have overdone it with too many fresh products (becoming less fresh over time)...

25.04.2020
egalitarian & equal opportunity minestrone soup
egalitarian & equal opportunity minestrone soup

It’s a comforting MINESTRONE soup with equal parts of everything : an initial 18 cups of the 6 different chopped vegetables and beans and crushed tomatoes and pasta (before partly reducing in volume to 14 cups), all simmering in an equal amount of 12 cups of prepared broth made with extra vegetables and scraps and 2 cups of pasta...

04.04.2020
spicy & thick-crust spanish-style pizza with chorizo & roasted red pepper-tomato sauce
spicy & thick-crust spanish-style pizza with chorizo & roasted red pepper-tomato sauce

I know you’re feeling the cold temperatures out there (just like I am), so perhaps something hot & spicy (instead of a soup) can warm you up this weekend and get your blood boiling (or at least pumping) a little more !  The roasted red pepper & tomato sauce was an experiment, using a jar of roasted red peppers to transform a...

29.02.2020
«rollo de bonito a la asturiana» spanish-style layered tuna roll loaf
«rollo de bonito a la asturiana» spanish-style layered tuna roll loaf

A delightful northern Spanish celebratory dish that’s involves rolling up 4 different layers and creating a multi-layered spiralling loaf, starting with a layer of freshly chopped tuna blended with onions, garlic, parsley, white wine, breadcrumbs and flour, then a layer of Serrano dry-cured ham slices, then an egg omelet layer, then the...

18.01.2020