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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
root crisps
root crisps

Chips are good… chips are very very good ! When I used to buy chips, I’d buy 7-10 bags at a time, they were large bags, one per day. I stopped buying chips, not the healthiest of snacks, but anyways I’m not a nutritionist, i just cook/bake/fry stuff. I do miss them. But once in a while, when they’re homemade, they become...

20.03.2015
flammekueche bread bites
flammekueche bread bites

Flammekueche (pronounced fla-mu-kush) is an Alsatian (eastern region of France bordering Germany, and part of Germany in the past, so kind of in-between) specialty of a bacon, onion and sour cream topping over a flat bread base, baked in a wood-burning oven. Strata is a clever mix of ingredients (and/or leftovers) laid over a base of day-old bread...

18.03.2015
love - hate moussaka
love - hate moussaka

"There are two kinds of people in this world… there's them and there's us." …funny words surprisingly uttered to us by a then-waitress now-kind-of-superstar living in London, while sitting in a Greek-run coffee shop in Montreal, sometime in the late 80's. "Us" Greeks (also known as "my...

15.03.2015
chorizo and parmesan puff pastry bites
chorizo and parmesan puff pastry bites

Now here's a perfect solution for a last-minute cocktail event ! Okay, it's mid-week and you're getting home (perhaps a bit earlier than usual) from work and you bump into a few friends and/or neighbors that you haven't had a drink with or chatted with in a while… why not ask them to pass by your place later on to share a...

10.03.2015
roquefort and walnut puffed strips
roquefort and walnut puffed strips

There’s a legend about roquefort (that bluish-green specked cheese from southern France) and its accidental invention. I have a thing for legends, folktales, fairytales and myths (and a collection of hundreds of books about these from around the world) so I want to believe it. A young shepherd, whose eye was caught by a fair damsel, left...

21.03.2015
keftedes and pita sliders
keftedes and pita sliders

"Keftedes" is the mediterranean version of a meatball and quite often (when larger) the meaty part of a juicy home-made hamburger . . .  A comfort-food as well as a simple and easy dish whether prepared as a bite-sized appetizer or as part of a main dish, served up with fries and a tzatziki sauce (yogourt, cucumber and garlic...

20.03.2015
crispy seed crackers
crispy seed crackers

There seems to be something magical (yet crazy) about making your own versions of simpler things we usually can buy at the store such as chips, bread sticks and/or crackers but how about crispy seed crackers. What more can I say ? They’re seedy, they’re crispy, they’re wholesome, they’re great on their own, they go...

17.03.2015
chicken livers terrine
chicken livers terrine

Now why would one even bother making one's own homemade chicken livers terrine (which is a denser/chunkier version of a pâté) when one could just as easily buy just about any type of terrine for a just few euros ? (I used "just" 3 times here)… Because terrines can be like some processed meats, mysterious in...

14.03.2015
bacalhau salted cod with vegetables
bacalhau salted cod with vegetables

I keep forgetting how much I appreciate salty-fishy flavours. Fish eggs, tarama dip, anchovies, sardines and now "bacalhau". A portuguese staple (or so it seems), I was fortunate enough to discover this dish having dinner 2 summers ago with my gorgeous cousin Angie and her portuguese husband Gil and my niece Kayla. In their version, they had...

20.03.2015
green olive savoury cakes
green olive savoury cakes

If you could have only one thing handy when friends pop over for a drink or two, I think this may be it, in replacement of the usual yet appreciated medley of bread, cheese, dried sausage and olives or pickled vegetables… it’s bready, salty, herby, with olives and cheese (I avoided adding some cured ham or sausage but feel free to add...

19.03.2015
spinach, feta & green onion bread bites
spinach, feta & green onion bread bites

Usually, I use spinach and feta cheese  for making those little greek spanakopita triangles, a type of soft cheese and egg filling to which you add some cooked vegetables and wrap up in sheets of buttered filo dough (a simple recipe but requiring a longer preparation that you can see here). In the meantime, you can quickly whip these...

17.03.2015
chocolate-covered almond clementine cakes
chocolate-covered almond clementine cakes

One of my favourite simple / moist / citrusy / zesty / refreshing desserts (you’d think they were soaked in a syrup) . . .  And a definite favourite of my friends since they’re always asking me to make some and bring them over to accompany their dinner parties or brunches (instead of the usual bottle of wine). Now since...

12.03.2015