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a better traditional & radiant «hummus bi tahina»
a better traditional & radiant «hummus bi tahina»

It’s getting colder out there, folks are still staying home a lot and inviting friends over more often and hummus is often served, being one of the most popular Mediterranean and Middle Eastern appetizer and accompaniment around the world today … Here’s a better way to make it and an easier way to remember how to make...

06.11.2021
italian-style savory cake
italian-style savory cake

A savory cake that’s like a pre-assembled sandwich, made with cured meats and cold cuts, cheeses, some marinated vegetables, fresh aromatic herbs and some salad leaves too, all nestled comfortably in a baked aerated batter that is almost like a dough and simply sliced and eaten at room temperature or even toasted and warm ? A fine practical...

25.09.2021
a better “bifteki” ground meat patty (with beef & lamb)
a better “bifteki” ground meat patty (with beef & lamb)

It’s a good time to show you this improved recipe for northern Greek BIFTEKI since it’s my dad’s 85th birthday this weekend and he’s healthy, strong and happy and with the appetite of a young man ! My family back in Montreal will probably be having a few people over to celebrate with lots of preparations and I...

14.08.2021
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
chocolate & peanut chewy amaretti cookies
chocolate & peanut chewy amaretti cookies

Let’s prepare a Halloween version of this reinterpreted amaretti recipe together, but without the almonds. Once again, it’s still as easy as 1-2-3 but with 1 part egg white + 2 parts sugar + 3 parts ground peanut (not almond) powder and a few extras like cocoa powder, mini-chocolate chips and chopped roasted & salted...

23.10.2021
perfectly square tiramisu semifreddo blocks
perfectly square tiramisu semifreddo blocks

Is “tiramisu” a dessert classic ? For my generation, perhaps not, since it only appeared and was most probably first prepared in the early 70’s in Italy, then was modified and reinterpreted over time until today, 50 years later, everywhere. This dessert is a simple assembly of repeated layers made of ladyfinger cookies,...

11.09.2021
roasted summer vegetable ratatouille lasagna
roasted summer vegetable ratatouille lasagna

A special seasonal dish prepared “once every summer holiday” (or maybe twice) made up of 6 layers of pasta, 4 individual & separate layers of roasted vegetable slices (1 layer of zucchini + 1 layer of eggplants + 1 layer of peppers + 1 layers tomatoes), each layer of which is slathered with some ratatouille-style tomato sauce,...

31.07.2021
«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
tropical banana bread (with pineapple & coconut & lime & ginger & vanilla & cardamom)
tropical banana bread (with pineapple & coconut & lime & ginger & vanilla & cardamom)

Do you have any over-ripe and mushy bananas on your kitchen counter or already frozen solid in your freezer in the hope of using them one day soon ? Do you also have other tropical ingredients like pineapple, coconut, ginger, lime, cardamom and vanilla ? Perhaps it’s time to make a very tropical banana bread. And even...

10.10.2021
stuffed & baked tomatoes with tuna & fennel & bulgur
stuffed & baked tomatoes with tuna & fennel & bulgur

I use these heirloom tomatoes like a "spell that I cast", to bring back the almost non-existent Parisian summer that eluded us this year, while the sun continued relentlessly hammering so many other countries ! Needless to say, I bought these beautiful heirloom tomatoes at the outdoor market. And to top it all off, my father in...

28.08.2021
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