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perfect little buns for burgers
perfect little buns for burgers

A perfectly shaped, not too soft, neither too firm, somewhat rustic and obviously delicious bun, can be easy to make if you correctly balance the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, so it’s easy to knead (several times) and if you give the buns the space they need to rise and to bake beautifully ! It’s all a question of...

08.07.2023
roasted zucchini & mozzarella quiche
roasted zucchini & mozzarella quiche

My nextdoor neighbours are young girls, studying part-time and working part-time and they were sweet enough to knock on my door and hand me a big piece of a quiche like this. It was honest and comforting and delicious in its simplicity. Here’s how I think their version was put together and how I modified it slightly to remember their...

27.05.2023
mediterranean shepherd’s pie (with the roast lamb leftovers)
mediterranean shepherd’s pie (with the roast lamb leftovers)

Spring festivities roast lamb leftovers can take a while to get through, so here’s an option to make a second dish with what’s left, after at least the 2nd day of enjoying the initial preparation, with a colorful Mediterranean twist ! Shepherd’s pie, as opposed to Cottage pie, is made with lamb or mutton, while the second...

15.04.2023
roasted chicken thighs with mediterranean-style dry-rub mixture
roasted chicken thighs with mediterranean-style dry-rub mixture

… composed of a blend of dried aromatic herbs, onion and garlic powders, dried lemon zests and of course salt, ground green peppercorns and the most interesting secret ingredient of baking powder, for even crispier skin, all finely ground into a an herbal and zesty Mediterranean powder for dry-basting overnight before roasting. What is a...

11.03.2023
roasted mushroom pizza & its roasted mushroom sauce
roasted mushroom pizza & its roasted mushroom sauce

Here’s a pizza experiment with mushrooms, maximizing the mushroom flavor of a predominantly mushroom pizza and obtaining a balance between the mushrooms, the tomato-less sauce, the cheeses and the dough, while using every part of the mushroom (the caps as well as the stems) to achieve this and using the oven-roasting juices of these same...

28.01.2023
tuna & vegetable empanadas
tuna & vegetable empanadas

A modern reinterpretation of the famous Galician (north-western Spanish) and Portuguese tuna pie, prepared in a smaller hand-held individual format, called an empanada (like a turnover); combining a filling of cooked tuna, peppers, onions, tomatoes, olives and hard-boiled eggs and encased in crunchy flavourful pie crust. Historically the...

24.06.2023
fried salmon & potato patties
fried salmon & potato patties

Here’s a clever and easy way to use up your salmon and/or mashed potatoes leftovers from a previous meal. Add a few extras for flavoring and texture, perhaps a little sauce and salad and the meal is ready ! The patties or fish cakes can be served as is, on plate for adults or even sandwiched in a bun for kids, using the same sauce and...

13.05.2023
dry-basted & broiled & steamed & roasted leg of lamb
dry-basted & broiled & steamed & roasted leg of lamb

Here’s my 5th leg of lamb recipe for this year’s Catholic and Protestant Easter (in 7 days), Orthodox Easter (in 14 days), Jewish Passover (which begins in 4 days) and Muslim Ramadan (which began 10 days ago and will last another 19 days), because even when I erroneously think that my last recipe and method can be set in stone, it...

02.04.2023
greek «fakès» lentil & vegetable soup
greek «fakès» lentil & vegetable soup

This lighter & brighter version of the traditional “FAKÈS” soup, which is usually both dense & heavy, quite brown in appearance (and in flavor) and laden with garlic, incorporates more of the other vegetables to give it brighter colors as well as flavors and lighten it all up ! I’m not saying that the...

25.02.2023
poached pears in red wine & spices
poached pears in red wine & spices

This perfect and simple wintery dessert transports me back to a very happy, spontaneous and magical day, probably about 30 years ago. It was in Montreal and I was visiting my family on my birthday weekend, from Ottawa or Paris, I really can’t remember. We were just planning an intimate family evening dinner for 4 which, right after...

14.01.2023
«zézette de sète» extra crispy white wine cookies
«zézette de sète» extra crispy white wine cookies

A simple and delightfully sweet and crispy cookie, that crossed the Mediterranean from Oran in Algeria to Sète (near Montpellier) in the south of France in the 70’s and whose official invention and evocative naming only came about at the end of the 90’s ! The French and/or Europeans who were born and raised in Algeria, until...

10.06.2023
wild salmon & asparagus & filo quiche
wild salmon & asparagus & filo quiche

A pairing that occurred haphazardly because I happened to have all the ingredients on hand, combining the various textures and colors, as well as the delicate flavors, to create this particular loaf-shaped quiche; crunchy, buttery, creamy, yellow, pink and green ! I didn’t grow up eating salmon nor asparagus but living here in France...

29.04.2023
sardine puff-pastry appetizers
sardine puff-pastry appetizers

Some people love CANNED SARDINES and some people hate them, even if they often appreciate their tinier anchovy cousins. And how about using sardines as a filling for puff-pastry appetizers, combined with pickled red onions, preserved lemon, capers, pickled green peppercorns and black olives and a few fresh herbs ? The combination...

25.03.2023
white wine & citrus poached pears pavlovas
white wine & citrus poached pears pavlovas

Another PEAR dessert, yes again, or rather an assembly of poached pears, meringues, creamy whipped topping, pear & citrus syrup and a sprinkling of crunchy garnishes for a wintery PAVLOVA dessert and since it really isn’t strawberry season yet, and life has pushed us all to become more responsible, ecological and thrifty, despite what...

11.02.2023
new year’s «vasilopita» cake
new year’s «vasilopita» cake

The memories of my family’s new year’s VASILOPITA cake (celebrating Saint Basil) were it’s density and compactness, with the occasional large air bubbles appearing throughout its crumb, it’s tenderness and its moistness and the magical intermingling aromas of mastic resin, mahlab kernels, orange zests, nutmeg and...

29.12.2022