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smoked salt & sugar-cured egg yolk ‘bottarga’
smoked salt & sugar-cured egg yolk ‘bottarga’

Here’s a MEDITERRANEAN-ASIAN 'garnish' (to commemorate the Chinese New Year) that you could grate or thinly slice, the way you would with hard cheeses, on top of a preparation. 'Bottarga' is the salt-cured & dried fish roe that you may be familiar with but here we're using chicken egg yolks . It’s an...

01.02.2019
detox-9 soup with root-vegetables & avgolemono sauce
detox-9 soup with root-vegetables & avgolemono sauce

The holidays were GREAT, the eating was FANTASTIC and the drinking was AWESOME. The PARTY’s over. Time to pull yourself together and detoxify (yeah, again) ! I can’t decide if it’s fashionable, (or not), to detoxify your system (and admit to it). Even though it isn’t not cool nor sexy (in my world), your body (and mine) are...

11.01.2019
roasted & stuffed holiday capon (with herbs, wild rice, mushrooms,  confit poultry livers & gizzards)
roasted & stuffed holiday capon (with herbs, wild rice, mushrooms, confit poultry livers & gizzards)

This 50-ingredient holiday recipe is like singing that well-known and quite long “THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS” carolling song, once you begin, you simply have to go on until it’s all sung and you’ve reached the end … It’s never easy convincing anybody (and this includes friends & family) about preparing a...

21.12.2018
7-day salt-cured & air-dried spiced beef
7-day salt-cured & air-dried spiced beef

It takes TIME (not active time but waiting time) but it’s worth it. It’s what holiday preparations are all about : Something SPECIAL for a SPECIAL occasion. Imagine a beautiful choice-cut piece of BEEF (preferably filet mignon or a very mini-roast), pre-marinated with red wine vinegar for 1 hour and then cured...

30.11.2018
roast pork (or veal) in milk & sage with baby potatoes & pearl onions
roast pork (or veal) in milk & sage with baby potatoes & pearl onions

This weekend on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11th 2018 is the 100th Anniversary (the Centenary or Centennial) of the ARMISTICE or End of the First World War. Sixty heads of State and 120 dignitaries will be in Paris for an international ceremony to commemorate the event, to celebrate the peace and the end of that war, even though other wars,...

09.11.2018
bread-crusted & mushroom-stuffed oven-baked camembert
bread-crusted & mushroom-stuffed oven-baked camembert

This is a BREAD & CHEESE BOMB so BOOOOM !!! What could be better than  a "reinterpretation" of a CHEESE FONDUE (hot and melty) with some great BREAD (warm too), during this super-cold weather and icy winds we’re having and when you’ve chosen to experiment with not eating any meat in the past...

25.01.2019
the ‘ultimate’ 4-braised & shredded meats lasagna
the ‘ultimate’ 4-braised & shredded meats lasagna

This "L-A-S-A-G-N-A" may be ultimately DECADENT & SHAMELESS in its creation, and perhaps INDECENT & SHAMEFUL in its consumption … but for me, the 2-week holiday period begins on December 24th until January 1st and ends on January 7th (my birthday and the Orthodox Christmas). I end the...

05.01.2019
chestnut cream-glazed & chestnut flour cakes
chestnut cream-glazed & chestnut flour cakes

That CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ? How can we re-kindle that ? Sometimes that ‘holiday thought’ is just hanging around (or hiding) in the back of your mind and maybe in your heart, (because you still have one, you know, even when you’re too busy to remember). If you’re like most people, the holiday spirit is most often directly...

14.12.2018
sweetened chestnut cream : chunky, coarse or smooth
sweetened chestnut cream : chunky, coarse or smooth

It’s as easy as 1-2-3, or to be more precise 3-2-1. It’s all MATH, 3 PARTS prepared (boiled & peeled) CHESTNUTS (from a jar or a can) + 2 PARTS SUGAR + 1 PART WATER or 1 PART CHESTNUTS + 1 PART CHESTNUT SYRUP (instead of the sugar & water) … I’ve decided to take it easier this year by using canned or jarred...

24.11.2018
chunky vegetable & feta quiche with the incredible 2-ingredient breadcrumb & mayonnaise crust
chunky vegetable & feta quiche with the incredible 2-ingredient breadcrumb & mayonnaise crust

It’s super CHUNKY as you can see, from the filling to this incredible & thick 2-ingredient breadcrumb crust. It’s also adaptable & modifiable, but less painful than dealing with DST or Daylight Savings Time. It’s all about adding & subtracting. The 2 crust ingredients are dried breadcrumbs and mayonnaise....

03.11.2018
tangy oven-roasted celery-root winter dip
tangy oven-roasted celery-root winter dip

Poor CELERY ROOT, always sitting in a cold corner of the fridge after only a fraction of you has been used as part of one dish or another (just like it often happens with more ordinary celery branches too). Please don’t take it badly, you’re just so BIG and usually weigh almost 1 kg and even if I use half of you, it’s still a lot...

18.01.2019
‘in-between-holidays’ salty & spicy snack mix
‘in-between-holidays’ salty & spicy snack mix

I adore having close friends come over IN-BETWEEN-THE-HOLIDAYS. To be more precise, after the family Christmas festivities but before New Year’s Eve and sometimes between New Year’s Day and my birthday on January 7th, so ideally December 28th or January 4th. Those days tend to be the safest days for everyone, no more indigestion, nor...

28.12.2018
aromatic winter holidays syrups n°1 & n°2 (for hot drinks & cold cocktails & desserts)
aromatic winter holidays syrups n°1 & n°2 (for hot drinks & cold cocktails & desserts)

Holiday OPTIONS & Holiday POTIONS (same letters in a different order = different words = magical coincidences). N°1 is “WARM & WOODY & SPICY” & N°2  is “FRESH & ZESTY & RESINOUS”. Both are super-SWEET obviously ... What could be better than having 1 or 2 homemade...

07.12.2018
spiced cookie-crusted & dried fruits & nuts-stuffed oven-baked apples
spiced cookie-crusted & dried fruits & nuts-stuffed oven-baked apples

It’s nevery easy trying to describe a new kind of autumnal THANKSGIVING celebratory recipe or any newer kind of thing, for that matter. The title could have actually been longer like “butter, sugar and apple juice poached apples, stuffed with dried fruits and nuts and then crusted (or coated) in crushed spiced cookies and then...

16.11.2018
extra-black olive & anchovy bread buns
extra-black olive & anchovy bread buns

MONSTER EGGS ?! No ! POISONOUS LAVA ROCKS ?! Nooooo ! BACK TO BLACK with STRANGER THINGS (I wish but I’ll explain) for a scary, slightly frightening & weird HALLOWEEN treat ! I’m disappointed that this series I love, called “STRANGER THINGS” which I thought was launching its 3rd season...

27.10.2018