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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
chicken & wild mushrooms vol-au-vent starters
chicken & wild mushrooms vol-au-vent starters

An easy recipe that combines puff-pastry cases, to be filled with your poultry leftovers from any holiday meal and a home-made béchamel sauce, to become an impressive starter to a meal or to be served by two VOL-AU-VENT per guest with a salad as a main meal. This version combines poultry, regular or wild mushrooms, some extras for...

19.11.2022
a better «fasolakia lathera» greek green string bean stew
a better «fasolakia lathera» greek green string bean stew

FASOLAKIA are green string beans and LATHERA means with oil, because when making this meatless version, the extra virgin olive oil gives it both taste and body. My version also adds beer as well as yeast extract to give it more body and I roast the vegetables before adding them to the tomato base, making this simple stew into something...

15.10.2022
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
«portokalópita» orange & filo cakes
«portokalópita» orange & filo cakes

Portokalópita (from “portokáli or orange and “pita” or cake) is a typical Greek cake whose main ingredient is sweet orange, dried shredded filo as well as yogurt, eggs, sugar and vegetable oil. It belongs to the family of desserts called “siropiasta”, which are sweets that are bathed...

17.12.2022
cream of roasted mushroom soup (with home-made mushroom broth & fried forest mushrooms garnish)
cream of roasted mushroom soup (with home-made mushroom broth & fried forest mushrooms garnish)

A multi-step approach to make an earthy, autumnal and vibrant cream of mushroom soup, with layers of flavor and intensity, due to the combination of the simmered as well as the roasted and also fried ingredients, recombined and tamed to become a comforting soup, through its smoothness and its creaminess. As the title suggests, there are 4 parts...

05.11.2022
roasted green bell peppers preserves (in olive oil)
roasted green bell peppers preserves (in olive oil)

For all the lovers of GREEN PEPPERS, who are so often ignored because we are so few and forced to enjoy only sweeter roasted red peppers (also great but different), here’s an easy way to enjoy the earlier, greener summer harvests for a bit longer ! I know so many people whose first reaction is to cringe at the sight of a green pepper,...

01.10.2022
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
spanish egg-fried rice with chorizo & seafood
spanish egg-fried rice with chorizo & seafood

The end-of-the-year holidays countdown is upon us : home, work, family, family, friends, neighbors and all those lists of extra things that need to get done today, tomorrow, next week, in 3 weeks, maybe sooner or maybe later ! So here’s a customized & international dish whose ingredients can be prepared in advance and then heated and...

03.12.2022
a more beautiful french-style apple cake
a more beautiful french-style apple cake

A French-style apple cake is another example of simplified and humble perfection, because it’s like a pound cake (already perfect) with apples. This version uses equal weights but double the volume of apples to the batter to create a huge cake that keeps fresh for over one week in the fridge and is so moist and tasty that it can be...

22.10.2022
my mama’s «taramosalata» fish roe dip
my mama’s «taramosalata» fish roe dip

… Because most of us have been doing it backwards and wrong and for sooooo long ! I’ve always known how to approximately make taramosalata dip, also known as “tarama” which should be a pale, creamy and almost mousse-like preparation of salt-cured fish roe, soaked bread, olive oil, lemon juice and some onion and my very...

17.09.2022