side dishes recipes

triple-everything bean salad
triple-everything bean salad

TRIPLE-EVERYTHING simply means 3 types of beans, 3 types of onions, 3 types of citrus juice, 3 dried spices, 3 fresh herbs and 3 additional flavors (olive oil, garlic and pomegranate syrup) to bring it all together into something nice and nourishing, in under 15 minutes ! And with this warm weather and the confinement pantry ready to explode with...

30.05.2020
cold oven-baked & multi-grain round flatbread & rusks
cold oven-baked & multi-grain round flatbread & rusks

A traditional greek RUSK made with BARLEY, SPELT and WHOLE-WHEAT flours, water, olive oil, honey, salt, yeast and some malt powder is not a dry, leftover thing nor a by-product of old or stale bread. It’s a purposely planned and twice-baked preparation that many folks prepare regularly as a replacement for fresh...

31.08.2019
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
‘briny’ anchovy, garlic & lemon roasted artichokes
‘briny’ anchovy, garlic & lemon roasted artichokes

“IT WAS LIKE EATING SEAFOOD DURING THE HOLIDAYS & FESTIVITIES” . . . and I don’t quite know how to explain it ? Was it due to the various “BRINY” flavors invoked by the anchovies, capers, black olives, and even the crumbled feta cheese ? Maybe, but it doesn’t actually taste like seafood, it’s just...

06.10.2017
february 29 perfect french fries
february 29 perfect french fries

February 29 only comes every 4 years, which is why I’m taking this opportunity to show you how to make PERFECT FRIES !  *and pay careful attention, because I’ll only do this type of recipe/technique for you, only once every 4 years. And I’m not talking about the skinny fries you can get at McDonalds, but the...

29.02.2016
simple & perfectly versatile mediterranean-style roasted vegetables
simple & perfectly versatile mediterranean-style roasted vegetables

A preparation that can be added to or included in almost any savory dish : quiches, omelettes, pizzas, pastas, lasagnas, sandwiches or just as a side-dish with roasted meats and fish … And with a special ingredient that we often don’t think off when we roast things : VINEGAR ! It adds just enough depth and acidity, like and alongside...

05.10.2019
chilled & tangy potato salad with preserved lemon & yogurt dressing
chilled & tangy potato salad with preserved lemon & yogurt dressing

Everybody’s got their favorite version of a SUMMER POTATO SALAD and here’s mine ! Move aside mayonnaise (because you’re too fragile when it’s hot out there) and hello to a yogurt and olive oil and lemon juice dressing with a special guest star appearance of a...

03.08.2019
spanakorizo - spinach & rice dish
spanakorizo - spinach & rice dish

SPA-NA-KÒ-RI-ZO (it just means spinach with rice in greek) . . . I hadn’t actually tried making this simple meat-less peasant dish myself that I grew up with, until a month ago and usually only having it when I visited my parents in Montreal. A friend’s wife asked me for the recipe a few months ago so I called my mother and...

06.04.2018
sautéed & simmered vegetables - so much more than just a side dish
sautéed & simmered vegetables - so much more than just a side dish

“This is like when someone tells you how to make fries : you obviously know (or think you know) how to but there may be a better ‘trick’ or ‘way of doing it' out there . . .” Angel makes these slowly-sautéed vegetables often (okay it's kind of in-between sauteed and simmered actually) and...

24.02.2017
ocean-flavored roasted radishes
ocean-flavored roasted radishes

ACCIDENTAL PROPOSALS sometimes lead to ACCIDENTAL RECIPES  . . . so let yourself go and say YES ! I rarely ever buy radishes. I always say “no thank-you” when my sweet & funny greengrocer-lady proposes that I get some. This time, I said YES (I feel bad always saying NO). On that same day, I bought some beautiful...

26.02.2016
rustic greek “choriatiki” salad slices on flatbread rusks
rustic greek “choriatiki” salad slices on flatbread rusks

TOMATO, FETA, CUCUMBER, GREEN PEPPER, RED ONION, OLIVES, OREGANO, OLIVE OIL, WINE VINEGAR and RUSKS. I’ve convinced myself that this simple and purist GREEK SALAD recipe could like a magical spell that you can cast on the Earth, the Skies and the Sea and if you prepare it and make it today on Augusts 31st, then the goddess of...

31.08.2019
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
‘pommes anna’ potato stacks with duck fat
‘pommes anna’ potato stacks with duck fat

. . . INSTEAD OF BUTTER ! Why ? Because I wanted to eat DUCK CONFIT LEGS and THIGHS (that are preserved in a lot of duck fat) that I had recently bought, so instead of preparing fries or oven-roasted potatoes with onions and garlic cooked in that same duck fat, why not seize the opportunity to make these tender melt-in-your-mouth smaller...

17.11.2017
4 vegetables purées (to freeze for later)
4 vegetables purées (to freeze for later)

I LIKE TO PLAN AHEAD AND FREEZE STUFF … you can thank me later ! Which is why I’m sharing these simple recipes and techniques with you, before spring and summer creep up on us and you totally forget about potatoes and carrots and celery and beets ! Instead of simply boiling everything (and thus losing all those precious...

09.03.2016
oven-roasted “giant” lima beans
oven-roasted “giant” lima beans

"GIGANTES" = GIANTS … and this is what we call these LIMA or BUTTER BEANS in Greek (to be more precise: fasolia gigantes).  This is a dish prepared by my mom. The last time I enjoyed this vegetarian dish was last summer in Montreal, and many of you went crazy when I posted an iphone picture of the meal on the social...

21.01.2016