side dishes recipes

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
smashed potatoes (with lemon and garlic)
smashed potatoes (with lemon and garlic)

“SMASHED” ? Yes friends, that’s what I said … BUT WHY ? Because they’re tender on the inside, crispy on the outside … HARD TO MAKE ? Noooooooooo ! DO I HAVE TO BE TOUGH & STRONG TO SMASH THEM ? Stop it. Are they easy to make ? Yesssss ... I made mine with lemon and garlic and olive oil, like a good...

26.09.2015
baby lettuce salad spears
baby lettuce salad spears

SALAD for COCKTAIL HOUR - no forks required PLEASE ! Smarten'up and stop grinning… I know it's not really a recipe ! But it's fresh it's crisp, it's wholesome. Not a whole serving of salad, no salad bowl needed nor a fork to eat it with. Just salad spears, lightly coated with some slightly sweet, slightly tart, light...

31.03.2015
‘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
smashed cucumber salad
smashed cucumber salad

Did you know that if you SMASH your cucumbers instead of slicing them perfectly, you will experience not only a different texture but also a different taste experience ? Well, I just found this out in an Asian restaurant the other night and it was perfect … and I’m someone who has grown up with cucumber in salads. You would think...

04.09.2015
‘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
big red roasted beets
big red roasted beets

As I said a few days ago : “EAT MORE VEGETABLES !”. Here is an extremely healthy and easy and impressive entrée or side-dish or accompaniment to serve with your winter meals. A simple, big, round, roasted beet ! More impressive if the beets are large, instead of several smaller ones. They’re roasted in the oven...

06.12.2015
apple fennel cabbage slaw
apple fennel cabbage slaw

Cabbage slaw is always a great way to enjoy vegetables, especially when combined with other tangy flavours such as sweet and tart granny smith apples and also fennel. Cool, crunchy and crispy, it is a great accompaniment and contrast to grilled meats or heavier fried foods. It’s also a great way to use up whatever leftover vegetables you...

21.07.2015