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summer seafood salad
summer seafood salad

Nothings says joyful, relaxing and lazy “summer” more than a marinated seafood salad (even though seafood is more plentiful in the colder months) so a summery version must include vegetables, both leafy and water-gorged crunchy ones, to make it both seasonally coherent and complete ! My version is one third seafood, one third...

18.07.2020
mirepoix & beer braised rabbit roast and/or stew
mirepoix & beer braised rabbit roast and/or stew

A small and simple dish with honest and readily available flavors, using a MIREPOIX base and the simplicity of BEER, but pushing it until it becomes not only its foundation of flavor but the actual structure of the dish, with no interfering extras. A “MIREPOIX”, just like an Italian BATTUTO and SOFFRITTO and a variation of Spanish...

18.04.2020
creamy 5-bean & 5-vegetable soup
creamy 5-bean & 5-vegetable soup

It’s BEAN season (or actually the season for those dried beans that we should use up during the winter) and I don’t feel like I eat enough of them, which ideally would be at least once a week, whether they’re chickpeas or lentils or fancier mixes and my absolute favorite : giant LIMA BEANS (also called BUTTER BEANS in English and...

01.02.2020
beer-braised & shredded beef cottage pie
beer-braised & shredded beef cottage pie

A chunkier & heartier version of a perfect winter meal with a bottom layer of beer-braised beef, later shredded, cooked with vegetables, later chopped, followed by a layer of whole corn kernels and creamed corn layer too and topped with a layer of partly-crushed boiled root vegetables such as potatoes, parsnips and white carrots and then...

07.12.2019
“keftedes giouvetsi” casserole with “kokkinisto” meatballs & orzo pasta
“keftedes giouvetsi” casserole with “kokkinisto” meatballs & orzo pasta

It’s a Greek and Turkish version of SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS but the KEFTEDES meatballs are braised in a spicy KOKKINISTO sauce, which means “reddened”; a rich and warming blend of tomatoes, onions, garlic, red wine, oregano, bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, allspice and nutmeg and the rice grain-shaped...

02.11.2019
spaghetti & meatballs (with fennel)
spaghetti & meatballs (with fennel)

This comforting dish definitely has the flavors of ITALY but isn’t Italian in its form nor presentation nor originally an authentic Italian dish at all from Italy but actually an adaptation of a dish by Italian immigrants in America in the early 20th century. And yet, like modern-day versions of lasagna and pizza, it provides complete...

06.06.2020
egalitarian & equal opportunity minestrone soup
egalitarian & equal opportunity minestrone soup

It’s a comforting MINESTRONE soup with equal parts of everything : an initial 18 cups of the 6 different chopped vegetables and beans and crushed tomatoes and pasta (before partly reducing in volume to 14 cups), all simmering in an equal amount of 12 cups of prepared broth made with extra vegetables and scraps and 2 cups of pasta...

04.04.2020
«rollo de bonito a la asturiana» spanish-style layered tuna roll loaf
«rollo de bonito a la asturiana» spanish-style layered tuna roll loaf

A delightful northern Spanish celebratory dish that’s involves rolling up 4 different layers and creating a multi-layered spiralling loaf, starting with a layer of freshly chopped tuna blended with onions, garlic, parsley, white wine, breadcrumbs and flour, then a layer of Serrano dry-cured ham slices, then an egg omelet layer, then the...

18.01.2020
warm & cold autumn salad with preserved duck gizzards & fried potatoes
warm & cold autumn salad with preserved duck gizzards & fried potatoes

Every season needs its SALAD, according to what’s available and how hot or cold it is out there. It’s autumn so it’ll be some colder and fresher ingredients combined with some warmer, fried or boiled or toasted ingredients on top; and even though my modest version of such a well-known dish, from the southwest of France,...

16.11.2019
braised & shredded meats pita sandwich (with fresh vegetable toppings & tzatziki)
braised & shredded meats pita sandwich (with fresh vegetable toppings & tzatziki)

… But please understand that one man’s DONER KEBAB, is another man’s SOUVLAKI, is another man’s GYRO, is another man’s SHAWARMA, is another man’s SHASHLIK, is another man’s CHUANR, is another man’s KATI ROLL, is another man’s TACO, etc. (and when I...

24.08.2019
mini crustless quiches with roasted vegetables & béchamel
mini crustless quiches with roasted vegetables & béchamel

I’m a “hoarder” by nature (but I prefer “prudent planner”) and I do have a comfort zone that consists of having a stock of stuff I use regularly and often, which has nothing to do with the present “lockdown” situation. But I may have overdone it with too many fresh products (becoming less fresh over time)...

25.04.2020
spicy & thick-crust spanish-style pizza with chorizo & roasted red pepper-tomato sauce
spicy & thick-crust spanish-style pizza with chorizo & roasted red pepper-tomato sauce

I know you’re feeling the cold temperatures out there (just like I am), so perhaps something hot & spicy (instead of a soup) can warm you up this weekend and get your blood boiling (or at least pumping) a little more !  The roasted red pepper & tomato sauce was an experiment, using a jar of roasted red peppers to transform a...

29.02.2020
«retsina» resinated white wine-braised lamb shanks
«retsina» resinated white wine-braised lamb shanks

RETSINA is a Greek dry white wine with resinous flavors because of the wooden caskets it is aged in, that are sealed with Aleppo pine sap. In my opinion, it’s an ideal alternative flavoring for winter dishes, just like rosemary and pine nuts for savory dishes and mastic resin for sweets. Other years, I focused on warmer flavors like...

20.12.2019
autumnal greek-style “psarosoupa” light fish & vegetable stew
autumnal greek-style “psarosoupa” light fish & vegetable stew

It’s something LIGHTER & CLEARER & ZESTIER and more of an autumnal or northern Mediterranean style fish stew or soup, without the tomato base and heavier spices typical of a summery and southern Mediterranean Fisherman’s or Bouillabaisse fish stew, which I also love, especially when its intensity and heat inevitably make me...

09.11.2019
deep-dish mediterranean roasted vegetables quiche
deep-dish mediterranean roasted vegetables quiche

And here’s PART 2 or the FILLINGS that go inside the savory pie-crust shell we prepared or will soon be motivated to prepare (see recipe here) ! But like I said in part 1, it’s a bit different because instead of just combining the fillings of roasted vegetables (no frying here) and perhaps too many eggs, heavy cream and grated...

13.07.2019