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May 18, 2012

French Potato Salad

Who doesn’t like potato salad? I make a few different kinds: my mother’s recipe with just mayo, carrots, and pickles, my mother-in-law’s with hard boiled eggs, an Italian one with olive oil and vinegar and a French one with wine, olive oil, red onion and shallots. Here is my recipe for the French potato salad. The wine replaces the vinegar in the Italaian version of this salad.You need to use waxy, not starchy potatoes so... View Article

May 17, 2012

Fennel, Mango and Grapefruit Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Traditionally fennel is paired with orange and there are many salad recipes combining these two ingredients with various dressings. While tradition is important, so is innovation. Here is a salad combining fennel with another citrus, grapefruit this time, and a touch of exotic with a few slices of fresh mango I picked up at the Asian market the other day. I made different versions of this salad a few times while working on my salad... View Article

May 16, 2012

Vegetables and Feta Filo Roll

Filo pastry is very versatile and easy to use. It’s true that you need to work reasonably fast to prevent the filo sheets from drying, but placing a lightly wet towel over them helps keeping them moist. Filo sheets are stacked one on top of the other, about 6 sheets per roll, and then the filling is placed on the edge and the filo is rolled up, jelly roll style, encasing the filling. You need... View Article

May 9, 2012

Zucchini-Potato Cakes with Yogurt-Lemon Sauce

I had three beautiful zucchinis sitting in my fridge for the last few days staring at me with anticipation every time I opened the fridge. I finally got around to taking them out, pondering how to serve them. I decided to make them into little patties or cakes, use a few for dinner tonight and freeze the rest for another occasion. I added a baking potato to the mix, for the binding texture of the... View Article

May 7, 2012

White Asparagus with Blood Oranges,Hazelnuts and white Balsamic vinaigrette

The fabulous white asparagus is only in season for a very short time in the spring and when it’s available it is a regular guest in my kitchen. The gorgeous whitish stalks remain light because they grow buried in a mound of soil where no sunlight can reach them and make them green. The white asparagus is a bit tougher than the green. Snap or cut the stalk where it is vulnerable and breaks, then... View Article

May 2, 2012

Pasta with Fresh Cherry Tomatoes and Mizithra

I am launching the site with a simple recipe that has been in my cooking “repertoire” for years. It is one in a “trilogy” of pasta with cherry tomatoes dishes that I make, using fresh, roasted or sautéed cherry tomatoes. I will post the rest of the trilogy recipes soon. Instead of the traditional parmesan I use aged Mizithra, a Greek cheese made from sheep’s or goat’s milk. Aged Mizithra comes in a white hard... View Article

May 2, 2012

Breakfast Tartine

Tartine is a French way of saying open face sandwiches. “shall I make you a  tartine” is so much more alluring than “shall I make you an open face sandwich”, is it not? Don’t they understand romance? Tartines look so beautiful and are flavourful and satisfying. When making tartines I prefer to use Poilane bread if possible, imported from France, or another good quality country loaf, home made or from a good bakery. Poilane is... View Article

April 25, 2012

Southwestern Sweet Potatoes with Chili Lime Dressing

My kind of salad, with sweet potatoes, black beans, corn and roasted poblanos combined for a nice spectrum of textures and flavours. I bought something similar at the Whole Foods store in Denver, Colorado and this is my version. I make this salad all year round and change it a little with every season. In the fall I may add pomegranates or even firm, ripe pears cut into little cubes for a touch of fruity... View Article

April 18, 2012

Going Live with Olive Oil and Lemons

This site has been in the making for quite a while. When asked what I am doing over the last several months, my family and friends have been getting the singular answer: working on the blog. I am finally ready to go “live” on the internet with this collection of recipes, essays, information, images and thoughts about food, cooking and travel. I invite you to browse through the recipes categories, pages and resources to see... View Article

April 18, 2012

Belgian Endive & Frisée Salad w/ Walnuts, Goat Cheese & Creamy Mustard Vinaigrette

This is a nice salad, pretty and refreshing with many layers of flavours and textures. Use baby frisée and pick only the inner leaves to use in this salad. The endives are slightly bitter and benefit from a drizzle of honey just before serving. You can garnish it with chive flowers or edible flowers if you have them. The caramelized nuts are a must. If you don’t make them yourself you can easily buy good... View Article

April 18, 2012

Baked Apple

This is a twist on the usual presentation of a baked apple. I choose a large apple, then core it and slice it very thinly on a mandolin or another slicer. Be sure to keep all the apple pieces as intact as possible as you will re-assemble them so it looks like an apple, slices all stacked up, including the top slice. I then place the entire apple in a buttered ramekin dish that it... View Article

April 18, 2012

Artichokes

Artichoke is truly a spring treat. Available for only a short time in early spring (let’s forget the dehydrated specimen lingering in the produce section other times of the year), you have to watch for it and catch it when it’s in its prime. I always think of an artichoke as a mysterious vegetable. Round and plump, enclosed in a protective thorny armor it challenges you to get close and discover what’s inside. One of... View Article