Month: April 2015

Stewed Cuttlefish With Peas (Seppie con Piselli)

Stewed Cuttlefish With Peas (Seppie con Piselli)

Have you ever tried cuttlefish? Well, imagine if you could cross an octopus and squid, that pretty much what you can expect it to taste like. If you love either of them, you’ll love cuttlefish. Cuttlefish is something I only became acquainted with when I moved to Europe. Thanks mostly to my favorite Schwabe who […]

Benefits of Lemon Water

Benefits of Lemon Water

Not only does freshly squeezed lemon juice instantly transform any dish by brightening it up with a delicious tangy essence, but lemons are, believe it or not, incredibly alkaline. This means they help balance your pH levels, which is important for keeping your body healthy and functioning at its best. And when it comes to […]

Recipe for Super Quick Pasta with Fresh Basil, Parsley & Salty Feta

Pasta with Fresh Basil, Parsley & Salty Feta (Super Quick!)

This recipe is inspired by a dish I’ve enjoyed many a times at my good friend Ines place. This thing about it is…well, simple put — it’s brilliant. It requires practically no effort at all and for a pasta dish, the only cooking involved is boiling the pasta. The rest takes a total of 5 […]

Baked Rhubarb and Oats

Baked Rhubarb and Oats

I recently read that rhubarb is in fact a vegetable. But apparently, at some point, the United States Customs Court ruled that rhubarb was a fruit. Really? A government decision to decide whether rhubarb should be labeled a fruit? And what about the laws of nature? Without plenty of sugar, brace yourself! Bamm, it’s bracingly […]

Hazelnuts - how to toast nuts

Roasted Nuts (So Easy, So Good)

I especially love roasted nuts. And one benefit of roasting them is clear — if you think roasted nuts taste better — then roasting will encourage you to include them in your diet. My kitchen is always stocked with some kind of nuts. With so much variety they literally work with anything and add a […]

Prosciutto Wrapped White Asparagus with Lemon

Prosciutto Wrapped White Asparagus with Zesty Lemon

I adore simple, healthy recipes that pack a ton of flavor. And this one, prosciutto wrapped white asparagus with the alluring scent and flavors of bright and zingy lemon has got to be the easiest thing ever to make. You could even skim this one down to the very basics – prosciutto and asparagus – […]

Coconut-Infused Ceviche

Coconut-Infused Ceviche

In Peru, they say a great ceviche doesn’t need more than five ingredients; fish, lime juice, chili pepper, onion and salt. I like to add a little vibrancy to mine with the addition of tomatoes, avocado and coriander, plus a little coconut milk – if you can manage to get your hands on fresh coconut […]

Red and White Belgian Endive Salad with Grapefruit

Belgian Endive with Pink Grapefruit Salad

In winter and early spring, grapefruits are plentiful and can be a refreshing addition to any salad. Sweet-tart pink grapefruit transforms slightly bitter endive into a delicate, well-rounded, and delicious salad. I love Belgian endive (a.k.a escarole or witloof chicory) raw, for it’s crunchy, faint bitter taste that is at the same time tangy and […]

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Squares (So Delicious!)

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Squares (So Delicious!)

This recipe is thanks to my dear French friend Magali from Geneva. One of her friends has a strong allergy to gluten (he actually went to the hospital a few times due to bad reactions before he was told about having an intolerance), so her daughter Gaelle made him these apple squares with gluten-free ingredients […]

Shaved Viola Asparagus in a Lemon Vinaigrette

Shaved Viola Asparagus in a Lemon Vinaigrette

Full of flavor and color, fresh asparagus, whether it be green, white or purple, is a celebration of spring! I love it when asparagus starts flooding the farmer’s markets, especially when I get my hands on fresh purple asparagus. The fabulous thing about it is that it’s tender enough to be eaten raw. Just use […]

Pasta with Prosciutto & Arugula in a Lemon-Infused White Wine Sauce

Pasta with Prosciutto and Arugula in a Lemon-Infused White Wine Sauce

Here’s a little secret: there are three things I really love – prosciutto, arugula and lemon! Put all three of them together and well…I’m experiencing a little bit of heaven. The saltiness of prosciutto and baby arugula with its mild, nutty, peppery taste team fabulously with zesty lemon. I’m generally not a fan of creamy […]

Lemon-Dill Viola Asparagus with Belgium Endive

Lemon-Dill Viola Asparagus with Belgium Endive

For me, asparagus signals the start of spring! The first signs are the purple and white varieties popping up at the farmers markets everywhere. I absolutely love viola asparagus. Combined with Belgium endive in a tangy lemon-dill dressing, it makes a perfect side dish or salad. Viola asparagus is similar in appearance and flavor to […]

Mediterranean Orzo with Tuna, Artichokes, Parsley and Mint

Mediterranean Orzo with Tuna, Artichokes, Parsley and Mint

Spring is here, and it’s the perfect time to infuse your table with the tastes of the Mediterranean. There is nothing more Mediterranean, than fresh, sunny, coastal flavors. Simplicity paired with quality ingredients is the centerpiece of this tasty combination of orzo tossed with tuna, artichokes, sweet pointed red pepper, capers and herbs in a […]

Tender Green Salad in a Champagne Vinaigrette with Asparagus and Strawberries

Tender Greens in a Champagne Vinaigrette with Asparagus, Strawberries & Avocado

Champagne vinegar is considered the “king of vinegars” in France as it is incomparably smooth, subtle, and light. It makes a great choice for dressing up delicately flavored salads using ingredients that are fresh, ripe and in season. In the early spring, blanched asparagus and spring strawberries make a perfect match. A buttery avocado also […]

Purple Viola Aspargus

Asparagus (Purple, White & Green)

Asparagus has a wonderfully subtle flavor that works well with almost anything—in summer salads or as a perfect side dish for pretty much any meal. When I see all sorts of asparagus start to appear at the farmers market each spring, I really can’t resist buying some and so starts my short stinted asparagus binge. […]

North Sea Shrimps Salad (Büsumer Krabbensalat)

North Sea Shrimp Salad (Büsumer Krabbensalat)

The inspiration for this recipe came from my regular strolls through the Isemarkt, Europe’s largest outdoor market. It’s one of my favorite farmer’s market and lucky for me, is located just down the road from where I live. Not only is this gourmet market a feast for the eyes, but it’s in a charming location […]

Roasted Italian Baby Eggplant & Cherry Tomatoes

Roasted Sicilian Eggplant & Cherry Tomatoes with Basil

Italian “perlina” eggplants (aubergine) are very similar to the Chinese eggplant. They have a thinner skin and a sweeter, more delicate flavor. They also have fewer seeds, which tend to make eggplants taste bitter. The great thing about these delicate beauties is that they do not need to be “purged” of any bitterness before cooking. […]

Roasted Tomato, Artichoke & Bocconcini Salad in a Lemon Caper Dressing

Roasted Cherry Tomato, Artichoke and Bocconcini in a Lemon Caper Dressing

Roasting tomatoes brings out their rich and sweet flavor, and in this salad, roasted cherry tomatoes are combined with artichokes, the tasty ones, the ones found at your favorite delicatessen or gourmet food store — yes, raise your hand if you love artichokes! All this together with fresh, delicate buffalo mozzarella (bocconcini), tossed in lemon […]