A tasty recipe for roasted potatoes Provence style: Leaving the potato skins on is healthy and the Persillade adds zest. Goes well with meat dishes.
The mustard soup with bacon and leek is one of the classic Dutch recipes. Instead of Dutch mustard, use equal amounts of whole grain and Dijon mustard.
The famous Moroccan recipe for a spicy marinade and sauce, a mixture of cilantro (fresh coriander leaves), cumin parsley, garlic, paprika, lemon and olive oil.
For this recipe, you can use lima beans, butter beans or fava beans. This cool lemony salad is one of my favorites and quick to prepare.
I have never been fond of beets. To me they always came in jars, tasting like earth and vinegar. Nothing to look forward to. I changed my mind! Beetroot soup is not only eye-catching but delicious too. Add a shot of vodka to it, and have a Borscht experience.
Originally from the Canary Islands, this recipe is now popular all over Spain. It’s used for potatoes (Spanish are consummate potato eaters), roasted vegetables, fish, salads, soups you name it, you got it.
Labneh, also known as Laban, which means yogurt in Arabic, is a traditional food in the Middle East. It can also be served on its own as an appetizer – sprinkled with some olive oil and herbs and accompanied by some pita bread – a real delight!
Tian à la Comtadine is a traditional potato dish of the Provence. “Tian” is a gratin dish and “Comtat” means duchy. This is a popular side dish in France for meats and fish. But I also like it as a vegetarian choice accompanied by a green salad.
Pico de Gallo also known as Salsa Fresca is one of the best known Mexican imports to the American food scene. It’s a versatile sauce that renders itself to a multitude of uses. It is a crisp and tart condiment which enlivens grilled meats, baked dishes and is a great side kick to snacks. Indispensable in a summer party.
Here is a recipe to prepare your own cured olives. It only works with freshly harvested olives. You can’t obtain fresh ones? Then you might want to take a look at this recipe, so you buy the right variety for your Mediterranean dishes.
Persillade (Persil = parsley in French) is a recurrent theme in the French kitchen. No wonder, the irresistible aroma of garlic and parsley makes any dish glorious. It can be added during the preparation of the dish for a more subtle flavor, at the very end to provide a more garlicky taste or even used raw as a garnish.
The type of mushrooms normally used for this dish are Cèpes, a French term which should be applied only to the Porcini variety. For this dish, you may also use cultivated mushrooms, like champignons, as long as they are fresh.
No longer your grandmother’s traditional cranberry sauce. A Latino touch has been added to it. Chipotle chilis and dried smoked jalapeno peppers add a spark of heat and smokiness to the sweet/tart cranberries.
It’s one of the most popular dishes in a Spanish tapas bar, Russian Potato Salad. During the Franco dictatorship the word Russia was “prohibido” hence the dish was called – in public only – Ensalada Nacional. As part of a tapas dish tuna (canned or small shrimps are added as well as sliced hard boiled eggs as garnish. I love Ensalada Rusa also as a side dish without tuna.
Potatoes, onions, red peppers, olives and a few spices baked in olive oil – it’s amazing what a few good ingredients can do to a simple dish. It could even serve as a vegetarian main course.
The French Green Lentils, also called Puy Lentils, are considered by many cooks to be the best lentils. The oven dried tomatoes and Gorgonzola cheese highlight this tasty salad.
I am quite a fan of corn fritters. They herald the summer with their sunny color. They are easy to make and always a winner at BBQs. The good news is that you do not need to wait for the summer season to have them. When using canned corn, run them briefly under water and drain. Frozen corn needs only to be thawed.
A refreshing pea soup that requires very little time to prepare. The ideal meal for after you have “switched off” for the day. Cooking peas briefly will retain their bright green color and unadulterated taste.
A versatile dish with great color and contrasting flavors done in a jiffy thanks to a pantry staple, canned Cannellini beans. Comfort food in many shapes. A satisfying vegetarian choice, a side dish to your choice of meats and a great pic-nic take along.
It just happened that I was in the mood for a salad and hungry. My neighbor had picked Romaine salad in the morning and was kind enough to give a salad head to me. Using bottled salad dressing from the supermarket aisle was out of the question – I never use them, never ever! This is certainly not a novel dressing idea, there are many versions around. There is an upside to it though. If you have the ingredients on hand, it is tasty and takes minutes to make. I bet it will take less time than running to the next food store to get a bottled one.