Fried Fish with Agristada – Sephardic Lemon and Egg Sauce

Fried fish with Agristada Ronit PensoAgristada, a velvety lemon and egg sauce, is one of the most loved sauces in Sephardic* cuisine, and one of my personal favorites. The sauce can be served warm or cold, and it is traditionally paired with fried fish, though also served with cooked fish, meatballs or steamed vegetables, especially artichoke. Continue reading

Pan Seared Scallops with Roasted Red Peppers Cream Sauce

Pan Seared Scallops with Roasted Red Peppers Cream Sauce Ronit PensoScallops are one of my favorite seafood, for  their fresh, sweet flavor and wonderful texture. However, it’s not always easy to find really fresh ones. So, when I do, I immediately buy some and then cook them the very same day, and as close to serving time as possible, as fresh scallops need very short cooking time, otherwise their texture will quickly turn rubbery.

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Lamb Sliders with Tahini-Yogurt Dip

Lamb Sliders with Tahini-Yogurt Sauce Ronit PensoThe term “sliders” in food originally described small hamburgers, served in a mini-hamburger bun. But later on, other types of small patties served in mini-breads, were happily sitting under the same definition.

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Shrimps with Peppers and Herbs with Basmati Rice

Shrimps with Peppers and Herbs, on Basmati Rice Ronit Penso

After the fairly time consuming stuffed cabbage recipe of last week, it’s time for a quick and easy “all in one pan” kind of dish, that you can fix in almost no time. Continue reading

Tuna Tartare with Asian Vinaigrette

Tuna Tartare with Asian Vinaigrette Ronit PensoWhen I get my hands on such a beautiful fresh piece of Ahi Tuna as shown here, the last thing that I want is to cook it. It is so wonderful and succulent as is, that cooking will only ruin it.

So, I’ve decided to honor this tuna steak with a vinaigrette based on Asian ingredients from different cuisines, that compliments its flavor and texture. Continue reading

Baked/Steamed Chilean Sea Bass with Cilantro, Lime and Jalapenos

Baked/Steamed Chilean Sea Bass Ronit PensoChilean Seabbass is actually a commercial name for the Patagonian Toothfish, which is a type of Cod. The fish has a wonderful firm, yet smooth texture. A short cooking will turn the opaque flesh into a beautiful deep white color fillet and enhance its natural sweetness. Continue reading

Berries and Orange Coulis and Popsicles

Berries and Orange Coulis and Popsicles Ronit PensoWhen I see nice fresh berries at the store, I usually end up buying more than needed, and as they don’t keep fresh for long, I always try to find ways to use the extra amount. Continue reading

Crispy Spelt and Semolina Pizza with Cherry Tomatoes Sauce

Crispy Spelt and Semolina Pizza Ronit PensoI’m always looking for the ultimate pizza dough – one that will produce crispy pizza without having to use pizza stone or other professional gadgets. I’ve tried a few good and tasty recipes, but still thought they lacked in crispiness and texture. So I’ve decided to experiment a bit with other types of flour and came up with this tasty and crisp version for thin crust pizza. Try it and enjoy. Continue reading

Yogurt and Beet Greens Poached eggs

Yogurt poached eggs with Beet Greens Ronit PensoPoached eggs with yogurt is a familiar dish all over the Middle East, especially in Turkey. There are quite a few variations for the sauce itself, but in all of the recipes I have come across, the eggs are poached separately in water and only then are added to the sauce.

This recipe is different, as I’ve decided to use the yogurt itself as the poaching liquid for the eggs. Continue reading

Cod with Tomato-Saffron Sauce

Cod with Tomato-Saffron Sauce Ronit Penso

When I saw this fresh wild Cod at the store, I knew it would benefit from quick steaming. Yet, I also knew its’ mild taste would benefit from a somewhat assertive flavoring. Continue reading

Cardamom Friands with Lemon Curd


Friands are almond mini cakes, a version of the classic Financier cakes. Both types of cakes are made with butter, egg whites, almond meal, powdered sugar and a small amount of flour. The major difference between the two types is in the butter: while the Friand uses melted butter, the Financier is made with brown butter. Continue reading