Shrimps and Pineapple Sweet and Sour Soup

I had variations of sweet and sour shrimps and pineapple soup in several Vietnamese restaurants, some were good, others less so. Yet, even with the lesser ones, I always liked the combination of flavors of the shrimps, pineapple, okra and hardly cooked tomatoes, and I decided to make this soup at home. Continue reading

Poppy Seeds, Almonds and Golden Raisins Tart

With a thin layer of crumbly dough, and a generous amount of poppy seeds filling, this tasty tart will delight anyone who is fond of poppy seeds. Their unique nutty flavor is enhanced even more with the addition of almond flour; while the lemon, strawberry jam and raisins balance it with their subtle acidity. Try it and enjoy. Continue reading

Rosemary and Parmesan Savory Freezer Cookies

I make my Blue cheese, Rosemary and Pecan crackers often. However, this time, I wanted to create a different version of it, of thicker savory cookies, that can also work as a base for canapés. Continue reading

Egg Noodles Bake with Mushrooms and Cheeses

This tasty and aromatic bake is the easiest way to serve pasta to a large party. It is based on the  East-European Jewish “Kugel” dish, that is more known in its sweet version. Continue reading

Roasted Chicken Drumsticks with Honey, Mustard and Curry Powder Glaze

The following highly aromatic roasted chicken drumsticks, are as quickly to make as they are tasty. It takes only a few minutes to prepare the tasty glaze, and then all that is needed is to pour it over the chicken pieces and roast them for an hour. The result is superb: the glaze gives the chicken a wonderful flavor, a combination of savory, sweet, buttery and hot, with appetizing  aroma. Try it and enjoy. Continue reading

Multi Grain Soda Bread

Soda bread is the perfect bread to bake when you want a fresh warm loaf, without waiting for the dough to rise. The texture is obviously denser than yeast dough bread, but the easiness and quickness of making this bread compensate for that.
Unlike in traditional Irish soda bread, here I, once again, used different types of flour in the dough, in order to give it a more interesting texture and higher nutritional value. Continue reading

Peanut Butter, Jelly and Salted Peanuts Bar Cookies

Quick and easy to prepare, these tasty bar cookies will please anyone who loves the combination of peanut butter and jelly. Continue reading

Beef Ossobuco with Onion and Mushrooms

The following hearty dish, is perfect for a cold day. The Ossobuco steak (cross-cut beef shank, with the bone in the center), is one of the richest and tastiest cuts. Inspired by the traditional “ossobuco in bianco” (ossobuco in white sauce) dish, that originated around Milan, I’ve decided to cook it with smothered onions and mushrooms, beef stock, white wine, mustard, juniper berries and bay leaves. The result was a falling-of-the-bones tender meat and bone marrow, with rich and aromatic sauce. Continue reading

Banana and Dried Fruits Muffins

While these quick, “all in one bowl”, muffins look somewhat plain, they are loaded with healthy and tasty ingredients, such as banana, dried fruits, pumpkin seeds and spelt flour, – all that is needed to make them a perfect guilt-free snack. Continue reading

Kumato Tomatoes Stuffed with Beef, Fresh Herbs, Pine Nuts and Dried Currants

I am a big fan of tomatoes, in any shape or form, and I’m always looking for new varieties. With fresh summer tomatoes gone by now, the next option is to check which hothouse tomatoes are available at the store. When I saw the brownish-dark red Kumato tomatoes, I had to give them a try. Continue reading

Swiss Chard Frittata with Poached Eggs and Hollandaise Sauce

Leisurely eaten weekend brunch is something to look forward to all week. Here is a quick and easy to make dish, that doesn’t require any preparations in advance.
The Swiss Chard frittata can be served as is, but the addition of poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce, elevate it to another level. Continue reading