Turkey Burgers with Halloumi Cheese and Herbs

If you follow this blog for a while, you know by now that I hardly ever use store bought ground meat, and always prefer to grind it a home. However, as fresh turkey legs/thighs were not available for the turkey burgers I’ve had in mind, I went with the next best option: ground dark turkey meat from a local farm. Continue reading

Fish and Crab Cakes

The following fish and crab cakes are quick and easy to make, and will delight even those who are not that much into fish, as mixing flounder fish with crabmeat, creates a unique texture and flavor. 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

Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Fresh Herbs and Potatoes

Chicken thighs are my favorite part for roasting; once roasted, the meat is flavorful and juicy, while the skin turns crispy and tasty. Continue reading

Lamb with Onions, Parsley, Tomatoes and Golden Raisins

Winter is still with us, and I was planning on yet another stew, this time of lamb. However, as the weather was not as chilly, and as lamb is quite heavy in itself, I wanted a lighter stew with lighter ingredients in it. Continue reading

Calamari Salad

Calamari Salad Ronit PensoMany of us are more familiar with crispy calamari rings, coated with batter and deep fried. They are very tasty, but also can be quite heavy. Calamari salads are a bit less known, and it’s a shame, as they are a wonderful fresh alternative.
Here is one example for such a salad: lemony and green with fresh parsley, it is just perfect for a hot summer day. It is very easy to prepare and even easier to serve, as it is prepared ahead of time and kept in the fridge until serving. I’m sure you’ll love it once you’ll try it. Continue reading

Green Falafel (Chickpeas and Herbs Fritters)

Green Falafel Ronit penso These little chickpea fritters are known around the Middle East, Turkey, Greece and other countries, as a tasty street food. Every country has its own version, but aside from Egypt, where the dish is made with Fava beans, all others use chickpeas as the base for the dish.
The recipe here follows the Israeli version, which was introduced by Yemenite Jews. To this, other flavors were added with time, such as the spicy Moroccan Harissa (red hot peppers paste) and other seasonings.

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Skirt Steak with Green Tahini and Spicy Eggplant Salad

Skirt steak green tahini Ronit PensoHere is a “mix and match” type of lunch or dinner, which is great for easy summer entertainment: place all the components on a big tray and let your guests fill their pita bread as they wish.
The skirt steak is a wonderful, juicy cut, with a pronounced meaty flavor. It cooks very quickly and evenly. Served with green Tahini dressing, eggplant salad and some fresh cherry tomatoes, it makes for a colorful, fresh dinner.
The green Tahini dressing and eggplant salad can be prepared in advance, so all you need is to roast the skirt steak just before serving.
If you can’t find skirt steak, or prefer a chicken option, boneless, skinless chicken thighs can be used instead. Whatever options you may choose, I’m sure you’ll enjoy these bold, tasty flavors. Continue reading