Banana Yeast dough Cakes

Banana Yeast dough Cakes Ronit PensoI often end up with overripe bananas, that usually find their way into one-bowl type of cakes. As this time I was planning on making yeast dough roulades, I’ve decided to see how they would work in this type of dough. Continue reading

Caponata

Caponata Ronit Penso

When I’ve found some ripe tomatoes, eggplants and peppers at the farm stand, I’ve decided it’s time to prepare a nice batch of Caponata – a tasty sweet and sour Sicilian eggplant dish.
Caponata is wonderful as a side dish, especially with fish and seafood, but also with chicken and other meats. It is also wonderful as a topping for Crostini, and can also be served as a dip, with crackers or toasted points. Continue reading

Oats, Raisins and Cranberries Scones

Oats, Raisins and Cranberries Scones Ronit PensoScones are such tasty and easy to make pastries, that whenever I bake them, I’m surprised I don’t bake them more often. These crumbly and not too sweet mini cakes, are wonderful when served fresh from the oven, with butter and jam. 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

Halibut with caramelized onions, tomatoes and raisins Ronit Penso

Halibut with Lightly Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes and Raisins

Halibut with caramelized onions, tomatoes and raisins Ronit PensoI was fortunate enough to get some beautiful wild Halibut, and got curious about the origin of its name. At least according to Wikipedia “the name is derived from haly (holy) and butt (flat fish), for its popularity on Catholic holy days”. What a combination of the high and the low! Who knew?

Holy or not, I’ve decided to pair the fish with a favorite ingredient of mine – caramelized onions. Continue reading

Colorful Couscous, Lentils and Raisins Salad

Couscous, Lentil and Raisins Salad Ronit PensoPreparing traditional couscous from scratch is a labor intensive task; it requires mixing semolina with oil and water, passing it through a sieve, steaming it in a special pot, mixing it again, and repeating the process once or twice more… No wonder that up until modern times, when the instant couscous was created, this great grain product was not as popular as it is today. Continue reading

Chicken with caramelized onions and raisins

Chicken with caramelized onions and raisins Ronit PensoThis dish requires very few ingredients, yet the result is just mouthwatering. Continue reading