Beets and Beet Greens Fritters

Whenever I find fresh beets with their greens, I immediately grab a bunch. Most often, I use the beets and the greens in separate recipes, but this time, however, I decided to use both in the same dish, and came up with the fritters you see here. Continue reading

Sephardic Fried Eggplant with Vinegar Parsley Sauce

The following recipe comes from the Sephardic cuisine*, of which I mentioned here quite a few times. Its name in Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) is “peshkado de tierra” i.e. “fish of the earth”, as the eggplants are cooked in the same manner as fried fish (as shown in THIS post). The dish was served as a vegetarian substitute when fresh fish was scarce, or as the main dish for Friday’s lunch, with the more elaborated Shabbat’s evening dinner in mind, which always included fish and meat dishes. Continue reading

Onions, Yogurt and Parmesan Cheese Savory Muffins

The following savory muffins will delight anyone who loves sautéed onions, as they contain a hefty amount of them. This time, I aimed at sautéing the onions only until they were soft, not  caramelized, as I wanted to retain a less sweetish onion flavor, that will pair well with the yogurt. Continue reading

Sephardic Spaghetti and Cheese Bake

Unlike last week’s time consuming recipe, the following recipe requires very little effort or ingredients.
The original bake, which is known in the Sephardic cuisine as “Makarron reynado”, is a simple mix of cooked spaghetti, Feta cheese, eggs and milk, baked until set and golden. Continue reading

Stir-Fry Tofu and Rice Noodles

Stir-fry dishes are very versatile and fairly quick to prepare, and I often make them for lunch or a light dinner. I don’t tend to follow any specific authentic recipe , but rather, use whatever ingredients and flavoring I have around while cooking. Continue reading

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pancakes

Roasting sweet potatoes brings out their flavor to the fullest; the process concentrates their flavor, they caramelize at the edges and become a real treat. Continue reading

Spiced Squash, Sweet Potato and Orange Soup

Spaghetti squash is sometimes marketed as a healthier alternative to regular spaghetti, and lately, I’ve decided to give it a try. Continue reading

Broccoli and Cauliflower Mini Bakes

Cauliflower and broccoli pair well together, and I often use them in the same dish, many times in the form of fries patties. In the recipe here, I’ve decided to bake the mixture rather than fry it, and the result was very pleasing. Continue reading

King Oyster Mushrooms with Soy Sauce, Maple Syrup and Sesame Oil

King oyster mushrooms (also known as king trumpet mushrooms, and by other names), are large mushrooms, with plump white leg and brown cap. Unlike most mushrooms, the cap is not separated from the leg, and the leg is actually the tastier part. It has a somewhat meaty texture, often compared to abalone, or scallops, and it keeps its shape and size when cooked. Though the mushrooms are native to the Mediterranean, they are more known in Asian cuisines, especially Japanese. Continue reading

Sephardic Fresh Fava Beans with Onions and Mint

Unlike green/string beans, fava beans are more familiar to most in their dried form. They are also called broad beans for a reason, as they are substantially broader and bigger than green beans. 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