Celeriac with Caesar Sauce

Am I the only one who used to have a false idea of the famous Caesar salad? Until very recently, trusting my restaurant experience, I assumed it was a bowl of some green leaves with obligatory croutons and chicken, dressed with an unexciting creamy sauce. Several weeks ago, thanks to ” The Road to Mexico”…Continue Reading “Celeriac with Caesar Sauce”

Chinese Cabbage Salad with Corn and Pickled Cucumber

When I was a teenager this simple salad was all the rage. I guess its popularity was first of all due to the new vegetable: Chinese/Napa cabbage. Even avowed lettuce haters liked its crunchiness, neutral sweetish taste and every home cook appreciated its long fridge life, its all-year availability, not to mention its low price….Continue Reading “Chinese Cabbage Salad with Corn and Pickled Cucumber”

Steamed Aubergine with a Korean Sesame and Chilli Sauce

I have good news for all those who avoid aubergines due to their scary fat absorbing capacity: they are absolutely delicious steamed! Though any aubergine can be used, I find mini and so-called “Asian” varieties particularly fit for this method, so I am always thrilled to see them finally in my grocery shop or on…Continue Reading “Steamed Aubergine with a Korean Sesame and Chilli Sauce”

Armenian Cucumber Kimchi

This is the most recent kimchi recipe in my collection, and, most of all, a short report on my recent vegetable – or rather a fruit – discovery. A week ago I saw Armenian cucumbers for the first time in my life. I had never tasted them before, the shop assistant either, but they were locally grown and organic, so I was…Continue Reading “Armenian Cucumber Kimchi”

Fresh Goat Cheese and Wild Garlic Spread/Dip

Wild garlic season is short, so I make sure I buy it every week while it lasts. Last Saturday, the nice lady who keeps my favourite goat cheese stall (at my French farmers’ market there are now three stalls selling exclusively goat cheese!) suggested I combine fresh goat cheese and wild garlic. As soon as I came home…Continue Reading “Fresh Goat Cheese and Wild Garlic Spread/Dip”

Fresh Goat Cheese Spread/Dip with Chives

I’ve always loved fresh goat cheese, but it has really become my daily fare since I met a lovely young woman selling her organic goat cheese at my French farmers market. The taste has nothing to do with any shop-bought version (organic or not), the cheese freshest possible (produced the same morning) and the price is so low, I let…Continue Reading “Fresh Goat Cheese Spread/Dip with Chives”

Raita (Yogurt Sauce/Dip) with Pomegranate Seeds and Mint

I thought this colourful raita might be like a ray of sunshine after a week of horribly cold rainy weather. The funny thing is that as soon as I prepared it, the sun really went out and suddenly the day felt like an extension of summer… so my roast chicken dinner felt particularly joyful. In spite of its summery appearance,…Continue Reading “Raita (Yogurt Sauce/Dip) with Pomegranate Seeds and Mint”

Tomato, Cucumber and Pomegranate Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

It’s got colder in recent days and lower temperatures reminded me of the upcoming end of tomato season. I’m preserving it for the winter (preparing especially my beloved Indian chutney) and I eat raw ripe sweet tomatoes every single day, sometimes even twice, trying to enjoy them as long as they last. Last week this side dish was added to…Continue Reading “Tomato, Cucumber and Pomegranate Salad with Pomegranate Molasses”