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”

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”

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”

Indian Tomato Salad

I was going to write about a completely different dish, but this salad turned out so fantastic, I had to tell you about it while ripe delicious tomatoes are still sold at markets because, as simple as it may seem, this is one of these rare dishes where average-tasting tomatoes just won’t do. The few other ingredients are there just to…Continue Reading “Indian Tomato Salad”

Anchovy Vinaigrette, or Anchovy Salad Dressing

A big part of my summer meals consist of bowlfuls of salad leaves, topped with tomato, sometimes other raw vegetables, and proteins, such as cheese, egg, ham, bacon, canned tuna…. I often change both the toppings and the vinaigrettes, but none of the dressings I have tasted produces the effect comparable to this anchovy vinaigrette: it has this irresistible je-ne-sais-quoi characteristic of umami-packed food. Canned or…Continue Reading “Anchovy Vinaigrette, or Anchovy Salad Dressing”

Japanese Shredded Cabbage Salad

While in Japan we usually follow the same eating pattern: restaurant for lunch and izakaya for dinner. Izakaya could be described as the equivalent of a pub, but no one goes there only to drink and the food is as good as in “real” restaurants (or even better, but at a lower price!). Izakayas serve small food portions and this makes them perfect places to end the day…Continue Reading “Japanese Shredded Cabbage Salad”

Winter Salad with Salt-Brined Cucumber, Leek and Apple

Somehow, even though lettuce is available throughout the year, I rarely have it in winter (while I can have prepare a green salad sometimes every other day in the summer!). At this time of the year I often need more crunch, more texture in cold side-dishes and this one is a good example. This salad is based on one of the many versions of the Polish salt-brined…Continue Reading “Winter Salad with Salt-Brined Cucumber, Leek and Apple”

Grilled, Soy Sauce-Marinated Vegetables (野菜の焼き漬け)

If you have planned time-consuming festive meals, this quick, made in advance side-dish might be what you look for, especially since, in spite of its exotic appearance, it goes perfectly with Western warm main courses and also cold meats. If found this simple recipe while leafing through my big Japanese pickling book and since these pickled vegetables (Yasai no yaki zuke) instantly…Continue Reading “Grilled, Soy Sauce-Marinated Vegetables (野菜の焼き漬け)”