My Favourite Savoury Summer Preserves

I don’t eat jams and other sweet preserves, so my even though for most people preserving means mainly making jams, my pantry has become almost 100% savoury with most of the jars filled with chilli pepper-based jellies, sauces, pickles and other more or less fiery products. Preserving season has practically started here (I’ve just made…Continue Reading “My Favourite Savoury Summer Preserves”

Chicken with Gochujang Sauce, Korean Rice Cakes (Tteok) and Celery

This wonderful one-pot meal is a perfect example of how my Asian food experiments evolve throughout months or years: first, they typically become spicier, more garlicky (if it suits them); then they get adjusted to my lazy nature, becoming easier and eliminating side-dishes, requiring even less dish washing… This one started with the Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken, to which I added gochujang and lots of garlic, then…Continue Reading “Chicken with Gochujang Sauce, Korean Rice Cakes (Tteok) and Celery”

Foie Gras (Fat Liver) with Sake and Chilli

No matter if we have guests or not, fat liver (foie gras) terrine is the only item I cannot imagine my Christmas without. Undisciplined and messy cook that I am, I never manage it to look as good as I’d like,  the shape is never neat and, in general, it’s far from being perfect. I’m sure professional chefs would consider it unacceptable, but I love my homemade terrine…Continue Reading “Foie Gras (Fat Liver) with Sake and Chilli”

Chilli Lovers’ Preserving Reminder

In many countries imported fresh chilli is available all year round, but the most delicious aromatic local ripe chilli – the best for preserves – is sold only for a limited time. In my part of Europe the beginning of August is the best moment to start thinking about preserving this fresh aromatic chilli, find the most…Continue Reading “Chilli Lovers’ Preserving Reminder”

Super Light Spring Rolls with Cucumber, Shiso and Chicken

A plate of raw spring rolls is one of the most cooling, heatwave-adapted meal I can think of, so I make tons of them every summer. My dexterity doesn’t improve in what comes to the aesthetics, but I’m getting quicker every year and spring rolls have stopped being a special time-consuming and tiring dish. Since…Continue Reading “Super Light Spring Rolls with Cucumber, Shiso and Chicken”

Baby Spinach Salad with Sesame Seeds

Recently I have been leafing through my old recipe notebook I had used for long years before the existence of this blog. I was surprised – and even shocked – to see so many fantastic but forgotten recipes. This simple salad of Asian inspiration is one of the many dishes I regret not having made for such a long…Continue Reading “Baby Spinach Salad with Sesame Seeds”

Eringi Mushrooms, Buckwheat Groats and Teriyaki Sauce

Some dishes suffer from even the tiniest modification, but sometimes what seems a daring crazy fusion idea proves one of the most natural harmony of flavours and textures. Such was the case with buckwheat groats with eringi mushrooms, both seasoned with teriyaki glaze. Buckwheat grains/groats (sometimes labelled “kasha”) are dried, slightly triangular seeds of a plant (Fagopyrum genus)…Continue Reading “Eringi Mushrooms, Buckwheat Groats and Teriyaki Sauce”

Light Almond Cream with Plums

If your only idea of a perfect sweet treat is a thick slice of a rich, frosted cake, then you might not appreciate this post. If, however, like me, you avoid (or at least you try…) doubling the meal’s calorie intake in its last course or/and if you are thrilled at the idea of guiltless, but luscious refreshing desserts, this almond cream is…Continue Reading “Light Almond Cream with Plums”

Cucumber Stir Fried with Chicken and Cashew Nuts

I don’t know if you have the habit of eating cooked warm cucumber, but for me, even after a year, it’s still an astonishing discovery. Since I learnt this new way to serve it, thanks to Fuchsia Dunlop’s Cucumber Fried with Perilla (from her Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook), I haven’t stopped experimenting, especially with stir-fries. Fried cucumber…Continue Reading “Cucumber Stir Fried with Chicken and Cashew Nuts”