Last week we had that rare event in Paris, a heat wave! After months of relatively cool weather, which is much more our speed, we have been hit with roaring heat and for once I’ve been happy to be inside an (air-conditioned) office all day long! Continue reading Merguez Potato Hash with Baked Eggs
After having been away for a few weekends and working full-time in between, I was really excited to finally get some time at home last weekend. Now don’t get me wrong; I of course love traveling but I also find it unsettling not being able to spend any time in the kitchen for weeks at a time. I hate finding myself scrambling day after day for a satisfying weeknight dinner or pondering what to pack for my little guy’s lunch. You can only eat so many buckwheat crêpe meals in a row! Continue reading Potato and Sausage Hash
Coming from a country with such an impressive cuisine as Turkey, you wouldn’t think that my gastronomical curiosity was only awakened when I moved to the US for college. Oh but it’s true. And my most vivid culinary experience from those early fresh-off-the-boat years was definitely Indian food. All those spices and exploding aromas seduced me instantly, although for a long time I was intimidated by trying to re-create those flavors at home.
Ever since tasting a Jerusalem artichoke soup at a Paris restaurant, I knew what this ugly vegetable was capable of. It has a wonderfully nutty, soothing flavor, the perfect antidote to a dark autumn day. Continue reading Jerusalem Artichoke Soup
With the recent nip in the air, a friend has been talking longingly about her grandmother’s watercress soup which got me motivated to dig up this trusty recipe. The peppery watercress becomes mellower when cooked but this doesn’t mean that it is without character.
We had quite a sh#@ty summer in Paris where it rained pretty much non-stop for what seemed like four months. And then we got a break: a beautiful Indian summer that went on for weeks, a real luxury in our neck of the woods!
It was already the first weekend in October when the fall finally arrived and the nip in the air was a welcome excuse to make a heart-warming soup. I had some carrots on hand and had the idea for this recipe. The coconut cream and the coriander marry really well with the mild taste of the carrots.
If you do an informal survey and ask people (especially the health-conscious) what they think the most nutrient-dense foods for humans on the planet is, you’ll probably get something along the lines of kale, blueberries or beets. They are absolutely right that those things are very good for you, and delicious, and an indispensable part of any healthful diet but how to tell them that, um, that ain’t half the story? Continue reading Chicken Livers with Onions
Kidney gets a bad rap. It is actually quite mild in taste and when cooked properly, can be a real delicacy. This mustard sauce really lets them shine. Continue reading Kidneys in Mustard Sauce