This was one of those “hmm what do I have in the fridge today?” kind of recipes. I had some veal stew meat that I wanted to make but felt like trying something else besides my usual curry-based stew. Continue reading Veal Stew with Chorizo, Fingerling Potatoes and Peas
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.
Once it occurred to me last year that I had a big birthday coming up, I immediately had the idea of inviting a bunch of friends on a trip where we would doubly celebrate: for once I would take advantage of the fact that my birthday was so close to new year’s eve. But the big conundrum: where oh where to go? It had to be not too far from Europe but would ideally provide a welcome sunny break from the winter. And if this place also boasted friendly locals, beautiful regional crafts and (not a surprising criterion for me) amazing food, well all the better! Continue reading Minty Moroccan Chicken Soup with Rice
This simple and delicious recipe lets the carrots show off their sweet side when cooked. Some recipes call for either roasting or poaching them first but the lazy side of me always questions this kind of extra step. The idea of turning on the oven for a side dish takes it out of the simple category for me. So I’m happy to report that simmering the carrots lets them release their juices quite readily and they turn out just perfect, no extra steps required. Continue reading Carrots with Cumin
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.
I was so excited about my little guy starting solids and thought I knew exactly how I wanted to do it: the traditional real foods way. Then a friend gave me a copy of Baby-Led Weaning, the influential book by Gill Rapley, and said that it had worked great for their daughter and that I must absolutely read it. So I did, and became very confused. Let me explain. Continue reading Thoughts on baby-led weaning
This is another one of those basic recipes that lends itself well to being tinkered with. I have changed the meat from beef to veal or pork, or the veggies depending on the season (butternut squash in the colder months, eggplant in the summer for example) and the results are practically foolproof since long-simmering stews are very forgiving: if the meat isn’t tender enough, just continue cooking some more. This makes this type of recipe ideal for the slow cooker as well!