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simple, plant-based food with fresh ingredients, vegetables and heaps of grains

Month: July 2017

Pork Ribs in Sticky Vietnamese Sauce

Pork Ribs in Sticky Vietnamese Sauce

In March, while traveling in South-East Asia, Micheal and I took a six-hour bus ride from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) in Vietnam. Having been underwhelmed by Cambodian food, Vietnam’s flavours left us speechless. In Ho Chi Minh, we took  a […]

Homemade limoncello – Where have all the grandmas and grandpas gone?

Homemade limoncello – Where have all the grandmas and grandpas gone?

I started to make Limoncello some years ago and the response from Italians took me a little bit by surprise as it seems that not many people make their own any more. I lived in Italy for four and a half years and in that […]

Polish Potato Dumplings (Knedle)

Polish Potato Dumplings (Knedle)

This July, temperature in Iraq reached 50 degrees Celsius. Leaving the comfort of an air-conditioned room was an adventure in itself. Despite the weather being nothing like that in Poland, the taste of some long-forgotten flavors took me back home for a while. Polish potato dumplings stuffed with […]

Home-made Pasta

Home-made Pasta

It was the middle of July. Rome’s muggy summer air filled my lungs as I walked out of the metro station at Laurentina. Fascist buildings paying tribute to a bygone era were just down the road, among them the Italian Parliament and the famous Mussolini […]

Iranian walnut, pomegranate & chicken stew (Fesenjan)

Iranian walnut, pomegranate & chicken stew (Fesenjan)

More than 50 years ago, Ahmed moved from Tabriz to Shiraz to start his formal education. As per his parents’ advice, he sought shelter at the home of Atef, who was his father’s friend.  Atef worked for the government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi who […]

Roma, communism and offal

Roma, communism and offal

A long time ago I promised myself that one day I’d visit Rome and spend all my money on food. This July, my dream came true. I had always imagined Rome to be a cosmopolitan city marked by the glorious history of the old Roman […]

Summer Courgette Cake

Summer Courgette Cake

When you think about summer cakes, or cakes in general, courgette is probably not an ingredient that springs to mind. The Summer Courgette Cake is one of this surprising combinations of savory ingredients and cocoa that will astonish you with its lightness and subtle sweetness.  The […]