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Polish Preserved Peppers

Polish Preserved Peppers

This recipe for preserved peppers has been passed down through three generations of my family – no small feat. By now you should figure out that it must be pretty damn good. My grandma liked it sour, my mother likes it sweet, I want it all: sweet, sour and topped with chilli. Because why not.

Giulia’s Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli

Giulia’s Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli

Every Sunday Giulia would have lunch with her grandma on her mother’s side. On the way to la nonna, her parents would always stop by at a little pastificio located in a piazza in the centre of Giulia’s hometown in Abruzzo province to get fresh […]

Tofu Kimchi Dumplings

Tofu Kimchi Dumplings

Korean dumplings (mandu) come with various fillings, including meat, tofu, kimchi. These ingredients can be combined or used separately. Inspired by a Korean friend who showed us how to make mandu, I put together ingredients used traditionally in Korean dumplings (tofu, kimchi, mung bean sprouts) […]

Red Curry Paste (Prik Gaeng Ped)

Red Curry Paste (Prik Gaeng Ped)

When traveling in Thailand three years ago, I took a class at Chef Leez cooking school. Ever since, I have been pounding my own curry pastes. Made them in Iraq and Jordan, where I lived before, using more local ingredients. I believe in authenticity but […]

Feta, bell pepper and thyme tart

Feta, bell pepper and thyme tart

More-ish feta tart with bell pepper, thyme and black olives. Cooking time: 60 minutes Serves: 6 Ingredientes Round baking tin – 20 cm. diamater Parchment paper Pastry 1 1/2 cup plain flour 1/2 cup cornstarch 1 1/2 tbsp yogurt or cream 250 g cold butter, […]

Not so ‘hipster’ lentil pate

Not so ‘hipster’ lentil pate

  Last time when my father was donating blood, he received a cookbook with traditional recipes from our region in Poland (Swietokrzyskie). The project commissioned by a local newspaper ‘Echo Dnia‘ aimed to document local cuisine by interviewing the countryside cooks. When flicking through the […]

Polish pierogi (dumplings) with blueberries

Polish pierogi (dumplings) with blueberries

Blueberries foraging is a family sport in Poland. As a kid, I used to drive with my parents and grandparents to the nearby forest to pick some blueberries. Tiny shrubs carried heaps of little berries that tinted my fingernails for the days after the ‘harvest’. […]

Chicken story

Chicken story

Having grown up on a farm, the desire to be somewhat self-sufficient is something I have never lost. Living in a city, you’re never going to have enough space to grow all of your food but you can use what space you have creatively. I […]

Sri Lanka: Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chutney

Sri Lanka: Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chutney

A week that we spent in Sri Lanka is probably not enough to learn the story of this island. I will try to spare you mere flashbacks and annoying tourist comments. Anthony Bourdain’a advice is to get real when you travel. Forget about searching for […]

Irish Christmas Pudding and Brandy Butter

Irish Christmas Pudding and Brandy Butter

One of my favourite things about Christmas is the cooking. For a lot of the sweet dishes like Christmas cake and Christmas puddings , preparation starts months in advance – they improve with age and have a long shelf life. They should be made at the […]