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Category: Dinner

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 […]

‘Save the world’ green radish leaves pesto

‘Save the world’ green radish leaves pesto

Let’s say that you bought heaps of radish at your farmer’s market and after using the root, you are left with a whole bunch of green leaves. What would you usually do? Throw them in the bin? Yes, I used to do this as well. […]

15-minute egg-noodles with white radish and flaxseed

15-minute egg-noodles with white radish and flaxseed

Hello Folks, Our followers and friends often think that we spent hours in the kitchen preparing sophisticated dishes decorated with swans carved out of various vegetables. It happens…sometimes. Most of the time…not really. Having a full-time job, social life and some past-time activities don’t leave […]

Kale-Sweet Potato Soup

Kale-Sweet Potato Soup

  Guess what. Yesterday, I got kale and chocolate tomatoes for free from We Farm, our local organic veggie shop. (!!!) – Why would you give it for free – I asked the sales lady in astonishment. – Because people in Jordan don’t know these […]

Carbonara, the bastard of globalisation

Carbonara, the bastard of globalisation

  Carbonara outside of Italy is the bastard of globalisation. Internationally, chefs tend to add heavy cream, mushroom and butter to thicken the sauce. The creaminess of an original recipe comes from a raw egg cooked immediately after it’s mixed with the hot pasta. An […]

Pizza Dough by Giuseppe de Rosa

Pizza Dough by Giuseppe de Rosa

My first encounter with pizza was in post-communist Poland. In the nineties, a country that no longer suffered from the economic austerity tried to find its way through new flavors and an abundance of ingredients that suddenly appeared in the market. As a teenager, I […]

Superstitious Pasta with Shrimp

Superstitious Pasta with Shrimp

This July, I visited Lorenza in Rome. Early one morning, we set off to the oldest fishmonger in Ostiense: a neighborhood known for its street art and old industrial buildings. We were on a mission to stock up for that evening’s seafood dinner. It was a hot summer day filled with urban noise and a humid breeze from the Thyrrhenian Sea. The fish monger shop was straight out of a story book. It clearly hadn’t aged well and there were no windows inside.

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 […]

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 […]

Beef/Fish Curry Masala

Beef/Fish Curry Masala

One of the hidden treasures of Zanzibar is a spice blending workshop. Murtala, the workshop master lives outside the town in a small house overlooking the Indian Ocean. I attended one of his classes while in Stone Town. After 2 hours and having spent 30 […]