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Category: Lunch

Not your usual potato salad

Not your usual potato salad

Potatoes go well with everything at any time of the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner. This thinking may originate in my Polish upbringing since we, Poles, serve potatoes at any occasion. They’re cheap and nutritious. Recently, they have been honoured with a ‘super-food’ tag.  Spud is […]

Unloved zucchini flower pasta

Unloved zucchini flower pasta

Zucchini Flowers are the-all-time-favourite! Yottam Ottolenghi makes this amazing Corsican Tarte with the florets and ricotta. Michael stuffs them with mashed potato mixed with prosciutto, Parmigiano and fresh herbs. In Amman, the zucchini flowers remain a novelty and a niche product. When zucchinis arrive in […]

Oven-baked artichokes with a crunchy almond topping

Oven-baked artichokes with a crunchy almond topping

  As a Polish, I’m no authority when it comes to artichokes. If you had given them to me some years ago, I wouldn’t even know where to start, thinking that they belong in a vase rather than on a plate. That’s why discovering the […]

Botwinka: Polish beetroot-leaf-soup

Botwinka: Polish beetroot-leaf-soup

Last Saturday, Mike and I visited Nour al-Barakeh organic products bazaar to get some fresh veggies for the week ahead. It was my introduction to this weekend pop-up market which hosts organic farmers, food and natural cosmetics producers, local artisans and also some local chefs. […]

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 […]