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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 […]

Basque Burnt Cheesecake

Basque Burnt Cheesecake

Origins Burnt Basque Cheesecake is said to have originated in a restaurant called La Viña in San Sebastian in the early 90s. However, it was brought to my attention due to a craze for the cake that swept through Japan in 2019. So much so, […]

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) […]

Mango Chutney

Mango Chutney

In the times of national emergency, our friends in Thailand make sure that they take good care of us. Last week, we received this great home-made chutney based on a recipe from an old Indian cookbook by Isabel Moore. Goes great with a cracker or […]

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 […]

Lorenza’s stuffed calamari

Lorenza’s stuffed calamari

Lorenza’s stuffed calamariCooking time: 90 minutes(serves 2 as main dish) Ingredients 400g small to medium-size calamari (alternatively, cuttle fish or squid), whole – keep the tentacles for the filling; For the filling 2 bunches of parsley, washed, air-dried and finely chopped (remove stems) 1 egg […]

Red Onion Marmalade

Red Onion Marmalade

Ingredients 1 kilo red onions, sliced thinly 2 cloves of garlic 100 grams brown sugar 200 ml red wine 150 ml red wine vinegar or Apple cider vinegar 50 ml Balsamic Vinegar Pinch of salt Sprig of rosemary Slice onions as thinly as possible and […]

Quick puttanesca-inspired pasta with tofu

Quick puttanesca-inspired pasta with tofu

This sauce is super tasty and super quick, it’s done in the time it takes to cook your pasta so from start to finish it’s a 15 minute meal. Adding tofu is anything but traditional but it’s a great option for pasta lovers who like […]

Finger-licking Lemon Curd

Finger-licking Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd is a real home comfort food for me. At home my mother would usually only make it at Christmas, so it also evokes Christmassy very feelings. Well this is my mother’s original recipe and as I write this, one month after being home […]