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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 […]

5 services in Amman to do your shopping without moving your arse

5 services in Amman to do your shopping without moving your arse

Selecting products that you like in the shop is often very rewarding. You get to pick the juiciest tomato or the ripest banana, and you are a part of the local community. However, we all have these days when life gets super busy, and shopping […]

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 […]