Turmeric is one of my favourite spices. I often add fresh pieces to hot water with lemon and ginger, and drink it first thing in the morning. When I cook, I usually use turmeric powder; I love its deep yellow colour and distinct, earthy flavour, at once peppery and mustardy, as well as slightly bitter. [READ MORE]
A few days ago, I was at Brixton Market, for my weekly fish and vegetable shopping. While I was waiting in line to buy kale from my favourite vender (a very aggressive, yet often also surprisingly polite woman in her late 30s), I spotted an array of heaping bowls of brussels sprouts on her stall. [READ MORE]
Even though I’m not at all a fussy eater, I rarely eat meat. It’s not that I don’t like it, but I usually find myself gravitating more towards vegetable or fish when cooking and eating out. The way I eat and cook has been greatly influenced by my parents’ dietary habits: while I was exposed from very early on to various cuisines and ingredients, meat was never on top of the list of foods we’d have, either at home or out. [READ MORE]
Mashed potatoes is one of these dishes, that can easily go from spectacular to ‘what-the-hell-is-this-I’m-eating’. I mean, it’s not terribly exciting, appearance and texture-wise, but at the same time, just because it is so plain in its main ingredients, it allows for lots of improvisation and additions. [READ MORE]
One of the (few) things I enjoy about cold weather is my craving for comfort food. Most specifically, my craving for soup.
I absolutely LOVE making and eating soups! As with most of my cooking, this has also been influenced by my mom: the woman can turn just about anything into a delicious soup and I grew up half in awe of this ability of hers and half resenting the frequency in which we had soup for lunch and/or dinner. Ever since I moved to London however, faced with full-on cold autumns and winters, soups have also become my go-to dish from the moment temperatures begin to drop and this carrot soup was one of the first dishes I was making on repeat during my first year in London. [READ MORE]
Pairing fruit with cheese is often my go-to approach when making savoury dishes (have I mentioned this before? Probably. Talking about cheese is one of favourite pastime activities). I especially like to use pears, as I often find them to be overly sweet on their own. [READ MORE]
I love radishes! Their beautiful colour (blinding reddish pink on the outside, soothing white on the inside), crunchy texture and, my favourite, their spicy taste. Like so, they are the perfect addition to a salad or a cheese plate. [READ MORE]
Yemista (meaning ‘stuffed ones’) is a traditional and very popular Greek vegetable dish (although one can also find variations with minced meat in the filling). For me, it’s the quintessential summer eat. Even though my mom doesn’t cook many traditional dishes, she would cook it as soon as we got to our summer house, ever since I was a kid; with the majority of the ingredients straight from the garden, and thus ‘officially’ marking the beginning of holiday season; it would also be the last dish we ‘d have before heading back to the city.
Alkyoni, my sis, is an amazing cook; she is not a big dessert person (whaaa? it infuriates me just writing about it. Eat some cake!) but (on the brighter side) she loves making delicious salads, hearty breakfasts and simple mouth-drooling asian dishes. [READ MORE]