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Manjar Blanco
Sweet

Manjar Blanco

You’re already probably wondering: manjar what? The answer is simple: manjar blanco is the Peruvian version of dulce de leche. In other words: cooked evaporated milk. It is just too good! So good that you won’t let any little drop slip away ‘unlicked’. Whether it’s on bread, with fruit, nuts […]

Meghli ice cream
Sweet

Meghli ice cream

Meghli is originally a lovely pudding made with spices and rice flour. It is traditionally made in Lebanon to celebrate the birth of a child. For this ice cream, I am using the same spices to recreate the flavour of the traditional Meghli. The combination of cinnamon, anis and caraway […]

Fish shoarma
Fish

Fish shawarma

During one my recent visits to Lebanon I discovered this wonderful shawarma variation at one of the best fish restaurants there, Babel Baher. It was one of those moments when you go: why didn’t I think of that?! So, as you would, I came back home and gave it a […]

Smoky aubergine salad
Vegetables

Smoky aubergine salad

As you might already know, I am a fan of aubergine. Grilled, roasted, baked, fried: I’ll have it all with a big smile. Smoky aubergine is a pure delight and easily achieved by roasting it under a grill or simply in pan (without any oil). The skin then starts to […]

Spicy feta spread
Vegetables

Spicy feta spread

Peruvians love their chilis and they plenty of them in different fragrances, colours and shapes. One of my favourites in Ají Amarillo or yellow chili. It has a lovely flavour and enough spiciness to give a good kick to dishes. Mery, a good peruvian friend of mine, always makes this […]

Fish

Octopus in red wine

At one of the best pizzerias in Rotterdam, La Pizza, I once ordered the Polpo Affugato as a starter: octopus cooked in white wine. It was so amazing, I decided to create my own version with red wine and the secret ingredient: anis seeds. The preparation is as simple as my […]

Fish

Octopus and chorizo skewers

I am a big fan of the Peruvian cuisine. I love their use of spices and herbs, their wonderful combinations and ingredients. It’s probably because in some ways it resembles the Lebanese cuisine, like fresh ingredients and pure flavours; who knows ;-). This recipe uses the same basic preparation of the […]

Fish

Octopus with olive sauce

Of all the seafood out there, the octopus is probably my favourite. It’s quite simple to prepare and it’s so delicious! It is such a disappointment when you order it in a restaurant and you can almost taste its loveliness but then it turns out to be rubbery… The trick […]

Avocado Ceviche
Fruit, Vegetables

Avocado ceviche

The traditional Peruvian ceviche is a wonderful dish and it all has to do with the marinade and sauce, called Leche de Tigre or Tiger’s milk. Three powerful flavours are combined together: coriander, chili pepper and lime juice. Besides fish and seafood, you can make ceviche with fruits and vegetables. […]