Tag: Side dish

Tuna tajen
Fish

Tuna tajen

Tajen, not to be confused with tajine or tagine, is a spicy side dish with fish and tahin, sesame sauce. It is used as a dip, a mezze dish or even a sauce. You can spice it up as much as you want and you can enjoy it warm or […]

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 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. […]

Avocado kebbeh
Fruit, Vegetables

Avocado kebbeh

Kebbeh or kibbeh is one of the most traditional dishes in Lebanon. It consists of a type of meat, pumpkin or potato mix with spices, onion and soaked bulgur. It’s a very versatile dish and you can find it in all different sorts: raw with lamb of beef, filled and oven […]

Saffron rice
Fruit, Vegetables

Saffron rice

If you want to summarize the wonderful Iran with one flavour, the final battle will be between saffron and pomegranate. I think it will be a photofinish but saffron will win! It gets the edge because you can smell it while strolling through the colourful bazaars, walking past a teahouse or […]

Vegetables

Hummus

I think I could eat hummus everyday. You can buy it everywhere these days and the best hummus was, is and ever will be: the one you make yourself. And why shouldn’t you? It’s as easy as boiling an egg. The great thing about it is that you can serve […]