Crepes

Always in demand in my household and really easy to make savory or sweet (eliminate sugar and vanilla from the savory versions) if you pay attention to a few details. We make these very frequently, mostly for dessert or breakfast. The few rules of note that I think make for great crepes are: Mix only…… Continue reading Crepes

Reverse Seared Pork Loin with pumpkin, greens and cane syrup

I love cooking proteins gently in a perfectly temperature-controlled water container (sous vide). It’s a method that’s very difficult to replicate for certain preparations. It is convenient. It hits that nerdy tech-loving precision oriented part of my brain. However, it requires in most cases the use of plastic bags. It bothers me a bit every…… Continue reading Reverse Seared Pork Loin with pumpkin, greens and cane syrup

Hot Cross buns

They look cool and are pretty simple to make, hot cross buns are in the family of enriched fruit/nut breads that are typically associated with a holiday of some sort. Others in this family include breads like Stollen, Panettone and various other European confections. I love them all. Hot cross buns are an Easter specialty…… Continue reading Hot Cross buns

Miso Cured Fish on the Grill, Japanese Rice and Salad

Impatient? Skip to the Recipe This simple easy process results is an outstanding way to season and flavor fish. I think it best works with fattier fish like salmon, steelhead trout and the like. However, it works great with meaty white fish too. One of the most famous renditions is by chef Nobu Matsuhisa where…… Continue reading Miso Cured Fish on the Grill, Japanese Rice and Salad

Kafta – Ground Meat with Onions and Spices

Kafta is a Lebanese kitchen cornerstone. Like Kibbeh it’s a dish, a recipe and a staple that can be made into various preparations. For minced meat to be Kafta it has to be spiced and flavored with onions and plenty of parsley. I am sure this is not written in stone anywhere and someone else’s…… Continue reading Kafta – Ground Meat with Onions and Spices

Hummus bil Tahini – Creamy Chickpea, Lemon and Sesame Paste Dip

Having grown up eating chickpeas (hummus in Arabic) mashed with garlic, lemon juice and the all-important sesame paste (Tahini or Tahina) on a regular basis it was really interesting seeing how this dip took off in the last 10 years or so. It’s everywhere now, on every other restaurant/pub/diner/health food restaurant’s menu. This is both…… Continue reading Hummus bil Tahini – Creamy Chickpea, Lemon and Sesame Paste Dip

Citrus-Cured Salmon, Parsley-Chive Coulis

Seafood gently poached in fat is a great way to cook. Lobster poached in butter and tuna in olive oil are both such examples. The fat slowly cooks the meat and is kept at a relatively low temperature, about 44 C to 52 C (110 to 125 F) depending how you like it cooked, leaving…… Continue reading Citrus-Cured Salmon, Parsley-Chive Coulis

Mung Beans with Burghul (Burghul M’ash)

Until my mom visited recently and made this dish I had only used mung beans in a couple of simple soups and southeast Asian desserts. I never really thought of the mung beans with their Arabic name, M’ash. The traditional Lebanese way to use it is to cook it with lots of browned onions and cut…… Continue reading Mung Beans with Burghul (Burghul M’ash)