Category: Starters

  • Mediterranean Chick Pea Soup

    Mediterranean Chick Pea Soup

    At this time of year, there are so many (not necessarily unwelcome, mind you) opportunities to eat heavy, cheesy, creamy, calorie-loaded foods that I’m more than happy to take a break from all that and make something hearty and satisfying that still somehow manages to feel light. Ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 large shallot, […]

  • Bean and Tuna Salad with Lemon & Garlic Dressing

    Bean and Tuna Salad with Lemon & Garlic Dressing

    My lunch has to get me going until 7 or 8pm. Therefore, I recently got into the habit of always having some cooked beans in the fridge. They make a perfect base for a salad. Very healthy with good proteins and low fat, easy to cook in advance and keep for a couple of days, […]

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Chicken Tortilla Soup is hearty, velvety, fresh tasting and perfectly spicy for cold weather or hot.This soup is soooo unbelievably easy to make. I mean there are only two steps and when do my recipes have two steps? Madness! If you poached or roast and cube the chicken breast ahead of time it is even […]

  • Salmon Kedgeree

    Salmon Kedgeree

    Kedgeree is an Anglo- Indian dish that was created during the Empire – like Coronation Chicken, Mulligatawny soup, and chutneys. It makes a small quantity of fish go a long way and can be kept warm on a hot plate making it ideal for a hot main course as part of a buffet selection. The […]

  • Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup

    Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup

    This creamy and refreshing chilled soup is low in carbs and it doesn’t require any cooking at all: just whiz the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Fresh cucumber, good-for-you avocado, and green onion combined with buttermilk and fresh mint leaves make a sensuous tribute to the abundant lushness of the good green world. […]

  • Golden Peach,Shrimp and Crab Seviche Soup

    Golden Peach,Shrimp and Crab Seviche Soup

    Isn’t this like the prettiest dish you’ve ever seen?! Look at all the great colors! We made this back in the beginning of August, while it was still  hot here in UK, so it may not be a great choice now ,with the coming Autumn, unless you live in a tropical climate. It’s a cold […]

  • Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup

    Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup

    Lucky for me the weather is finally turning. That means it is time to use up the spring vegetables before they all flower and go to seed. I harvested all of the broccoli because it was threatening to do just that. With so much broccoli florets and stalks on hand I thought that broccoli cheese […]

  • Stuffed tomatoes with goat cheese and olive paste (Olive Tapenade)

    Stuffed tomatoes with goat cheese and olive paste (Olive Tapenade)

      Ingredients: 1 large tomato 30g soft goat cheese parsley-finely chopped 30g Olive paste-Olive Tapenade Olive Tapenade: 20 pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped 1 Tbsp rinsed, drained, and chopped capers 1 tsp fresh lemon juice 2 tsp olive oil 1/2 tsp anchovy paste (optional) Fresh cracked black pepper You can buy ready-made olive paste from […]

  • Grilling corn on the cob

    Grilling corn on the cob

    Grilling corn on a charcoal grill brings out its sweetness and is a great complement to any barbecue. While there are many recipes for grilled corn, the technique for grilling it is what is most important. Grilling corn is very simple and can be done using two different methods: in the husk or directly on […]

  • Balsamic Reduction (Glaze)

    Balsamic Reduction (Glaze)

    Balsamic reduction sauce is a gourmet finishing sauce that will make your friends and family think you’ve taken up a cooking class–but it’s just oh-so-easy! Drizzle on salads, bread, deliiicious on fish, this sauce is sweet, tart, and a must have in the kitchen! There are some bottled balsamic glazes out there, but from the […]