Homemade pita bread

Homemade pita bread is both fun and easy. This recipe will fill your home with the smell of homemade bread. Be warned once you try this your family will never accept store bought again. Makes 6 large … [more]

Super moist cornbread

This is a simple, basic cornbread recipe. It is cooked traditionally in a well-seasoned cast iron pan to produce a nice caramelized crust and a super moist cake like inside. This is a richer and more … [more]

Twice-baked potatoes

Here is the recipe I use for twice-baked potatoes. This makes for a nice option to mashed potatoes. My family eats them up. Easy to make if you have the time. [more]

24 hour bread

Once upon a time someone told me that if I gave up bread I would lose weight. Why I listened to that dolt, I have no idea. Here is the recipe that brought me back to my senses. All you need is a … [more]

Arabic Eggplant Salad

This is a very favorite side dish of mine, that, with a few changes will change it’s origin to some other nations (that will follow) [more]

Potato salad

At the farmers’ market this week I stumbled across some great new potatoes, the kind with the red skin. If I knew what they were called I would tell you! Anyway, my trip to the market coincided … [more]

Red chard with pickled stems

I probably have this all wrong, but I don’t care. This was one of my culinary triumphs. The challenge with chard comes from the fact that the leaves are wonderfully tender and cook in a minute … [more]

No-Knead Rustic Bread Recipe

This recipe is derived from Jim Lahey’s My Bread cookbook which I highly recommend to anyone who wants to make delicious and simple breads. The primary requirement for making this rustic round … [more]

Eastern European style potato latkes

I remember my aunt being an excellent cook and Potato latkas were one of her specialities. Here is her recipe. The trick is to makes sure to properly drain the liquid from the potatoes and to fry on … [more]

Perkedel Kentang (Potato Perkedel)

Not a very healthy recipe, but, an alternative way to enjoy potatoes. In Indonesia, our potatoes are not as big nor as dry as it is in America. So it is quite difficult to create a french fries from … [more]

Yorkshire Pudding

Sunday afternoon breaks into evening and I am sitting down to a roast, mum’s roast potatoes , a mandatory double serving of veg and a jug of gravy poured over my crisp, chewy (intentional … [more]

Champagne risotto

Here is a really nice variation on John’s Saffron risotto . The champagne brings a delicate sweetness to the rice. Better yet you can sip the leftover champagne while you are stirring that … [more]

Saffron risotto

This is a good simple risotto recipe. It goes particulaly well with Ossobuco alla Milanese . Serves about 4 [more]

Mashed Potato Casserole

I was introduced to mashed potato casserole at a Thanksgiving dinner at some friends house over a decade ago. Since then, I’ve prepared it as a side dish for all kinds of things, and even as a … [more]

Southwestern Red Rice

A great side to accompany great meals from the grill. [more]

Herby yoghurt

I had a lovely piece of lamb for dinner with couscous. I found a tub of Greek Yoghurt in the fridge (which was at the end of its use-by life) and I also had on hand a bucketful of herbs I had just … [more]

Vanilla-Poppy and Sour Cream Muffins

These dense, rich almost pound cake-like muffins are great to serve guest for the morning wake up or for afternoon break with tea or cofffee. [more]

Scalloped Oysters

This is one of my favorite dishes for Thanksgiving but, I will make it anytime oysters are available. This recipe makes about 6 servings. [more]

Soy dipping sauce

This is a great accompaniment for chicken meatballs , dumplings or any kind of dim sum. You can spice it up with a spot of chili sauce and add green onions for more flavor. It keeps well in the … [more]

Peppers & Onions

Onions and peppers are a simple side dish that is a prefect accompaniment for everything from fajitas to fish. [more]

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