Nicoise Salad

Yesterday my wife mentioned having a Nicoise salad for dinner tonight. This salad originates from Nice, France. It is traditionally made with hard boiled eggs, Nicoise black olives, tomatoes, and anchovies. There are multiple other additions to the salad by different chefs over the 20th century. It is a beautiful salad for a party. Enjoy!…

Olive Oil Cake

I really enjoy a crusty, moist cake for dessert with my tea. However, most cakes are made with butter for moisture. This olive oil cake allows a rich and decadent treat with a hint of citrus and almond. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup sugar…

Eggplant and Tomato Curry

I love eggplant in any form but especially with tomatoes with spices. This is a simple recipe for a weeknight vegetarian dish. Enjoy! Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 onion, diced thin 1 eggplant, diced 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon coriander 14 ounces canned peeled tomatoes, with juice 1/2 teaspoon garam masala 1 teaspoon salt…

Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Cardamon Rice

Another amazing recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi. Enjoy! Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of black currant preserves 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium onions, finely sliced 2-3 skinless/boneless chicken thighs or chicken breast 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom pods 1/3 teaspoon freshly ground whole cloves 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder 1 1/4 cup basmati rice 550ml boiling water 1…

Roasted Eggplant with Yogurt Sauce

Our dear friend Nicky gave me a copy of Yoram Ottolenghi’s Plenty, a cookbook of exquisite vegetarian recipes. We were also fortunate to have a meal at his restaurant Nopi in London (thanks to Preeti) and enjoyed this flavorful roasted eggplant dish. Enjoy! Ingredients: 2 large and long eggplants 1/4-cup olive oil Fresh rosemary Fresh ground…

Almond Crust Pizza with Eggplant and Caramelized Onions

The earliest versions of pizza were actually from ancient Greece, where flat bread was topped with vegetables, potatoes, spices and olive oil. Later in the 18th century Italy, flat bread was sold to the poor in Naples and called pizza. The chef of Queen Margherita took this peasant bread, which she enjoyed, and added fresh…

Cauliflower Risotto

The Arabic people in the Middle Ages introduced rice to Italy and Spain. It reached culinary maturity in Milan, which was under Spanish rule for almost two centuries. These factors led to Risotto alla Milanese, slow-cooked short rice with spices especially saffron. Traditionally the dish is built on rice and a creamy sauce (made up…