Southwestern Black Bean Salad

Southwestern Black Bean Salad

When I visited the southwest of the United States, I fell in love with the food. I was delighted to enjoy the Mexican ingredients I loved so much when I was living in Mexico. Today I want to share with you a great classic of American southwestern cooking, a black bean...
Indian Egg and Brown Lentil Curry with Lime Pickle

Indian Egg and Brown Lentil Curry with Lime Pickle

In the family, we all love lentils. As we live in Spain, country of the Mediterranean diet, we get to eat lentils often. The kids get them at least once a week for their lunch at school, and we also like to make lentil dishes, soups, curries, at home. And Indian...
Beet and Cabbage Soup – Ukrainian Bortsch

Beet and Cabbage Soup – Ukrainian Bortsch

Bortsch is a very classical soup in Russia, Ukraine and some other neighboring countries. It is a vegetable soup that contains a high proportion of beets, which impart a wonderful purple color and a sweet flavor to the soup. It is a highly nutritious soup, with plenty...
Japanese-style Shiitake Risotto with Miso

Japanese-style Shiitake Risotto with Miso

This recipe is an old favorite in our home. I took it and slightly adapted it from a book by Donna Hay. It is inspired by the classical Italian risotto, but it definitely has a good Japanese touch, with chili peppers, miso paste, sake, and shiitake mushrooms. It is...
Vietnamese Beef and Rice Noodle Salad – Bo Bun

Vietnamese Beef and Rice Noodle Salad – Bo Bun

Vietnamese cuisine is a festival of colors, flavors and perfumes. It’s in the South of Vietnam, in Sa├»gon, that we ate these Bo Bun salads with fried spring rolls. This salad will usually be eaten lukewarm, which is great on a hot summer day. Not the best fare...
Lebanese Hummus

Lebanese Hummus

This is one of our favorite summer mezze, these great dishes like falafel, tzatziki, and other delicacies… Hummus makes a great lunch dish together with eggplant caviar and a tomato salad. I boil the garlic for a few minutes before adding it to the hummus...
Moroccan Chickpea Salad

Moroccan Chickpea Salad

This salad is very refreshing on a hot summer day. Here in Madrid it is as hot as central Morocco, Arizona or Las Vegas, with temperatures around 100F (40C), and as we don’t have air conditioning, cooking tends to become a real adventure. Most of the time we eat...
Beetroot Hummus

Beetroot Hummus

In summer we like to make hummus and eat it with salads, tomatoes or other raw veggies. But this time I wanted to do something different, and I decided to add some beets and some sesame paste to the chickpeas. It was very tasty, the texture was smooth, the beets...