It was hot in Italy. Fresh salads taste even better in this kind of weather. Start with the dressing. Mix 150 grams of Greek yoghurt with 2 table spoons of lemon juice, 1 spicy little pepper, 2 pickled anchovies, ½ teaspoon of mustard of Dijon, pepper and salt. Add 2 table spoons of chopped mint … More Fennel, cucumber and apple salad with white fish
-Eggplant can be served in many variations. Repeat the procedure of 21/7. The marinade today is olive oil, 1 table spoon of sumak, 1 table spoon of dried basil, pepper and salt. Spread the marinade on the predrained eggplant slices (3 small eggplant for 3 persons as appetizer). Bake in the oven as explained on … More Kisir and eggplant in another variation
Buy good quality chicken, with skin. Chop a handful of fresh parsley and a few mint leaves. Mix with lemon zeste. Put the herbal mixture just in between the skin and the meat of the chicken, but fold the skin back on the meat. Add pepper and salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake … More Crispy chicken and beet root couscous
Antipasti in Italy, tapas in Spain, mezze in Greece, North Africa and the Middle East are all appetizers which you can easily eat as main dish. You just have to prepare a few small portions to create a little buffet. I love to have a lot of different things on my plate with different colors, … More Mezze for 2
The thin tortilla-like pancakes which you find in the cool department of the supermarket are the best of both worlds. Reheat them in a non-sticky pan very shortly before serving (last step of this recipe). Slice 2 eggplants in slices of 1 cm. Add salt and leave in a colander for 30 mins. Rinse and … More Not a pizza, not a wrap, something in between
My brother Ivan, who lives nextdoor, is one of their regular costumers. He offered me a room in their lovely house during my visit and, on the last evening of my recent short visit to Belgium, he spoiled me with some delicious Italian food in this lovely restaurant Bazalia. Tartare di tonno with grated bottarga, … More Bazel, a small beautiful village in Belgium is so lucky to have a superb Italian restaurant, Bazalia!
*Fruit as sweet end of a meal : Chop 2 fresh melons. Add a few leaves of chopped mint and 1 teaspoon of rose water. Put in the fridge until serving time. *moroccan cuisine is known for real sweet pastry. I always try to find the best of two worlds, sweet but not too much … More cookies and fresh melon salad to finish a Moroccan meal