«Nougatina» – Heavenly Almond Layer Cake

nougatina 1.jpgThe cake to celebrate all moms! I don’t really know why it‘s called “Nougatina”. Maybe the Cypriot bakers of the 60’s got inspiration from the French word “nougatine” which is almonds and caramel or “nougat” which is almonds, egg whites and honey. Also, I don’t really know if this layer cake exists in any country other than Cyprus! What I do know is that these divine layers of deliciousness deserve a very high place in my hall of fame. Continue reading

Lemony Roasted Chicken with Dijon Mustard and Black Pepper

chick lemon.jpgIt was one of those days, that chicken was on the menu. Roasted chicken with potatoes is a weekly staple in my house. Kids like it, grown ups like it, dog likes it. This time I had to try something new. My kids are my worst nightmare when it comes to food, so I had to make something not too strange or new to their taste buds. So I squeezed lemons, I chopped onions, I mashed garlic, I poured in the wine, emptied the mustard jar and went overboard with the pepper mill. I also drank some of the wine. Continue reading

Roasted Pork Shoulder with Peas

IMG_6528.jpgAs most Cypriots, I grew up on vegetables in tomato sauce. Green beans, peas, taro root, potatoes, beans turned into rich casseroles with sweet tomato sauce, herbs and and olive oil. Sometimes these vegetables are cooked with pork. The pork slowly braises in the tomato sauce, becoming meltingly soft and delicious. My inspiration for this dish was one of these traditional dishes, “Bizelia me kreas” as my grandmother would say, which is translated to “Peas with Meat”. Continue reading

Raw Beet and Kale Salad

beet salad 2.jpgI’ve always wanted to use raw beets in a salad and this one is becoming one of my favourites. Slice them very thinly (that’s the key really) and the earthy flavor of this colourful root vegetable will shine through. A sharp knife will not help you slice them paper thin, you really need a mandolin for this. If you don’t have one, grate the beets on the large holes of the grater. Continue reading

Colourful Bulgur Wheat with Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas

bulgur sweetpot.jpgThe thing I love about bulgur wheat is that as it cooks, it absorbs flavour, better than any other grain I know. Rice is great too, but bulgur wheat is nutty and tastes great eaten hot, at room temperature, or even straight out of the fridge. My passion for sweet potatoes urged me to cook these two together. The result is a colourful, flavourful vegetarian pilaf packed with goodness and taste. Continue reading