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

Easy Lemon Pie with Coconut “Cloud” Cream

lemon pieWhoever thought of biscuit crusts is a genius. I mean, it’s fun and challenging to make a tart base from scratch but when you don’t have the time, a biscuit crust will always make you look good. No kneading, no blind baking, just crush the biscuits and you are almost done. As simple as it may be, a cookie crust doesn’t have to be boring. Adding ingredients like cocoa or nuts elevates a simple dessert to a spectacular one. Continue reading

Herb and Almond Crusted Swordfish Steaks

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When I was little, the only way I knew how to eat swordfish was grilled on skewers, like a fishy “souvlaki”. This meaty fish can dry out so easily, you need to cook it just until it’s done, otherwise you just ruined dinner. I guess that’s the reason cooks put onions, peppers or tomatoes on the skewers to give it extra moisture. I resisted the temptation of cooking swordfish for a long time, just because I couldn’t be bothered with all the focus on the cooking time. But I do like swordfish and if cooked right, it can really become a delicious, healthy, nutritious meal. Continue reading

Roasted Lemon Chicken with Tahini Sauce

chicken tahini.jpgThere is nothing better than Cyprus lemons. Ok, I’m a Cypriot and maybe not too objective, but if you ever smelled a Cyprus lemon I’m sure you would think the same. Incredibly juicy, unbelievably fragrant (not to mention unwaxed!), everything a lemon should be. My grandmother used to make a fantastic dish called “kotopoulo lemonato”, which is chicken pieces on the bone, braised in lemon juice, broth and lots of garlic. Continue reading

Spicy Oyster Mushrooms with Lemon and Garlic

 

oyster1I bought all these mushrooms once to make a pasta sauce but never got round to it, as –and this is typical- I already cooked far more food than my guests could consume. So I got stuck with portobellos, cap and 500 grams of oyster mushrooms. The portobellos turned into a tasty mushroom stroganoff and the caps into a creamy mushroom soup. And that left the oysters. So I decided on something really quick, flavourful and spicy. I cooked them in my griddle pan with a little bit of oil then added tons of flavor with garlic, lemon and soy sauce. I finished them with a generous sprinkling of chili flakes (don’t even think of leaving them out) and yum! Seriously good eats! Continue reading