Every Christmas I cook at least one dish with chestnuts. This year I went wild. I purchased two lovely pieces of boneless wild boar from Foodsaver Stores and made a gorgeous, delicious sauce with chestnuts and balsamic vinegar. Vinegar tenderizes the meat so marinating is essential. Serve this rich dish with buttery mashed potatoes. Continue reading
I cannot tell you enough about this magical fruit. You have to taste kumquats to feel the amazing taste and flavour as it bursts into your mouth. Eaten raw are delicious but you can also make cakes, candy, or add them to braising liquids just as I did in this recipe. Continue reading
Yes, these are the so-called Chinese BBQ ribs only they have nothing to do with a grill. They are entirely cooked in a conventional oven. And they are not red.
It happened one hot hot hot summer day. I had these wonderful, meaty baby-back ribs in the fridge but couldn’t find the strength to go outside (it was 39 C) and fire up my grill. Continue reading
As 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
The quickest and easiest way to satisfy hungry children and working adults. For this classic meatloaf I used a combination of beef and pork mince since where I come from, beef mince alone is just not juicy enough. We make meatballs (keftedes) using equal amounts of pork and beef so a meatloaf would be no exception. Continue reading
This is such a fantastic dish. I usually cook it for crowds, as part of a festive, buffet dinner and always get raving reviews. Braising the pork in orange juice and balsamic vinegar, results in a very tender and flavourful dish. Continue reading
I can’t imagine a bbq without spare ribs. Maybe I watched too many Clint Eastwood movies as a child, but I always wanted to make a whiskey (or burbon) based bbq sauce. I used it in combination with orange marmelade and it works so well. I always cook the ribs a couple of hours in the oven, covered, and then I throw them on the grill, basting with the sauce. They always come out melt-in-the-mouth, drop-off-the-bone delicious. Continue reading