Category Appetizers

Crab Cakes, Southern India Style

It has been two months since we woke up at sunrise to experience the fishermen bringing in their catch of the day on the Cochin shoreline of Southern India.  The majestic Chinese fishing nets already at rest for the day while the lots were auctioned off to the highest bidder. Local folk who own food […]

The Best Hummus

Well, it’s the best hummus according to me.  After travelling to Israel a couple months ago, I couldn’t believe how much I loved the hummus served there.  One of the distinct flavours is the amount of tahini added.  It’s the creamiest hummus that I have ever had and I wanted to make it like that […]

Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Tart

I love watching Ina Garten, a.k.a. the Barefoot Contessa, live on Foodnetwork TV.  She makes everything look so easy to do at home.  I have made lots of her recipes from lots of her books, and I must admit that every one has come out successfully. The appetizer that I am making today is based […]

Easy Za’atar Bread at Home

Za’atar bread: a savoury flatbread slathered with a za’atar/oil/salt topping.  It’s a delicious take out from my local middle eastern bakery (and they even warm it up for you to go) and I buy some every time I go shopping there.  Yummy substitute for plain old pita to serve with hummus or other dip. However, […]

Dairy-free Nacho Cheese-y Sauce

I like having alternatives.  In this case, a dairy-free nacho cheese-y sauce.  Whether it is for a person with a lactose intolerance, a cholesterol issue or another dietary or kosher restriction, it’s good to have something for those reasons. This recipe intrigued me because there is a cup of grated carrots in the mix…a healthy […]

Flavourful Frittata with Chickpeas and Spinach

Happy New Year 2017!  My first dish of the new year that I want to share with you is a versatile frittata from the website of Food52 —  Chickpea, Spinach, and Chorizo Frittata.   This frittata can be served, cut into squares as an appetizer or tapas, or cut into wedges and served with a salad […]

Dolmas Lasagna

Mezze, tapas, finger food.  All words describing small plates of food on a table for sharing.  What happened to the word ‘smorgasbord’ meaning a meal with many different foods placed out to share? Or am I showing my age? Nowadays, Mezze is a selection of small dishes served in Greece, Turkey and middle eastern countries. […]