Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tomato Sauces: Spicy Ketchup, Fruity Marinara and Passata di Pomodoro


If Eve had used a tomato instead of an apple, maybe the story of Adam and Eve would have been different. After all tomatoes are often called “love apples” and were thought to have aphrodisiac powers.The French therefore named it quite appropriately, pomme d’amour

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Gooseberry Nectarine Galette

Nectarine Gooseberry Galette (0034)

It feels good to be back home! After over 3000 kilometers through the Normandy from Étretat to Mont Saint Michel then over to the Pays D’Auge and ending in Versailles and Paris, we are quite contended to be back home. After a little over two and half weeks of living in a RV the luxury of space is felt in every room but most of all in my kitchen. It was a sensational vacation: we hiked on steep cliffs, we relaxed under gorgeous cornflower blue skies, we swam in the ocean and we ate our weight in mussels, oysters and seafood.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summertime: Thai inspired Zucchini Mango Salad

Zucchini Mango Salad Thai Style (0127)

It’s officially here! Summer vacation is just around the corner and all three of us are looking forward to two and half weeks of lazy days, without routine, sun soaking, refreshing hikes, stylish city tours, good food and just quality time for each other.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Roasted Chicken with Jasmine Petal Garam Masala, Saffron, Hazelnuts and Honey and a Quinoa Tabouleh

Roasted Chicken Quinoa Salad (0405)

Summer time usually means a lot of spontaneous entertaining and I love having friends over on the spur of the moment. Then often a time it will be something quick, easy and put together with simple ingredients not requiring too much fussing over. A tapas or mezzeh menu, barbecued meats and fish or quick roasted and moist poultry are some of the ideas I tend reach for from my repertoire.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Donna Hay: Ricotta Lemon Slice with Summer Berries

Ricotta Lemon Slice with Berries (0038)

It’s been a while! I’ve been missing around here for the past several weeks – I know but my thoughts have been here. Summer has taken control of me and all my time. While we are enjoying the long warm days and evenings, I’ve been engulfed with several projects and photo jobs that have dominated most of my time. It’s been a very interesting time around here.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Workshop: Helsinki 2014 - The Heat is On!


No two workshops are ever the same. Each one seems to come with its own set of rules, dynamics and chaos. Each one has different challenges and other highlights. When one thing works for one workshop by no means does it mean it will work for the next one. One sells out within days the other takes weeks. I have not yet figured out all the math or the algorithm of how this works and I probably never will. But one thing is for sure planning the workshop keeps me and my partners always on our toes.