European (Western and Eastern) Cuisine · Mediterreanean Cuisine · Seafood · Soups & Salads

Bacalao en salsa verde (Spanish cod with peas and parsley)

Is it possible to have too much food? Spain is the first country where I actually did not want to eat anymore. Every night we spent eating amazing beef, octopus, artichoke, paella, fideua, and sausage dishes. But here is the catch: where Americans have the appetizer, main entree, and dessert for a “complete” meal, the… Continue reading Bacalao en salsa verde (Spanish cod with peas and parsley)

Cookies · Desserts · European (Western and Eastern) Cuisine · Mediterreanean Cuisine

Pignoli (Italian pine nut meringue cookies)

Sometimes you want more than a chocolate chip cookie. Pine nuts in desserts are a rare if not unheard of ingredient in the US. They are normally reserved for pesto or maybe a topping on a salad so you can imagine my giddiness when I saw them in cookies, tarts, and sweet breads in Europe.… Continue reading Pignoli (Italian pine nut meringue cookies)

Mediterreanean Cuisine · Pastas & Rice & Grains · Vegetarian

Beet Tabbouleh with Lemon, Mint & Feta

The Barney salad The purples and greens of this beet tabbouleh remind me of Barney the friendly¬† neighborhood dinosaur. All eye-rolling thoughts aside of Barney and his infamous song,¬† I suspect Barney would have had a hard time convincing kids to eat this dish. Now as a more mature being (so I like to tell… Continue reading Beet Tabbouleh with Lemon, Mint & Feta

Appetizers & Side Dishes · Mediterreanean Cuisine

Greek Turnovers with Greens, Dill, Mint, and Feta (Saiti)

…yes, I’m vegetarian and full of flavor. These Greek turnovers are filled with a variety of dark greens, herbs, and feta. It is reminiscent of spanakopita but has a richer taste due to the herbs and different greens. The flaky crust is pretty amazing too but who can say no to that? Making these turnovers… Continue reading Greek Turnovers with Greens, Dill, Mint, and Feta (Saiti)

European (Western and Eastern) Cuisine · Mediterreanean Cuisine · Seafood

Shrimp Saganaki

The combination of shrimp and feta seemed a bit odd when I came across this recipe but the necessity to use ingredients in my pantry over-ruled any second thoughts. I’m starting to sound a bit practical, it’s scaring me. I must buy another cocktail dress to compensate. A recipe that takes less than 20 minutes… Continue reading Shrimp Saganaki