Torn bread, tomato, roast lemon salad with sumac and toasted pine nuts

TOSSED BREAD TOMATO SALAD  | Sumac, lemon and juicy ripe tomatoes is all it takes in this Middle Eastern salad In this salad, the bread takes centerstage. True that there are many variations of tomato salads but very few involve roasting lemon pieces and bread together. Spruce this up with some citrus-tasting sumac and a…

Stir-fried Broccoli with Anchovies

BROCCOLI WITH ANCHOVIES | A easy side dish with an umami punch Broccoli with anchovies…who would have thought these two would pair well together. Well, I’m here to tell you that these two complement each other like a married couple and to elevate the pairing, I would suggest a generous toppling of garlic bread crumbs….

Roast Asparagus with Rosemary and Lemon Zest

THE HOLY TRINITY | Asparagus, lemon and rosemary sprigs.  Asparagus and lemon are like husband and wife, they simply belong together. Enhance it with rosemary sprigs and there you have it: perfect matrimonial bliss. This roast asparagus lemon pepper dish is simply one of my favourite side dishes. So easy to prepare and easy to…

Grilled Asparagus with Torn Bocconcini and Persimmon

CHARRED ASPARAGUS | A rich juxtaposition of vibrant colours to brighten up your dinner parties What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of asparagus? Well, for me, it is ‘versatility’. That’s right, asparagus is amazing versatile: steam, simmer, roast, batter, grill, pan-fry, or wok-fry – these are all the ways…

Maple Glazed Baby Carrots

BABY CARROT LOVE | Sweeten those baby orange gems with a dash of maple syrup For a simple and fast side dish designed to delight your guests, look no further than the baby carrot. Dress the carrots with maple syrup and a hint of brown sugar to accentuate the natural sweetness of these orange gems further….

Persimmon Caprese Salad

Tired of the usual heirloom tomato mozzarella salad (aka Insalata Caprese)? Why not spice things up a little and substitute the tomato with the juicy ripeness of persimmon.

Maple Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta

MAPLE BRUSSELS | If pan-frying your brussels sprouts with pancetta is not enough, try adding a hint of maple syrup for that extra ‘kick’. Brussels Sprouts – these miniature cabbages – provide a chock full of nutrients. Provided you don’t overdo it, they are delicious when roasted, stir-fried, or steamed. It is very important not to…

Simple Caprese Salad

Did you know the Caprese salad was originally made to resemble the colors of the Italian flag: red, white, and green?  Insalata caprese (literally, the salad from Capri) is the perfect summertime dish for cooks in a hurry. In fact, slicing the delicate mozzarella is the hardest part. I love the simplicity and refreshing taste of this simple salad….

Tahini-dressed Haricots Verts with Walnuts and Red Pepper Flakes

A quick and easy Middle Eastern inspired side dish reminiscence of the creamy richness of a ranch dressing. Drawing inspiration from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Haricots Verts and Freekeh recipe with a minty tahini dressing, I’ve decided to create my own little adaptation by doing away with the freekeh and the dried mint. After all, keeping things simple and…

Super Easy Homemade Hummus

Hummus is living proof that the best tasting things in life are simple to make. What is one thing Natalie Portman is totally obsessed with? Hummus. The beautiful vegan actress once told Vogue that she “consumes [her] own weight in hummus everyday.” Hummus is living proof that the best tasting things in life are simple to make. Drilling…