Wine pairing and molecules

I recently stumbled upon a very interesting article in the September 2012 issue of Food & Wine magazine. As a scientist, I’ve always been interested in what molecules make up flavor and how we perceive them. The article Getting pairing down to a science touches on this subject by reviewing François Chartier’s {one of Quebec’s best sommeliers} “new”…

Moulokheya : Traditional Egyptian Soup

After a month-long trip to my home country, I am back to a hot and humid Montreal. On this very special day {Happy Birthday love!} I wanted to feature one of Egypt’s iconic dishes, moulokheya (also known as molokheya or mulukhiyah). Moulokheya is a green herb with a wonderfully distinct and earthy flavor. Although in Middle…

Cherry Galette : Rustic Cherry Tart

Please excuse the small hiatus, I was celebrating a special {and eventful!} birthday this past week. Ernesto has enveloped Mexico in gray skies and {mildly} cool winds, seems more like fall than summer, so it’s turned me to comfort-food-mood. Inspired by some wonderfully talented bloggers earlier this year {here & here}, I decided to venture…

Quick update & a summery side

I am currently visiting my mom and it’s wonderful being back home! Spending languid summer days relaxing, nature gazing, and most importantly surrounding myself with loved ones and {obviously} enjoying good food! My mom received us with homemade raviolis simply dressed in butter and freshly-cut sage, from her lovely herb garden which is overflowing with green!…

Chicken Fattah

UPDATES shown in Italics – June 28 2015 Arabic comfort food at its best. Fattah is a wonderfully complex and heart warming arabic dish. It was the first dish my beau cooked for me and it holds a very special place in my heart- and in my stomach! Fattah is a celebratory meal, traditionally served…

Hummus

Featuring a simple mezze dish to celebrate the beginning of Ramadan! Although widely popular, many tend to buy this spread instead of making it at home, which is really sad because the taste of home-made hummus is far superior than the store-bought kind! Additionally, it’s very easy to make and healthier since you can control…

Dates

Recently, a friend of mine was kind enough to gift me delicious Saudi Arabian dates. Many of my friends speak wonders about this fruit, but I was never too thrilled about them until I tried these ones! Their subtle honey flavor {not at all overtly sweet like medjool kind} and slightly crunchy top were divine….

Coctel de camaron: Mexican shrimp cocktail

There are few things better than a cool, seafood dish when it’s hot and humid outside. Other than enjoying bbqs during the summer {as you can see in the previous posts, and especially if you follow me on twitter or instagram}, I love easy entertaining with simple refreshing shellfish dishes. They are super tasty, but most importantly…

A little BBQ inspiration

Since its obviously bbq season, I’ve decided to compile some of the recipes that I’ve featured here so you can get some BBQ inspiration! So weather you are celebrating the 4th of July, or celebrated Canada day {Happy be-lated Canada Day!} this past week here are a few of my summer favorites!! Chilean BBQ Marinade {click…

Arugula & Ricotta Gnocchi

This is one of my favorite go-to recipes for the summer. Perfect, light and zesty little pillows of heaven! This gnocchi are wonderful on their own as a main dish, or as a yummy side. They pair beautifully with grilled chicken {like the one seen here}. Unlike potato gnocchi – which I also love- this…

How to cook ribs: Mustard & Maple Glazed Ribs

Continuing with the bbq theme, I wanted to post a recipe featuring ribs to welcome the new season! Nothing says summer like a sizzling bbq! Ribs cooked on a bbq or in the oven are a delicious, summer favorite but many fret cooking them in fear of ending up with chewy, hard meat. The secret for…

Grilled Chicken Marinade : Yogurt-Marinated Chicken

The sweet summer weather is here [well at least in this part of the world] and you know what that means? Charcoal bbqs, outdoor meals, terraces and picnics! I wanted to share this yogurt-based marinade that is incredibly easy to prepare. The meat will be juicy and fragrant, with a crunchy and caramelized outer layer.  You can even…