Category Archives: Recipes

One of the Oldest Recipe on Record: Gingered Chicken Soup with Red Lentils

Browsing a Chinese food blog last night, I was reading about one of the world’s oldest recipe with great interest, a gingered chicken soup with lentils, a godsend for those of us who have the symptoms of an early cold. … Continue reading

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A Fish Curry, Thai Style

Having spent many years in Australia I became enamored with Asiatic food. Sydney boasts some of the best Eastern eateries in the world: Japanese, Malaysian, Vietnamese, regional Chinese, Thai and I even came across a Mongolian restaurant some years ago. … Continue reading

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A Luxurious Crab & Truffle Risotto to Die For

With the festive season just around the corner here is a dish that combines gravitas, extravagant ingredients, is relatively easy to make and will impress your mother-in-law to no end! No mother-in-law? Then impress your friends with your grasp of … Continue reading

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How to Make a Provencal Olive Tart, Anchovies Optional…

Provence, once upon a time, was populated about fifty thousand years ago by the Neanderthals, and was still valued in the Neolithic period and the Iron Age. Later it was part of Gaul, the land of the Voconces tribe and … Continue reading

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Bitter Lemons, Mediterranean Musings and Two Recipes

I’m a big fan of Lawrence Durrell’s writings, and in particular of his travel books. I’ve reread “Bitter Lemon” recently and it led me to read a raft of Mediterranean writers, some I worshiped as a young man like Camus, Moravia, … Continue reading

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Bouillabaisse, the Rolls-Royce of Seafood

I’ve been asked to write the best Provencal recipe for a good friend. There are quite a few that come to mind but I’ll settle on this one: so Provence’s most illustrious dish, our fabled Bouillabaisse, will be revealed in … Continue reading

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The Mighty Turmeric, the King of Curry Spices, with a Fish Curry Recipe!

A few years ago while doing research on the benefits of curries (there are aplenty, believe me) I came across an article written by an Indian doctor about a miracle cure for lung and esophagus cancers. The prime suspect turned … Continue reading

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The Cruciferous Files

As I wrote earlier cruciferous vegetables (also known as brassica vegetables) have it all: vitamins, fiber, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Not only they are rich in nutrients, including several carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin); vitamins C, E, and K,  folate and many … Continue reading

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Tales from the Larder: Pleasant Persian Surprises

Many food writers seem to neglect Persian food (well, except this guy here, written some time ago under my not so clever handle, Asinus Asinum Fricat, originally a piece for Daily Kos) and I would surmise that because it is … Continue reading

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Cannelloni Exposed

When my youngest daughter recently asked me to make my smoked duck cannelloni for her 12th birthday dinner I knew I was on a winner! Cannelloni had been, alongside gnocchi, my favorite food as a young buck (with interplanetary ambitions, … Continue reading

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