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Bright, Fresh Village-Style Greek Salad

Bright, Fresh Village-Style Greek Salad

When warm weather hits, nothing is quite as satisfying — or easy to prepare — as a good, old-fashioned Greek salad.  This village-style salad is a favourite at our house because it is delicious and holds up beautifully on a buffet table. My best friend […]

Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Za’atar

Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Za’atar

I really love tomato and cucumber salad.  For me, it is summer on a plate.  Crunchy cucumbers are the perfect foil for ripe, juicy tomatoes, which beautifully complement all sorts of grilled meats. Best of all, tomato and cucumber salad holds up nicely on a […]

Caramelised Tomato, Bacon and Olive Tarte Tatin

Caramelised Tomato, Bacon and Olive Tarte Tatin

This richly satisfying tomato tarte tatin makes a delicious light lunch or dinner.  Black olives lend the tart a certain umami quality, while the bacon contributes a welcome savoury note to temper the sweetness of gorgeous peak season tomatoes. I have a hard time resisting savoury […]

Anglo-Indian Sweet and Sour Tomato Chutney

Anglo-Indian Sweet and Sour Tomato Chutney

In India, there are many varieties of tomato chutney, ranging from fiery hot to salty.  However, this sweet and sour version is one of my personal favorites.  It has a delicate flavour which complements and enhances the taste of grilled and roasted meats.  In fact, […]

Preserve Summer’s Bounty with Tomato Confit

Preserve Summer’s Bounty with Tomato Confit

Tomato confit is a condiment I will always associate with summers in Paris.  If you visit Paris in July or August, these tomatoes are omnipresent at bistros across the city.  To me, tomato confit epitomises the best of French cuisine — elegance and simplicity.   You […]

Ice Cold Gazpacho, A Zesty, Refreshing, No-Cook Summer Soup

Ice Cold Gazpacho, A Zesty, Refreshing, No-Cook Summer Soup

Gazpacho is one of my favorite summer treats.  It is a delicious, cooling, satisfying soup for summer’s hottest days. Best of all, it takes 15 minutes to make and there’s no cooking involved! On hot days, my family craves cold foods.  Even I yearn to […]

Mediterranean Tomato Salad with Onion, Spiced Feta, and Preserved Lemon

Mediterranean Tomato Salad with Onion, Spiced Feta, and Preserved Lemon

This Mediterranean Tomato Salad is irresistible.  Indeed, its bright flavors make it an ideal foil for kebabs and other grilled meats.  Best of all?  The bulk of the work can be done well in advance. Summer was made for salads.  The gorgeous fresh produce in […]

Healing South Indian Tomato Rasam

Healing South Indian Tomato Rasam

Tomato rasam is ubiquitous in Southern India.  It is like tea in China, or pasta in Italy.  It is a standard.  This simple, flavorful soup is as delicious as it is nourishing and satisfying.  It pairs well with rice, but can also be served on […]

Pico de Gallo, Mexican Salsa

Pico de Gallo, Mexican Salsa

Pico de Gallo (rooster’s beak in Spanish) is probably the most common Mexican sauce.  There is good reason for its popularity, because this salsa is both easy to make and totally addictive. Nobody knows why pico de gallo was originally named for a rooster’s beak. […]

Easy, Authentic Guacamole

Easy, Authentic Guacamole

I remember discovering guacamole on an extended trip to Mexico when I was six years old.  I’ve never forgotten that first, heavenly bite or the adventure of seeing it prepared in front of me in a traditional molcajete.  Homemade guacamole is fresh, delicious, and easy to […]