Improve Your Knife Skills And Keep Your Fingers Safe

When I started cooking I used to cut myself often. I was making 2 mistakes I think every beginner makes: I did not used a quality, sharp knife. Although it may seem strange a sharp knife will protect your fingers! It seems very strange, but it fact the it is really simple: a knife which is not sharp will bounce when your are using it and it will hurt your fingers. The second mistake is not knowing where to place your fingers and how to handle the knife. Most injuries in the kitchen are … [Read more...]

Do You Know Where Butter Comes From?

We are becoming more and more disconnected form the land. Because we rely more on technology and not nature and because we create more and more artificial environments we are having a lot of problems. Experts claim that a lot of our health problems are nutrition related. Dr. Weston A. Price, a Cleveland dentist, is one of the first people who investigated the relationship of food and health and his findings, which can be read on, are clear: healthy people feed themselves from … [Read more...]

De We Really Need Bottled Water?

I just stumbled upon a video which shows the real story of bottled water. This video is short and it is quite amazing. It shows how the demand for bottled water was created. My solution Years ago I used to buy bottled water because everyone was doing it and everyone "knew" that drinking tap water is dangerous. In my childhood drinking tap water was something very common every household used almost exclusively tap water. Lately almost everyone drinks bottled water because it was … [Read more...]

Ratatouille The Recipe Not The Film

When you search for Ratatouille on Google the first sites are bout the film. The mouse was hilarious so it is no wander people love the cartoon. Intrigued by this classic French dish I decided to prepare it. It is the end of summer therefore the vegetables are fresh and at their prime. The ratatouille recipe is not complicated, but it does require some patience because the vegetables are cooked in batches. I prepared the ratatouille on a Sunday morning for lunch and it is quite tasty … [Read more...]

Anthony’s Bourdain cooking techniques. Learn from a super star chef.

Anthony's Bourdain TV show called "No Reservations" is known worldwide. Antony is very charismatic and when he doesn't like a food he say it. I am not a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain, but I do enjoy his show. He travels from one country to another and discovers the local foods. He was pissed of because people lack the basic cooking techniques and he made a video showing us the proper way of cooking some of the classics like: lobster, steak, omelet, beef bourguignon, french fries, pastas, … [Read more...]

Simple, Creamy Mushroom Soup

I was in mood for a mushroom soup. Like usual my adventure started with a trip to the market. I got a pack of  button mushrooms, 1 small celeriac and some garlic. In my kitchen I had onions, herbs and spices ready. This is a simple but tasty recipe which can be done with just a few easy to find ingredients and the soup is also fast to prepare. I serve it with a dollop of Greek style yogurt to make it extra creamy. Some of my readers did not found celeriac easily, if you are having the … [Read more...]

American Hot Pizza Pie

In a previous post I wrote about Jamie Oliver’s latest book – “Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less” and today I tested another recipe from the book. You can read the complete book review here. The recipe I followed was the American Hot Pizza Pie which can be made using the pork leftovers from a pork roast (the mothership recipe as Jamie calls it) or using good quality sausages. I had some homemade super tasty sausages made by my in-laws so I decided to use those. The … [Read more...]

College Cooks: Simple ingredients, easy recipes, good tasting food Book Review

Recently I received a new book to review. It is called “College Cooks: Simple ingredients, easy recipes, good tasting food” and it was written by 6 college cooks – Taylor, Kevin, Cory, Kirk, Andy, and Alex. Those six boys were roommates and students at the University of Colorado at Boulder. They live together for 3 years and in this time they tried and tested the recipes which are now include in the “College Cooks” book. What is the “College Cooks” book about This cookbook contains … [Read more...]

Pasta and Walnut Pesto

I was in a mood for pastas. I had only a few minutes to cook today and I opted for something fast to prepare: pasta with pesto. I did not have any pine nuts so I decided to replace them with walnuts. So this is not a classic pesto. It is my interpretation of a pesto customized to my taste buds. It is not the prettiest dish I made but it tasted good. To make it taste great use the best extra virgin olive oil you can find, a good quality Parmesan, and fresh walnuts (ideally you should buy … [Read more...]

Jamie Oliver’s Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less Book Review

The idea behind this book Jamie Oliver abandoned the "quick and easy" trend. In the last months I cooked using some of the recipes from his  book and from . The recipes from 15 minute meals require a lot of things which are already prepared like canned beans, tomatoes, pickles and so on. Even if Jamie used a lot of shortcuts he was still cooking. (I have to be honest you can’t expect to cook several dishes in 15 minutes without using shortcuts; if you want a real meal you must invest some … [Read more...]