Green and unripe mangoes can be eaten, and are often delicious. For example, this salad with shredded green mangoes is very popular in French Guyana, and if you like spicy food, you will love this salad! Serve cold, as an appetizer or as a side dish with fish, shrimp, or meat. For a pretty presentation, I serve the Kalawang in individual plates with shrimps.
Green Mango Salade (Кalawang)
Fresh chili pepper can be substituted with chili powder.
It doesn’t take much time to roast an eggplant in the oven, all you have to do is: cut it, salt it, drizzle with some lemon juice and olive oil, toss it and mix it couple of times while it is cooking. You can serve it by itself or as a main dish, with meat or fish. It tastes even better next day. Perfect for next day lunch or picnic.
Oven Roasted Eggplant Cubes
If you are not a garlic lover like I am, add only 2-3 garlic cloves instead of a whole garlic bulb.
Heat the oven to its hottest setting,typically around 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and turn on the broil. Cut the eggplant into 1-2 inch cubes. Transfer them to a baking sheet and spread out into a single layer.
Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.
Peel garlic and smash it with a heavy knife.
Add garlic and pepper, give it a good mix with spatula or your hand.
Place a rack on top of your oven and cook the eggplant cubes for 10 minutes. Carefully take the eggplant out and stir it with a spatula. Return to the oven for 10 more minutes. Taste the eggplant. Cook for another 5 minutes if needed.
Remove the eggplant from the oven. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve hot or room temperature.
The tapenade is a dip or paste made with olives (black or green), anchovies and capers. This appetizer comes from Provence, France and is great with fresh bread or toast. With the help of a food processor, or blender, this hors d’oeuvre is ready within 5 minutes.
Homemade Olive Tapenade
The anchovies are very salty. If you find your tapenade too salty, add more olives or olive oil.
This is not a ratatouille, it is a “tian!” I often have to correct my guests when they ask me if this is a ratatouille. 😉
Tian is a french recipe of baked vegetables made with alternating rows of sliced eggplant, tomato, onion and zucchini. A tian itself is an earthenware dish that goes from the oven to table. Everything baked in this dish is called tian.
To make the tian look more appealing, use vegetables with similar widths.
Peel and cut the onion into half moons. Peel and cut the garlic into 2-4 pieces.
In a medium skillet heat 2-3 Tbsp of olive oil until hot, add onion and sauté until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
Preheat the oven to 400℉. Spread the cooked onion on the bottom of a baking dish.
Cut zucchini and summer squash into 1/4 inch slices.
Cut the eggplant into 1/4 inch slices.
Core and cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.
Arrange the zucchini, eggplant, squash and tomatoes in alternating rows. Continue until the baking dish is filled.
Sprinkle the vegetables with salt, pepper, Herbs de Provence and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and golden. If the vegetables are not ready, but the top is starting to burn, cover the tian with aluminum foil.
With or without tahini, homemade hummus made from scratch only takes 5 minutes to make. No needs to cook the chickpeas, just open a can and mix with garlic, lemon juice and olive oil! This delicious healthy snack can be serve for any occasion with pita bread or garden vegetables.
If you don't like spicy food, use paprika instead of chili powder, it makes the dish look pretty, and only slightly alters flavor.
In a food processor, place the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, salt, black pepper, tahini, chili powder and 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Mix until smooth. Add 1 or 2 Tbsp of the juice from the can (or water) to give a desired texture to the hummus.
Transfer hummus to a serving bowl, drizzle with the rest of the olive oil and sprinkle with chili powder or paprika.
It’s a super simple and fantastic 10 minutes appetizers, that I could eat a plateful. And when it comes to cheese, you are the boss. You can choose any hard/firm cheese that you like, as long as you’ll be able to grate it.
Tomato Rounds With Garlic & Cheese
Please don't use store-bought shredded cheese, it will not taste the same trust me, it is not so hard to shred the cheese after all.
Looking for a “quick” salad to make? This cucumber and tomato salad is not just fast and easy salad to make, it is also a great summer side dish that goes perfectly with fish, potato, rice, omelet or just by itself.
Cucumber tomato & green onion salad
Adding any other vegetables to this salad is not prohibited!
Use olive oil instead of sour cream if you don't like sour cream.
With a few simple tricks, you really can make this Creamy Mushroom Pate at home. Skip the store bought spreads and pates, making it yourself is so, so easy and will be way tastier than just about anything from the deli department.
This traditional Mexican sauce can not only be served with corn chips and tortillas, but also with meat, fish or simply as a summer salad. Fresh Vegetable Salsa is great for a Mexican style party, as well as for spicy dish lovers.
Fresh Vegetable Salsa
If you don't have jalapeños, you can use chili powder. Lime can be replaced with a lemon. The taste will be different, but still delicious.