Ajvar (Balkan Pepper Caviar)

Ajvar has been enjoyed by the Balkan nations for many years  and it’s name translates into caviar.  Autumn is the time to prepare Ajvar as there is an abundance of peppers and eggplants.   Once prepared, it can be preserved for the winter months.  It is a wonderful accompaniment to grilled meat and can be spread… Continue reading Ajvar (Balkan Pepper Caviar)

Panzanella

This salad brings back many wonderful memories from our recent trip to Sicily.   Returning back to winter and the cold weather, I started to reminisce of the beautiful tomatoes that were so abundant, sweet, juicy and inexpensive.  The many markets that we visited were full of stalls selling many different varieties.    Panzanella is a wonderful… Continue reading Panzanella

Buckwheat Salad

500 grams Raw Buckwheat (Kasha) 8-10 Button Mushrooms (thinly sliced) 2 Large Brown Onions (thinly sliced) 700 grams Japanese Pumpkin (Kent Pumpkin) 100 grams of Baby Spinach 7 Cups of Vegetable Stock Extra Virgin Olive Oil (4-5 tablespoons) Salt & Pepper to taste Serves:                  8-10 Preparation Time:   1 hour (approximately) Wash and pat dry the… Continue reading Buckwheat Salad