No, don’t worry. The complaints weren’t about this recipe for Arugula Pasta with Fennel Sausage and Tomato. That one got some cheers!
As a cooking instructor I like it when people listen to me. Follow my guide and instructions. At the same time I tell them not to listen too much to me. It has not really something to do with this recipe for the Turkish classic Imam bayildi, but in a way it does.
Imam bayildi is one of my all time Summer favorites. Ever since I learned to make these vegetarian, damn, vegan even, stuffed eggplants in 2006, I make them multiple times per Summer. They’re that good!
I like talking about food, and about cooking in particular.
Actually, this became my main premise for meeting new people after immigrating: I guessed that when they’re interested in food, there is a big chance that we might like each other! So I really hope my new Italian food friend will approve of this Oven roasted tomato sauce with bell pepper that I served over pasta.
French fries or bright yellow beans?
What? … Do you think this is a difficult choice?
But what if I tell you that they both these long yellow stalks (!) led into this recipe for Watermelon Tomato Salsa?
Two small Ziplock bags full of goooood juices. And a cup of braised veggies.
That inspired me to make this Pilaf with tomato, bell pepper and stir fried zucchini and feta on top.
My move to California made me more interested in language than ever before. And not only because I learn about new dishes with funny names.
Like a Cobb Salad, we don’t have that one in The Netherlands.
It had to try that recipe.
So I took the idea and made this Roasted Napa cabbage with tomato sauce.
>> Let me tell you how
As an eager cook I have a filled pastry; fridge and freezer included. If I don’t want to, I don’t have to go out for shopping for my dinner. Great when a blizzard hits you – if you don’t life in NorCal, best if you just don’t want to. My spaghetti Bolognese can proof that.
Sometimes the hardest thing about cooking seems to be answering the question ‘What to eat?’. After going back and forth between some options somehow paella escaped my mouth. This Spicy seafood paella with bell pepper and peas!
If I don’t know what to cook, I usually end up stirring some risotto. This recipe risotto with fennel and roasted tomatoes is one of my favorites.