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Our First Christmas Dinner | ONE COOK, TWO BOOKS | Greek Fava and Grape Salsa with Mint

When it comes to December, my family goes all out. Christmas music is always playing, Christmas decorations are everywhere, and we all wear Christmas-Themed clothing.   I had quite an exhausting day. When I did finally get home this night, I decided that it would […]

A Brief Photo Diary of Missed Recipes!

Well hello there viewers! Welcome back to my blog. Today I’m just writing a very brief post that I promised to write. Though I continued on my journey with the cook-through challenge, I began to post less and less. These following pictures are of recipes […]

The Weather is Weird, Sometimes | Fasolakia | Roasted Salmon | Apple Fennel Salsa | Radish, Watercress, and Basil Salad | One Cook, Two Books

Compared to yesterday, today’s weather was completely different. I’m not sure if it was because of a combination of the fans blowing throughout the house and the dismal, rainy outside, but lunch time today called for some sort of warm, comfort food.


My brother, Jake, and I spent the morning binge watching a series on netflix. He and my parents left mid afternoon to go shopping for his dorm room supplies, leaving me to do whatever I needed to do for the day.


Spoiler Alert: I did essentially nothing.


The one thing that I did end up doing was cooking Mina Stone’s Fasolakia, or Braised Green Beans in Tomato and Olive Oil. I was a little nervous because the recipe seemed to be minimal in ingredients. Normally that would not alarm me, but the thing is… there were no real spices. Bay leaves, salt, and pepper. That’s it.


There was not a lot of active time for this recipe, so while it cooked I continued to neglect my school-related responsibilities and sat on my phone. Fast forward a little over an hour, and I went back to the pot of simmering veggies. I turned off the heat, poured an almost absurd amount of olive oil over the meal, and then served myself some.

Let me tell you: I was shocked at how amazing the dish turned out. I was so excited, in fact, that I ended up texting my mom begging her to get home soon so that she could try it too. I completely doubted this recipe, and regret that completely. This recipe was full of flavour, and the olive oil gave it an incredibly smooth texture.

The warmth, flavour, and texture all lead to an incredibly delicious dish for a cool summer afternoon.


But… what about the evening? I had more planned to cook to get rid of some ingredients in my fridge.


I knew I was going to be making Mina’s Roasted Salmon because the recipe was super fast and convenient, with minimal ingredients and tons of flavour. I let it cook for the required time, but found it was a little too raw on the inside for my family’s liking. We turned on the broiler and let it sit under there for a few minutes just to cook it through a little longer. While it cooked, I made Mina’s Apple Fennel Salsa and Radish, Watercress, and Basil Salad.

Everything turned out absolutely phenomenal, and all flavours meshed perfectly. My dad was awestruck at the salmon. Such simple ingredients gave it such a great flavour!

I was nervous about the Apple Fennel Salsa, because last time I had fennel (aka when I was like… in middle school) I absolutely detested it. Somehow, this salsa worked. The crunch from the fennel, and its fresh flavour was magnificent. The sweetness from the soft apple was scrumptious. The tartness from the lime added just the right zing to cut through the apple.

The Radish, Watercress, and Basil Salad was delicious as well. I called it “Stew Leonard’s in a Salad” because all of the flavours combined remind me of what Stew Leonard’s smells like. Is that weird?


Not to me, it’s not.

Anyways. The meal was perfect. We have a lot of leftovers which I’m guessing will end up turning into salmon patties topped with the salad and salsa, but we shall see!

The Hottest Day of Vacation So Far | Spanish Style Gazpacho | One Cook, Two Books

Well my friends… This is it. Thursday, August 17th was the hottest day of the Summer so far. Or at least, that’s how it felt.   I’m guessing it’s because we have had guests over for the past week and we’ve been spending the majority […]

I Am Not a Three Helping Girl, But Today I Was. | Kokkinisto | One Cook, Two Books

I was so incredibly excited with the outcome of this dish that I got mad my boyfriend wasn’t here to share it with me.


Food is kind of a big deal for me, but never so much that I was upset for not being able to share it. Has that ever happened to any of you? That you’ve gotten mad for not being able to share?


I really have no idea what it was about this dish in particular that made me want to share it with David, but the fact that he wasn’t here to enjoy it with my family really got to me. Maybe it’s the warmth of the meal. Maybe it was the uniqueness of it. Maybe it was because he looked skinnier than usual today and I thought he needed to eat a little more.

Nah, it was definitely just because it tasted so darn good.


Mind you, I am not a red meat eater. Never really have been a fan of it. Knowing that I had to make Kokkinisto or Braised Beef with Tomatoes, Cinnamon, and Cloves already set a tone in my mind that I would not like the dish.


Uhm. Awkward. I was wrong. It was fantastic. I was ashamed of myself for going back for a third helping, and even more taken aback when I ended up literally licking my plate clean.

The recipe was minimal, yet there was so much flavor packed into each piece of beef. I had mine served over rice, though the recipe says to serve with pasta. I was under the impression I could cook up some pasta tomorrow and eat it with the leftovers (Mina states this is better made a day ahead because as it sits the flavors get richer) but alas, there are no leftovers for me to eat!


Bummer. Guess I will have to make it again, eh?

Mistakes Happen | Tah-Dig with Potato Crust | Red Cabbage, Pistachio, and Mint | One Cook, Two Books

Note: the events discussed in this post occurred Wednesday, August 2nd. Being a stressed out college student, I’ve been wrapped up in school work and have not been able to post to my blog until today. My apologies!   There are some days that just […]