Sautéed broccolini

This is a great and very versatile side dish that goes with any kind of meat or fish. It adds a nice touch of color and very healthy component to any meal

Salmon steaks with green herbs sauce

This is a great recipe both for a casual weekday dinner and for a dinner party. The green herbs sauce adds wonderful chimichurri-like acidity and spice, and it is great pairing for any kind of oily fish or meat.

Sea bass, potatoes and mushrooms stew

Comfort food tends to be fried and/or relatively heavy. This is a great comfort dish that’s perfect for a cold winter night and won’t leave you feeling stuffed or guilty.  

Stuffed quail

This dish takes a while to make – mostly because you have to stuff each quail, tie it and roll it in bacon. But it is sumptuous and surprising to dinner guests because you don’t get to taste quail that often.

Mushroom risotto

As I mentioned in the plain risotto post, the possibilities are endless. Here is one of the easier variations – mushroom risotto.  

Spaghetti with uni sauce and pancetta

I learned this recipe from my good friend Yuko who is an amazing chef (follow her on Instagram and Twitter). This recipe is sometimes called Japanese carbonara because of the rich buttery texture of the uni sauce.