Helena Pereira, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Helena Pereira has tested.

A terracotta dish filled with potatoes, feta, black olives, and tomatoes.

Potatoes with Tomatoes and Feta

A deeply spiced, but not spicy, Turkish potato and tomato casserole that makes a superb side dish. Serve with yogurt, lemon, and even a sprinkle of nuts.

An eggplant kebab on a tortilla with fresh spinach, garlic sauce, and cabbage.

Eggplant Kebabs

A healthy, veggie-packed dinner that’s most magnificent during the height of summer. No turning on the stove required.

Two pieces of buttered toast, one with strawberry jam, on a white plate.

Small Batch Strawberry Jam

Here’s a recipe for a small batch of strawberry jam, without all the fuss of traditional canning. Ready in less than an hour, with all the lush taste of peak strawberry season.

A bowl of German-style potato salad with a fork resting in it.

German-Style Potato Salad

Served warm and without mayo, you might not recognize this as your standby potato salad but let us implore you—just try it. It’s divine.

Two bowls of rice and curried chickpeas with two forks and a yellow cloth on the side.

Curried Chickpeas ~ Chana Masala

Easy, inexpensive, not too spicy, comforting as heck, and made with ingredients you probably already have. It also just so happens to be vegan and gluten-free.

An oval platter topped with grilled peach, basil, and walnut salad

Grilled Peach, Basil, and Walnut Salad

If you’re looking for an easy-peasy but still impressive starter, look no further. This lush salad with caramelized, grilled peaches and tender lettuce couldn’t be more simple. Or tastier.

Two stacks of wedges of glazed lemon ginger shortbread.

Lemon Ginger Shortbread

Shortbread cookkies made with the warmth of ginger and the puckeriness of lemon are baked to buttery, crumbly magnificence.

Diamond-shaped pieces of walnut baklava, topped with chopped pistachios.

Walnut Baklava

In the Eastern Mediterranean, each individual has an idea of what makes the perfect baklava. This unconventional approach relies on blitzed raisins and citrus syrup. If you’re looking for perfect, this just might be it.