Vegan Mexican fiesta! Chickpea tacos with fresh avocado salsa and a side of rice & black beans

Carlsbad, California

Hello Ladies,

Apologies for posting late but I’ve just come home from a truly amazing road trip! As you can imagine food choices can be limited when you’re on the road, especially if you aren’t eating meat (except fish) or cow dairy. I ate a lot of tuna sandwiches, veggie burgers and fish and chips. A far cry from the whole-food plant based diet I’m aiming for! We limited the damage by picnicking for lunch (hummus, veggies, wholewheat pita…) and hiking as much as possible. We did have some good meals along the way – some great locally fished river trout comes to mind, as does the INCREDIBLE birthday dinner we had at Wazuzu in Vegas. Still, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to some good healthy home cooking by the end of the two weeks.

I knew exactly what I wanted to make for our first meal back: chickpea tacos! I found a recipe by The Happy Herbivore‘s Lindsay Nixon for Blue Corn Chickpea Tacos in The China Study All-Star Collection Cookbook and tried it out the week before we left. My friends, it was a slam dunk. I’ve altered the original recipe to suit my fancy and came up with a rice and bean dish to accompany the tacos (we found that just doing the tacos was a little “light” especially for the Man).

Chickpea tacos - vegan

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Zaatar Kale Chips

Vancouver November 2014

I discovered Zaatar in Jordan a few years ago when Beth and I went to visit Thomas and Hanin. It’s the taste of pure happiness. A beautiful mixture of thyme, sumak and sesame seeds….each batch is different. Each is delicious. It’s my catnip. I’ve recently been trying to eat more greens including kale. Kale smells like farts but is supposedly the best thing EVER for you. So- how do you make something that smells like farts appealing enough to eat? The answer: add Zaatar and make them into healthy chips. This recipe is adapted from the “Oh She Glows” recipe.

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Last Minute Life Saver Palmitos

Barcelona, November 23rd

Dearest ladies,

I hope you are all doing well! I am very sorry I am a little late publishing this post. Last week was a bit crazy between the organization of Thomas’ surprise birthday party and surprise trip to Valencia, but it was all worth it as Thomas was so surprised and we both had a great time!

So there I am, on Sunday night, having to come up with a delicious recipe for the blog, and very little time to do so.

That is how I remembered this great recipe that saved me so many times when I had friends over for tea or coffee. I even sometimes use it for dessert after a good meal.

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Smug as a bug…scrumptious make ahead turkey gravy

gravy2Herblay, France

Hello my dears,

Making our Christmas turkey gravy in November has become a bit of a tradition for me. I change it a bit each year and as you know, send out smug emails when it’s done. American friends might want to do a double batch and have some for Thanksgiving too. It is a bit time consuming and even though this year’s is the best yet, I did make a dumb mistake that cost me a lot of time. I’ll tell you about that later on.

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Vegan pumpkin pancakes for Sunday brunch

Carlsbad, California

Hello Ladies,

I wanted to bring something with pumpkin to this week’s Fiesta Friday hosted by the wonderful Novice Gardener!

One of my favorite things to do when we’re in Carlsbad is to make Sunday brunch at home. It all started last year when I bought a waffle iron and promised the Man that I would actually use it! Initially our Sunday brunches looked like this: waffles, fried eggs and cheddar on English muffins, with a heaping side of bacon. Calorie bomb, right? As we’ve become more health conscious the menu has evolved to look more like this: buckwheat waffles, fruit and scrambled eggs.

Last week I thought I’d mix things up a little and try a recipe for vegan pumpkin pancakes from The China Study Cookbook by Leanne Campbell (which is on my Christmas wish list). It was a total success!

Vegan pumpkin pancakes

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Home-made Leek & Potato Soup (served with Dijon Grilled Cheese)

Vancouver, Canada

Hello Ladies!!!!

Can you feel it’s autumn yet in Europe? Sure can here! We’ve had a few rain and wind storms already here in Vancouver. I’ve been recovering from a persistent cold and wanted some wholesome comfort food. This recipe is delicious, extremely simple and hearty. I served it with some crème fraiche with a scrumptious dijon grilled cheese. I bundled up in front of the TV with this and it was perfect. Enjoy!

Dijon Grilled Cheese

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Salmon en Papillote

Barcelona, October 26th

Ladies ! I hope you are all well.

Things have been ok here in Barcelona, the weather is beautiful, Norah is growing up so fast and Thomas and I have been enjoying the routine. We are getting into a good rhythm now between Norah starting the creche and me getting used to working again, it has been pretty nice :)

So for this recipe, I tried it one night when I really felt like a change. We had salmon at our disposal but I didnt feel like cooking it the usual way, which is in a pan. First, because it is kind of boring, and second, because the kitchen would smell for the following week. I hate that !

So I went online searching for an original recipe that was easy and with not too many weird ingredients as all grocery stores were closed.

I came across this one, I have to admit I was not really excited about it at first, and I even thought the mix of ingredients was a bit weird… But I was intrigued!

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Well, I am so happy I took the chance as Thomas thought this was one of the best recipes I have ever made… wow! So I made it last week when our friends Ben and Katie visited… They really liked it too (or they are very good liars! hehe)

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