Spicy Wings

Hey ladies!!

How’s it going?! So today- something super easy and tasty…wings! I’m back on a paleo diet to help my digestive system. These wings are perfect as part of an aperitif, bring to a football game day at a friend’s, light dinner. Here we go!


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Mango and coconut milk chia pudding: a mighty fine way to end your meal

Barcelona, Spain

Hello ladies,

The weather is still mostly beautiful in Barcelona although the temperature is starting to head south and the leaves have begun their slow fade to yellow. Which begs the question… where did summer go? The last few months have just flown by. I can’t believe that Autumn is coming in just a few short weeks.

The fruit aisles are still packed with delicious varieties of peaches and we’ve seen some new seasonal plums (Reine Claude anyone?) grace the stands as well. A couple of weeks ago mango started to appear in every shop that sells produce. I guess that means it’s mango season? I’ve not been a big fan of mango in the past (I blame the mango-chutney-on-everything craze of the early 2000’s) but thought I should give it another try just to be fair. I got my chance the Sunday before last when I was asked to bring dessert to a dinner where thai curry would be the main dish. I knew exactly what to make: mango and coconut milk chia pudding. I’ve been dying to try my hand at making chia pudding for a while. It always looks so pretty and it’s a great vegan whole food plant-based dessert. I figured that mango and coconut milk would make a killer combo as well as complement the flavors of the thai curry (which was absolutely delicious in case you were wondering).

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The result was scrumptious and earned high praise from everyone around the table. I should also mention that on top of being healthy and tasty this recipe is incredibly simple to make. What’s not to love?

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Homemade Hazelnut Chocolate Spread


Hello ladies :)

I hope you are all doing well!

In Barcelona, everything is now back to normal: my parents have just left after spending a few weeks with us. It was so wonderful to have them around, especially since I hadn’t seen my dad in more than a year! They were both so happy to spend some time with the pequeña and we were all spoiled during their stay. Wonderful times.

This recipe is one I made while my parents were staying with us. Last Saturday, they treated us to a very nice breakfast at our place and I wanted to try this recipe for a long time. It seemed like the perfect moment!

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Something from (almost) nothing sweet pepper appetiser


Herblay, France

Hi Everyone,

This summer was quite an odd one with more than a few misadventures including, watching our plane to Athens fly over the house without us. Couldn’t leave the cat behind! We thought Lucy was out and about, and looked all over. The stress mounted and we changed our tickets but still no Lucy. Turns out, she was curled up asleep in a bedroom closet. Aye, aye, aye. We had to stay an extra week…..

Yeah, I’m pretty sure I know just how much sympathy is coming my way on that one!

The night before we left, we had a friend to dinner. We’d been busy all day getting the house ready to close up and we had no car during that extra week; so the meal had to be made out of what was left in the fridge and the larder: slim pickings. I also wanted to use up what I could so decided against my usual easy, peasy, roasted peppers.

As luck would have it, a neighbour had dropped by with a couple of kilos of small tomatoes the day before and I had made confit tomatoes with them (also known as sun blush in the UK). Rummaging around, I also found some feta, capers, olives, peppers, onions, a few anchovies, garlic, dill and parsley (but I had to save the herbs for the main course).

Here is the approximate recipe, including how I did the tomatoes.

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Hydrating anti-heatwave salad

Oh boy is it hot and humid in Vancouver!!!! We’re going to be hitting the 30 degrees Celsius which is extremely uncommon for the west coast even in August. Anyhow. I was a little hungry- but mostly craving fresh, hydrating foods. So with a twist on Hanin’s apéritif- here’s my refreshing salad!

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Zucchini carpaccio with black olive dressing and toasted pine nuts

Barcelona, Spain Hello Ladies, Apologies for posting late this month but I’ve been swamped finishing up my Rouxbe Plant-Based Certification Course. This past Saturday was particularly challenging as I cooked for 12 straight hours to complete the plant-based party assignment. I took a 15 minute break at one point so The Man could give me a massage. I felt like a boxer in his corner after a couple of tough rounds! Later that day, Thomas, Hanin and Norah very kindly came over to help taste the little vegan party bites coming out of the kitchen. I’m pleased to report that everything was delicious. I may even post some of the recipes on the blog. I got 100% on my assignment and have since graduated from the program – woohoo! The last 6 months have completely revolutionized my cooking and I’m so thrilled to have taken this course. It was a ton of work but so incredibly rewarding. Everything I’ve learned will help me cook healthy meals for family and friends which is, as far as I’m concerned, absolutely priceless. To celebrate my graduation I’d like to share a recipe I did for the course: zucchini carpaccio with a black olive dressing and toasted pine nuts. I was inspired by the zucchini carpaccio that mom has been regaling us with for years and changed it up a bit to meet the requirements of a particular assignment. The result was absolutely delicious and so simple to make. The presentation kicks it up a notch and makes this dish a perfect light and healthy starter for entertaining. I’m super excited to bring this dish to share with all the talented bloggers taking part in Fiesta Friday #80! Culinary Correspondence - Zucchini carpaccio with black olive dressing and toasted pine nuts Continue reading

Baked Figs with Peppered Goat Cheese

Hey ladies,

Greece has been on my mind lately- what with the recent political and financial upheavals. Beyond, the politics though- I’ve been thinking of the incredible generous, hard working Greek people that we know. I love Greece- I know we share that love in our family. One of my greatest and fondest memories of Greece was sitting with Maria- that summer after your wedding Hanin- eating the amazing figs she had picked that morning. So- I started craving figs. I found some decent ones in Vancouver- and decided I would try baking them. This recipe is adapted from the New York Times’ David Tanis recipe. Yum!


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