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

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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!

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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!

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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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Peppy Party Duo: Spicy Hummus and Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

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Milos, Greece

Hi there,

Greetings from Milos. The weather is amazing! Wish you were all here to enjoy it with us.

Beth, your chickpea salad came at a great time. It got me into a chickpea state of mind for a surprise birthday party planned here for a friend whose birthday is in January-surprise guaranteed! More and more, I hate the idea of buying crunchy things that are way too salty and full of chemicals and additives. So I made Spicy Hummus and Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas. Both were pretty peppy but you can easily adjust how hot they are.

I started with 500 grams of dried chickpeas. You can use canned for both recipes but the flavor won’t be quite as good. Continue reading

Weekday chickpea salad – vegan

Carlsbad, California

Hello Ladies,

The Man and I are thrilled to be back in California: sun, beach, great food… it’s got it all!

As you know, my diet has evolved over the last 3 years and I’ve pretty much cut out meat (although the occasional burger, chili con carne or Spanish jamon is hard to resist!). After reading the widely-recognized The China Study I’m convinced of the health benefits of further reducing my intake of animal products (especially dairy). The thought of saying goodbye camembert (for good?) fills me with sadness but I’m convinced it’s for the best. We’ll see how it goes…

This month I wanted to share one of my go-to weekday recipes that also happens to be vegan: my scrumptious chickpea salad.

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