Monthly Archives: August 2015

Something from (almost) nothing sweet pepper appetiser

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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!

Culinary Correspondence - Zucchini carpaccio with black olive dressing and toasted pine nuts

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 #80Continue reading

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