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Warm Greek Potato Salad

 

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Milos, Greece

Hello to everyone. The weather here is great  and I am just about to head out for a swim. Before I do, I want to share this simple and delicious recipe with you. We love Greek potato salad any time of year. No mayo to go yucky and/or dangerous in hot weather, just lots of top quality ingredients sprinkled with a little Greek olive oil and a few drops of wine vinegar.

Serve it with a traditional Greek salad  (without feta, if you prefer) to make a complete meal. It’s also a great addition to a buffet or picnic menu as it tastes wonderful, hot, warm or room temperature. And….it’s a perfect side. Try it. I think you’ll like it.

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Warm Rice Salad with Homegrown Micro-Greens

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Hi from windy Milos,

This has been a mind blowing stay in the most literal sense possible. The strong winds hardly ever stop and the house is full of sand despite valiant cleaning efforts by myself and the Mr. With all that cleaning there’s not too much time for cooking. I was especially pleased with this lunchtime salad topped with micro-greens I grew myself. Obviously it’s adaptable to whatever you have available and like. Have to say…this was a HUGE hit with the Mr.

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Light Tomato Summer Starter

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Herblay, France

Hi all,

Home again after almost two months of travel: Milos, Woodstock, Ontario, Nashville, New York, Toronto and Barcelona. No wonder my suitcase is looking so shabby. It’s been more than wonderful reconnecting with family and friends, discovering new places and enjoying being back in familiar ones.

Beth, here is the tomato starter you asked for. To be totally honest, I haven’t made it in years.  After a delicious al fresco dinner on a gorgeous  summer evening in Paris, I tried to recreate our first course. It got a big thumbs up from everyone at the time and I liked this version even better.

One good sized tomato is enough for a starter while two with a tossed herb salad makes for a tasty lunch or light supper. It is super, super easy to make.

Apologies to Ellen who hates cooked tomatoes! Try stuffing yellow peppers instead – I’m sure it would be good and you would have such pretty colours.

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A Cheater’s Potatoes and Artichokes

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Milos, Greece

Hi everyone,

It is wonderful to be back in Milos. The weather has been amazing, and we’ve been able to swim every day so far – though I have to admit that we kind of cheat and have wet suits. My recipe today is easy and delicious, full of the flavors of spring and it’s a bit of a cheat too. We spend a lot of time working while we are here and grocery shopping isn’t as easy for me as at home where I can walk to the market and stores in a few minutes.

If you have access to all the ingredients fresh from a market or maybe even your own garden, then for sure your roasted potatoes with artichokes will be even tastier than mine. Be prepared though to put in the time shelling peas and turning artichokes . Or take it easy and cheat my way.

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Springy Crab and Shrimp Rolls

Herblay, March 15, 2016

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Hello everyone. Here in Herblay, we have had six consecutive gorgeous days! And more to come!! Nothing like big blue skies and a warming sun to keep spirits high before it’s officially spring. In anticipation of my favourite season, I thought I’d share this recipe for spring rolls with you. You can make them ahead and keep them in the fridge in plastic wrap or under a damp tea towel (a clean one please) for a few hours.

If you can get fresh crab all the better but if not, use good quality canned. This being one of my ‘flexible’ recipes you can adapt the ingredients to what’s available and what suits your mood. The result should be fresh and light. It is very important to have all your ingredients prepped and ready to assemble.

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Luscious Linguini with Seafood

Herblay, January 17, 2016

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Hi everyone,

To start the new year off, I thought I’d share a recipe that has become a staple here at home. It’s easy and is as good for a crowd as for a romantic dinner for two. I’ve made it with an assortment of seafood for special occasions (see note at the end) but mostly I make it with humble little cockles that I get fresh from our local market. Cockles are cheap, delicious and easy to deal with! You can use canned baby clams too but you’ll miss the wonderful sound this makes when you serve it up. I adore noisy food!

The recipe I based mine on is from my well-stained, well-loved copy of  Jamie’s Italy by Jamie Oliver. Here goes. Continue reading

Sweet Christmas Series: Cherry Almond Cake Squares

Herblay, France

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Hello everyone,

It’s a great feeling having a few things tucked in the freezer all ready for the holidays.  I just finished tearing bread crumbs from a big loaf of sour-dough bread. They’ll sit out on a cookie sheet till tomorrow to dry out then I’ll put them in a bag and into the freezer …. my turkey gravy is already in there, chillin’ until the big day.

Now for something sweet! It’s hard to resist the cherry/ almond flavour combination in this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens– super easy and delicious and you can freeze it for up to a month.  I have to confess that I was feeling a little feisty today and made big changes to the original recipe. The result was more cakey and I’m proud to say, yummy. Here’s my version.

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