Tag Archives: aperitif

Olive, Pesto, Sundried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese Cake

Barcelona,

Hello Ladies,

I hope you are all well!

Today I wanted to share with you a recipe that I have discovered not too long ago. I was looking for something new to try, that could be eaten cold and that Beth could eat (so no meat, no cheese, except for goat) for a party we had at our apartment.

It was a very casual party, and dinner was served on a buffet (hence the “has to be eaten cold” part) as I wanted to prepare everything ahead of time so I could sit and chat with our guests.

I found the recipe online, and I decided to give it a try… it was a huge success!

I thought it was really delicious and as soon as I tasted it I knew I had to share it with you 🙂

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Italian Roasted Peppers

Herblay, France peppers Hi all, When we got home from London last night there wasn’t much in the fridge. I figured we’d have some kind of pasta and pesto (yes, out of a jar) but was looking around for something to make as a first course. Back to the fridge and there was the solution: peppers! Everything else I needed I was on hand. Forty minutes later-we sat down to some serious yum. Made a day ahead, the peppers taste even better. They add lots of colour to a selection of antipasti if you’re having friends in for Italian. I vary the filling items so everyone has a choice. Although it’s almost impossible to believe, I’ve been told that there are actually people who don’t like anchovies!!! Of course, this recipe is vegetarian and vegan friendly if you leave them out altogether. Bon appetit! Continue reading

Salmon Avocado Cucumber Appy

Vancouver Hello ladies! Today I’m showcasing one of British Columbia’s finest products: salmon. I went to my fishmonger Daily Catch on Davie Street to see what looked good. I bought an absolutely stunning piece of wild, line caught King Salmon. I decided to make a fresh bitesize appy to share with friends. Salmon Avocado Cucumber Continue reading

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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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

Herby Bedded Double Salmon Tartare

Herblay, France

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Well hello there everyone.

Not surprisingly, this is my favourite time of year for our wonderful Herblay market. Yesterday, I wandered around wondering what to make. There was so much choice, it was overwhelming. Therefore, running through my non-logical thinking process, I decided to make something that isn’t based on seasonal vegetables or fruit. I know, I know.

However, for this dish, you do need a variety of fresh herbs as well as super, scandalously fresh, best quality salmon. I love tartare of salmon and often order it in restaurants. However, after a few bites, it can be so rich that it’s hard to finish. My idea to lighten it up was to put the salmon on a bed of fresh herbs simply dressed with a little salt and lemon juice . For me, it did the trick.

I serve this as a first course, but a smaller serving in a little glass would make a pretty addition to your aperitif selection of goodies. I hope you enjoy it. Continue reading

Palourde clams with garlic and parsley butter

Belle-Ile-en-Mer, France

Hello Ladies,

I’m back once again in beautiful Belle-Ile in Brittany (lucky me!). The Man and I have been here for the past three weeks making and selling juice, smoothies and popsicles at Juju & Co with our good friends Philippe and Edouard. We are located right on the port and have the pleasure of watching the tide come in and out of the Sauzon harbour. As I mentioned in my post ‘French Toast Topped with Apple and Salted Butter Caramel‘, it’s common for people to go out during low tide and hunt for palourdes clams.

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This time I was determined to learn how to catch the little devils, so I packed my yellow rubber boots before heading out to Brittany…

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