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Power Toast for a quick and healthy breakfast

Carlsbad, California

Hello Ladies,

The Man and I are enjoying our last few days in California, it’s hard to believe we’ve been here for almost two months already. There are many things I’ll miss: bike rides down the Pacific Coast, the view of the lagoon from the apartment, technicolor sunsets… and the Carlsbad Farmers’ Market.

I’ll miss the stands bursting with colorful locally grown produce, the incredible selection of hummus at the Baba Foods stand and the wonderful variety of other foods on offer. A few weeks ago I just about gave the Man an ulcer when I bought a small pot of local honey for $10. But let me tell you, it was worth every penny.

Power toast - breakfast recipe

The recipe for Power Toast I want to share with you makes very good use of this top shelf honey. I created the recipe a few months ago in Barcelona when I couldn’t find anything to  put on my morning toast. After scouring the pantry for odds and ends I came up with this filling, nutritious and delicious recipe. The nuts and seeds deliver great texture, while the honey offers a welcome sweet touch. A dusting of cinnamon takes it over the top. You can easily veganize this recipe by substituting agave nectar or maple syrup for the honey.

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Sweet Christmas Series: Cinnamon Rolls

Good morning dear readers!

What do you have for Christmas breakfast? Over the past few years, after we excitedly go through our stockings filled by Santa- we gather for a hearty breakfast: scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, toast and cinnamon rolls. I love making these, a recipe I’ve adapted from “Cooking Light Five Star Recipes“- I recently made them for a brunch- they literally flew out of the baking pan so fast and onto my friends’ plates that I didn’t get a picture in the pan!

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Bonus with this recipe is that your entire house smells divine 🙂

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Lebanese Bean Salad

Hello Ladies,

First, allow me to apologize for being so late in posting… I guess my time management is not as good as I  thought it was…

Taking care of 🐼 Panda 🐼, your brother/son, the house, work…So much to do and we only have one child. All of this makes me think of you Jan, and how your time management skills must have been amazing with 3 children!! I truly admire you!

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So this week I have decided to share with you a dish that we traditionally have for breakfast back home, but it is definitely something that you can have for brunch or lunch. It is super easy to make, the hard part being finding the right can of beans. I would go to a Lebanese grocery store, or maybe it could  also be found in the #cuisine du monde part of supermarkets? I am not sure.

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Homemade Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

Barcelona,

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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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!

Vegan pumpkin pancakes

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Orange and chocolate chip muffins you can’t tell are vegan!

Herblay, France

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Hello Ladies,

Sorry it’s taken me so long to get this recipe on the blog. I can’t believe that Christmas was over a month ago. It seems like yesterday that we were enjoying these delicious and moist orange muffins over our Christmas morning breakfast.

As you know, one of the challenges of being together was finding things that everyone could eat. Between Hanin’s pregnancy, different food allergies and other dietary requirements we were a hard group to feed!

This recipe is adapted from the only muffin cookbook you’ll ever need: Muffins: Fast and Fantastic by Susan Reimer. Seriously – I can’t recommend it highly enough. Emily and I worked together to adapt the Orange Muffins recipe by making it vegan, adding chocolate chips and skipping the glaze – delicious! The boys tore into them and had no clue that they were vegan…!

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How to improvise in the kitchen – my recipe for butternut squash turnovers

Paris, France

Squash turnoverIt all started quite innocently about three weeks ago. I was in the supermarket on Milos and a sumptuous squash caught my eye (hello gorgeous!). I could make something local and seasonal with this I thought. Don’t Greeks make butternut squash pie with filo? Why, yes. Yes, they do. It is delicate, crunchy and beautiful. This would be perfect. I would impress everyone. And, with visions of me effortlessly whipping up the pie like a local, I carefully placed the squash in my shopping cart. How I could I have known what was about to happen?

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