It’s September- and I LOVE September. Still have the longish days, the weather is mild and it’s back to school time! Even though I no longer go back to school, this is still the time where I start new routines and classes. I’ve recently decided to go back to the foods that give me fuel, are tasty and healthy….meaning the Mediterranean diet. I’ve bought a few cookbooks and been rediscovering the beauty of the foods kissed by the sun, cooked simply and that are just divine! In my cookbooks there are various recipes for labna- strained yogurt cheese, like a thick cream cheese. I decided to try making some myself using goat yogurt and my favorite spice blend ever….zaatar. This is an incredibly simple recipe- it just needs some time, so be prepared to wait at least 24 hours….but it’s so worth it!!!
I’ve not had pasta in a long time and recently had a craving for it. I was at the farmer’s market and the roquette (arugula) looked beautiful. I thought it would go well with my pasta…and some capers. 🙂 It was delicious. I also got to top it off with some feta with garlic scapes- a speciality from local cheese company Little Qualicum Cheeseworks.
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.
Hi everyone ,
During our last week on Milos, I spent a terrific day with our friend Vasilis in the kitchen of his restaurant, Alevromilos. It was so interesting to see how he manages to make three or more dishes at a time. He cooks everything fresh to order,so he is super organised. One of the few things he preps ahead is his basic tomato sauce and that was the foundation for a lot of what we made that day.
On the menu was: aubergine saganaki, aubergine risotto and chicken meatballs-all easy and all delicious in large part because of the tomato sauce. We also made red pepper dip, feta in filo and orange filo cake but those are for another day.
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Apologies for posting late but I’ve just come home from a truly amazing road trip! As you can imagine food choices can be limited when you’re on the road, especially if you aren’t eating meat (except fish) or cow dairy. I ate a lot of tuna sandwiches, veggie burgers and fish and chips. A far cry from the whole-food plant based diet I’m aiming for! We limited the damage by picnicking for lunch (hummus, veggies, wholewheat pita…) and hiking as much as possible. We did have some good meals along the way – some great locally fished river trout comes to mind, as does the INCREDIBLE birthday dinner we had at Wazuzu in Vegas. Still, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to some good healthy home cooking by the end of the two weeks.
I knew exactly what I wanted to make for our first meal back: chickpea tacos! I found a recipe by The Happy Herbivore‘s Lindsay Nixon for Blue Corn Chickpea Tacos in The China Study All-Star Collection Cookbook and tried it out the week before we left. My friends, it was a slam dunk. I’ve altered the original recipe to suit my fancy and came up with a rice and bean dish to accompany the tacos (we found that just doing the tacos was a little “light” especially for the Man).
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!
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Like everyone, I have a few go-to recipes that are included regularly in my cooking rotation. These tend to be versatile, simple and composed of ingredients you can find just about anywhere. The chili recipe I want to share with you is the result of about 10 years of practice (and throwing together whatever happened to be in my cupboard…). View it as a base recipe you can build on to find your ‘perfect’ chili. I’ve made this recipe many different ways… beef, turkey, vegetarian, vegan… options, options, options!
The iteration pictured in the post is chili con carne I made on a rare day that I missed eating red meat. These days I generally make the chili meatless (often vegan) and it’s just as delicious.