As you know, growing up, one of the family’s favorite dishes was Dad’s carbonara (or Nigel’s Cardiac Carbonara as Mom once called it!). It’s hard to resist creamy spaghetti peppered with salty bacon bits and the hint of dry white wine. Nevertheless, I haven’t made Dad’s recipe since I abandoned cow dairy and meat… and I’ve missed it. I promised myself that one day I would veganize his carbonara, and ladies, that day has come.
I’ve been working on perfecting this recipe for some time, the trickiest part was finding an adequate bacon substitute. In the end, I found that tempeh does a fine job. This pasta doesn’t taste exactly like the original (how could it?) but it has most of the same taste markers. I confess to having a Proustian moment when I ate my first bite.
Herblay, January 17, 2016
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
Hello at last!
First of all, I’m sorry about being absent for so long. This year’s vicious flu knocked me sideways for a while.
I want to share this simple recipe with you because it was an experiment and the results were yummy. Thanks, Beth for taking the beautiful pictures! The first time I made this, when Beth was home, it was without the herbs so you may wonder why you don’t see them in the photo. This dish was super good without them but it reached a whole other level of deliciousness with them.
In France, the fresh scallop season ends in early March. Sadness ensues. This year when their days were numbered, I wanted (needed) something that would taste like spring. And so I discarded my standby scallop recipes and got thinking; something light, lemony and luscious was required.
Here it is. You could make this with any fresh seafood to welcome spring if you can’t get scallops where you are.
So in line with the goal of trying to eat more wholesome plant based meals- I made this rich, luxurious curry. It’s actually a blend of recipes from Naturally Ella and Pinch of Yum . Feel free to amend as desired. I served this over pearl barley which was super delicious- but feel free to use any grain you’d like 🙂
I hope everybody is doing well!
The whole family here is alright, we have officially begun dieting with Thomas and it has been quite a success! Not only are we losing weight, but we are also making an effort in finding delicious yet light recipes to make the ride as easy as possible! And it is actually working 🙂
The recipe I have chosen to post today is not one of the lightest, however, thanks to a great app that I am currently using, I was able to calculate the amount of calories per serving: 433 calories.
Barcelona, October 26th
Ladies ! I hope you are all well.
Things have been ok here in Barcelona, the weather is beautiful, Norah is growing up so fast and Thomas and I have been enjoying the routine. We are getting into a good rhythm now between Norah starting the creche and me getting used to working again, it has been pretty nice 🙂
So for this recipe, I tried it one night when I really felt like a change. We had salmon at our disposal but I didnt feel like cooking it the usual way, which is in a pan. First, because it is kind of boring, and second, because the kitchen would smell for the following week. I hate that !
So I went online searching for an original recipe that was easy and with not too many weird ingredients as all grocery stores were closed.
I came across this one, I have to admit I was not really excited about it at first, and I even thought the mix of ingredients was a bit weird… But I was intrigued!
Well, I am so happy I took the chance as Thomas thought this was one of the best recipes I have ever made… wow! So I made it last week when our friends Ben and Katie visited… They really liked it too (or they are very good liars! hehe)
Vancouver, July 2014
Work has been keeping me busy ladies! And I’m getting home tired, hungry and totally not in the mood for cooking. So this weekend I searched through all my cookbooks and online for fast recipes I can either prepare ahead of time and/or cook in under 45 mins (and not just omelets!). I adapted this recipe from Donna Hay’s recipe “Cheats Chorizo Paella“. This is super tasty, easy and fast.