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Light Tomato Summer Starter

Moms stuffed tomatoes (2)

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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Something from (almost) nothing sweet pepper appetiser

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Herblay, France

Hi Everyone,

This summer was quite an odd one with more than a few misadventures including, watching our plane to Athens fly over the house without us. Couldn’t leave the cat behind! We thought Lucy was out and about, and looked all over. The stress mounted and we changed our tickets but still no Lucy. Turns out, she was curled up asleep in a bedroom closet. Aye, aye, aye. We had to stay an extra week…..

Yeah, I’m pretty sure I know just how much sympathy is coming my way on that one!

The night before we left, we had a friend to dinner. We’d been busy all day getting the house ready to close up and we had no car during that extra week; so the meal had to be made out of what was left in the fridge and the larder: slim pickings. I also wanted to use up what I could so decided against my usual easy, peasy, roasted peppers.

As luck would have it, a neighbour had dropped by with a couple of kilos of small tomatoes the day before and I had made confit tomatoes with them (also known as sun blush in the UK). Rummaging around, I also found some feta, capers, olives, peppers, onions, a few anchovies, garlic, dill and parsley (but I had to save the herbs for the main course).

Here is the approximate recipe, including how I did the tomatoes.

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Hydrating anti-heatwave salad

Oh boy is it hot and humid in Vancouver!!!! We’re going to be hitting the 30 degrees Celsius which is extremely uncommon for the west coast even in August. Anyhow. I was a little hungry- but mostly craving fresh, hydrating foods. So with a twist on Hanin’s apéritif- here’s my refreshing salad!

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Red Onion, Feta, Cherry Tomato and Olive Tart

Barcelona, January 15th

Dearest ladies,

I hope you are all well!

This week, I must admit that I was a little out of inspiration. I guess it was part of being super tired after all the guests we had at home 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, it was so nice to have you Emi, Mus, Gabrielle, Shadi at our place, but I must admit I was kind of looking forward to doing nothing all week haha!

So I decided to let Thomas decide for this post. I asked him to look through all my recipe books and pick something that he would want me to cook. It was interesting because he ended up picking something that I wouldn’t have tried spontaneously.

Note that I decided to add cherry tomatoes to the recipe – the original recipe was without.

And it ended up being pretty good!

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Greek Zucchini and Spinach Medley

Hey ladies!!!

Happy New Year! So to the start the year I have a confession to make. This original recipe was going to be : Stuffed Zucchini with Greek Rice. What happened? Well… I cored open the zucchini and realized I couldn’t stuff them properly and it got messy….so it turned into this! It’s healthy, it’s SUPER tasty and incredibly easy.

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Quinoa, Lentil and Feta Salad

Barcelona, Spain

Hello dearest ladies!

I hope you are all well.

Summer is hitting us hard in Barcelona and Thomas and I have been looking for fresh recipes to complement the hot evenings that seriously lack a gentle breeze…

Since the little one goes to sleep between 9 and 10, and for more than 7 or 8 hours in a row, Thomas and I are able to dine together again, and I have been very inspired lately to try out new recipes.

I have been picking recipes from Beth’s great birthday present (Thank you Bethie!) Cuisine Legere, and I wanted to share with you this recipe which is very easy to make, and will make you feel full, although it has very little calories (yay!)

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I also know you Williamses love lentils! So here goes:

Ingredients for 4 people:

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Dips on the Run: Another Easy Seaside Aperitif

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Hi all,

We got back from Milos on Monday, always hard to leave. The weather this spring was mixed but we were lucky enough to have a gorgeous evening for the last night of K and L’s visit. We had dinner plans at Yialos and I wanted to make something a little extra for our aperitif.

Three issues; K and L don’t eat fish so my first instinct to take inspiration from Beth’s last post wasn’t going to work, the fridge was almost empty, and I needed to get back upstairs to write. So when I started to make lunch, I took stock of what was on hand and it was a pretty dreary and limited selection. Black olives, green olive paste (not home made this time) and pistachios plus; one medium red onion, half a cucumber, a couple of green peppers, two spring onions, half a yellow pepper and one orange pepper. There was also; fresh sheep yoghurt and hard cheese from ‘our lady’, some feta and a bit of pecorino.

I reached back to my Canadian youth and decided on veggies and dips. Back in the old days, dips were bought (dill, my fave) or made by adding onion soup mix to sour cream. Neither were an option here and besides, I’ve grown up a little since then. Artichokes and roasted potatoes (delish!) were on the lunch menu, so the oven was already on and my eureka moment came. Continue reading

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