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Zucchini carpaccio with black olive dressing and toasted pine nuts

Barcelona, Spain

Hello Ladies,

Apologies for posting late this month but I’ve been swamped finishing up my Rouxbe Plant-Based Certification Course. This past Saturday was particularly challenging as I cooked for 12 straight hours to complete the plant-based party assignment. I took a 15 minute break at one point so The Man could give me a massage. I felt like a boxer in his corner after a couple of tough rounds! Later that day, Thomas, Hanin and Norah very kindly came over to help taste the little vegan party bites coming out of the kitchen. I’m pleased to report that everything was delicious. I may even post some of the recipes on the blog. I got 100% on my assignment and have since graduated from the program – woohoo!

Culinary Correspondence - Zucchini carpaccio with black olive dressing and toasted pine nuts

The last 6 months have completely revolutionized my cooking and I’m so thrilled to have taken this course. It was a ton of work but so incredibly rewarding. Everything I’ve learned will help me cook healthy meals for family and friends which is, as far as I’m concerned, absolutely priceless. To celebrate my graduation I’d like to share a recipe I did for the course: zucchini carpaccio with a black olive dressing and toasted pine nuts. I was inspired by the zucchini carpaccio that mom has been regaling us with for years and changed it up a bit to meet the requirements of a particular assignment. The result was absolutely delicious and so simple to make. The presentation kicks it up a notch and makes this dish a perfect light and healthy starter for entertaining. I’m super excited to bring this dish to share with all the talented bloggers taking part in Fiesta Friday #80Continue reading

Vegan chickpea burgers with caramelized onions

Barcelona, Spain

Hello ladies,

Life in Barcelona is treating me well and I’m enjoying the newness of everything here. I’ve been very busy working on my Rouxbe Plant Based Cooking Certification course and learning so much about cooking without any animal products. The Man isn’t complaining either – there’s a lot of tasty food around the house these days. This week I’m doing the breakfast unit… it’s going to make for some weird dinners, I can tell you that much!

Vegan chickpea burgers - Culinary Correspondence recipe

Last week one of my assignments was to use one type of bean in two different ways. After careful consideration I decided to make chickpea tacos and garbanzo bean burgers! The recipe for the burgers comes from Anne Lindsay’s wonderful cookbook: New Light Cooking, which was recommended to me by my very good friend Laura. I jazzed up the ensemble with some melt-in-your-mouth caramelized onions – YUM.

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Luscious vegan parsnip soup

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Hello Ladies,

The Man and I are back in Luxembourg after spending a few weeks catching up with everyone in Paris. The weather here is a little bizarre… one minute there’s snow, then nasty rain. Hmmm. Soup weather you say? Absolutely! It makes me yearn for the soup I made a couple of weeks ago in Herblay: thick, velvety, wintery parsnip soup.

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I immediately thought of Hanin who, after she tasted this soup a year or so ago, made me promise to share the recipe. The original comes from my all-time favorite 400-Best Ever Soups cookbook (the same book that inspired my French Onion Soup post). Since I’m laying off dairy and meat, I made vegan alterations for ingredients like chicken stock and butter. The result is a lighter parsnip soup that’s just as good as the original and less caloric to boot!

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Fiesta Fava

Herblay, France

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Hi ladies,

Let’s all of us at Culinary Correspondence congratulate Fiesta Friday on their first anniversary.

We love to party everywhere! In Greece, celebrations start with an array of olives, croquettes, savoury pies, little fish, dips and if you’re lucky, fava. Here’s our favorite version to bring to the party.

Fava is delicious and nutritious; great for everyone, vegans included.

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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!

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Berry Cornmeal Butter Cake

Vancouver, October 2014

Hey ladies!

I wasn’t sure what to make this time around, especially as I wanted something delicious to bring to Fiesta Friday hosted by The Novice Gardener. Beth and I had talked about maybe a moussaka- but I saved my eggplants for mutabal (by the way Hanin- delicious recipe you posted!). It makes an entire salad bowl of mutabal….I am so happy). My friend Anna was coming over for dinner and was running a bit late. I wanted to try a recipe from Deb Perelman’s amazing cookbook based off her just as incredible blog “The Smitten Kitchen“. Just so happens I had all the ingredients for her Blueberry Cornmeal Butter cake. SO! Here is is!!!

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Easy 30 mins Chorizo Rice

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.

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