Tag Archives: Garlic

Warm Rice Salad with Homegrown Micro-Greens

20160719_123255Milos, Greece

Hi from windy Milos,

This has been a mind blowing stay in the most literal sense possible. The strong winds hardly ever stop and the house is full of sand despite valiant cleaning efforts by myself and the Mr. With all that cleaning there’s not too much time for cooking. I was especially pleased with this lunchtime salad topped with micro-greens I grew myself. Obviously it’s adaptable to whatever you have available and like. Have to say…this was a HUGE hit with the Mr.

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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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Luscious Linguini with Seafood

Herblay, January 17, 2016

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Hi everyone,

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

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich

Barcelona, 35°

Hello ladies,

I hope you are all well!

This week I have decided to share with you a recipe that is easy, quite healthy and tasty!

I have tried it on friends and it was a winner!

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Italian Roasted Peppers

Herblay, France peppers Hi all, When we got home from London last night there wasn’t much in the fridge. I figured we’d have some kind of pasta and pesto (yes, out of a jar) but was looking around for something to make as a first course. Back to the fridge and there was the solution: peppers! Everything else I needed I was on hand. Forty minutes later-we sat down to some serious yum. Made a day ahead, the peppers taste even better. They add lots of colour to a selection of antipasti if you’re having friends in for Italian. I vary the filling items so everyone has a choice. Although it’s almost impossible to believe, I’ve been told that there are actually people who don’t like anchovies!!! Of course, this recipe is vegetarian and vegan friendly if you leave them out altogether. Bon appetit! Continue reading

Amani’s Mutabal

Barcelona, Spain

Hello Ladies !

I hope you are all well.

It was so nice having Beth and the Man at home this past week. We had a great time tasting local cuisine (Thomas and I only get to eat tapas when we have guests…) and local wine.

Thanks to my mom, we were able to enjoy several nights out without Baby baby. A bit selfish maybe, but boy did it feel good! 🙂

The rest of the time, my mom cooked a lot for us, which was a real pleasure for all! So it was Beth’s idea to post one of my mom’s recipes that is really simple to make, and so tasty. Miam!

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It is called Mutabal, and I know the Greeks also have a version of this recipe. Here you will find the Lebanese version. It is great to have as a dip, with Pita, or as a side, with meat. We usually have Hommos and Mutabal with barbecue.

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Chili con carne or meatless… whatever takes your fancy!

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Hello Ladies,

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!

Chili con carne or meatless - Culinary Correspondence Blog

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.

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