Tag Archives: Gluten-free

Light Tomato Summer Starter

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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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Everyone’s favorite miso dressing

Barcelona, Spain

Hello Ladies,

The sun has come out to play in Barcelona! Nothing beats sitting in the parc, vino in hand, basking in the warmth of vitamin D-packed rays while enjoying the company of good friends. It’s official, Summer has made its debut!

This shift of season is a welcome one, and I’m thrilled the see the produce aisle brimming with new technicolor fruits and vegetables. With the temperature going up, I’ve been lightening up our lunch fare. Translation: we’re eating a lot of salad.

One recipe I’m using a lot these days is my miso dressing, which never fails to elicit compliments from friends and family. It’s the Man’s favorite – by far. One time when I was away he even asked for the recipe so he could make it for his Dad! Mom and Hanin, you’ve both asked me for this recipe, so I thought I would share it on the blog.

Miso dressing recipe

The dressing has a silky texture and works well in green salads, bean salads, to dip steamed artichokes in… lots of options. What I love here is the delectable umami taste. There’s something so comforting about it.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, it’s simple to make and I have no doubt it will become a staple in your homes too.

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Mexican Inspired Soup

Vancouver, February 2016

Hello ladies!

I was craving Mexican and I didn’t want tacos, fajitas or anything requiring tortillas. So- I decided to just try and make a hearty soup using quinoa instead of rice infused by my homemade Mexican blend of spices…and the result was delicious! This makes tons- great leftovers and freezes super well.

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Saucy Greek Threesome: Meatballs, Risotto and Saganaki

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Herblay, France

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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Cheeky Chickpeas in the Oven: Revithia Sto Fourno

Milos, Greece20151008_120425 (1)

Hi from sunny Milos,

Our friend Vasilis, chef and owner of  Alevromilos Restaurant here in Milos (one of our faves!) makes sublime chickpeas in the oven. I have tried many times to replicate his dish in France with varying degrees of success so when he offered to come over to the house and show me, I jumped at the chance.

This is a simple recipe that relies heavily on having the very best chickpeas. The Greek ones really soak up the liquid before cooking, swelling to a much larger size than those we get in France, plus they are very digestible. Vasilis says that if he couldn’t have Greek chickpeas, he would use Canadian ones. Who knew? Vasilis uses myrtle to flavour his version of revithia sto fourno but you can also use the more traditional bay leaves.

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Mango and coconut milk chia pudding: a mighty fine way to end your meal

Barcelona, Spain

Hello ladies,

The weather is still mostly beautiful in Barcelona although the temperature is starting to head south and the leaves have begun their slow fade to yellow. Which begs the question… where did summer go? The last few months have just flown by. I can’t believe that Autumn is coming in just a few short weeks.

The fruit aisles are still packed with delicious varieties of peaches and we’ve seen some new seasonal plums (Reine Claude anyone?) grace the stands as well. A couple of weeks ago mango started to appear in every shop that sells produce. I guess that means it’s mango season? I’ve not been a big fan of mango in the past (I blame the mango-chutney-on-everything craze of the early 2000’s) but thought I should give it another try just to be fair. I got my chance the Sunday before last when I was asked to bring dessert to a dinner where thai curry would be the main dish. I knew exactly what to make: mango and coconut milk chia pudding. I’ve been dying to try my hand at making chia pudding for a while. It always looks so pretty and it’s a great vegan whole food plant-based dessert. I figured that mango and coconut milk would make a killer combo as well as complement the flavors of the thai curry (which was absolutely delicious in case you were wondering).

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The result was scrumptious and earned high praise from everyone around the table. I should also mention that on top of being healthy and tasty this recipe is incredibly simple to make. What’s not to love?

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Homemade Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

Barcelona,

Hello ladies 🙂

I hope you are all doing well!

In Barcelona, everything is now back to normal: my parents have just left after spending a few weeks with us. It was so wonderful to have them around, especially since I hadn’t seen my dad in more than a year! They were both so happy to spend some time with the pequeña and we were all spoiled during their stay. Wonderful times.

This recipe is one I made while my parents were staying with us. Last Saturday, they treated us to a very nice breakfast at our place and I wanted to try this recipe for a long time. It seemed like the perfect moment!

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