My dearest Ladies,
Summer is in full swing and the heat is on… even in Paris! I’m here on my own for a few days to visit with my good friends Brechtje, Gwen and Renate, who are all in town. It’s wonderful being able to catch up with my girlfriends. It’s like no time has passed at all, you know? Even though we all live in different countries, the conversation picks up right where it left off. The mark of true friendship if you ask me.
When I’m not in Paris yapping away with the girls over too many glasses of wine, I’m working from home in Herblay. It’s very quiet here as mom, dad and Lucy are in Milos (lucky devils!). I don’t know about you but I find it harder to get excited about cooking for 1, so my meals here have tended to be simple and quick to prepare. Case in point, a couple of days ago I whipped up some of my tasty chickpea salad sandwiches. They were bursting with flavor and healthy to boot. I thought you might enjoy the recipe, so here it is.
This type of recipe is generally touted as a vegan substitute for tuna salad sandwiches, but I think that’s doing it a disservice. In my opinion, chickpea salad sandwiches stand on their own two feet and are absolutely delicious in their own right. The possibilities for mix-ins are endless. Experiment and see what you like best and let me know what you think.
We were given a giant zucchini (courgette) by the owner of Mikros Apoplous restaurant in Adamas while we were having lunch there. Here is the result of the challenge I set myself as promised in my comment on Beth’s post. Em says it’s a marrow. I don’t know, I’ll let you decide.
So here we go. This big bruiser became: 1. peppy roasted snack seeds, 2. puree with pesto , 3. roasted cubes, 4.baked semi-circles, and 5. grated shards to toss in mixed salad or slaw. Each had a different texture and flavour…and if I do say so myself, each was delicious.
I hope you are all well!
Today I wanted to share with you a recipe that I have discovered not too long ago. I was looking for something new to try, that could be eaten cold and that Beth could eat (so no meat, no cheese, except for goat) for a party we had at our apartment.
It was a very casual party, and dinner was served on a buffet (hence the “has to be eaten cold” part) as I wanted to prepare everything ahead of time so I could sit and chat with our guests.
I found the recipe online, and I decided to give it a try… it was a huge success!
I thought it was really delicious and as soon as I tasted it I knew I had to share it with you 🙂
Well, a LOT has happened since my last post! As you know, the Man and I have moved to Barcelona and have been working overtime to get our apartment in order as well as our admin. Last week was filled with Ikea (fun!), a flat tire (no fun…), as well as a visit from Mom and Dad who came to celebrate little Norah’s 1st birthday. So much excitement!
This week it’s back to work and starting to carve out our new routines. My kitchen is just about ready and I’ve been cooking up simple meals to keep us fuelled and in ship-shape. I’m peering into every store we cross to see what’s available for purchase. I haven’t quite figured out where to procure certain staples of my diet like unsweetened almond milk, kale or red curry paste but I have no doubt I’ll find them eventually. The nice thing is that each street corner seems to have a fruit and vegetable stall spilling over with colorful produce – what a luxury!
Yesterday I made a big bowl of simple and satisfying wholewheat tabbouleh that made use of the fresh mint that Hanin brought over as a housewarming gift (thanks Hanin!). It’s a cinch to make and will fill a number of bellies before it runs out. I’m super happy to be submitting this recipe to another Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck co-hosted by Bunny Kitchen!
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.
Happy weekend everyone.
Today was one of those days when in spite of it being August I wanted some thing warming and hearty. Maybe that had something to do with the charcoal grey sky, pounding rain and wild gusts of wind. Hope the weather is better where you are.
Lentil stew was just the ticket. It is is super low fat and filling so fits right in with my major diet regime. One pays for all those yummy meals in Milos, you know!
This is what I made today. Continue reading
Finally, after several weeks of being super busy between work, looking for an apartment and preparing our move, tonight I missed cooking so much that I decided to take a break from all the planning and to prepare a special meal for me and Thomas, as well as the little Groucho growing in my belly 🙂
So after consulting with my dear husband on what he felt like eating, we both decided that my Curry was on tonight’s menu!