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Chickpea salad sandwiches

Herblay, France

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.

Chickpea salad sandwiches - easy recipe

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.

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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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Tasty Tuna Salad

Hello Ladies !

I hope you are well!

Today I wanted to share a summer recipe with you, because it has been raining for the past week in Barcelona and I wanted to bring a bit of sun and cheers to the table.

tuna salad tasty diet

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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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Baked Figs with Peppered Goat Cheese

Hey ladies,

Greece has been on my mind lately- what with the recent political and financial upheavals. Beyond, the politics though- I’ve been thinking of the incredible generous, hard working Greek people that we know. I love Greece- I know we share that love in our family. One of my greatest and fondest memories of Greece was sitting with Maria- that summer after your wedding Hanin- eating the amazing figs she had picked that morning. So- I started craving figs. I found some decent ones in Vancouver- and decided I would try baking them. This recipe is adapted from the New York Times’ David Tanis recipe. Yum!

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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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Light summer salad: shaved fennel with baby spinach, apple and grapefruit

Barcelona, Spain

Hello Ladies,

It is hot, hot, hot in Barcelona! We’re lucky the apartment stays pretty cool during the day or else the Man and I would be roasting instead of working from home. Weather like this certainly puts you in the mood for light fare, am I right?

The recipe I want to share with you today is my version of a shaved fennel salad with a mandarin vinaigrette that I did for my plant-based cooking course last week. The course is still going well but I fell behind while I was in Herblay earlier this month and I’ve been so busy with work… it’s been tough getting back on track. There’s only about 5 weeks left so I’m going to be cooking like a mad woman to finish in time.

Light and fresh shaved fennel salad

The fennel, spinach, apple and grapefruit work really together in this dish and the result is not too sweet. (Right now Mom is thinking “Oh, no. I don’t think I’ll make this. Fruit in salad… not for me thanks.” Give it a try Mom, it’s deliciously refreshing, promise!)

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