Tag Archives: Tomatoes

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

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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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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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Something from (almost) nothing sweet pepper appetiser

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Herblay, France

Hi Everyone,

This summer was quite an odd one with more than a few misadventures including, watching our plane to Athens fly over the house without us. Couldn’t leave the cat behind! We thought Lucy was out and about, and looked all over. The stress mounted and we changed our tickets but still no Lucy. Turns out, she was curled up asleep in a bedroom closet. Aye, aye, aye. We had to stay an extra week…..

Yeah, I’m pretty sure I know just how much sympathy is coming my way on that one!

The night before we left, we had a friend to dinner. We’d been busy all day getting the house ready to close up and we had no car during that extra week; so the meal had to be made out of what was left in the fridge and the larder: slim pickings. I also wanted to use up what I could so decided against my usual easy, peasy, roasted peppers.

As luck would have it, a neighbour had dropped by with a couple of kilos of small tomatoes the day before and I had made confit tomatoes with them (also known as sun blush in the UK). Rummaging around, I also found some feta, capers, olives, peppers, onions, a few anchovies, garlic, dill and parsley (but I had to save the herbs for the main course).

Here is the approximate recipe, including how I did the tomatoes.

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Minty wholewheat tabbouleh with lemon and chickpeas (vegan)

Barcelona, Spain

Dear Ladies,

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!

Minty wholewheat tabouleh with lemon and chickpeas - vegan

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!

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Red Onion, Feta, Cherry Tomato and Olive Tart

Barcelona, January 15th

Dearest ladies,

I hope you are all well!

This week, I must admit that I was a little out of inspiration. I guess it was part of being super tired after all the guests we had at home 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, it was so nice to have you Emi, Mus, Gabrielle, Shadi at our place, but I must admit I was kind of looking forward to doing nothing all week haha!

So I decided to let Thomas decide for this post. I asked him to look through all my recipe books and pick something that he would want me to cook. It was interesting because he ended up picking something that I wouldn’t have tried spontaneously.

Note that I decided to add cherry tomatoes to the recipe – the original recipe was without.

And it ended up being pretty good!

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Vegan Mexican fiesta! Chickpea tacos with fresh avocado salsa and a side of rice & black beans

Carlsbad, California

Hello Ladies,

Apologies for posting late but I’ve just come home from a truly amazing road trip! As you can imagine food choices can be limited when you’re on the road, especially if you aren’t eating meat (except fish) or cow dairy. I ate a lot of tuna sandwiches, veggie burgers and fish and chips. A far cry from the whole-food plant based diet I’m aiming for! We limited the damage by picnicking for lunch (hummus, veggies, wholewheat pita…) and hiking as much as possible. We did have some good meals along the way – some great locally fished river trout comes to mind, as does the INCREDIBLE birthday dinner we had at Wazuzu in Vegas. Still, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to some good healthy home cooking by the end of the two weeks.

I knew exactly what I wanted to make for our first meal back: chickpea tacos! I found a recipe by The Happy Herbivore‘s Lindsay Nixon for Blue Corn Chickpea Tacos in The China Study All-Star Collection Cookbook and tried it out the week before we left. My friends, it was a slam dunk. I’ve altered the original recipe to suit my fancy and came up with a rice and bean dish to accompany the tacos (we found that just doing the tacos was a little “light” especially for the Man).

Chickpea tacos - vegan

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