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Warm Greek Potato Salad

 

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Milos, Greece

Hello to everyone. The weather here is great  and I am just about to head out for a swim. Before I do, I want to share this simple and delicious recipe with you. We love Greek potato salad any time of year. No mayo to go yucky and/or dangerous in hot weather, just lots of top quality ingredients sprinkled with a little Greek olive oil and a few drops of wine vinegar.

Serve it with a traditional Greek salad  (without feta, if you prefer) to make a complete meal. It’s also a great addition to a buffet or picnic menu as it tastes wonderful, hot, warm or room temperature. And….it’s a perfect side. Try it. I think you’ll like it.

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Creamy butternut squash faux-risotto

Milos, Greece

Hello Ladies,

The Man and I have been busy bees here in Milos. Lots of wedding planning to do 🙂

I haven’t been cooking as much as I’d like, but that’s only because the restaurants on the island are so hard to resist!

A couple of days ago I spotted beautiful, first-of-the-season butternut squash. As you know, I’ve tussled with the local squash before but I decided to give it another go. This time, I was inspired by a risotto-like seafood dish the Man and I had in Sifnos that used orzo instead of rice. I choose to make it into a whole food plant-based meal by using butternut squash instead of seafood broth.

Creamy butternut squash faux risotto recipe with orzo - vegan

The result was an ultra-creamy, hearty and fine dish that the Man rated as “restaurant grade” – the highest praise he ever gives out. The recipe isn’t complicated at all, although you may want to get a head start by roasting the butternut squash ahead of time.

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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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Warm Rice Salad with Homegrown Micro-Greens

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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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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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Vegan carbonara

Barcelona, Spain

Hello Ladies,

As you know, growing up, one of the family’s favorite dishes was Dad’s carbonara (or Nigel’s Cardiac Carbonara as Mom once called it!). It’s hard to resist creamy spaghetti peppered with salty bacon bits and the hint of dry white wine. Nevertheless, I haven’t made Dad’s recipe since I abandoned cow dairy and meat… and I’ve missed it. I promised myself that one day I would veganize his carbonara, and ladies, that day has come.

Vegan carbonara recipe

I’ve been working on perfecting this recipe for some time, the trickiest part was finding an adequate bacon substitute. In the end, I found that tempeh does a fine job. This pasta doesn’t taste exactly like the original (how could it?) but it has most of the same taste markers. I confess to having a Proustian moment when I ate my first bite.

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A Cheater’s Potatoes and Artichokes

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Milos, Greece

Hi everyone,

It is wonderful to be back in Milos. The weather has been amazing, and we’ve been able to swim every day so far – though I have to admit that we kind of cheat and have wet suits. My recipe today is easy and delicious, full of the flavors of spring and it’s a bit of a cheat too. We spend a lot of time working while we are here and grocery shopping isn’t as easy for me as at home where I can walk to the market and stores in a few minutes.

If you have access to all the ingredients fresh from a market or maybe even your own garden, then for sure your roasted potatoes with artichokes will be even tastier than mine. Be prepared though to put in the time shelling peas and turning artichokes . Or take it easy and cheat my way.

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