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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 ūüôā

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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Goat Labna with Zaatar

HELLO ladies!!!

It’s September- and I LOVE September. Still have the longish days, the weather is mild and it’s back to school time! Even though I no longer go back to school, this is still the time where I start new routines and classes. I’ve recently decided to go back to the foods that give me fuel, are tasty and healthy….meaning the Mediterranean diet. I’ve bought a few cookbooks and been rediscovering the beauty of the foods kissed by the sun, cooked simply and that are just divine! In my cookbooks there are various¬†recipes for labna- strained yogurt cheese, like a thick cream cheese. I decided to try making some myself using goat yogurt and my favorite spice blend ever….zaatar. This is an incredibly simple recipe- it just needs some time, so be prepared to wait at least 24 hours….but it’s so worth it!!!

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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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Caper and Roquette Tagliatelle

Hello ladies!

I’ve not had pasta in a long time and recently had a craving for it. I was at the farmer’s market and the roquette (arugula) looked beautiful. I thought it would go well with my pasta…and some capers. ūüôā It was delicious. I also got to top it off with some feta with garlic scapes- a speciality from local cheese company Little Qualicum Cheeseworks.

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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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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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