This Week in my Kitchen

Middle Eastern Fatoush Salad

Looking outside through the expanse of windows overlooking the Okanagan in the morning is always reflective. It’s foggy and overcast at the moment, but I suspect the fog will lift as the sun breaks through in a few hours. I don’t mind foggy days, there is a mystery and romance to the silvery tones and staying home seems ever more enticing. The fireplace is warming up the room and a cup of hot camomile tea is releasing it gentle aroma beside me. I have a stack of new cookbooks to go through, ranging from ethnic to vegetables to food writing […] 

Peas and Lima Beans with Butter Lettuce and Fresh Dill

This is adapted from a recipe I posted a couple of year ago in the spring when fresh peas were out. Fresh peas are not out yet here in the 49 parallel but I think this recipe is perfectly good with frozen peas and this time I added lima beans to the mix (also frozen). It is so simple and delicious that I wanted to remind you of the dish. Peas by themselves are wonderful when they are just picked and shelled and if you have fresh peas and lima beans by all means use them. I have only made […] 

Pasta with Cauliflower

Pasta with cauliflower may seem unusual but it is really a melody of complimentary textures and flavours. Pasta, in any event, goes with just about anything. I had a beautiful white and crisp cauliflower that called to be a main dish (vegetables for me ARE the main dish).  I cooked it on top of the stove and to make it more substantial, added some cooked pasta to the skillet as it was finishing cooking. I wanted to add a little more colour to the otherwise all white dish so I added a teaspoon of turmeric to the cauliflower and it […] 

Mashed Potatoes with Kale

Mashed potatoes are NOT boring but anyone can use a lift every now and then. Here is a simple but delicious recipe for mashed potatoes to which I add kale, already cooked and chopped. To make it easy you can even use frozen chopped kale that you buy in bags all ready to go. I mentioned that I now no longer feel that everything has to be labour intensive and a few shortcuts on busy nights can make the difference between eating out and eating good food at home. I recently took a big bowl of this dish to a […] 

Polenta Cake with Spring Vegetables

Spring is still resisting but I decided to ignore it and pretend it’s here. Wherever spring vegetables come from this time of year, they are beginning to show up in the produce section of our local stores and I am all over them (if they look good). I am also in the middle of a difficult photography course, two, really, challenging myself to learn more. Sitting next to young (twenty somethin’) group of students is kind of a humbling experience. They are so fast and keep up with the going on. I am still a little behind wondering what’s going […] 

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