Tag Archive: Vegetarian

Vegetable tagine

November 27, 2016

Tagine, is a Moroccan stew named after the unique pot in which it is cooked. Traditional tagines were made of unglazed pottery and comprised of a shallow base bowl with raised edges and a cone shaped lid that tappers at the top (see image below) and fits tightly inside the bowl. The shape of the lid is designed to keep the condensation of steam as the food cooks and return it to the food below,... View Article

Easy rice pilaf with broccolini

November 23, 2016

Rice pilaf is an easy and flavourful dish to make for a side course or, for us, a main. Classic pilaf is made by sauteeing the aromatics (onion, garlic and vegetables) in butter or oil,  adding the spices then adding the rice and toasting it in the skillet until it’s coated with the oil before adding the cooking liquid and finishing the cooking. I have a shortcut for you to make with an already cooked... View Article

Baked apple chips

November 19, 2016

Of course I love potato chips, who doesn’t, but trying to get away from the salt and fat is sometimes a good idea. For those occasions, you may want to make apple chips, especially now that apples are in season. These are very easy to make, especially of you have a mandolin to slice the apples with. You are aiming for uniformly thin slices and it’s easiest with a mandolin. You can if you wish... View Article

Mac n’ Cheese

November 18, 2016

I haven’t made mac n’ cheese in forever but was in the mood for them today. I didn’t have real macaroni so I used shell pasta, not too small, and it worked fine as the shape works well with saucy pasta. I made a small amount, only 8oz of pasta, because I didn’t want leftovers, too much food around here anyway. I like to serve mac n cheese in gratin dishes, sprinkle the top with... View Article

Roasted squash soup with pumpkin seed oil

November 8, 2016

I love fall and its gorgeous colours and try to bring them into the kitchen and onto the plate. The golds, reds and greens of beautiful pumpkins and winter squashes are regular visitors here. Roasted, baked, made into soups, added to salads, used in pancakes, waffles or muffins, I don’t think a day does by without a touch of one pumkin or another in what we eat at home. The leftover roasted squash from the... View Article

Mushrooms and celery salad with pecorino romano

November 5, 2016

Mushrooms are best in the fall and I am trying to use them in various dishes. This simple salad is made with the “normal” white and cremini mushrooms sliced very thin and combined with thinly sliced celery and shaved pecorino. The magenta salt you see the image is a wild berry salt from Iceland, I brought it back from a recent visit, but you can use pink Himalayan salt or any interesting salt that is... View Article

Cauliflower “rice” with barley and shaved brussels sprouts

November 1, 2016

I wonder who was the cook who first came up with the idea of cauliflower “rice”. Since they “invented” it, the concept has spread like wildfire in kitchens around the world and for good reasons. It’s a simple and delicious way to serve cauliflower and can easily replace rice if you are a no-carb person, which, let me clarify, I AM NOT. I love carbs. I prefer to chop the cauli in a food processor... View Article

Roasted pepper salad with goat cheese

October 27, 2016

Roasting peppers transforms their flavour and texture and makes them versatile and adaptable to many dishes. I almost always have roasted peppers in the fridge, marinating in a little olive oil and flavoured with garlic, salt and pepper. I add them to grains and legumes, use them to top pizza or bruschetta and to make sauces and soups but my favourite way to eat roasted pepper is as they are an a salad. Since the... View Article

Roasted onion petals

October 26, 2016

This recipe works well with smaller onions and they don’t have to be of equal size. I roasted them whole, skin on, drizzled with a little olive oil. Once they cooled I slipped them out of their papery skin and separated the layers into “petals”. A drizzle of olive oil, a little sherry vinegar and a sprinkling of herb flower salt finished the dish. Serve as an accompaniment to other dishes, to top pizza, with... View Article

Roasted cauliflower with crispy crumbs and pine nuts

October 23, 2016

Roasting cauliflower is my favourite way of cooking it. Roasting brings out deep earthy flavours and natural sweetness that may otherwise not come forward. It’s not the only way to cook cauli, I like it pickled, steamed with a sauce, cauliflower rice, mashed and more. So many recipes, so little time. I made this bowl of cauli for lunch (we eat simply over here) and it was so good and easy, I wanted to share.... View Article

“No recipe” vegetable and bean soup with pasta

October 21, 2016

Once you understand how to construct a soup you hardly need a recipe. This is especially so in a simple and hearty soup such as this one, full of vegetables, beans and pasta and believe me, nothing could be simpler. I start with a heavy soup pot, my favourite is an enamelled cast iron pot such as Le Creuset, put in a little olive oil, heat it up and then begin adding the ingredients I... View Article

Green tomatoes three ways: fried, jam, salsa

October 20, 2016

Fall produce is not only about pumpkins and root vegetables. One of the things I look to with anticipation is the arrival of unripe green tomatoes at the produce stands at our local markets. With tomato season basically over, the green tomatoes that would have otherwise been left to ripen on the vine are now picked early to allow them to ripen on you kitchen counter, if you can wait that long. Buy the green... View Article