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November 15, 2017

Three lentils soup with coconut cream

Once fall arrives soup season begins in my kitchen. I make a soup in a large le Creuset pot and then store it in 2-3 mason jars in the fridge so it’s ready to warm up or play with as I wish. Lentil soups are regulars here and I usually mix 2-3 types of lentils together to make it more interesting. Soup for me is second nature and I don ‘t need a recipe to... View Article

November 13, 2017

Paprika roasted potatoes with garlic and rosemary

A fragrant dish of delicious herb-roasted potatoes is always a welcome sight at dinner and this is an easy way to make them. The secret to this recipe is steaming the potatoes until partially cooked before roasting. You can do this step earlier in the day and finish the roasting before dinner. Use whatever herbs you have available fresh but potatoes and rosemary is a classic combination, you can’t go wrong with that. I use... View Article

November 10, 2017

Torta di Mele (Italian apple cake)

I would probably choose an apple dessert over chocolate. Did I lose you already? Hang in there. I love the contrast of sweet and tangy and the freshness that apples add to a dessert. When I have a chocolate dessert, I prefer it with a raspberry sauce, a cherry or some other fruity relief to provide contrast and context. Not that I can’t gorge on pure dark chocolate alone, I can do that well, but... View Article

November 9, 2017

Apple Tart Tatin

I have been baking up a storm lately, some of the creations have made to the blog and the rest hopefully will if I get to photograph them. Today I focused on beautiful apples from a local orchard that originally were  intended for an Italian apple cake but ended up in a classic French tart tatin. I made this same desserts last week but it was gone before I had a chance to photograph it... View Article

November 8, 2017

Roasted cauliflower with lemon and pine nuts

You know that cooking vegetables is my “thing”. My fridge is always full of them and they feature in every meal we eat. Cauliflower is one of my favs, a versatile veggie that can be boiled, baked, pureed, roasted or made it into soup. You can even make a cauliflower “rice” by pulsing it in a food processor to rice textured small bits). Cauli goes well with cheese sauce, blue cheese, tahini, lemon, crunchy dukkah... View Article

November 6, 2017

Cream cheese brownies

I have been in a baking mood for some reason and this morning got up and made these brownies before 8:00 am. I had to stop myself from making a torta di mele (Italian apple cake) as well, must save that for tomorrow. What’s up with that? Brownies are usually delicious and when you swirl cream cheese into the batter they are even better. I also added fine zest of a small orange, orange and... View Article

November 4, 2017

Mujadara (middle eastern rice and lentils)

I haven’t made this rice and lentils dish in a while but I consider it one of my favourite Middle Eastern dishes. It’s just that there are so many things to cook and what I repeat other than vegetables tends to be pasta, pasta and more pasta. Basta pasta? I don’t think so. I have seen many recipes for making mujadara and even a few different spellings of the word (mejadra, Mejadara etc.). My preference... View Article

November 1, 2017

Vegetable galette with cream cheese pastry

With a bumper crop of Swiss chard in my rooftop garden I have been looking for ways to use up what is left after the summer. I saw a picture of a vegetable tart in a magazine while waiting for an appointment and thought I could adapt it to use with the chard waiting to be harvested. I used the rainbow chard for this recipe, with thin stalks of many colours and still tender leaves. You... View Article

October 25, 2017

Potato salad with curly endive and homemade lemon aioli

I never tire of potato salads and although I make them mostly in the summer when potatoes are garden fresh, this year I am extending the season as the weather is not that bad. My friend Philly gave me a bag of organic potatoes the other day and I made good use of them, transforming some into a leek and potato soup and the rest into this delicious salad. I usually steam potatoes rather than... View Article

October 20, 2017

Roasted butternut squash and sweet potatoes

If you follow me on facebook you may know that I went to the market the other day and brought just about the entire market home with me. I was too excited to leave anything behind, it being the end of the season and probably one of my last market trips this season. Living at the 50th parallel has its disadavantages. In spite of the fact that there are only two of us at home... View Article

October 18, 2017

Sticky date pudding with salted toffee sauce

One of my favourite fall desserts is a sticky toffee pudding, dense and moist, drizzled with sticky toffee sauce and served with ice cream. It doesn’t matter what I have for dinner, there is always room for this dessert. I have a few recipes that I rotate when making this pudding but I always keep my eyes open for something new and I found this one in a new dessert book. For those of you... View Article