Tag Archive: Summer foods

French beans and asparagus salad with burrata

July 14, 2017

One of the culinary treasures of southern Italy (Puglia) is the burrata: a creamy, perishable cheese that is shipped daily to vendors and restaurants in other parts of the country to be consumed the same day. Burrata means “buttered” and in the categories of cheeses it is not a mozzarella, nor a mozzarella di bufala, although it is made with buffalo milk. To make burrata cheesemakers fill a thin skin  of mozzarella with a mixture... View Article

Beetroot salad with gorgonzola and walnuts

June 19, 2017

Beets and gorgonzola is one flavour pairing that was meant to be. The smooth, creamy, slightly pungent gorgonzola set against the sweetness of the roasted beets, nutty oil and sweet and tangy balsamic crema, you have to try it to understand. The added layer of walnut oil and crunch of walnuts make this a completely irresistible salad. I cut the beetroot into equal size cubes, toss them with the dressing and then distribute the cheese... View Article

Cucumber, radish and dill salad with foraged watercress and lemon creme fraiche

June 16, 2017

Local farm cucs are not yet available here but I found these little ones the other day at the store and made this fresh cuc salad to go with a pasta dinner. I still had the elongated French breakfast radishes from this recipe and a bag of gorgeous wild watercress from our local forager Scott Moran, so I combined them with the cucs together with lots of fresh dill from my garden. Instead of cutting... View Article

Vin Santo stone fruit compote

September 19, 2016

How fun at the end of the summer to gather the best ripe stone fruits and a few others, shower them with a bottle of Vin Santo and simmer them together to a sweet perfection that you can then serve chilled in glass bowls. This to me is one of end of summer best treats. It is a dish I grew up with (minus the Vin Santo) where it was called a fruit soup. It... View Article

Corn Recipe Roundup

August 25, 2016

Corn hardly needs an introduction. Nothing says summer more than fresh corn on the cob with a little butter and a generous sprinkling of sea salt. A corn feast of eating a bunch of corn freshly picked that morning and bought directly from the grower is the best food memories of our summers. Leftover cobs can be stripped of their kernels with a sharp knife and the kernel used on their own with a little... View Article

How to eat vegetarian when travelling and Grilled summer vegetables with couscous recipe

July 28, 2016

There is an art to travelling as a vegetarian. You would think that with the abundance of gorgeous produce in the markets, especially around the Mediterranean, it would be easy to find vegetarian dishes in restaurants but somehow it is not. Now, I am interested in food and culture and will try other things even if they are not vegetarian, especially the local and traditional. I am certainly not going to travel without experiencing local foods.... View Article

Cauliflower confetti salad with barley, roasted grapes and tahini dressing

July 18, 2016

Grain salads can be quite beautiful when combined with colourful seasonal vegetables. This salad would make a good option for summer entertaining because it is all inclusive:  it has grains, vegetables and salad greens all in one dish. The barley can be cooked in advance and kept in the fridge, but the vegetables are best cooked the day you serve it. I made this salad with three colours of cauliflower: white, orange and purple, but... View Article

Fresh berries with Okanagan dessert wine

June 3, 2016

Not every dessert has to be complicated. Sometime what is best after a meal is a bowl of beautiful fresh berries drizzled with luscious local dessert wine. If you want to indulge, whip up some cream to go with it. If you want to make it vegan make a cashew cream with this recipe. Serves 4 Ingredients:   1 container Strawberries 1 container Blueberries 1 container Raspberries 1 container Blackberries Okanagan dessert wine of your... View Article

Watermelon and feta salad

May 21, 2016

Summer is teasing us, offering a few days of sunshine and blue skies only to retract its promise and send clouds and rain next. To be honest, I love cloudy, rainy days and often use them to catch up on my reading. After indulging in Roman history before and after our extended stay in Italy, I have moved on to the Russian dynasty in preparation for an upcoming trip to St Petersburg to visit its... View Article

Late summer corn chowder

September 10, 2015

This was one of the best corn season I remember in the Okanagan. Almost every day I picked up delicate and sweet cobs of corn with pearly, crispy, juicy kernels at local markets, still cool from early morning picking.  It was a memorable treat all summer and I have not tired of it yet. My quickest and easiest method for cooking corn is in the microwave. I place the husked cobs in a sturdy ceramic... View Article

Fingerling potato salad with grainy mustard vinaigrette

August 9, 2015

This summer I have made so many potato salads you’d think it’s the only thing we eat here. Well, almost, but not quite. I usually add  a couple of other vegetables or grains or legumes to make it a dinner. We often eat outside on the patio in my outdoor kitchen, surrounded by hydrangeas, lavender and lilacs and a whole bunch of herbs. I don’t mind winter but I love summer and since the season... View Article

Red and golden beet salad with walnut-balsamic vinaigrette

August 6, 2015

Cooking is an aesthetic experience. Before I even start to cook I may browse through beautiful food images in books and magazine and get inspired by an image, a colour, a combination of ingredients, a table setting. It’s already beautiful. Then I landscape the countertop with the cooking ingredients: colourful vegetables, fresh herbs, exotic spices, crusty bread, beautiful bottles of oil.  The cooking itself is also aesthetic: flames rising to touch food on the grill,... View Article