Year: 2014

10 Cucumber Tips and Tricks

Cucumbers are hugely underrated. Not only do they taste great, but with 95% water content they are amazingly hydrating­­—helping flush away toxins from your body. They also a number of other health benefits and other useful purposes. BENEFITS: • High in vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, […]

Banana Bread (Egg & Dairy-Free)

I owe this perfectly simple and healthy recipe to a dear friend of mine in Geneva. It’s deliciously sweet thanks to a little aromatic honey and orchard fresh apple juice­­. Amazingly healthy, this banana bread recipe can be transformed into something divine by using your favorite variety of honey or maple syrup for its caramel-like […]

Lentils – A Guide to Cooking

Not only are lentils an amazing source of protein, but cooking them is super-easy! Unlike beans, lentils don’t need any pre-soaking and have the added advantage of cooking quickly. Low in fat and high in protein, iron and fiber, lentils make a healthy and tasty staple for vegetarian diets. With just one cup, they provide […]

Creamy Wintery Radicchio Salad

Whenever I want to add a “splash of color” to my recipes radicchio does the trick. In this salad, radicchio isn’t just there to flaunt its color–it’s the star! This super quick radicchio salad delivers a lot of flavor. Tossed together with tangy crème fraîche, sweet syrupy honey, freshly squeezed orange and a dash of […]

Mint

Bright and happy, mint is more than just a pretty little sprig garnishing your dessert plate. Few flavors are more refreshing than the clean, cool taste of mint. Extremely versatile, it’s one of the most useful medicinal and culinary herbs. It’s fabulous in both sweet and savory dishes and in the Mediterranean, it’s a treasured […]

Greek-Style Black-Eyed Peas

A key part of African-American “soul food”, black-eyed peas and collard greens are a typical New Year’s Day dish that is considered good luck: black-eyed peas symbolizing coins and the greens symbolizing good ‘ole hard cash. This dish, we recently tried and enjoyed a number of times on the island of Rhodes in Greece. In […]

Arabica and Robusta? Spill the Beans

Most of us are familiar with the term “Arabica” found on the pack of espresso sold at the supermarket. Actually this is pretty misleading, since a real espresso consist of a blend of Arabica and Robusta beans. Likewise, there’s this rumor floating around that only Arabica beans are really good coffee beans. That’s not entirely […]

Apple and Fennel Salad

Ever since I discovered how delicious fennel is I have been adding it my salads pretty much every other day. Okay, it’s not a secret that I absolutely love and live on bowls of raw yumminess. I’ll never tire of salads, especially with fruit in them – a little obsession of mine. Apples and fennel. […]

Parsley Tuna Salad

I’m always on the look out for new ideas for creating that perfect mix of ingredients that really make a salad exciting. My recent obsession with using fresh herbs inspired this one, which is truly tasty. The refreshing combination of fresh flat-leaf parsley, cool mint, red sweet pointed pepper, crunchy celery, red onion, and chunky […]