Month: December 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, […]

Seafood Jambalaya‏ with Prawns, Swordfish and Monkfish

Jambalaya is none other than the creole version of Spanish paella. It uses more stock and tomatoes, and is much more spirited, but just like paella, jambalaya is a rustic dish prepared in a single pot. It’s usually a spicy hodgepodge of chicken, Andouille sausage, vegetables, rice and seafood. I love my version—without the meat. […]

Pasta with Artichokes and Wild Mushrooms

One of the things I love about fall is the assortment of wild mushrooms available at the farmers market. I absolutely love mushrooms—they are fantastically hearty and filling. Together with artichokes they add so much flavor and texture to this delicious pasta dish. Harvesting mushrooms in Germany is big business. Germany has some 5,000 mushroom […]

Turkey Dinner with Sage Stuffing

Tips for Brining a Turkey: For a super moist flavorful turkey I find a salt brine works wonderfully. I always order a fresh turkey, which works especially well, but surely a frozen and thawed in the refrigerator turkey would work well too. I use a large plastic brining bag (in addition to a couple shopping […]

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 […]

Puttanesca Chicken with Barbarella Eggplant

Last week I had a serious eggplant (aubergine) obsession. I particularly love it served rustic and simple – roasted with tomatoes, a generous amount of olive oil and fresh mint, making it the perfect accompaniment to anything from a green salad, to a bowl of pasta, to a crusty baguette. Yum. In a moment of […]

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 […]