Year: 2014

Lemon Anchovy Dressing

On a recent trip to Aix de Provence, I had an amazing yet simple Provencal style salad consisting of Belgium endives in a lemony anchovy dressing. I know anchovies aren’t for everyone but if they are good quality and packed in a decent quality olive oil their taste positively stands out from the rest of […]

Pasta with Lamb Merguez and Porcini Mushrooms

Sometimes you just crave something comforting. Comforting as I know it, usually means pasta. With 30 minutes, there is plenty of time to make this tasty dinner recipe, which takes about 3% effort! Lamb merguez and porcini mushrooms pair beautifully together. With porcini mushrooms earthy and somewhat nutty flavor and merguez signature spice, this dish […]

Spicy Black Bean and Roasted Corn Soup

Roasted sweet, ripe summer corn with black beans makes for a richly satisfying soup. When fresh corn isn’t in season just use thawed frozen corn. I also like to use dried black beans rather than convenient canned beans. Yes, they may take a surprising amount of time to cook, but they are little bombshells of […]

Pasta with Smoked Sardines and Lemon

This was one of those unintendedly successful dinners. I had planned to make a nice homemade corn chowder, however that takes time. Yes, the kind with real corn and soaked black beans. The no shortcuts kinda corn chowder. And actually the kind of chowder, sans the chowder, since what defines chowder is that’s it’s actually […]

Pimientos de Padrón (Spanish Green Peppers)

Have you ever heard about Padron peppers? Padron peppers or pimientos de padrón, are small, Spanish green peppers with a sweet mild taste. The “Spanish roulette”of peppers, have been know to go rogue and occasionally sport an unpredictably spicy kick. Though this only occurs in less than 10% of those harvested. They make for a […]

Buttermilk Red Currant Muffins

I absolutely love red currants. Native to Asia and Western Europe, these little gems were thought to be among the original foods consumed by the Palaeolithic people. Yes, they’ve been around forever! Being a fan of tart fruits and berries, I don’t actually recall seeing currants all that often in my years of living Vancouver. […]

Blueberry-Raspberry-Mango Lemon Muffins

These muffins are bursting with blueberries and lemon flavor! The great thing about this recipe is that you can easily use the batter to make blueberry, raspberry or mango lemon muffins. All delicious! This fabulous recipe uses whole wheat pastry flour, which gives you the whole wheat without weighing the muffins down. Whole wheat pastry […]

French Cucumber Salad with Crème Fraîche and Dill

French cucumber salad with crème fraîche and fresh dill. Mmmm, it reeks of summer. One of the best smells of summer is fresh dill. And why not add the fresh watery crunch of cucumber. Perfect for a hot summer day. Crème fraîche adds a creamy richness with a hint of tang to this crispy and […]

Olive Tapenade 3-Ways

Tapenade’s name comes from the Provençal word for capers; “tapenas”. It is a popular food in the south of France, where it makes a lovely alternative to butter. Not only is Tapenade simple to make, it can be amazingly versatile. Other flavors can easily be incorporated by adding ingredients such as grainy Dijon mustard, sun-dried […]

Sorbet, Granita and Sherbet Differ How? Here’s the Scoop.

So what’s the difference between sorbet, granita and sherbet? Here’s the scoop: Sorbet and Granita Both are technically ices. They are semi-frozen dairy-free treats often served between meals to refresh the palate. Generally, they are thought of as being fruit but can also be made from vegetable purées, juices, champagne, or infused tea and include […]

Wurstsalat - German Sausage Salad

Wurstsalat – German Sausage Salad

My favorite Schwaber was traveling in South Germany this week, and so upon returning I thought I would surprise him by keeping that South Germany feeling going (North Italy as he calls it) by presenting him with homemade “Wurstsalat”. Common in southern Germany, it’s one of those dishes you often see served in beer gardens, […]

Why I Drink Tap Water? Tap Water versus Bottled Water

Years ago, I was told by a natural health practitioner that it is advisable to drink tap water over “manufactured” bottled water. Over the years, I have floundered between phases of lugging liters upon liters of water up to my top floor apartment only to eventually give up after having to deal with the endless […]

Homemade Chicken Broth

This is an easy and flavorful homemade chicken stock that’s perfect for any recipe calling for chicken stock or chicken broth. Fresh chicken broth is magical for making soul-warming soups and unparalleled sauces. It makes a huge difference in enhancing any dish, especially risottos. Once the broth has been prepared, you can decide whether to […]

Papaya Avocado Salad in a Lime-Mint Dressing

Now that my favorite Schwabe has come to the realization that papayas are powerfully healthy, he’s been on a bit of a papaya fix. At the market last week we bought a whoppingly huge one for 13€. Bigger than an eggplant but smaller than your average watermelon, that thing was huge! So what ensued was […]