Month: March 2015

Asparagus and Mango Salad

Asparagus 3-Ways

Asparagus is so delicious with its wonderfully subtle flavor that seems to work well with almost anything. It’s a great addition to any summer salad and makes for a tasty side dish with almost any meal. Here are 3 simple recipes for asparagus. All of which are very summery and fresh tasting — and of […]

German Ham and Egg Noodles (Schinkennudeln)

German Ham and Egg Noodles (Schinkennudeln)

This is a super quick, super simple classic kid-centric German recipe. One that only requires scrounging a few staples together. Noodles. Eggs. Ham. It’s almost like having breakfast for dinner. Whether you are looking for a tasty kids meal, are eating solo or just want to deliver something quick and easy, this recipe definitely fits […]

Baked Tortellini with Italian Sausage (Salsiccia)

Baked Tortelloni with Italian Sausage (Salsiccia)

Do you ever get a craving for lasagna, and start thinking of the different steps involved in putting it together and remember how much effort it really is? Okay, truth by known, I belong to the camp of people who still pre-boils the lasagna noodles and likes to make a proper Bolognese for the sauce, […]

Tarragon Health Benefits and Uses

Tarragon

Although tarragon is originally native to Siberia and western Asia, it is one of the classic herbs found in a French kitchen. The name itself, is derived from the Latin word “dracunculus” which means “little dragon” and also has ties to the French word ‘estragon’ which also means ‘little dragon’. The origins of this name […]

Savory Tomato &Thyme Salmon

Savory Tomato and Thyme Salmon

This salmon recipe is full of wonderful Mediterranean flavors.Tomato, garlic, thyme and white wine. Splendid. Perfect if you are looking for a “quick and easy, fancy”. The key to good salmon is not overthinking it. Simple in this case is better. All that I’m doing here is sprinkling the salmon with a little salt and […]

Shaved Fennel & White Asparagus Salad

Shaved Fennel & White Asparagus Salad

“White gold” or “edible ivory” – considered a spring delicacy, white asparagus makes it way to produce markets and grocery stores only one season a year. During the German “Spargelsaison” or “Spargelzeit” (“asparagus season” or “asparagus time”), the season usually starts in late April and finishes in mid to late June. Thanks to a mild […]

Snowball White Radish and Apple Salad with Fresh Dill & Pine Nuts

White Radish Salad with Apple, Fresh Dill & Pine Nuts

Italian white radishes are a cool-season crop which grows best in spring and fall. They are a great addition to salads or, as in this recipe, as the basis for a salad. When buying radishes, make sure that they are very fresh, with smooth skins and firm roots (wrinkles and cracks are a sign of […]

Pasta Koulouria with Caramelized Onions and Feta‏

Koulouria Pasta with Caramelized Onions, Oregano and Feta

Caramelizing onions may sound like a lot of effort but really it’s not. It gives you a chance to get some other things done. Like in my case, hop in the shower after my Pilates class, knowing I have a full 15 minutes before I need to do something in the kitchen again. Plus when […]

Heirloom Carrot and Cara Cara Orange Salad

Heirloom Carrot Salad with Cara Cara Oranges

A salad is the perfect way to showcase heirloom carrots in all their beauty. They come in an amazing array of colors — deep purple, yellow, red, white, peach and of course orange. I couldn’t resist when I saw the beautiful rainbow of carrots at the farmers market. Shaving them into paper-thin ribbons is a […]

Green Risotto (Spinach, Tarragon, Parley and Chive Risotto)

Green Risotto (Spinach, Tarragon, Parsley and Chive Risotto)

With Saint Patrick’s day directly around the corner, what better than to celebrate with a “green” risotto! Rather than traditional Irish recipes, you could turn to something a little healthier and brighter. Unless drinking dyed-green beer appeals to you more! In Canada we observe March 17th as a day for celebration and take it very […]

Oxheart Cabbage Coleslaw with Apple and Mango

Oxheart Cabbage Coleslaw with Apple and Mango

Oxheart cabbage is the one with the pointy head and my absolute favorite cabbage. Actually it’s the only cabbage I buy on a regular basis. It has succulent leaves making it excellent choice for salads like coleslaw and is everyone’s darling for sauerkraut. More often than not, I add it broth-based soups, let it wilt […]

Tagliatelle al Ragù (Classic Bolognese) with Veal

Tagliatelle al Ragù (Classic Bolognese) with Veal

I’ve been told a bolognese cannot be called a bolognese at all and that a true and authentic bolognese is actually called tagliatelle al ragù because Italian chefs insist that it should be served with a flat pasta rather than thin spaghetti because the meat clings to it better…AND like all ragùs, it’s characterized by […]

Green Spring Detox Smoothies

Spring Cleaning Your Body

With spring around the corner, our bodies naturally start to cleanse themselves by releasing toxins and cleaning the body from excess oils, fats, salt, carbohydrates, and animal proteins. Many of us experience this in the form of a cold or flu. We can aid this natural cleansing process by eating lighter meals and indulging ourselves […]

Sardines vs. Anchovies

Little Fish: Sardines vs Anchovies

Ever wonder what the difference between a sardine and an anchovy is? Although many people think that sardine is just another name for anchovy, guess what? It’s actually not the case. Anchovies and sardines are two different fish species, from two different fish families. Though, they do share some similar traits — both are small, […]

Belgium Endive and Winter Purslane in a Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

Belgium Endive and Winter Purslane in a Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

Here’s a super salad dressing that makes even the simplest plate of greens memorable. Walnut oil lends the salad a light nutty flavor and blends well with watercress, Belgian endive and postelein. Postelein is the Dutch name for winter purslane or miner’s lettuce; a delicious but often overlooked wild green, resembling tiny lily pads and […]

Lemony Chicken Soup with Savoy Cabbage

Lemony Chicken Soup with Savoy Cabbage

Suffering from a cold? Or just feel like something simple and light? A good, tried and true, homemade chicken soup has got to be one of the most comforting dishes around and it’s so easy (actually foolproof) to make. Now, it’s not like we haven’t all made chicken soup before. Yes, everyone has their own […]

Sicilian-Style Romanesco with Capers and Lemon

Sicilian-Style Romanesco with Capers and Lemon

It may seem new to some of us, but actually romanesco has actually been around forever! Forever as in ages, ages as in 16th century Italy. Like I said, forever. A cross between broccoli and cauliflower, it’s unapologetically captivating. I mean, really, it’s structure is quite a marvel. Such a marvel that I could even […]