Month: May 2015

Uses and Health Benefits of Fresh Sage Herb

Sage – The Holy Herb

In Greek mythology, sage was believed to be a powerful protector and healing agent that was sacred to the gods. It was also commonly believed to strengthen the memory, hence “a sage”, or wise man with a many memories and profound wisdom. Seeking immortality? According to Medieval folklore, all you have to do is take […]

Baked Orzo with Shrimp, Tomato and Feta‏

This recipe was inspired by a dish my aunt raved about — a bold and flavorful Greek dish called shrimp saganaki. Served as an appetizer, shrimp is sautéed in a pan with tomatoes, olives and feta cheese, then eaten right out of the skillet with the help of some crusty bread to soak up all […]

Papaya Salad with Avocado and Sweet Red Onion

The combination of papaya, avocado, sweet red onion and cilantro is a perfect match. It’s what I call a summer papaya salad of the highest calling. It’s a fantastic salad to serve as a main with grilled jumbo tiger prawns or as a sumptuous side. Not only does it taste great; it’s also pretty. Choose […]

Persimmon & Watercress Salad with Rhubarb-Ginger Dressing

Persimmon & Watercress Salad with Rhubarb-Ginger Dressing

I love creative salads. This one is just that. Inspired by the wonderful assortment of fresh farm produce, abundance of spring herbs, and exotic fruit sold at the farmers market, this salad is a mix of sweet persimmons, peppery watercress, bitter and spicy radicchio, plus a little fresh mint and chives, all tossed together in […]

Königin-Pasteten (Vol-au-vent) with a Creamy Veal and Mushroom Ragout

Königin-Pasteten (Vol-au-vent) with a Creamy Veal and Mushroom Ragout

As a main meal or finger food, it’s representative of a traditional German or French dish made for special occasions or to celebrate a festive time of year. Armed with this information, and a festive occasion (my birthday), that was my wish. Königin-Pasteten with a creamy veal and mushroom ragout. It was a Monday night […]

Spicy Thai Prawn and Pineapple Salad‏

Thai Prawn and Pineapple Salad‏

I can’t begin to tell you how yummy this salad was! It might just be the simplest, most heavenly salad I’ve had all month. Really, it was delicious and could very well convince anyone to consider trying pineapple in a salad. Seriously! It’s the perfect mix of sweet and spicy, but it’s not overpowering — […]

Spicy Thai Carrot and Zucchini Ribbon Salad

Spicy Thai Carrot and Zucchini Ribbon Salad

Zucchini is one of those vegetables that is extremely versatile and whether eaten raw or cooked can be completely yum-worthy. This is a great example of that — zucchini ribbons tossed in a Thai inspired, tangy and spicy dressing. For good taste and attempts to disguise another dreaded zucchini dish from my favorite Schwabe, I […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

This oh sooo good Strawberry Rhubarb Pie recipe is curtesy of my dear friend Magali. It’s based on an adaption of a recipe that was originally published in Saveur magazine and later made famous by Oprah Winfrey when she highlighted it in a feature about supermodel Cindy Crawford. She claimed that it is something she […]

Smoked Trout and Orzo Salad

Smoked Trout and Orzo Salad

Not everyone is as infatuated with artichokes as I am. I could eat them any possible way imaginable, whether they are fresh, marinated or simply from a can. They are a great addition to, well…as I see it…anything. In this case, their pure sweet and nutty flavor can be enjoyed in this simple orzo dish […]

Marinated Lentil Salad

Marinated Lentil Salad

No longer the “the poor man’s meat”, lentils are amazingly well loved in Mediterranean cuisine. Not only are they lentils, they are wonderfully versatile. They can be used just as well in salads or soups and can be easily be marinated overnight and used the next day only to have their flavors richen. Lentils cook […]

Spring Radish Salad with Mint, Orange & Pine Nuts

Spring Radish Salad with Mint, Orange & Pine Nuts

With the abundance of fresh local spring radishes picked at their height of freshness and flavor, I’ve been trying to think of other ways to use then rather than just have them play second fiddle as a mere garnish in a green salad. Why? Because I love these little root vegetables. Fresh and crunchy, they […]

Tortilla Española (Spanish Potato Omelet) Recipe

Tortilla Española (Spanish Potato Omelet)

I was first introduced to a traditional Tortilla Española by a Spanish student that was staying with me a few years back. She demonstrated exactly how it should be done and of course the result was first class, but I have to admit I was alarmed by the amount of oil she used (and the […]

Quinoa Salad with White Asparagus & Shaved Fennel

Quinoa Salad with White Asparagus & Shaved Fennel

Nutty quinoa tossed together with delicate tasting white asparagus in a dressing sweetened with honey and citrusy, antioxidant-rich orange and lime makes for a perfectly light, refreshing and healthy meal. One my favorite Schwabe referred to as “should be dedicated to vegetarians, so-called flexitarians, or hard-core vegans”. Meaning, in his opinion, it tasted healthy. Very […]

Raspberry Rhubarb Maple Crisp

Raspberry Rhubarb Maple Crisp‏ is everything you might think the name implies: perfectly sweet, slightly tart, fruity, nutty, crunchy, delicious. It’s packed with fruit smothered in pure maple sugar and is studded with oats and crunchy pecans. Plus there’s a good measure of bourbon vanilla, a little cinnamon, and mascobado cane sugar to lend it […]

Classic French Dressing

Classic French Dressing

A good salad dressing is the basic foundation to ANY salad! Homemade salad dressing is so much simpler than you could ever imagine and tastes phenomenally better. Not only does this simple salad dressing taste fantastic, it’s easy to whip together in minutes and is guaranteed to become your go-to dressing! In North America, French […]

Salmon and Asparagus Ceviche

White Asparagus and Salmon Ceviche

Simplicity itself. Thin slices of raw, ultra-fresh salmon and white asparagus are marinated in a mixture of sweet red onion, lime juice, and chili before being served with avocado and fresh cilantro. Ceviche makes a fabulous starter or light dinner – perfect for a sunny spring or summer evening. Ceviche is seafood dish popular in […]