Parsnip and apple creamy soup

parsnip  and apple creamy soup

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The first time I had to deal with a parsnip, I imagined holding just an anemic big carrot in my hands. Of course, I was wrong, parsnips are parsnips; carrots are carrots, even if they look very similar. It seems the “brave” parsnips love the winter temperatures, so this explains why they are found almost everywhere in Quebec during our well known cold winter. Parsnips by the way are a good source of potassium and folic acid. Continue reading

Cauliflower and amaranth creamy soup

crème d'amarrant et chou-fleur

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Archived the colours and the lights of Christmas; it takes a lot of strength and happiness to face the worst months of the winter, with its terrible temperatures and its several inches of snow. I’ve tried to find innovative dishes, using for the very first time the amaranth. Continue reading

French lentils with black tea and orange

French lentils with black tea

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In Italy due to the tradition you are supposed to eat lentils on New Year’s eve because the upcoming year will be prosperous. I don’t know if it works or not, but since I love them so much I usually have no problem honoring this tradition. Continue reading

My grandmother’s butternut squash “parmigiana”

parmigiana di zucca e pinoli

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Do you remember my grandmother who buys lemons flat out? Besides consuming a lot of lemons, she also is a great cook. At the age of almost 90 she is still able to put the whole family at the table. Continue reading

Kale and spinach spätzli

homemade spatula with kale

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Kale and spätzli are rarely mixed together, at least for me. Spätzli is a typical recipe of Germany, Switzerland, Austria and northern Italy. The kale, in Italy sometimes is known as “Black of Tuscany”, is the main ingredient of some traditional recipes around Florence and Siena.. Continue reading

Red lentil soup with mint eggplant

Soupe de lentilles rouges

 

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Do you have any good reason to not eat eggplants? If yes, it has to be really valid. Eggplants are, indeed, among my favorite vegetables, if you review the recipes in the blog archive, you could easily see that they are very popular, even a star I’d say. Continue reading

Eggplant humus with tofu salad

eggplant humus with tofu salad

In my entire life I’ve never stolen, I pay my bills regularly, I am a faithful person and I don’t lie … except at customs. Not always, but sometimes returning from Italy I happen to have some food hidden in my luggage. I’m aware that it’s not a good deed, but the temptation always wins. Continue reading