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

Eggplant and feta balls

eggplant and feta balls

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You can trust eggplants. They never deceive you. Yes, I know, sometimes they can be bitter, but something unexpected can always happen, can’t it? These eggplant and feta balls are the last things I cooked before I left for my holidays in Italy, with the idea to empty my fridge as much as possible. Continue reading

Cold nettle soup with Greek yoghurt

 

Cold nettle soup

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Just to make it clear: this is the first time I’ve cooked nettle. The memories of the itches on my legs, even after several years, are still there. But finally my curiosity won over the “bad itching memories”, and so I went home with a lot of organic nettle. I wish I had a mirror when I tasted the first spoon of this soup. Continue reading

Fennel salad with mango and coconut breaded shrimps

fennel and mango salad

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When I found beautiful tulips at the supermarket, I wanted to purchase them all in every color. After several minutes wondering which color I should buy, I chose the yellow ones, thinking that they would go perfectly with the mango salad I wanted to prepare the day after. My lust for yellow tulips and salads go at the same speed with the calendar. Even though two days ago a storm covered the city with snow again, and the temperature is still too close to zero, according to the calendar it’s spring and I feel like eating something colorful. Continue reading