Giada’s Lasagna Rolls

  Hey everybody, I know my posts have been few and far between and I do apologize for that. I’ve been busy and haven’t had much time for experimentation and what I like to call recreational cooking. However this weekend I was inspired! I got an email from Giadzy which is Giada De Laurentiis’ newsletter. I…

Farro Salad with Arugula and Goat Cheese over Beet Hummus

  Hello there! I tried this gorgeous salad at a recent event I attended at Appetite for Books, a lovely, aptly named cookbook store in Westmount where you can attend either a traditional cooking class or a private dinner for 10, where you watch and learn how your delicious 4 course meal is created. I…

Chickpea Bolognese and Pasta (V)

  Hello there, I often try to go meatless with my pasta sauces and I always feel like there’s something missing…Oh yeah. It’s sausage. So you will understand my hesitancy when I came across this recipe in my new Thug Kitchen cookbook (Vegan). Although, I noticed that I kept flipping back to it, curious. So I made…

Curry in a Hurry (V, GF)

  Have I lost you already?!? I can imagine that some friends and family have not even made it to this line, they saw “curry” and bypassed the email. “What’s she thinking?” then… “DELETE!” . My (Sicilian) father probably shut down his whole computer. …but if you are here – Welcome! Curries have become Britain’s national dish! Did…

Zoodles with Almond Butter Sauce

  Lets begin… Zoodles?? (my spell checker is in disbelief. It keeps changing the word to “noodles”) Zoodles : Spaghetti style noodles made from zucchini, using a Spiralizer Facts: Vegetarian recipe, Gluten Free, Vegan & Raw. It’s super healthy; super delicious Hello there! So, here is another recipe that was so delicious & so simple to prepare…

Warm Chickpea Salad with Fresh Mint & Yogurt

  I just got the second cookbook from the Bakopoulos sisters called “Back to the Beginning” and I could not be more psyched to dive in! Their first cookbook, Around the Greek Table is my #1 , all time favourite cookbook! The recipes are fantastic , easy to follow and the results will be as…

Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

This recipe is so easy, quick to prepare and really delicious! You don’t need to boil the cauliflower beforehand; just grate and sauté with all the usual great stuff that goes into traditional fried rice! Except for the rice of course. You won’t miss it, I promise. Yes, I know,  this is yet another recipe…

Stephanie’s Pasta e Fagioli

Hey there! You will love my very easy recipe for Pasta e Fagioli. It’s so delicious most notably because of the garlic, creaminess of the white kidney beans and parmesan cheese. Its rustic looking, made with unevenly broken spaghetti, and when you eat it, it feels like a warm hug. There’s just nothing like it for me. It seems…

Dad’s Chickpeas and Pasta

Hello all, All my life, my dad made chickpeas in one form or another – either on their own, boiled in seasoned water or with pasta. I wouldn’t even touch it; it just didn’t appeal to me but now I realize what I’ve been missing all these years! He gave me a small bowl for…

Nonna Rosina’s Ciambotta; Potato and Zucchini Stew with Poached Egg

Nonna Rosina’s Ciambotta or Potato & Zucchini Stew with Poached egg Ciambotta is a classic peasant dish from the province of Potenza in southern Italy. Growing up I loved to tear the thick crusty bread apart and dip it into the stew, breaking open the poached egg and letting the yolk run into the dish….

April’s Swiss Chard with Olive Oil

Hey there! Following my last post about the too-amazing-for-words Tunnel of Fudge cake, I felt I needed to go lighter in this one….a lot lighter. So, I made April Bloomfield’s super simple Swiss Chard with Olive oil. She is my new favourite chef. The leaves were tender and glistening. The fresh garlic and fruity olive oil flavours…

Mini Post – Sweet Potato “Buns”

Hey all! Once again Pinterest has inspired me to make something I would never have otherwise made. Actually, that is only true in part. It was my niece Claudia who asked, “what else can I do with sweet potatoes? I’m fed up…” She is a fitness enthusiast and watches what she eats. She is even…

Eggplant and White Bean “Meatballs”

Hey there! Let me start off by saying this is not a betrayal of classic meatballs.  These beauties are truly and undeniably delicious, plus they’re easy to make. You won’t miss the meat, I promise. These eggplant and white bean ‘meatballs’ are baked full of deliciousness –  with grated Pecorino Romano cheese, fragrant pressed garlic and loads…

Kale Pesto – The King of Pestos

I always struggle to find ways to incorporate Kale into my diet. There’s only so much Kale salad and kale chips and smoothies you could have and I’ve never really been blown away to be honest. I’ve always ingested it as a sort of ‘vitamin dose’, like you would with a pill. The leaves are so robust, you…

Marilou’s Giant stuffed Pasta Shells alla Gigi

A friend of mine recommended that I check our this blog called Trois Fois Par Jour. Its by a local Quebecer – a multi-talented young woman named Marilou Bourdon. She is a singer/songwriter, cook, blogger and now, author. I subscribed to her blog via Facebook and have really enjoyed the recipes she’s posted – Easy, innovative,…

All-baked Eggplant Parmesan

              Hello all, This week, instead of scouring the internet for new recipes. I decided to leaf through my first recipe binder. It’s a collection of recipes I wanted to try back when foodnetwork.com was still new, along with recipes from family and friends. One that caught my attention was…

Baked Asparagus Fries with Roasted Garlic Aioli

Hello there! Here is a fun way to eat your veggies! I made these the other day and they were delicious and fun to eat. I guess they are called asparagus “fries” because of their irresistable crispy coating and accompanying dipping sauce. Although they give you that rewarding “fried-style” crunch, they are baked and therefore healthy. Zero guilt….

Giada’s Vegetable “Meatloaf” with Checca sauce

Hello everybody, So, how’s 2014 treating you so far? I don’t know if its because I am in my mid 30’s now but this holiday season really affected my weight and I know that I didn’t eat more than in previous years.  I have surpassed my acceptable weight limit, broke the unbreakable barrier.  If my scale could talk it…

Dunya Red Lentil Soup

Hello and Happy Holidays to all! On the 25th of December I hosted a Christmas party for my family. It was fantastic! It was a pot-luck party so everyone brought something. My Aunt Mary made this beautiful fruit salad with berries, romaine lettuce and slivered almonds – delicious. My mom made her famous lasagna my…