Stinging Nettle & Ricotta Rice Cakes

Growing up, my parents had a patch of stinging nettles in a corner of the backyard. They grew it to fertilize our organic vegetable garden and also for its medicinal properties. I remember my mom making tinctures from it and drying the leaves for herbal tea. One summer day, my sister brought me to the patch and dared me to touch the leaves. …

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Crunchy Maple Turmeric Granola

There are two reasons why this granola is special. One, it’s incredibly crunchy – more so than your average granola; and two, it includes turmeric which adds an intriguing depth of flavour. I make a batch of granola every couple of weeks so there are plenty of opportunities for experimenting. Yet, I’ve been baking this version on repeat lately, …

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Jerusalem Artichoke & Rosemary Soup

Happy New Year! Have you made resolutions yet? Do these include kale by any chance? Just teasing. I’m not big on new year’s resolutions myself, but I agree that taking an honest look at your life on a regular basis is healthy whether that’s in January or not.  My friend Charles recently gifted me two bags of Jerusalem artichokes from his …

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Apple & Almond Cake

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! I hope you’re having a wonderful time with friends and/or family. We don’t have major plans this weekend, so we’re taking the opportunity to enjoy the fall foliage and do some re-org around our place. The summer clothes got stored; the winter ones came out along with the cold weather …

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Sautéed Beet Greens in Mustard Sauce

We didn’t sign up for a CSA share this year, but we’ve been buying our vegetables from the same organic farm since spring. They set up a stand in our neighbourhood every Saturday morning and it has become a weekly tradition for us. I like knowing where our food comes from and how it’s been grown, …

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Shopska Salata (Bulgarian Chopped Salad)

As I write this, I’m sipping freshly brewed coffee on the couch wearing three sweaters and a blanket over my legs. Naya is cuddled up by my side, snoring a little. We’re adapting to the change of season. On any recent Saturday, I’d be enjoying this moment on our front balcony, soaking up whatever sun rays I …

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Polenta with Fresh Corn, Quinoa & Marinated Kale

  I have this habit of checking my calendar to find out what I did on a given day one, two, three + years ago. I find it entertaining to reminisce on where I was and how I felt then compared to today. This day last year, we were discovering Bruges and tasting all the good stuff Belgium offers. …

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Middle Eastern Stuffed Zucchini

Aside from these stuffed zucchini, I’ve got two more recipes lined up for you before I’m ready to move on to fall produce. I do realize that fall starts today and you’re probably salivating for apples and butternut squash already. But let’s hold on to summer for a little longer shall we? Don’t get me …

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Yogurt & Tahini Tart with Carob Crust

  We are headed to the woods next week. Every year in August, we go north for a few days of camping in complete wilderness – a tradition I greatly look forward to. The first time we went, we found our secret spot near a stream and we’ve been going back to the exact same …

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Creamy Green Smoothie

  I like smoothies that are thick and creamy without being icy. I like topping them with superfoods like hemp or chia seeds, bee pollen, nuts and / or berries. And more often than not, homemade granola. The final result must inevitably be savoured with a spoon and it always feels like such a treat …

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