Edamame & Miso Dip

Last time we talked, life was very hectic to say the least. While I can’t say that everything is back to normal, some things are behind us and I’m grateful for that. Jason and I moved into a new apartment, nearly double the size of our previous place. In the dead of winter, no less. …

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Coconut-Chia Pie with Seasonal Berries

As I progress through my very first gardening season (and more recently started foraging), I am adapting to eating a lot more with the season exactly as it evolves. While that may sound very basic, it’s not something that most urbanites are used to (not having access to land and shopping in grocery stores where seasons …

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Arugula & Lentil Salad with Strawberry-Balsamic Dressing

Who’s crazy enough to turn the oven on these days? With humidex, it’s been 35C for the past couple of days and eating a hot meal feels as intuitive as eating ice cream to warm up from the blizzard. A new community centre opened up in our neighbourhood this month, so we’ve been cooling off …

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Creamy Mango & Rhubarb Smoothie

I can vaguely recall having eaten raw rhubarb dipped in sugar as a child. Its crunchy texture and shocking tartness, and the relief that was simultaneously provided by the sugar granules. That, of course, did not happen at home. By the time I was 7 or 8 years old, my parents had banned sugar from …

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Quinoa & Asparagus Tabbouleh

I can almost hear her stupefaction. “Quinoa? And asparagus? In TABBOULEH?” (insert dramatic intonation). Oh yes, I dared. One of my nearest and dearest friends, Maroquine, is Lebanese. And more than anyone else I know, she knows good food. I hope she forgives me for adding a new twist to this classic Lebanese dish. I …

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Refreshing Avocado & Cucumber Soup

I’m a big fan of simple recipes. You know, the kind where you put everything in the food processor and you’re good to go under 10 minutes? Like this recipe for minty avocado & cucumber soup. The last time I made it, one of our friend stopped by our apartment for a surprise visit. Thanks …

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Endive Bites with Tangy Lentil Salad

Without going into too much details, there are some changes going on in my life. It’s positive change – not to worry – and I plan on sharing more about it with you in the coming weeks. As a result, I’ve been feeding us with quick and simple recipes due to my lack of time …

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Rutabaga & Apple Gratin

  Three years ago, my mom entered the hospital for what would be the last three weeks of her life. I hope you don’t mind when I talk to you about her and what she (and we all) went through. I find it therapeutic. Cathartic.   Every year, part of me feels as though I am reliving …

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Zesty Orange & Carrot Smoothie

I’ve been drained out lately. No matter how much sleep I get, I always seem to need more. It could be the lingering winter weather. It could be the lack of sunlight. Or it could be something else entirely. The truth is I have no idea, but it’s been affecting my inspiration and desire to …

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Potato Salad with Spicy Cilantro-Walnut Pesto

Celebrating today? Here’s a green dish to mark the occasion: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!  Looks like I’ve been craving heat lately because the last three recipes I shared with you are spicy. Believe it or not, that’s non-intentional. I hope you can handle the heat. Not exactly an Irish dish, this potato salad with spicy …

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