Sweet Potato & Apple Cakes

And one last apple recipe to conclude September’s “apple fest” on Craving Greens. I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey. These sweet potato & apple cakes are delicious as an appetizer, a side dish or even as the main event. Why not serve them on a bed of greens? – “They’re kind of like crab cakes”, …

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Vegan Moussaka with Cashew Cream

There’s a few things you need to know about this moussaka. One, it’s labour-intensive and your kitchen will be a mess. You’ve been warned. But don’t let that stop you, because the second thing you need to know is that it’s really good. Especially the cashew cream topping. The creamy, slightly tangy, nutty, vegan topping. Oh. …

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Turnip Frittata with Double Garlic

I was never a fan of turnips growing up. Its (sometimes) fibrous texture was a real turn-off. Given that my parents grew turnips in the garden, my mom served them regularly. That meant she often had serious convincing to do. It would go like this: “Mange tes navets. C’est bon pour la gymnastique.” “Eat your turnips. It’s …

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Hemp Seed Pesto (Pasta)

Good day! As you are reading this, we are on vacation making our way down the US West Coast. I am writing this post while sitting around the corner from Seattle’s Pike Place Market. So far, we are having a fabulous time. I promise to tell you more as soon as we return.  Have you …

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Miso-Glazed Roasted Eggplant

It’s that time of the year again. I’m sneezing constantly, my eyes are itchy and watery and I can’t breathe. Help.  I’ve been patient. I’ve watched the leaves and flowers grow for a good month, waiting for the pollen level to drop. But it’s persisting. Spring is a conflicting period for me. I love seeing …

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Zucchini-Feta Squares with Tahini-Yogurt Sauce

I settled on calling this recipe zucchini-feta “squares”, after days of struggling to find the appropriate word. English is my second language after all. But even in French I couldn’t figure it out. This dish seemed indescribable. At first, I thought I’d call it a loaf, but the outcome is quite flat and not in the usual loaf shape. …

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Buckwheat Crêpes with Balsamic Mushrooms & Ricotta

Quick facts on buckwheat: It’s not a grain, nor is it related to wheat – it’s actually a member of the rhubarb family; it’s gluten-free and it has a very distinct nutty flavour… and it’s delicious. When I was growing up, my mom used to make buckwheat crêpes (galettes de sarrasin) at least once a …

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Spicy Braised Greens with Poached Egg

Spring is here! Every March, I get the recurring urge to grow stuff. Unfortunately, apartment living means that I’m limited to a balcony, so my dream of having a full blown vegetable garden has been on hold for many years.  When I moved into this place, I was thrilled to find a community garden right across …

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Lebanese-Inspired Braised Eggplant with Chickpeas

I won’t lie to you: I’ve always been intimidated by eggplant. While I was raised vegetarian, I can’t remember my mom ever serving it at home. And when I developed an interest in cooking, eggplant seemed foreign and high maintenance, so I just avoided it. The process of salting, draining and rinsing it really turned …

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Ratatouille

It’s summer harvest! Ratatouille is an excellent dish for this time of year. Apparently, the secret to a perfect ratatouille is to sauté the vegetables separately before the final simmer. I know it sounds like a lot of unnecessary pots and pans to wash, but the end result is truly amazing. Ratatouille (serves 6) 4 …

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