Orange Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Pour toi, maman. This will be the third Christmas that we don’t spend in the kitchen together, cooking our traditionally ambitious menu for the festivities. I still feel your presence in the family kitchen; echoes of our playful moods and of your laughter… our precious bonding time which is forever lost.  This orange salad with …

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Golden Beet Salad with Toasted Seeds

I can’t tell you how many times I had to intervene between Jason and his Tofurkey sandwich. Two soy-based sausages between two bare slices of non-toasted bread. And me, screaming: “WAIT!” just as he’s about to take a first bite. I can’t bear to watch him eat such a boring meal. He sees food as …

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Sesame Soba Noodle Salad

    Aren’t sesame seeds awesome? They’re crunchy (that’s always a good thing); tasty (even more so when toasted); healthy (excellent source of calcium); suited for all types of dishes (sweet and savoury); sesame oil is the ultimate asian flavour (in my humble opinion); and don’t get me started on tahini (i.e., I put it …

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Curried Apple & Carrot Slaw

  Apple season has arrived and I am feeling inspired. For the past six or seven years, my friend Namita and I have gone apple picking together. It’s a tradition we look forward to every fall. One year, we even rented a car so that we could get to the orchard! How’s that for dedication?  …

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Zucchini Salad with Vegan Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

    Our neighbourhood recently got the addition of not one, but two new grocery stores. Both opened in early August, and they are located a mere 800 meters from each other! What a treat for foodies. I just snooped around Les 5 saisons for the first time yesterday. It’s a high-end store where you can expect to …

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Raw Kale Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

    I like nice people. My neighbour Louis surprised me with a bagful of fresh kale from his garden yesterday. He’s one of the lucky few to enjoy a plot at the community garden next to our apartment building. Over the past few weeks, he’s generously shared with me some of his plants and …

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Mexican Quinoa Salad

We returned from our trip a few days ago and I spent the weekend easing back into the routine. Grocery shopping, yogurt-making, unpacking… pretty much in that order. You know, priorities. On Sunday, we went for a long bike ride to Parc Jean Drapeau on Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands. There is a world festival going on and …

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Traditional Bulgarian Green Salad

Hello again from the west coast! This time from Old Town Coffee & Chocolates in Eureka, California. We spent the night in Eureka after a stunning drive & hike through the Redwood National Park. We are about halfway through our trip, heading to California wine country and San Francisco soon. Still so much to see! This …

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Spring Pea Salad with Fresh Mint

I don’t keep much in the freezer aside from ice cubes, frozen blueberries and some fish. I used to pack it with leftovers, but I realized over time that I forgot what was in there and I always favoured fresh foods anyway. Some items like peas and edamame, however, are easier to find frozen than fresh, so …

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Raw Asparagus Salad with Parmesan Dressing

A few years back, I used to snack on plain, raw asparagus a lot. I’d bring a few stems along with my lunch and eat them mindlessly while working. Quite the expensive snack, I know. And a little boring in retrospect. Nonetheless, I’ve stayed a big fan of eating asparagus raw. I’m sure you’ll agree …

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