Spanish tomato toast

spanish tomato toast (pan con tomate)

January 16, 2019

Last week we were in Madrid and are totally smitten.  Mr. S and I have never been before.  He’s half Spanish so whenever we are in a Spanish country, he feels a connection even though he grew up in England. We’ve been to Barcelona before but Spain’s capital tugged at our hearts!  It’s a beautiful,…

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Happy Deepavali

October 23, 2006

Deepavali is the festival of Lights. The word ‘Deepavali’ is made up of two simple words. ‘Deepa’ means light and ‘Avali’ means a row. Hence ‘Deepavali’ means a row of lights. This is perhaps the most well-known of the Indian festivals. It is celebrated throughout India as well as in Indian communities around the world.…

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Quiche

October 20, 2006

This is a family favorite. It’s my Mom’s recipe and has been a tradition in our family for many years. Quiche is from the Lorraine region of France and is of German origin. The original ‘quiche Lorraine’ was an open pie with a filling consisting of an egg and cream custard with smoked bacon. It…

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World Peace Cafe

October 18, 2006

I’m not called a peripatetic Canadian for nothing! Owning a car in Hong Kong is expensive, however, local transportation on the other hand is easy to use and relatively inexpensive. Where else can one travel 20-30 minutes and only pay HKD$4.50 to HKD$10.50 (USD$00.58 cents to USD$1.35). The tram, which is the world’s only double…

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Fattoush Salad

October 16, 2006

There are many versions of this salad but I prefer this one. It’s quite easy to make and because the pita bread is toasted, you can let it sit for half an hour to let the bread soak up the dressing. Serves 4 to 61 Romaine lettuce, washed and cut into 1″ strips225g (8oz.) cherry…

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Mango and Brie Quesadilla

October 13, 2006

This is a crowd pleaser! It’s a simple recipe and with the cheese oozing out the sides, one can only wonder what’s inside. The chilies add just a hint of heat which is quietly soothed by the mango and brie. A very light and refreshing snack! Ingredients:4 (8″) flour tortillas 1 serrano chili, or 2…

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Moroccan Lamb Kebabs with Honey Mustard Potatoes

October 11, 2006

Moroccan cuisine blends African, Arabian, and European influences to make some of the most exotic food in the world. Moroccan food exudes exotic aromas and full piquant flavors. Herbs and spices are an essential part of Moroccan cooking and most dishes feature cumin, saffron, ginger, turmeric, cloves and cinnamon to bring out the full flavour…

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Canadian Thanksgiving

October 9, 2006

Since Thanksgiving is generally regarded as a North American tradition, I thought I’d share some information on the subject for my Asian, European and Australian friends. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October unlike the American Thanksgiving, which falls in November. Some people believe this is because Canada, being farther north, has an…

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Laksa

October 6, 2006

Laksa is an everyday soup made famous by the Peranakan (Chinese-Malay) from Malaysia and Singapore. It was in Singapore where I first discovered this rich and spicy soup. The name may originate from the Sanskrit word laksha, meaning “many” and referring to the soup’s many ingredients. Asian vegestables such as bean sprouts, bok choi or…

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"Te" Quick Pasta and Herb Tea Restaurant

October 4, 2006

Te (Roppongi Hills) opened October 2005 and is a hidden gem in the midst of a wet market located on the corners of Gage Street and Cochrane Street. This is a Japanese franchise where young chefs prepare the al dente spaghetti mixed with a choice of 12 sauces. There are the usual pasta sauces such…

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Moussaka

October 3, 2006

Moussaka is the best known of all Greek foods. Greeks believe that moussaka was introduced when the Arabs brought the eggplant, although Arabs, especially in Lebanon, think of this dish as a Greek dish. Moussaka is also found in Turkey. Some Moussaka recipes show potatoes as part of the ingredients. However, potatoes would never have…

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Eggs in Prosciutto Baskets

September 30, 2006

My husband is an early riser and at the weekends he’s always up before me. So he gets the coffee ready and checks his email. I usually awake to the aroma’s of freshly brewed coffee; that’s because my husband brings a cup to my bedside table (along with a pastry). By the time I’ve had…

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Pumpkin Risotto

September 29, 2006

For some cooks the word ‘risotto’ conjures up long hours in the kitchen. However, risotto is quite easy to prepare so don’t be put off making it because someone told you it’s time consuming. Just remember that a good risotto means choosing the right kind of rice such as Arborio or Carnaroli as these will…

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