Grapefruit Rounds with Halloumi Cheese & Mint Dressing

Grapefruit and cheese might seem like an unlikely pairing but trust me, this combination is a taste bud sizzler!  Halloumi is from the island of Cyprus and is a semi-hard, brined cheese made traditionally from sheep’s milk.  It has a high melting point and is perfect for grilling or frying in a pan.  We love…

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Warm Cauliflower and Herbed Barley Salad

I try to make a conscious effort to include fiber-rich foods in our daily diet.  Legumes such as navy beans, dried peas, lentils, barley, black beans, garbanzo (chick) beans, kidney beans, soy beans etc. are rich in fiber.  Fiber has an important role to play if you want a healthy body.  It helps with weight…

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Eggplant Croquettes

Eggplant Croquettes

Croquettes are not something I make frequently as I find them a bit time-consuming and fidgety.  Having said that, my taste buds are well rewarded for the effort.  According to Wise Geek, croquettes originated  during the Roman empire where they used a pastry-like coating around meat or vegetables to create a dish known as rissoles. …

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Caramelized Endive with Gruyère

Caramelized Endive with Gruyère

Cultivated chicory is found in these three categories: Radicchio – variegated red or red and green leaves Sugarloaf  – looks like cos lettuce with packed leaves Belgian endive  – small head of cream-colored, slightly bitter leaves Belgian endive is grown completely underground or indoors in the absence of sunlight in order to prevent the leaves…

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Mushroom and Herb Polenta

Mushroom and Herb Polenta

Anthropologie is a favorite shop I like to frequent.  It’s an interesting mix of clothing, accessories, gifts and home décor all which draw me in…it’s eclectic and I love it!  The books they showcase are unique and it was at their Rockefeller Center that I spotted Yotam Ottolenghi’s book, Plenty.  It’s a vegetarian cookbook although…

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Portobello Mushroom Melts

Portobello Mushroom Melts

Portobello mushrooms are one of my favorite mushrooms. Their meaty texture is a great substitute for steak and are a hearty addition to stir-fry dishes and sauces. Portobello’s are a grown up version of the crimini mushroom. Nutritionally, they are an excellent source of niacin (helps in the functioning of the digestive system, skin, and…

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Quinoa Salad in Endive Spears

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) was an ancient food staple for the Inca civilization and has been cultivated for more than 5,000 years.  Its health benefits are huge. Quinoa contains more proteins than any other grain, is a good source of dietary fiber, gluten free and easy to digest, is high in magnesium, potassium and iron and…

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Stilton and Pear Gnocchi

This dish could easily convert me to becoming a vegetarian!  Its simplistic ingredients, easy prep time and short cooking time (about the time it takes the water to boil)…doesn’t get any better than this!  Ok, so not all are fond of blue cheese with its delicate blue veins radiating from the center but if you…

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Stilton and Rosemary Shortbread

Instead of cookies and milk for Santa, how about these cute little treats? Christmas certainly has its share of traditions from all over the world but have you ever stopped to think who invented Christmas?   The answer can be found in a book: How Charles Dickens‘s a Christmas Carol rescued his career and revived our…

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