Category Mediterranean

Soupe au ‘Pesto’

Winter has arrived in Ottawa.  And looking out the window at the blowing snow,  preparing a big pot of warming soup seems like the right thing to do for today, tomorrow and some for the freezer. I have prepared the original version of Soupe au Pistou before but this time it is more special to […]

Mediterranean Lentil Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese

Another wonderful salad for a summer’s day.  I love one bowl meals and this salad includes all the components to meet my needs:  Green lentils and goat cheese for protein, pasta for carbs, and lots of colourful vegetables. For those of you who would like to include more vegetarian meals into your diet, 2016 has […]

Vegetable Paella Perfection

Planning future travel to Spain in the Fall and already I am researching the local foods and flavours.  Paella, a traditional Spanish dish, is known to have seafood, sausage and chicken incorporated with the rice. This recipe, modified from the vegetarian variation in Plenty, a cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi, is full of vegetables, edamame beans, […]

Eggplant ‘Cheesecake’ – When a Cake is not a Cake

Is it really a cheesecake?  A frittata?  A quiche?  Whatever you call it, it is delicious.  I am in love with Yotam Ottolenghi cookbooks.  I own all four now, the latest being Plenty More, the following up of his last veggie cookbook, Plenty.It’s really a misnomer to call this recipe a cake, because I almost […]

Chicken Spice Blend, Israeli Style

My favourite places to visit when I am traveling are the local souks and markets.  I love the bustling of the merchants at their stalls and watching tourists and customers checking out produce and wares.  When I was in Israel a few years ago, the huge market of Machane Yehudah in Jerusalem was a favourite […]

Mediterranean Salad with Spiced Chickpeas, Please!

Happy Canada Day! It’s a hot summer day.  All I can think about for dinner is something cool, easy and delicious.  An appetizer-style dinner, with platters of salad, cheese and smoked salmon…Hmmm, maybe grilled vegetables barbequed up yesterday.  The possibilities are endless.  And today I want to share with you a favourite salad from the  […]