Category Legumes

Butter Chickpeas

Well, I broke down recently and bought the kitchen appliance of the year — the Instant Pot.  At first I was taken aback by a pressure cooker-slow cooker-sauté machine plus dozen of other functions-cooker, but I was curious and wanted the challenge.  There are so many dedicated websites and blogs with recipes about the Instant […]

The Best Hummus

Well, it’s the best hummus according to me.  After travelling to Israel a couple months ago, I couldn’t believe how much I loved the hummus served there.  One of the distinct flavours is the amount of tahini added.  It’s the creamiest hummus that I have ever had and I wanted to make it like that […]

Curried Chickpea Salad

Chickpeas have become a staple in my diet.  They are a high protein meat substitute and although I am not a vegetarian, I am trying to add more plant-based meals into my regular routine. And there are many vegetarian and vegan cookbooks out there, and even more recipes to peruse on the internet.  But one […]

Spiced Chicken with Warm Hummus

Sometimes the most difficult part for me when creating a blog post is the title.  I want to entice you to open the post so it has to lure you in.  This recipe is an amalgamation of two components: warm hummus and spiced chicken. But I made the decision to put the spiced chicken in […]

Flavourful Frittata with Chickpeas and Spinach

Happy New Year 2017!  My first dish of the new year that I want to share with you is a versatile frittata from the website of Food52 —  Chickpea, Spinach, and Chorizo Frittata.   This frittata can be served, cut into squares as an appetizer or tapas, or cut into wedges and served with a salad […]

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 […]

Chili with Steak and Sweet Potatoes

The days are finally getting cooler. This past weekend was warm enough to rake the leaves wearing a t-shirt and jeans, and today I want to hibernate for the winter (okay, a little too soon for that).  What could be better than a chili for dinner, to warm me up from the inside out?  I […]