Category Vegetables

Basil Mayonnaise

The hot and sunny weather has produced such beautiful basil in my garden.  I have enough for pizza toppings and making pesto.  But enough of pesto…what else can I do with it? It’s a beautiful shade of green and so fragrant. I guess I could make a homemade basil mayonnaise but decided on this summer’s […]

One-Pot Pasta a la Martha Stewart

It’s summer.  It’s very hot.  I hardly want to cook, but it’s pasta night and I need something simple to make.  I found this Martha Stewart One-Pan Pasta recipe.  Really? One pan? Can this be?  One dish to clean?  I have to try this out. The recipe is very straight-forward.  The only substitution I made was […]

Golden Vegetable Couscous

Good morning folks.  Driving to the gym in Ottawa this morning, I watched the temperature drop from -1°C (30°F) to -18°(0°F) in only four minutes, pulling out of my garage to pulling into the parking lot at GoodLife Fitness.  But what a great way to warm up and kick start my day. So I’m glad […]

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 […]

Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Beets were something I avoided growing up.  My mom used to buy the bottled beet borscht for both her and my dad; never fresh, only bottled.  I tried it, hated it and had not attempted to buy them or eat them for years.  In more recent history, another taste of red beet borscht was made […]

Marvelous Moo Shu Tofu

It’s always a fun change of pace to get together with friends and order in Chinese food.  One of my favourite dishes to share is Moo Shu Chicken — chicken with shredded cabbage and other vegetables in a sweet hoisin sauce wrapped in a little wheat pancake.  But today I would like to stay home […]

My Amazing Vegetarian Indian Experience

I am trying to increase the non-animal protein component in my diet for health, and my cholesterol levels.  Because I love Indian cuisine and I love Madhur Jaffrey’s cooking (two of her recipes on previous posts: her garam masala spice blend and Lentil Soup, a Lovely Soup), what could be better than to delve into […]