Za’atar bread: a savoury flatbread slathered with a za’atar/oil/salt topping.  It’s a delicious take out from my local middle eastern bakery (and they even warm it up for you to go) and I buy some every time I go shopping there.  Yummy substitute for plain old pita to serve with hummus or other dip. However, […]

I like having alternatives.  In this case, a dairy-free nacho cheese-y sauce.  Whether it is for a person with a lactose intolerance, a cholesterol issue or another dietary or kosher restriction, it’s good to have something for those reasons. This recipe intrigued me because there is a cup of grated carrots in the mix…a healthy […]

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 […]

Who would have thought how simple it is to make your own lentil sprouts at home?  And not only simple, but a great source of added vitamins, digestibility and protein to any salad, sandwich, soup, or stew.  A wonderful source of information and recipes using lentils can be found on Lentils.org, the Canadian Lentil Board […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]