Brrrr” is how I feel during the winter months! Thanks to the cave men who came up with fire pits which eventually evolved to the fireplace! I am not a winter person because I’m cold most of the time and my favorite spot in the house besides the kitchen is by the fireplace. Although I complain about winter often, the season gives me a reason to cook nice, warm, cozy meals.
My parents never cooked chili at home nor did I have it until my early twenties. Since my first spoonful of that delicious dish, I’ve been hooked! Very simple but enormously satisfying, this is a staple in our kitchen during the lovely winter months… yeah right (slightly sarcastic here… lol!)
Making chili in a Dutch oven is very good but I think it is even better when it slowly cooks in a crockpot for hours so the flavors can blend together. When you get home, dinner is ready and all you need at this point is to pull a bowl out with a tablespoon and a knife (that’s to spread the butter on the yummy crusty bread you bought before getting home), sit down and enjoy this comforting meal! Bon Appétit!
There are some simple dishes that differ greatly from one household to the next. One of them is mashed potatoes. Bob might make his completely different from Sue across the street. Both can be very good but ingredients are what separate one from another. Mine is probably different from Bob and Sue’s. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to mashed… it’s a matter of preference!
I make mine probably just like anyone else; the technique doesn’t really change that much. One ingredient (and probably a few) that I add to my regular russet potatoes is sweet potato. Making just all sweet potatoes really didn’t do anything for us but adding only one makes a tasty impact to this simple dish.
The healthy benefits I enjoy from sweet potato are what made me add this root vegetable to our diet. Here are the reasons for eating it regularly; regulates blood sugar levels, anti-inflammatory, boosts immune system, detoxifies heavy metals and is rich in beta-carotene. It also calms your stomach, great for the lungs and is very healthy for your heart as well plus it is packed with nutrients and full of fiber. Now with a list like this, it is a must to eat it as often as you can.
Besides using this superfood, I add other ingredients to make it more interesting. It is up to you to find out more about it in this video… I can’t tell you everything… lol! Bon Appétit!
My number one country to visit on my bucket list since childhood is Egypt. I have tons of books on the history of Egypt, maps, culture, information, sites and so on. I am so prepared to go that I already made a schedule and itinerary of my 4 week trip to Egypt years ago. This is a dream I’ve been looking forward to for a long time and I keep saying that one day, in the very near future, I’ll be there exploring this fascinating part of the globe.
On my pre-plan “itinerary”, I dedicated a couple of days for a cooking class; one in Cairo and the other in Sharm El-Sheikh by the Red Sea. I just want to cook like they have been doing for centuries – okay I’m sure they’ve evolved since but they should still have traditional dishes that haven’t been transformed much!
A dish that originated from Egypt is “hummus bi tahini” and apparently it was recorded as far back as the 13th century, according to Wikipedia – I personally thought it would’ve been even earlier like the 5th century… oh well! This popular dip became popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa and now you can find it at your local grocery store.
I love the stuff! I can eat it every week but although David likes it as well, he won’t eat it obsessively like me. I dislike buying premade food as you know therefore I knew this recipe would be easy enough to make at home so here I am sharing my version of this amazing dip with you; my Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.
Unlike most of them, mine is quite “moist” as David likes to say and I agree with him. When I bought the ones from the store, they were “dry”. What I mean by that is that they left a sensation of dryness in your mouth after a few samples. You don’t want to make it too wet otherwise you won’t have a dip anymore – it needs to be just right. The next time you have a craving for this tasty dish, try my recipe… you’ll love it! Bon Appétit!
January on the West Coast can be pretty “blah”. What I mean by that is the weather is gray, wet, windy, and sometimes there’s a little snow on the ground. This is one of the months (the other is February) where I desperately miss some sunshine. I’m not saying that we don’t see any sun at all but it can be, some years, just “gray”.
To brighten things up, I like to prepare very colorful foods and the one of the best examples is Lemon Meringue Pie. With bright, shiny yellow and a fluffy cloud of white sitting on top of the pie, this puts a little sunshine in my kitchen. I also love the taste of Lemon Meringue Pie; tart and sweet at the same time… yum!
Making this pie is really not that complicated… If you have a stand mixer at home, it’s a piece of… pie! I find Lemon Meringue Pie to be an elegant dessert to serve and also it’s pretty. It is quite fast to make so if you have unexpected guests showing up on your door step, this dessert can be put together in a very short time. Bon Appétit!
Winter is… yucky! I’m so not a winter person… plain and simple! I love warm, sunny days and enjoy leaving my windows open even if it is a little cool outside. I love hearing the birds, cycling, playing golf and barbecuing outside. I enjoy wearing my open-toed sandals…!
Winter time, I act like a bear and also feel like one. I retreat to my cave and hibernate until it starts getting warmer. I remember as a kid, my parents were forcing me to go outside during the winter months. They even enrolled me for figure skating, hoping I would somehow be more enthusiastic about that season. Although I was pretty good at it, I couldn’t stand being cold.
One dish that warms my soul and spirit during this time of year is soup. It’s comforting! It makes you feel good inside. I have tons of soup recipes around because I desperately need them to get through the winter. Fortunately, winter here on the West coast is not as harsh as it is either in Toronto or Québec so I won’t go on with my wining… I do feel sorry for my friends and family back East though.
This Broccoli Cheddar Soup is simple to make and the results are amazing. It is just thick enough with the right amount of cheese. Give it a try, you’ll be pleased! Bon Appétit!
There’s nothing more encouraging than starting the New Year with “new” resolutions. Unfortunately, most of us will give up within a month. One of the resolutions we should never let go of is eating properly. Although we all have crazy-busy schedules, we should never put healthy eating on the back burner.
Thanks to global access, we now can eat almost any food from around the world. There are many “superfoods” out there that are very good for us. Today, I will focus on one which I use often in our diet and its versatility is very enjoyable. Quinoa – the super grain I like to call it.
This South American ancient grain has been consumed as far back as 4 000 years ago. It has significant nutrient and health benefits. It is an excellent source of manganese, phosphorus, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, riboflavin and folate just to name a few. It is also high in protein and a great source of fiber. This amazing grain is gluten-free and has a high level of healthy fat. The list goes on; it’s an antioxidant, helps to prevent cancer, reduces diabetes risk and much, much more.
For today’s recipe, I will show you how I make my Breakfast Quinoa Cereal with Mixed Berries. There’s nothing healthier than your first meal with quinoa. This will provide you with great energy and you’ll feel good about yourself… well I sure do when I eat this delicious dish. Bon Appétit!
In one of my previous blogs in 2016, I mentioned that I find pork chops on the “boring” side. I like pork, don’t get me wrong but this particular cut of meat is… okay, nothing to rave about! The good thing about this is I have to create recipes so my taste buds will be satisfied.
The recipe I’m sharing with you in this episode is so yummy! The process of marinating the chops starts either the night before or early that morning so by dinner time, you have a tasty dish to enjoy. It is just what comfort food should be… delicious and simple!
The other plus of this recipe is with the marinade you end up making a delicious gravy with it. So now you have a flavorful pork chop with mashed potatoes and gravy on top of both… can’t get better than that for a weeknight dinner. Of course, don’t forget to add some fresh veggies to complete this tasty meal! Bon Appétit!
Many of us like to start the year off right with a New Year’s resolution and one of the most popular ones is to lose weight and be healthier. Besides going to the gym, eating properly has a big impact. One healthy habit to have for the New Year is juicing.
Juicing is very good for you although you should still eat whole fruits and vegetables. Why, you ask? The juicing machine extracts only the juice, leaving behind the pulp which is packed with fiber. You can always keep the pulp for later use in homemade broths.
The best time to juice is in the morning on an empty stomach when your body absorbs everything you give it. Your body will absorb all the good nutrients and you’ll have all day to burn the calories & sugars. If you do it later on during the day or evening, as the natural sugar from the juice causes a rapid rise in blood sugar, this will turn into “bad” sugar. If you are diabetic or have other health issues, please consult your dietician before you start juicing.
Juicing is a good way to cleanse but if you decide to start juicing regularly, your body might react to it at the beginning (headaches, joint pain, etc.). Don’t panic, your body is getting rid of the toxins and, depending on the level of toxicity, it may take one to two weeks before these reactions go away.
This juice recipe is quick to make and the flavor is absolutely beautiful. This is not the kind of juice where you have to plug your nose while drinking it. I like to drink this juice when I have a big day ahead of me because it gives me the vitamins & nutrients I need plus energy. Get yourself a good juicing machine and try this recipe… you’ll love it! To Your Health!
I don’t know about you during the Holidays but for me personally, I went to bed quite late, ate more than I should have and enjoyed my wine a lot… maybe a slight bit too much. Now that the Holidays are over, it’s time to go back to a more “normal” schedule and a healthier diet.
Although going back to the gym is on my schedule, eating at regular hours, healthier, lighter, and greener is on the top of my list.
Constantly creating, developing and testing my new recipes have great rewards but there’s also a part of this whole experience that can provide me a healthy eating habit. I have to be aware of what I eat and cleanse my body often.
One of my favorite healthy dishes is my Julienne Salad. It is packed with yummy fresh ingredients and flavors. You can either add your leftover turkey or forget about it. Eating this salad a couple times a week will definitely help you get yourself back on track. You can pour on your favorite dressing/vinaigrette or simply a very good quality oil such as avocado or walnut – this is what I use on mine.
In this video, I also show you how to “julienne” vegetables uniformly. After you master this knife skill, you’ll be more tempted to prep your veggies that way. Let’s not forget that we first eat with our eyes… lol! Get yourself back to exercising as well as back to the kitchen with this yummy recipe… Bon Appétit!
P.S. For a vegan or vegetarian version, skip turkey and hard boiled egg.