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Simple Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Peas and Dill

Strawberry Quinoa Salad 3The real beauty of cooking in the summer is that it is almost effortless. There are so many vegetables and fruits to be enjoyed at the peak of their vibrancy, that very little cooking, prepping or fussiness is required. Don’t get me wrong, I love a braised beef recipe or slow cooked Bolognese. But I revel in the effortless masterpieces one can create with simple seasonal ingredients. It’s vibrant food at it’s best, doing all the work! There’s no need for heavy sauces or complicated salad dressings to mask the taste of “less than fresh” vegetables.

Take this summer strawberry quinoa salad for example. With summer still clinging onto every cell, the peas, strawberries and dill come from a local organic farm I recently stumbled across in this neck of the woods (the boreal to be exact). They had a bounty of fruits and vegetables for me to pick from, I literally could NOT take a selection of everything home. Since strawberries were just coming off their second field and the peas looks ready to eat on the spot they were my first choice and in essence the inspiration for this effortless salad.

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By on September 3, 2013 in Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Popular Feasts, Quinoa, Recipes, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian 7

Honey Balsamic Strawberry White Chocolate Shortcake (with sprouted flour)

Dessert is dessert and as a result, not terribly good for us. Most of them that is. That being said, we all like dessert and having a sweet treat from time to time isn’t such a bad thing. That’s where fruit desserts come into play. Because fruit is already naturally sweet it’s easy to ease up on the added sugars. Bonus!

I have never met someone who doesn’t like strawberry shortcake. Have you? Its not too sweet, just sweet enough, juicy red fleshy fruit, all on top of a light and slightly sweet biscuit. Perfection in my books.

Not only is it the strawberry shortcake the quintessential strawberry dessert, strawberries are just coming into season for us in my neck of the woods. This makes me very happy. Hello, strawberry daiquiris!

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By on June 10, 2012 in Blog, Dessert, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Strawberry, Vegetarian 9

New Years Eve Appetizer Round Up

This time of the year is especially challenging for most people when it comes to eating healthy. Decadent food is always on offer and healthier options are rarely available. Exercise usually wains off and eating sugary, fatty foods goes up. Not a good equation for healthy hearts, bodies or minds. That’s why during this time of the year, I like to focus on easy, healthy New Years Eve appetizers that you can either offer to your guests or bring with you to a party.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks experimenting with different recipes for New Years Eve so I could offer some different options this year. I’ll also be highlighting some popular choices from other blogs so you’ll be sure to find something that tickles your fancy. The titles in red indicate a link to these fab recipes that will leave your guests or friends thinking you’re brilliant. Well you are!

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By on December 30, 2011 in Appetizer, Blog, Cheese, Green Beans, Low Carb, Main Ingredient, Millet, Peppers, Recipes, Salad, Shell Fish, Snack, Soup, Vegetarian, Walnuts 15

Fennel Cucumber & Strawberry Salad with Paprika Crusted Shrimp

This is the perfect salad for a hot spring day that has you convinced that summer has finally arrived. This is a pretty loosy goosy salad that allows one to play with the measurements at will according to your likes. Maybe you like a salad comprised of mostly greens or like extra strawberries to sweeten up the heat of the shrimp. The cooling cucumber and the pear do a very good job of this already and to keep things from tasting too watery. I love the burst of flavor that comes from the toasted fennel.
Those of you who read my earlier post on Pomme Anna, know about my new acquired mandoline. Now one of those is not necessary for this recipe, but it sure makes a quick job of it. A hand cut salad does have a nice rustic homemade feel that can’t be duplicated any other way. In the end, you choose. I have to apologize in advance that I don’t have many photos, but it’s not like it’s a complicated recipe. It disappeared so quickly that most of the photos we’re blurry. True story. We actually had to make this twice to get photos and even then it didn’t last long. The measurements of this salad works for a starter salad for 4 or a main for 2-3. Double the measurements if you choose to make it as a main for 4.

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By on June 10, 2011 in Blog, Fennel, Fish, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Lunch, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish 4

Boca Negra Chocolate Cake meets Dairy Free and Gluten Free

I think the words that best sum up this cake would be, “if I had to choose one way to eat chocolate for the rest of my life, this would be it.” Lora Brody is the creator of this magnificent cake which we make about twice a year for VERY special occasions. I happen to have such a VERY special occasion coming up. My dear friend is turning 40. We are throwing a huge surprise birthday party, hence this won’t get posted until moments before the big night. We have been planning this party for at least 6 weeks and I can’t believe we’ve managed to keep it from her for so long. As anyone who’s tried to throw a surprise bash for a loved one, it is incredibly hard to keep it a secret. The chances that a loved one and anyone that knows them well, will let it slip in conversation, is very high. If I was a gambler I would not take those odds. Very challenging!

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By on May 14, 2011 in Blog, Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Sauce, Vegetarian 3

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