Spring Flowers & Green Salads

It’s been a while since I last blogged & lately I’ve been noticing that with the changing season, the blue skies & sunshine, so my palate is changing. My breakfast is usually a juice and coffee, or a smoothie; my lunch is something light like a fresh salad, or avocado on sourdough toast & my…

Fig & Walnut Polenta Cake Recipe

Originally posted on food to glow:
This time of year – despite the falling temperatures and falling leaves – is a favourite time for me as a homecook, and glutton. And figs are one reason why. Beautiful, black bursa figs – with their soft, edible dusky-leather jackets, and their tiny crunchy seeds – are my…

Baked Halloumi Fries with Creole Marinara Dipping Sauce Recipe

Originally posted on food to glow:
This is a recipe I came up with after having seen a few cheese-based fries recipes floating about the Internet and in magazines. Most such recipes look really delicious – Stretch Armstrong-gooey or soft explosions in the mouth. Oh my! But sadly, the deal-breaker for me is that they are fried. Which I…

Jerk Black Eye Peas Stew Recipe – for New Year’s Day

Originally posted on food to glow:
I had hoped to come up with something profound to say on the subject du jour: New Year, New You. I might have gone on about fresh starts, turning over new leaves (leafs?), spring cleaning your diet/life/soul/refrigerator (maybe I should do the latter, if only as a good incentive to…

15-Minute Thai Coconut-Broccoli Soup Recipe

Originally posted on food to glow:
Hopping from family gathering to party to dinner. Zapping in and out of airports and train stations. Catering like a boss for family and friends. Too.Many.Cocktails. The holiday season definitely takes its toll. Not only on one’s routine and normal diet, but also one’s  motivation to get back to real…

Matcha-Almond Skillet Blondies Recipe

Originally posted on food to glow:
Naturally gluten-free and as near-as-damn-it to a healthy but actually nice tasting, and not entirely made of coconuts, avocados and dates, blondie as one could possibly make. Indeed, they have passed the all-important kid and pensioner test. You are welcome. I’m not here to torture you. Honestly. I’m actually a pretty…

Vegan No-Chicken Salad Recipe (no tofu either!)

Originally posted on food to glow:
How can a recipe with no chicken and no mayo be a chicken salad? You would be surprised. White beans, avocado mayo, and the usual suspects of celery, salad onions, tarragon and nuts (in this case, pecans) give a credible imitation without involving our cluckin’ lovely feathered friends. When I first started thinking…

Spicy Lentil Tacos Recipe + The Hungry Healthy Happy Cookbook Review

Originally posted on food to glow:
It is still (just) January, the month of resolutions, detoxes, and get-fit regimes that may or may not last until February. And in January people like myself get inundated with requests to cook from and review the latest weight loss cookbooks. I rarely get excited about such cookbooks for the simple…

Blueberry & Cardamom Banana Cake (vegan & gluten-free recipe)

Originally posted on food to glow:
This is a Scandinavian-influenced banana bread that thinks it’s a cake, with optional naturally-coloured and flavoured blueberry glaze. Gluten-free, vegan and lower in sugar, my blueberry and cardamom banana cake is a delightfully soft and squidgy breakfast cake or healthy snack. For years I have had a not-so-secret crush on cardamom.…

Falafel Waffles with Honey-Harissa Chickpeas Recipe (gf/df)

Originally posted on food to glow:
? Falafels as waffles is a thing. This is because anything as waffles is a thing. People are waffling grilled cheese (standard), mac and cheese, tamales, frittatas, hash browns, polenta, crab cakes – you get the idea. However, if you are craving something healthy, lightly spiced, not too carby, but still very…

Eat & Watch: Smoked Salmon Chowder & Trading Places

Originally posted on A Dash of Cinema:
The holidays are almost over, but there’s still time left to bundle up and watch a few more seasonal movies. A great movie to watch in spirit of the new year is the 1983 comedy Trading Places, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. In this movie, two successful businessmen – the…