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This Dip for Artichokes is an easy breezy lime, basil and butter sauce; it elevates each steamed Artichoke leaf to another level until its tender heart! The way my dad showed me how to eat artichokes when I was a kid stays my favourite. I steam them, add a citrus-basil butter sauce to dip each leaf in, and then the “piece de consistency,” the delicious and tender heart. Splendide this Basil Lime Dip for Artichokes! A Flower Veggie Artichokes are flower buds cut out just before blooming; being one of the only few comestible flowers we eat along with zucchini flowers, broccoli and cauliflower. There are about 140 varieties, from small purple ones to big massive ones. In Spain, they grow all year long, although there are high seasons which are in spring and fall. You’ll see them in many restaurants, cut simply in half and cooked directly on the grill…

Baked or Air fried Sweet Potato Fries with Wasabi & Pea Dip is a healthy and dynamic duo of colours and flavours. The sweetness of the fries balances to perfection the spicy green wasabi dip. For some, a truly odd combination of this Sweet Potato Fries with Wasabi & Pea Dip recipe, but once you get your head around it and jump in and try it out… you’ll never go back to regular fries with ketchup. Sweet potato and wasabi is a match made in heaven, like in the movie Ratatouille, the rat mixes up the mushroom and cheese, and it becomes exponentially delicious. Well, it’s also the case for this combination. At first, I was hesitant about the mix too, and I could not have been more wrong. On my first bite, I started to be obsessed with it! I’m a “savoury person,” and sweet potatoes never appealed to me until…

Inspired by the traditional German White Asparagus with ham and hollandaise sauce meal, this version comes with a buckwheat crepe and some extra baby spinach leaves. It’s the season again for those spring veggies! Those are one of a kind; I knew they existed but never had the opportunity to try them out until I met my Bavarian in-laws. It is more tender and delicate than its green peer. Also, a bit more technical to prepare than the green type but in the end, it’s a more delicate, tender version that is too little known. So hopefully, this White Asparagus Crepe will make you switch from green to white! Eastern Europe Favourite In Germany, they have the “Spargelzeit,”, or the asparagus period from late April to early June, where they open little shacks by the road with white asparagus stands. Each is selling the freshest of these! The whiter and thicker,…

These Purple Phyllo Egg Rolls with pork, red cabbage, ginger and garlic are wrapped into a crunchy Filo pastry. Baked or Air fried instead of deep-fried for a healthier version.  These egg rolls are a kid’s childhood must, accompanied by the usual plum sauce.  The other day, I was doing my monthly round in my favourite Asian markets and saw this “plum sauce” bottle. Suddenly, tons of memories came rushing back at me. Memories of my family visiting a Chinese restaurant as a child, back in Canada, and eating my favourite dish: egg rolls with this plum sauce! I remember dipping my egg rolls into this sweet plum sauce like it was yesterday until I couldn’t breathe anymore. What a tasty memory! This Purple Phyllo Egg Rolls recipe is my take on this old friend of mine! A Chinese American Dish These are not, per se, Chinese… even if many spring rolls resemble it.…

Great way to use your leftovers of watermelon, a quench thirst punch! Try this sunny Watermelon punch with iced kiwis for rehydrating this summer by the pool! So summer is almost here… we’ll need to rehydrate ourselves with delicious juices… This watermelon punch is unavoidable for the summer, but I’ve pimped it up with iced-up kiwis and lime. This punch is the way to go if you have a brunch, pool event, or BBQ. You can add fresh sparkling water next to it for the ones who like theirs with bubbles… In my childhood, my favourite bubblegum was those big soft rectangular watermelon and kiwi flavoured ones. Today, as a grown-up, I find healthier ways to mix those two ingredients. These fruits are a great way to fill your body with vitamin C and hydrate during those hot summer days. I’ve frozen the kiwi pieces to serve as ice cubes…

Tamarind Iced Tea or juice is the new lemonade to quench your thirst this summer! It is served with extra lime, cilantro and many ice cubes to make it chilled! Homemade Tamarind iced tea is the drink to quench your thirst this summer. The hardest part of the recipe is to figure out a place where to buy those brown beans that look like fruits. Then it’s soaking them and squeezing the pulp to make this fantastic iced tea. Tamarindo has a particularly sour taste, just like lemon or lime. And just like them, tamarind needs some sugar to balance its acidity resulting in this famous ‘sweet and sour’ dynamic duo we all love. Where is Tamarind From? The tree comes from Africa, although now it grows everywhere from Asia to South America. Meaning this fruit is popular in those continents as well. In Mexico, they call this drink ‘Agua de Tamarindo’,…

This is a spring pasta salad with lovely green asparagus, cherry tomatoes, small fresh mozzarella balls, basil and olive oil served with penne. Asparagus Pasta Salad is a simple and fresh vegetarian dish! Everyone loves a good Caprese salad (tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella with olive oil), so why not change it a bit and make it a pasta salad? Also, since it is spring, why not add a few green asparagus to celebrate that? This Asparagus Pasta Salad is such a simple idea and takes no time to make. Great to bring for lunch, at a potluck or picnic, this pasta salad will highlight the day! For Any Occasion It’s a “feeling lazy today” kind of meal… Just need to cook the pasta of your choice (healthier versions too like quinoa or kamut pasta) a bunch of juicy cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella balls, or the big balls of mozzarella…

A homemade Marinara Sauce served in a lightly roasted Round Zucchini topped with a smooth Bechamel and served on olive oil spaghetti to have a different twist to your next pasta dish. When the season comes again for those lovely little round zucchini/courgette, I’m the first one in line to buy them! They are fantastic; you just fill them up with any kind of fillings and set them on top of rice, quinoa or in this case pasta, so adaptable! For this Marinara Stuffed Round Zucchini, I thought it would make a nice little bomb of flavour to have the Marinara sauce hidden in the roasted zucchini. It’s a kinda ‘Ratatouille’ type of sauce in the end. The format is different, but the idea is the same, and the only difference is… I’ve added a thick béchamel on top to make it extra smooth. Homemade Marinara Sauce For this recipe, I’ve done…

Simple little filo cups filled with Asparagus Mini Quiches made with a touch of Gruyere cheese and leeks because spring is at the door! Those Asparagus Mini Quiches are a bite into spring! The beauty of this meal is its polyvalence, whether you eat your quiche warm or cold… or change the vegetable in it… if you feel like mushrooms or ham etc. Go ahead and make those with whatever you feel like. A mini Quiche Lorraine, maybe? The original one with smoked pork belly bits, which is slightly less healthy… but Oh! so delicious! Make some lovely mini lard and cheese if your metabolism allows you. For this recipe, I’ve chosen my favourite spring vegetable, the green asparagus and a bit of leek and gruyère to make it extra tasty! Adaptable Dish You can prepare them in advance, serve them as tapas on a warm spring afternoon, or pack them up…

This authentic Sangria Española without added sugar contains apple, peach and orange pieces. Plus a little fizz in the end, to make it extra festive! The word Sangria comes from the word “Sangre” which means blood, so a traditional sangria should be the colour of blood. Nowadays, there are tons of different variations of Sangrias out there. Some are made with white wine others sparkling wines and all kinds of fruit combinations. However, the original version, the traditional Sangria Española, is and will always be the ultimate summer star! Sangria’s Origin Sangria’s origin is not clear, some say it was a way to upgrade the lowest quality wines from Southern Spain. Therefore, adding fruits (sugars) would help balance the sharpness. Others say it was an invention of British sailors, bringing along with them some Spanish wine to the Caribbeans and mixing it up with rum and fruits. Truth be told,…

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