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A Spinach-Feta Buckwheat Crêpe is a gluten and lactose free dish merging French Galette with a Greek spinach filling. The difference between pancake, crêpe and galette Pancakes are a thicker version of crêpe, however not foldable, usually eaten with sweet toppings. Although if you visit France, you’ll find many types of “crêpes” in other words thin pancakes, there is the Galette, a buckwheat crêpe for savory fillings like cheese and ham and many more. There is also the Crêpe Bretonne which is also a buckwheat crêpe but ultra thin (paper thin) and crispy and finally the sweet crêpe made with normal flour that is used for all sweet fillings. Healthy buckwheat A great thing about buckwheat is its low glycemic index, meaning it will make you full longer and prevent the spike of sugar in your blood levels like regular pancake do. It’s called buck”wheat” but truthfully there is no…

Turmeric-Paprika Chicken & Friends Bowl is the name I’ve chosen for this dish, since it would be a full paragraph to explain the whole dish. There isn’t a protagonist in this plate made out of many elements, although if I would have to chose one, it would be the protein; which is the turmeric-paprika chicken breast in this case. Turmeric being the new “hit” spice those days because of all its health benefits, anti-cancer, help digestive and liver function, etc. If you want to hit 300… eat turmeric, in other words. This mix of turmeric and paprika is a simple, light flavor for the chicken breast but it could easily be replace by whatever flavors you’d like. A nice thyme flavored chicken or even a tandoori chicken, etc. Next stop the Friends The friends are the many side dishes, which are spinach, bean salad, cucumber, grilled halloumi and a nice crunchy toast. No… I…

Mini low carb cauliflower spinach tarts is my latest experiment. I’m searching for alternative ways to eat my favorite foods with less carbohydrates (white rice, bread, pasta, etc.). Searching the web for low-carb recipes, it’s filled with cauliflowers; cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza crust, cauliflower this and that, so I’ve decided to try my luck at mini spinach tarts with a crust of cauliflower, of course… Since it works apparently well as a pizza base, it should work fine for mini tarts as well… and it did! The texture isn’t the one of a crispy flaky pastry but it does hold well the tarts, even if it’s filled with a moist filling. I was surprised by the result, it’s true; cauliflower is a great alternative to carbs filled ingredients like white flour. Those mini tarts can be a low-carb diet lunch, dinner, snack or even appetizer. There is still some carbs in it,…

Indian spinach (Saag) is a great vegetarian dish, if you are looking for some new ideas to make light, vegetarian meals this is the way to go. Indian food has a great varieties of vegetarian dishes, always loaded with flavours, sometimes really hot, other times mild. This spinach dish is a mild spiced one and terribly easy to do. If you are feeling lazy after a long day of work, this is a rapid and healthy recipe to make. Often you’ll see Saag dishes blended into a paste, but if you eat it with rice, I prefer to keep the leaves whole. This week, I felt like cooking indian and eating lots of veggies and they know best how to cook vegetarian. I have to admit though… it’s not always easy to reproduce those authentic Indian recipes, some ingredients aren’t quite the same in my part of the world… or simply nonexistent. But to start…

Chicken a la florentine is such a light yet creamy meal. The term florentine is french to say from Florence, Italy. It usually means; a meat (can be chicken, pork,egg, etc) on a bed of spinach and a Mornay sauce on top. The mornay sauce is such rich and smooth sauce, it’s basically a bechamel sauce with an extra egg yolk and some a bit of good sharp cheese in it. I know what you are thinking… It’s a calories bomb this sauce… well it is! But for this dish… we’ll use just enough to cover our chicken breast and if used… with relatively lean meat and in moderation, it’s still counts as healthy! I’ve added a little touch of my favorite nuts to this dish, a little extra flavour; the famous pine nuts. (which are considered a dry fruit in Spain) Those are the caviar of nuts, and the price shows it…

A new hybrid recipe here: the “Risolla”… a mix between a risotto and a paella; Italy vs Spain. It’s a bit of both techniques, the light frying of the rice at first just like in the risotto and paella, then adding the broth and let sit with the spinach on top so they shrink down into the rice, without moving the rice until the end; that’s more typical of paella. The risotto factor is mainly in the ingredients, a good white wine and cheese to finish. So this isn’t a paella, nor a risotto; it’s a “Risolla”. The end result is less creamy than a traditional risotto because of the lack of moving the rice. But the taste is quite similar. I, often, do those hybrid meals, no disrespect to traditions, they are important and most people stick to them and it’s fine… it’s just “my tradition” is to experiment!…

Gravlax on a spinach salad is such a good mix! The crunchy texture of the spinach goes perfectly with the tender salmon and the sweet mustard dressing. If you do a Gravlax and you have leftovers and would like to eat it a different way maybe, try this salad. This salmon is made with a simple dry marinade of equal parts salt and sugar with an extra dill, nothing more… There are many recipes out there, some add gin, lemon zest etc… you decide of the extras you’d like. The dish was made by fishermen from the Middle age, in the northern part of Europe. They used to salt the salmon, they freshly caught, and then ditch them in the sand, by the sea, to ferment. Nowadays, we simply brine the salmon. Just need to plan it ahead, because it takes a minimum of 24 hours to marinate. I usually do it…

It’s season again, for those premature spring veggies! Those are one of a kind, I knew they existed but never had the opportunity to try them out, “well done” until I’ve met my in-laws. I’ve encountered my first white asparagus at my husband’s mom place, I remembered eating them once before but they were though and not tender at all. The mom although… she nailed it, I was baptised all over again, a new beginning for me, those delicate white asparagus were suddenly on my top 10 favorite veggies list. She made them simply with cooked ham, and little butter and it was fantastic! In Germany they have what they call the “Spargelzeit”, a period from april to early june I think… They have all those stands selling those white jewels on the streets, a bit like apple time back in North America. Also, I got the first seat while doing a bike tour through…

Creamy Mushroom Buckwheat Crepe is a crunchy, gluten free, savoury thin crepe with a smooth béchamel and mushroom filling with extra spinach and thyme. You can find all kinds of filling with this savoury crepe; a popular one would be with ham and cheese with egg on top. For this Creamy Mushroom Buckwheat Crepe recipe, since it’s mushrooms season, I went for a creamy béchamel filled with mushrooms, thyme and crispy baby spinach leaves. Galette or crepe? Buckwheat Crepes are also known as Galettes Bretonnes in France. They are made out of water and buckwheat flour which is gluten free. Sometimes an egg is added to make it crunchier. Really simple! Some other versions also mix in a bit of normal flour with milk, like a normal white crepe. A true Galette Bretonne should be crispy and crack when folded, filled with little holes and thin like paper. In Brittany,…

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