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Lauki Koftas is an indian dish; a bottle gourd dumpling into a hot curry sauce. This vegetable goes by many names; Calabash, opo, Lauki, bottle gourd…It’s origin is from Africa although the bright green skin kind is the most popular in Asia. The gourd contains over 90% of water so you’ll have to drain and keep the juice in the first step of the recipe. Also a popular choice of veggie for losing weight diets, and as cranberry juice it support the urinary system, lower blood pressure and much more. A healthy choice of vegetable. I’m lucky to be living next to a Bangalis vegetable store, where they always get those strange kind of vegetables I’ve never seen before. Two days ago, while shopping for my veggies of the day, as usual, I saw, this big bright green pear, in the first basket in the entrance. As a curious food explorer, I had to try it.…

Chinese Eggplant Stir fry (Sichuan Style) recipe is a sweet and sour side dish with a note of heat to it. A quick and simple way to enjoy these firmer and sweeter Chinese eggplants. Chinese Eggplant Stir Fry (Sichuan Style) recipe is a delicious dish from the Chinese region of Szechuan. Made with these long Chinese eggplants you’ll find in any Asian market. They stir fry them usually with a bit of minced pork in this unctuous sauce. This vegetarian version is so easy to make, and done in no time, it goes perfectly with rice, or noodles. Szechuan or Sichuan? Both are right! It all refers to this Northern Chinese region, although Eastern Chinese would say Szechuan and Western ones Sichuan, both are correct. The Chinese eggplant Asian Eggplants are longer, firmer and less bitter. The long asian eggplants have a firmer texture and a less biter flavour in…

Those mini crunchy asparagus quiches are a bite into spring! The beauty of this meal is: it’s 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 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! If your metabolism allows you, go ahead and make some nice mini lard and cheese ones. I’ve chose my favorite spring vegetable; the green asparagus, also a bit of leeks and gruyère to make it extra tasty! You can prepare them in advance and serve them as tapas on a warm spring afternoon or pack them up for a picnic. I mean, those mini quiches are so useful.They are as delicious warm or cold. For this dish, I’ve used the filo (phyllo)…

Easy Baked Ratatouille Provençale is a colourful vegetarian dish consisting of thinly sliced zucchini, eggplant, tomato and bell pepper swimming in a tomato, goat cheese, thyme sauce drizzled with olive oil and a few olives. Easy Baked Ratatouille with Olives is such a delight for the eyes and the taste buds. Really simple to make in under 30 minutes. Simply need a mandoline and you’ll get this fantastic-looking and tasting dish made in no time! The secret of this dish lay at the bottom of the dish. A sauce made with; goat cheese, tomato, garlic, pepper and thyme. When merged with all the top veggies it turns into a splendid explosion of flavour! I usually serve ratatouille with rice, or couscous, and make sure to add the bottom juice all over the rice. Goat Cheese in the Ratatouille? Even the biggest goat cheese skeptic might fall for this one. You’ll see… it gives the ratatouille a whole…

Cauliflower Mornay is basically a cheesy béchamel sauce covering cooked cauliflower with some aromatics to give it un ‘Je ne sais quoi’. So simple and impossible to miss, a great way to make the kids eat their veggies. What is Mornay? First of all, a Mornay sauce is basically the same as a béchamel sauce but with cheese to it, making this lovely golden gratin finish on top! A perfect sauce to make your kids fall in love with any type of veggies. Cauliflower Mornay comes without using a crazy amount of cheese or butter. Yes, you’ve heard me, it’s mostly milk in there! There is a spoon or two of butter, some flour and cheese amount is up to you again, if you prefer a lighter meal go lower… but in the end, compared to the famous Hollandaise this Mornay sauce is a tad healthier. A great sidekick to…

Cauliflower have such delicate taste and texture, why not give it an edge and spice it up a bit. Last week, I saw that nice recipe cauliflower-paneer-kofta-curry on the exquisite “Curry trail” blog, and I felt inspired, only problem is the balls are fried and since I’m on an eternal diet… I should cut out the frying, so I did a simplification and healthier version. I’m not an “extra spicy” kind of person, I like it in moderation… So I used only 3 tbsp of Garam Masala spice (which is spicy), but it’s totally up to you, just add 2 more of those spoons of Garam Masala spice and you’ll get a rock n roll cauliflower! I saw other recipes and mix it to my taste, for exemple, I add a little green cardamom seeds, and a squeeze of lime at the end, it end up being a success. Also you can make…

Artichokes are flower buds cut out just before blooming, no wonder why they look so much like a flower… There is about 140 varieties, from small purplish ones to big massive ones. In Spain, they grow all year long although there is a higher seasons which are spring and fall. In Spain, you’ll see them in many restaurants, cut simply in halfs and cooked directly on the grill or also fried. All good stuff, but the way my dad showed me when I was a kid stays my favorite. I simply vapor cook them and add a citrus butter sauce to it, to dip each leaf in, and then the “piece de consistence” the delicious and tender like butter heart. Use every bit of your artichokes To recycle all those leftovers of leaves and the tails you cut out at first, you can make a nice soup with it. Just add…

A nicely roasted round zucchini filled with a homemade Tomato Sauce topped with a smooth Bechamel served on pasta to have a different twist to a simple pasta dish. When it’s season again for those nice little round zucchinis/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, they are so adaptable. Who doesn’t like a good “ratatouille style” pasta sauce? The format is different but the idea is the same, and the only difference is… I made a thick béchamel on top and passed it under the grill, to make it extra smooth. Instead of béchamel on top, you can add in some nice fresh mozzarella in the last minutes of cooking, or nothing at all. Homemade Express Tomato Sauce For this recipe, I’ve done…

This is a summer recipe. It is actually based on the original gazpacho recipe, the “ajo blanco” which is an almond, garlic, bread and vinegar cold soup. The tradition one doesn’t contain pineapple but sometimes grapes are used. Gazpacho existed way before tomatoes were imported in Europe from the New World. Spaniards used to do “cold soup” gazpacho with simply almond and vinegar. Since the south of Spain is an almond paradise, when those trees bloom, it’s absolutely beautiful. The Arabs imported them and later cultivated them in Spain. They are obviously quite a few nice recipes with them in Spain. Often they use almond to make a “picada” at the end of cooking, it thickens the sauce and gives it an extra nutty flavour. For example, the “Rabbit with wine & chocolate sauce” contains some in the last stage of the recipe. This soup is great because you make it…

Beets-pistachio Pesto Kamut Fusilli can be surprising for some, but you should try it, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I’ve made this recipe with kamut fusilli, the ancestor of modern wheat, but also a filled with health benefits grain. Kamut is a whole grain, a great alternative for low-carb diet and diabetics. Although since brown pasta is not so appealing to the eye… we need to find a tasty way to make us forget about that color. That’s when the red beets pesto comes in the game! A healthy,tasty and colorful pesto that hides this less attractive brown pasta. I’m a big beets lover, but sadly there are often put aside because of their earthy flavor, but when used in combination with salty goat cheese and pistachios it balance out great the heavy earthy taste from the beetroot. Plus, Beets have that great ruby red color which make a great base for a romantic dinner, for you lovers…

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