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Posts tagged ‘Mediterranean Mondays’

Mediterranean Mondays: Crema di Cavolfiore

We had a long and luxurious summer this year in Italy that lasted well until the beginning of October. It seemed like summer would never end…. But it is official now, the coats and scarves have come out and it is Autumn with a capital A. That’s ok though because it also means it is officially soup season. Read more

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Apple Pecan Olive Oil Cake

Thanksgiving Emergency: Your kid/neighbour/brother/cousin/wife hates pumpkin pie and you need a dessert replacement that is beautiful, healthy and uses the bounty of delicious autumn produce that Thanksgiving is all about. Read more

Mediterranean Monday: For the Joy of Tomatoes

We use them when we have to. When there is nothing else to eat. Tasting them and really enjoying them rarely enter the picture. And when paired with extra virgin olive oil, they transform into something that is pure Italian –  yes, ladies and gentleman, may I introduce you to the tomato. Read more

Mediterranean Monday: Pasta with Zucchini and Pine Nuts

Everyone I know in Canada that has a vegetable garden, grows Zucchini. And every year, each and every one of them will ask me: do you want some? I have soooo much!

Despite their prevalence in Canadian vegetable gardens, I have always thought that the Zucchini played an even bigger role in Italian cuisine. Read more

Olive Oil Gelato?

This week I am going to ask you to open your mind. I mean wide open. Now just a little bit wider. Okay, we are getting close.

When people come back from their Italian vacations, they can disagree on many things: where was the most romantic spot, which was the best bowl of pasta or who was the creepiest taxi driver. However, there is one thing they all agree on. The gelato. Read more

Bruschetta. Not just with tomatoes anymore…

It is summertime. Finally. And the heat has arrived, not complaining of course… but with the arrival of this kind of temperature, cooking big meals over the stove ends for me. Full stop. So….say hello to my good friend Bruschetta – and be sure to pronounce it right [brusˈketːa] so the Italians in the room don’t take offence. Read more

Mediterranean Monday: Cold Lentil Salad

For the last few weeks I have been craving lentils. A real deep lusty craving. And they say that when your body craves something, it is trying to tell you that you are lacking a particular nutrient, mineral or vitamin. So, since my craving didn’t involve something illegal or unhealthy… I thought I should listen. Read more