Appetizers and Snacks, Vegetarian

Fried Green Tomatoes

Loreto June 2, 2017

Fried Green Tomatoes, are the mysterious appetizer that have very little acclaim, but amazing flavour and texture. The green tomatoes are found in most farmers markets this time of year, and if you didn’t know what to do with them, now you know!

Song of the day: Bring Me To Life – Evanescence.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes are not just an unripe tomato, but a blank canvas for the discovery of many foodies to play with and create, as we have done today. Packed with a slight acidity and coated with a highly seasoned crispy coating, giving us a delicious appetizer for your next gathering.

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Semolina Cake soaked in Orange Blossom Syrup

Nicoletta May 31, 2017

Semolina Cake soaked in Orange Blossom Syrup, a delicious super moist semolina cake infused with orange juice and orange blossom water with a little crunch from the topping of coconut and slivered almonds. This month’s challenge “Around the World in 12 Plates” took us to Israel!

Song of the day: Never Have Time by The Royal Foundry.

Semolina Cake soaked in Orange Blossom Syrup

This fun monthly challenge “Around the World in 12 Plates” that we joined with a bunch of fellow food bloggers from Food Bloggers of Canada, took us to a beautiful Country, Israel. We have never been there but Loreto and I we enjoy all the Middle Eastern food, both sweet and savory, so, when it came to deciding who, between us, was going to make something for the challenge, I stood up and said I wanted to bake a cake that was on my to-do list for some time.

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Gluten-free, Soups, Stews and Sandwiches, Special Diets, Vegan

Mushroom Medley Vegan Soup

Loreto May 28, 2017

Mushroom Medley Vegan Soup is the outcome of farmers market shopping,  and the desire to create a delicious hearty meal that is both healthy and vegan!

Song of the day: “Human Touch” by Bruce Springsteen.

Mushroom Medley Vegan Soup

Mushroom Medley Vegan Soup is a dish that stands alone in flavour and textures. Rich in earthiness and a surprise hit of coconut milk will have your spoon going for seconds and thirds. A perfect pick me up lunch or even a light healthy supper, either way, it will be delicious.

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Cookies, Dessert

Occhi di Bue, Italian Sweet Treats

Nicoletta May 26, 2017

Occhi di Bue, Italian Sweet Treats are delicious shortbread cookies filled either with jam or chocolate that you can find in every pasticceria, bakery, in Rome. They are my absolute favourite childhood treat. Occhi di Bue can be translated as “Bull’s Eyes” and if you look closer, they kind of look like it.

Song of the day: the remake of “True colors” by Justine Timberlake and Anna Kendrick.

Occhi di Bue, Italian sweet treats

I am not sure if Occhi di Bue are popular in other Regions of Italy other than Rome, but I guess so. I can speak of Rome because there is where I was born and lived all my life until I met my husband and came to Canada in my 40’s. When I was a teenager, I would stop for an afternoon “pick me up” in one of the pasticcerie in the neighbourhood where I lived and it consisted, most of the times, in having an Occhio di Bue. Among all the sweets dazzling me, I would choose the same treat almost every time, but I would change the filling, opting one day for the jam (apricot), and another for the chocolate (Nutella). I would bite in that crumbly, buttery pastafrolla (shortbread), with icing sugar flying on my nose and clothes, sticking to my fingers, and when I reached the middle of the cookie and that soft pillowy rich sweet filling, I closed my eyes in pure delight.

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Special Diets, Vegan

Grilled Vegetable Barley Medley

Loreto May 23, 2017

Grilled Vegetable Barley Medley, is everything that you would want in a bowl, with bright grilled flavors, and amazing textures. This medley screams spring and sunshine!

Song of the Day: “It’s Only Love” by Brian Adams and Tina Turner.

Grilled Vegetable Barley Medley

Grilled Vegetable Barley Medley, is not only delicious, but it is one of those recipes that is beautiful too. From the colorful infusion of those wonderful veggies to the always lovely pearls of barley, this dish would be a welcome addition to the outdoor grilling season!

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Dips, Sauces and Spreads, Gluten-free, Vegetarian

Boiled Egg Endive Salad Rolls with Cashew Dipping Sauce

Loreto May 20, 2017

Boiled Egg Endive Salad Rolls with Cashew Dipping Sauce, a deliciously light and colorful experience, packed with amazing flavors and healthful goodness.

Boiled Egg Endive Salad Rolls

Boiled Egg Endive Salad Rolls with Cashew Dipping Sauce, is a great Asian meal hosting delicious fresh veggies such as endive, carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, and a surprise bite of wasabi in the mayo, followed by a subtle spicy acidity of pickled asparagus.

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Appetizers and Snacks, Breakfast and Brunch, Vegetarian

Aged Goat Cheese Tomato Tart

Nicoletta May 18, 2017

Aged Goat Cheese Tomato Tart,  featuring a beautiful homemade pastry hosting a simple yet tasty filling, made of aged goat cheese, fresh tomatoes on the vine, a sprinkle of herbs and a touch of fleur de sel.

Song of the day: “Float On” – Modest Mouse

Aged Goat Cheese Tomato Tart

Remember that beautiful tart pastry we made some time ago and gave you a step by step tutorial about? Well, we put it to good use. Pairing with just a few ingredients, we created a delectable weeknight dinner.

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, How To

Basic Savory Tart Pastry

Nicoletta May 16, 2017

Basic Savory Tart Pastry, can become your go-to recipe for a no-fail, buttery, flaky, savory tart pastry. Endless filling possibilities, especially in the summer with the abundance of market vegetables available!

Basic savory tart pastry

Basic Savory Tart Pastry,  you’re going to feel like a pro in the kitchen, making amazing and unforgettable savory tarts for your family!

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Appetizers and Snacks

Slightly SkinnyPop Party Clusters

Loreto May 14, 2017

Slightly SkinnyPop Party Clusters, are these bundles of joy and flavor. Be prepared to see them vanish before your very eyes as we did!

Song of the day: “1999” by Prince.

Slightly SkinnyPop Party Clusters

Slightly SkinnyPop Party Clusters, are a “slightly” light, but highly addictive snack. Utilizing some party favorites such as Doritos, peanuts, some wonderful popcorn, all held together with some butter and melted marshmallow, and you have a sweet and savory morsel of pure goodness.

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