Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Delicious Cherry Almond Cake

Nicoletta June 22, 2020

Delicious Cherry Almond Cake, juicy sweet cherries explode in your mouth as you take a bite into this simple loaf cake made with a mix of wheat flour and almond flour. A sprinkle of raw cane sugar in the buttered loaf pan gives a beautiful golden color and a caramelized outer edge. Take advantage of cherry season and bake this delicious cake, perfect from breakfast/brunch to dessert.

Song of the day: Changes = David Bowie

Delicious Cherry Almond Cake-horizontal

There were a few bonuses of being “stuck” in Italy during this pandemic. Certainly, one of the perks was being able to get wonderful fresh fruits that I wouldn’t normally get in Canada till later in the season.

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Soups, Stews and Sandwiches, Vegan/Vegetarian

Hot and Sour Asian Soup

Loreto June 17, 2020

Hot and Sour Asian Soup. This bowl of pure incredible, exotic, fresh, comforting bliss delivers a wonderful punch of flavor and so many different textures. Your taste buds will be alive and excited with every spoonful of this Asian soup. Sweet, sour, punchy, creamy, what else can I say!

Song of the day: Spirits in The Material World – The Police

Hot and Sour Asian Soup-two bowls and pot

[This post is sponsored by Mushrooms Canada. We’ve been compensated but -as always- all opinions are our own.]

Hot and Sour Asian Soup. Do you like mushrooms? Well, in this soup we have enoki, shiitake, and oyster mushrooms all bathed in a spicy-sour broth alongside brilliant grated ginger, soft tofu, bean sprout and so much more! Craving a warm comforting meal for some of these cooler nights that we are having? I have just the bowl of pure goodness made purely from my heart and a lot of inspiration from trying different Asian soups.

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Breakfast and Brunch, Fish and Seafood, Gluten-free

Aguacate Relleno (Stuffed Avocado with Smoked Salmon and Egg)

Loreto June 10, 2020

Aguacate Relleno (Stuffed Avocado with Smoked Salmon and Egg), a beautifully fresh, rich, luxurious dish that is inspired by this month’s destination in Eat the World: Colombia!

Song of the day: “Otra Noche” by Aurelio Gallardo.

Aguacate Relleno-Stuffed Avocado-on the board-top view

Aguacate Relleno (Stuffed Avocado with Smoked Salmon and Egg). Here’s a dish that can be served for breakfast or lunch. There is nothing like a trio of avocado, egg, and smoked salmon. Vibrant colors, equally tantalizing in taste and texture. Come with us and discover Colombia through food!

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Gluten-free, Side Dishes, Vegan/Vegetarian

Potato Salad Deluxe with Grilled Avocado

Loreto June 7, 2020

Potato Salad Deluxe with Grilled Avocado. When I think of this type of salad, I think summer, outdoor gatherings, and nothing but smiles and fun times. I wanted to play a bit creatively and added some very interesting and tasty twists to take this from the norm potato salad to something luxurious!

Song of the day: “Summer Breeze” by Seals and Croft.

Potato Salad Deluxe-bowl  

Potato Salad Deluxe with Grilled Avocado. This dish is the perfect accompaniment to an outside BBQ meal.  Loads of flavor and texture from purple cabbage to boiled egg and some nice hits of char from the grilled veggies including a grilled avocado, not to mention a wonderful mayo mustard dressing that adds just the right amount of creaminess to take this salad right over the top!

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Breads, Breakfast and Brunch

Strawberry Jam Spelt Brioche Bread

Nicoletta June 4, 2020

Strawberry Jam Spelt Brioche Bread. If you like toast and jam, you are going to absolutely love this! Imagine a soft, mildly sweet, spelt flour brioche bread with a swirl of luscious homemade strawberry jam. Ideal for your breakfast/brunch, snack, and dessert.

Song of the day: “Simply Irresistible” by Robert Palmer.

Strawberry jam brioche bread-feature

I don’t know about you, but jam is always there, on my breakfast table. Homemade jam for the most part, whether mine or my dad’s, to spread on toasted bread, fetta biscottata, crumpet or English muffin; to top on pancakes or waffles; to fill a cake or crostata. In this case, a delectable homemade strawberry jam creates heavenly swirls of luxurious brioche bread made with spelt flour.

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Gluten-free, Vegan/Vegetarian

Baingan Bharta, Indian spiced Eggplant

Loreto May 31, 2020

Baingan Bharta, Indian spiced Eggplant, sultry rich Indian spicy flavors dance with some luscious eggplant, onion, and cherry tomatoes. This dish screams exotic comfort food, and I loved it! I think you will love it too!

Song of the day: “Jai Ho!” from Slumdog Millionaire.

Baingan Bharta, Indian spiced Eggplant.  One thing that always gets me hungry is when I smell the aroma of Indian food simmering. This was the case with this dish, it filled the house with scents of curry, coriander,  chilies, cumin, turmeric, etc. As a result, all I felt was the vibrations of the growls that were coming from my stomach! Is it ready yet!………………..

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Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegan/Vegetarian

Rice with Peas and Carrots

Nicoletta May 25, 2020

Rice with Peas and Carrots, Riso con Piselli e Carote, a simple, tasty, and nutritious recipe that we love to make for lunch on rotation, almost every week. When fresh sweet peas make their appearance at the market, I rejoice because they are one of my absolute favorite vegetables. 

Song of the day: Put a Little Love In Your Heart – David Ruffin

Rice with peas and carrots-in two plates

Unlike risotto, here you cook the vegetables and the rice separately, then you let them mingle in a wonderful embrace. Simple, delicious flavors, in a great seasonal recipe that will win your heart.

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Meat and Poultry

Italian Stuffed Zucchini in Tomato Sauce

Loreto May 21, 2020

Italian Stuffed Zucchini in Tomato Sauce (Zucchine Ripiene alla Romana). A classic dish from Rome that says nothing but flavor and texture. Did you ever think that you could core a hole through a center of a beautiful zucchini and stuff it with some incredible ground meat? Think again, I did it, and want to share my experience with you!

Song of the day: “Be Nice” by Will I Am (feat Snoop Dog)

Italian Stuffed Zucchini in Tomato Sauce-in the pan

Italian Stuffed Zucchini in Tomato Sauce (Zucchine Ripiene alla Romana). Beautifully stuffed zucchini seared and slowly simmered in a rich tomato sauce. If you love Italian food this is a dish for you to try. The end result, some very happy taste buds!

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Gluten-free, Side Dishes, Vegan/Vegetarian

Simple Stove top Lemon Asparagus

Nicoletta May 16, 2020

Simple Stove top Lemon Asparagus. A seasonal recipe that isn’t much of a recipe. Just five ingredients: evo oil, garlic, salt and pepper, lemon juice and zest. The star of the show remains the asparagus. Cooking them on the stove top is easy, quick, and lets you control how crisp or tender you want your asparagus to be.

Song of the day: Look For The Good – Jason Mraz

Simple Stove top Lemon Asparagus-from the top

Aren’t you happy when you see bundles of fresh asparagus in the markets? I am over the moon, I love all the dishes I can make with asparagus, from simpler to more elaborate ones. The first time I made these stove top lemon asparagus was to top my Spring focaccia served with crumbled feta and a drizzle of honey. Have you made it yet? It presents beautifully and it tastes amazing. I suggest you make a double serving of these lemon asparagus, use half as a side dish, and the other half for the focaccia. You can thank me later, lol.

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