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A home remedy: Spicy Stir-fried Cabbage

If you’ve been following me on Twitter recently, you’ll know that I’ve been sick for the past couple days. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m sick quite often. And if you know me in real life, well then, you’ve probably said to me at some point or another “Good grief Ele, do you have to catch every little bug that goes around?” Read more…

Drawn in: Simple Italian Beans

Because you’re here, I’m assuming most of you are blog-readers, and you’ll understand this. You know when you find a new blog, start exploring the archives, then all of a sudden you look up and three hours have gone by? That happens to me occasionally, and not necessarily with “famous” blogs, those with flashy, expertly-designed pages, or even ones that deal with subject matter I’m particularly interested in. Sometimes, I just get drawn into someone’s life. Read more…

Restorative Rice: Tofu Rice Bowl with Italian Greens

I have eaten a lot of rice in my life. Growing up, it formed part of our dinner almost every night- not an exaggeration. Sure, we had noodles some of the time and potatoes more rarely, but more often than not, rice was the starch on our table. It wasn’t until much later that I realised this wasn’t everybody’s experience, that many of my friends thought of rice as something you ate in a Chinese restaurant, or that came inside your California roll. But my parents have always liked cooking from a range of world cuisines, so my youthful palate was as used to Chinese and Indian flavours as it was to Italian and North American. Read more…

Helpful and Nostalgic: Succotash with Wild Rice and Tomatoes

Once again, I find myself in a familiar place: deep in cupboard clear-out mode. Andrew and I are jetting off to Canada on Friday (hmm- is Canada somewhere one “jets” to? I think not), and on to New York City several days after that (much more jettable, I’d say), and leaving behind a fridge full of food isn’t an option. When I have several different veggie odds and ends at my disposal, I like to find recipes which use them up together- bizarre mixed salads or extremely creative stir-fries. Or in this case, Succotash. Read more…

Ladies who lunch (and blog about it): Chickpea Sauté with Greek Yogurt Sauce

Chickpea Sauté with Greek Yogurt Sauce

Apologies for the crickets around here lately; I’ve been busy with some other stuff that’s left cooking (not to mention blogging about cooking) a little low on my priority list. Actually, that’s only half the reason. The other cause of my cooking hiatus is the sweltering, mind-numbing, near dehabilitating heat that’s settled over London in the last few weeks. Read more…

Neither here nor there: Mejadar-ish

Mejadar-ish

This is the post that nearly wasn’t. My quest to make this dish sent me on a wild goose chase across London, causing unforetold amounts of stress and frustration, and almost resulting in no dish at all. Read more…

Something old, something new: Spicy Stir-fried Sprout Tops

Spicy Stir-fried Sprout Tops

Nope, no one’s getting hitched- I’m just pondering the age-old question of what to do with experimental ingredients. Let’s say you’ve bought something entirely new-to-you; do you stretch your culinary muscles with an interesting recipe? Or do you use the newcomer in something tried and true, to lessen its “newness” and test whether you like it or not? Read more…

Eating in a Winter Wonderland: Triple-Tomato Cabbage and Cannellini Beans

Triple-Tomato Cabbage and Cannellini Beans

In the wee hours of this morning, a simultaneously mundane and exciting event occurred where I love. Mundane to a Canuck like me, but exciting to millions of Londoners who rarely witness such an event. Yup, it snowed. It was just past midnight when Andrew arrived home from a work party; I was asleep, but he saw fit to wake me, knowing that I’d love the sight of huge, fluffy snowflakes being blown horizontally through the village streets by ferocious winds. Read more…

Ugly food needs love too: Russian Cabbage with Tomatoes and Sour Cream

Russian Cabbage with Tomatoes and Sour Cream

I’m well aware this isn’t the prettiest dish I’ve ever posted here. In fact, you’re probably navigating away from this screen right now. But before you do, consider this: you must have a favourite “ugly” dish or ingredient, right? Something you love eating, but would never blog about or serve to company, due to its less-than-lovely appearance? Read more…

Greens n’ beans: Swiss Chard with Cannellini Beans

swiss chard and cannellini beans

For a vegetarian, greens and beans are classic meal fixin’s. So is pasta of course, but we’re always being made to feel guilty for eating too much pasta, aren’t we? “It’s just useless carbs and empty calories” I’ll read, or “Once you become a vegetarian you’ll just eat pasta all the time” someone will tell me. Well, given that I’m Italian at heart, I would love to eat pasta every day, but I know better. So when I went veg early last year, I told myself I’d try to put aside those evil, empty carbs and get some greens n’ beans in me instead. At least part of the time. Read more…