Stuffed Tomatoes

stuffed tomatoes

My vegetable patch is full of tomatoes lately, and even though it’s the end of summer, there’s no stopping the new foliage and green fruit appearing. The slightly ripened yellow, then orange, and the odd red ones sing so beautifully amongst their green neighbours, my spirits are instantly lifted, leaving me with a huge smile. Continue reading

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Random Thoughts – Life

Swans - peace

Swans – peace

War, crimes, destruction, killings, hatred..
That's all you seem to hear in the news these days. It's just so sad and it has kept me puzzled as to why humans are capable of such terrible acts? If only we can go back to simplicity.. oh how I wish.

I'm twisting and turning again
I just cannot sleep
My mind is going in all directions
The thoughts getting deep Continue reading 

Courgette and Bean Soup

Bean courgette soup

I’d like to think that I easily fit my ‘5 a day’ recommendation by nutritionist to my daily diet – well how hard can it be? Then again, I think closely and wonder about the possibilities of how and when? How are we suppose to consume it? Cooked or raw, in a salad or a side dish, a snack or a pudding, plain or multi-coloured? Well I have to say¬†all apply, because in each one you truly get to see each fruit/vegetable’s purpose, potential and benefit put to the test. This way you wouldn’t feel it’s a tick box into your list of 5 for that day, and before you know it, you don’t even need to think about counting and start to truly enjoy the diverse and delicious flavours they have to offer. Continue reading

Za’tar Flat Bread

zatar bread sliced

It’s been fairly quiet on the blogging front, and by no means quiet on the home front. Apart from the food hibernation due to the long hours of fasting, receiving and attending dinner invitations, family gatherings and entertaining/occupying the children during their summer holidays has taken up a large chunk of my time. It’s only natural of course to take things easy, relax and really enjoy the holiday despite the heat and long day hours. I have to admit summer is not my favourite season, and I always long for shorter days, cooler temperatures and the ability to wear many layers for extra comfort! Strange I know, since so many love the hot weather, and there’s me getting nose bleeds and migraine attacks when it’s really sunny! Continue reading

Financiers with Strawberry

Left over egg whites?

financiers

If you have many recipes calling for just egg yolks, the idea of throwing the perfectly good whites is certainly out of the question in my kitchen. I sometimes make an egg white omelette (not as tasty as the original of course), fluff up pancakes or macaroni cheese, or add to cake batters to make them lighter. Continue reading

Radish Leaves Trial 3 – Green Chicken Curry

Radish, coriander green chicken

Curry – a word so commonly misused; thought off as the greasy thick paste so heavy on the stomach, that heartburn becomes only inevitable. Well.. not so the case if they are home-made from scratch with fresh ingredients and only using a fraction of the oil usually used for its’ preparation. This recipe is no different, and in fact is very fresh, light and summery. I wish I could claim the recipe to be my entire creation, however, it is a skill best left to the masters of spice, and me, only to learn and follow instructions. The dish reminded me of my university days, the days when I began experimenting the wonderful and exciting world of culinary creations. Being a student and obviously slightly broke, I used to browse second-hand book shops for something enticing, often leaving the shop empty-handed. Continue reading

Radish Leaves Trial 2 – Green Radish Pasta

Green radish pasta

Although I do love a long list of ingredients and spices in certain recipes, there are days when only simple stuff will do, and by that I mean downright humble simple. A slice of cold watermelon, bunch of strawberries, plain soup, buffalo mozzarella, plain salad leaves and a simple bowl of rice and yoghurt are but a few examples. There is something totally comforting in simple food, and if you’re fasting and wanting to give your digestive system a rest, then maybe that’s just what you should do.. uncomplicated. Continue reading