Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

Cookbooks To Curl Up With

 

We buy cookbooks for the recipes, to give us inspiration in the kitchen, but also, sometimes a cookbook is more than just beautiful pictures and delicious dishes. When is the last time you actually read the cookbooks in your collection? They are a treasure trove of great writing. While the libraries are closed and bookstores are shuttered, take a look at the cookbooks you already have. You’re in for a treat. And we’ve got some suggestions – none of these books are new, and some are all but forgotten. Take a look on your shelves, you may already have a few titles worth curling up with… Continue »



Springtime is Rhubarbtime!

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Name me a vegetable that grows like a weed, and is so good and versatile you can have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner; serve it with yogurt and ice cream, cook it with pork, and even make a cocktail out of it. Continue »



The Lemonade of Your Dreams

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The lemonade of my personal dreams is made with lemons that have been grilled. Then I purée some watermelon and add a bunch of Perrier so it is slightly effervescent and not too sweet. Continue »



Rooting Your Own Mint

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Rooting mint in a small decorative vase.

There’s nothing like having fresh mint on hand, and I don’t know about you, but when I buy a bunch of mint, I tend use it a couple of times for a specific recipe, or to add to the best gin and tonic recipe anywhere.

Best Gin & Tonic Anywhere

Mix up whatever ratio of gin and tonic you prefer, with ice cubes.

Add to it, a generous squeeze of fresh lime, a couple of slices of cucumber, and a mint leaf or two. Swirl. Enjoy the taste of summer.

But after making my gin and tonic or whatever, I generally toss the remaining mint bunch into the fridge where it often dies because I forget it’s there. Pulling a squishy bunch of decaying mint out of the fridge is always sadness-inducing. And the last thing we need is more sadness in January, the month that contains the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday.

Fresh mint showing root development.

Fresh mint showing root development.

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Syrian Cuisine: Qatayef

 

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It’s always exciting learning about new foods and trying new recipes, especially so when the recipe hails from another part of the world. And if the recipe happens to be a scrumptious dessert, so much the better! How about a small, hand-held yeast pancake, folded over and filled with creamed cheese and nuts, then fried until crunchy on the outside, and then served with a sweet and delicately scented orange blossom syrup. How does that sound? Continue »