Ottolenghi’s Harissa Roasted Carrots

This recipe is perfect for a vegetarian night, with the heat and flavor of harrissa with seasonal carrots. Harrisa is basically a chili paste which varies by region in North Africa and the Middle East. It is a blend of hot chili peppers, garlic, olive oil tomatoes and spices such as cumin, coriander, caraway. Ingredients…

Ottolenghi Hummus

Homemade hummus is fresh, light and delicious. I used canned chickpeas for this recipe, which originally has dried chickpeas. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 can organic chickpeas, drained1/2 cup of organic tahini4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice4 cloves garlic, crushed6 tablespoons ice cold water (more depending on the thickness of your tahini)1-2 pinch salt, to tasteExtra virgin…

Black Pepper Tofu

Our family is eating meat-free this week for a Hindu religious festival called Navratri. So I’m using Yotam Ottolenghi’s wonderful vegetarian cookbook, Plenty, to make some creative recipes. I decided to get some extra firm tofu and try this simple blackened tofu dish (healthier version). It was spicy and flavorful. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 packet of…

Kashmiri Televor (Sesame Bagel)

Obviously we are all practicing social distancing, so I’ve decided to make use of my time at home in between telemedicine appointments. Today’s project was to make a classic Kashmiri bread, televor, enjoyed with pink salt tea (sheer chai). It’s similar to a sesame bagel. I used a french flour used for baguettes but you…

Capellini with Roasted Tomatoes

The origins of capellini trace back to areas surrounding Naples. It’s thin rod shaped pasta has a round section and its thickness can vary between 0,85 mm and 0,92 mm. It pairs  perfectly with a light broth made of olive oil and herbs. Adding roasted tomatoes adds to the fresh flavor. Ingredients: 1/4 cup extra-virgin…

Flounder with Poblano & Corn Salsa

This is a great dish for a light meal on the weekend.  It’s fresh, appetizing and easy to make. Also the salsa brightens the milder flounder. Ingredients: 3-4 fillets of fresh flounder Extra virgin olive oil 1 to 2 cups of corn One poblano pepper, cut into thin stripes One small onion, diced Fresh Cilantro…

Nicoise Salad

Yesterday my wife mentioned having a Nicoise salad for dinner tonight. This salad originates from Nice, France. It is traditionally made with hard boiled eggs, Nicoise black olives, tomatoes, and anchovies. There are multiple other additions to the salad by different chefs over the 20th century. It is a beautiful salad for a party. Enjoy!…

Olive Oil Cake

I really enjoy a crusty, moist cake for dessert with my tea. However, most cakes are made with butter for moisture. This olive oil cake allows a rich and decadent treat with a hint of citrus and almond. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup sugar…

Eggplant and Tomato Curry

I love eggplant in any form but especially with tomatoes with spices. This is a simple recipe for a weeknight vegetarian dish. Enjoy! Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 onion, diced thin 1 eggplant, diced 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon coriander 14 ounces canned peeled tomatoes, with juice 1/2 teaspoon garam masala 1 teaspoon salt…

Turkey Chili

Michaela and I were watching Beat Bobby Flay last week on Food Network. They were having a chili contest, interestingly both used lamb for their main ingredient. So I figured we would try to make a healthier version with ground turkey. This ended up being a delicious recipe with layers of flavor. Enjoy! Ingredients: 5…