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Mediterranean Roasted Veggie Tart

Good Monday to you all.  I hope you had a relaxing weekend and are ready for the week ahead.  Today I would like to share a recipe for a delicious tart with loads of vegetables and full of flavor.  My friend Rose brought this gorgeous vegetable tart to our Spring Tea Brunch last year that looked right out of a magazine!  This tart looked so good that I’ve been wanting to make it for some time, but when Rose mentioned that it was a time consuming recipe, I stayed away from trying.  But with more time on my hands now I ventured to give this recipe a try and you know what? Once you get the hang of making it once or twice, it’s actually easier than the recipe looks. Continue reading Mediterranean Roasted Veggie Tart

Bell Pepper Tomato Pasta

Bell pepper tomato pasta is a dish my eldest daughter made for our Mother’s Day dinner this past Sunday that was so delicious that I immediately asked her for the recipe. It did occur to me however that it’s usually the daughter asking the Mother for a recipe, but in this case it was the reverse 😀. In all seriousness though this really was an awesome pasta dish.  Continue reading Bell Pepper Tomato Pasta

Homemade Flaxseed Bread

Lately I find I have so much more time to do things that I never did before like making bread.  I especially enjoyed making this healthy version with flax seeds. This homemade bread recipe comes to you all the way from Sweden from fellow blogger Maria of Sagittariusviking.com.  I came across Maria’s flaxseed bread when she posted it on her Instagram feed.  To quote Maria herself  “I shared a bread I baked this weekend on my Instagram, and Facebook page. Some of you wanted to try it yourself. This recipe is easy, frugal (less than one dollar a loaf,) vegan, and makes two loaves of bread. I prefer to use all organic ingredients. Total time it takes to make the bread is two hours.”    Continue reading Homemade Flaxseed Bread

Vegetable Lasagna

Lasagna is one of those classic decadent pasta dishes that everyone loves, interestingly however it never appealed to me much as the veggie version always seemed overly stuffed with cheese that even when it was called a veggie lasagna there was very little vegetables in it.  I’ve tried over the years many veggie lasagnas and have come to the conclusion that restaurants don’t do vegetarian lasagna very good.  Their meat based lasagnas are always a hit (or so I hear), but veggie lasagnas? Not so.  Consequently I never bothered making lasagna at home, having not had anything worthwhile at restaurants, I really didn’t have any incentive to try and replicate a cool veggie lasagna recipe.  That is until I saw this post from my friend Padmini on her Instagram feed plates.by.patty. Continue reading Vegetable Lasagna

Stuffed Chile Relleno with Kale, Sweet Potato and Squash

Packed with nutrients, delicious and decadent, a baked chili relleno from our favorite Mexican restaurant Zona Rosa is what I tried to replicate in this recipe.  Just look at the photo of their vegetarian chile relleno!!  Doesn’t it look amazing!! In an effort to make something similar to Zona Rosa’s I stuffed my poblano peppers with a similar variety of veggies that included kale, sweet potatoes and squash. I then added quinoa and cheese, and baked the peppers on a bed of black beans. Continue reading Stuffed Chile Relleno with Kale, Sweet Potato and Squash

Rasia Mutia. Chickpea flour Dumplings in Spiced Yogurt Broth

Rasia mutia is a yogurt soup from the state of Gujarat in the Western part of India.  It is a delicately spiced yogurt broth with chickpea flour dumplings called mutias.  The dumplings are made with day old rice, turmeric, chickpea flour, ginger, garlic, and salt.  These are then steamed and added to the yogurt broth. To prevent the yogurt broth from curdling when heated the yogurt is blended with chickpea flour that acts as rue for the yogurt soup.   A rather unusual yogurt soup that is considered “ordinary” and not worthy of serving for company, you wont find this at any Indian restaurant.  However this is a totally unique homemade soup that is delicious and healthy as well. Give it a try! Continue reading Rasia Mutia. Chickpea flour Dumplings in Spiced Yogurt Broth

Garlicky Greens and Snow Pea Dumplings

First off let me just say that greens sautéed in garlic ALWAYS taste amazing.  Add them to pasta, in quiche, in an omelette, mixed in rice, no matter where these delicious greens are added that dish is going to taste wonderful.  It is no surprise then these dumplings should taste so great! Greens such as mustard greens, Swiss chard or kale all sautéed with garlic and a few crunchy snow peas – yummy this veggie mix is! Continue reading Garlicky Greens and Snow Pea Dumplings

Moroccan Tajine

I’ve always loved exotic hand-painted pottery from all parts of the world. There is something organic and artistic about pottery serving pieces that gets me excited every time I see them. They make all my food look beautiful and appetizing. My fetish for handmade pottery is how I came across this beautiful Moroccan pottery called tajine.  Years ago when North African cuisine was first featured in the Williams-Sonoma California catalog I bought a Moroccan tajine pot from them. It is no surprise that I bought it because it is a gorgeous piece of hand painted pottery! What makes these North African pottery so unique and beautiful are their intricate hand-painted designs in vibrant colors and ethnic motifs. Tajines look like art pieces, each one different from the other, and each one a potter’s masterpiece. Very often among North African families tajines are collected as family heirlooms and passed down generation after generation. Continue reading Moroccan Tajine

Thanksgiving 2019 Vegetarian Dinner with Family and Friends

Happy Saturday!  I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Ours was busy cooking all day until dinner time at which time we had friends join us on this very special holiday.  Being vegetarian coming up with a Thanksgiving dinner tends to be tough for me as we don’t do the usual turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, or cranberry sauce.  However if one is willing to venture away from the traditional Thanksgiving faire there is no shortage of vegetarian options for a delicious and festive Thanksgiving dinner. Continue reading Thanksgiving 2019 Vegetarian Dinner with Family and Friends