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Friday recipe: Eggplant salad with chick peas

As you know i am away visiting my parents for a while, and while i love the Mediterranean, i almost forgot about the August heat! Walking out of the airport i felt a heat wave engulf me , and it wasn’t at all magical!!

Living in Montreal where summers are rather mild, with some showers, this heat is hard to swallow…But, the food makes up for it!!!

Today i’m sharing with you a rather interesting salad, made up from one of my favorite vegetables, eggplants.

Since i was too busy eating, i didn't take any pictures, sorry!

Since i was too busy eating, i didn’t take any pictures, sorry!

Eggplant Salad with chick peas:

1 large eggplant peeled and cut into cubes- 2 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped- 1 cup cooked chick peas or tinned- 2 large onions chopped- 3 cloves garlic chopped- 3 tbs olive oil- 1 tbs pomegranate sauce (available in Mid Eastern shops)- salt and pepper to taste.

-In a cooking pan heat the oil and saute the onions for 2mn, add garlic and saute 1 more minute. Add the eggplant pieces and stir well into the onions, add the tomatoes and other ingredients, season, cover and simmer for 15 minutes till done.

Serve chilled or at room temperature. Enjoy!!

 

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Friday recipe: Asparagus quiche

Quiches are very simple and easy to do. Always presentable, delicious and great for any occasion. I do a lot of quiches, i find it to be the easiest dish for me , and everyone loves it! I always invent new recipes, change the filling, be more creative with what i have in the fridge. And it always works!

Like Asparagus? Today i’m sharing a quiche recipe from my Mediterranean aunt.

AsparagusAsparagus quiche:

One partially cooked pastry case, homemade or bought: for pastry:

-1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1/2 cup butter in small pieces, 1 tsp white vinegar, a pinch of salt, 1 egg, about 1/4 cup of very cold water. Make pastry and chill for 30 mn.

Roll out and fit in a 9 in oven plate. Prick with a fork and bake at 350 degr. for 15 mn or till it is no more raw.

Filling:

3 eggs beaten, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded, 1 cup cream, 3 tbs freshly grated parmesan, 1/2 tsp allspice, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste, and if you like , 3-4 slices of bacon cooked and chopped. 1 1/2 cups blanched asparagus chopped, 2 tsp fresh chopped basil.

Place cheeses in bottom of pastry case, add cream to beaten eggs, add the bacon if used, and the other ingredients, Pour over cheeses. Bake in a 375 deg oven for 25-30 mn or till golden.

Enjoy!

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7 Healthy snacks!

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I’m always wandering in the kitchen, opening my fridge and trying to see if i can find something healthy to snack on instead of the ice cream in the freezer, the chocolate box my husband got from Belgium , or the bag of chips we got when we had friends over!

Here are 7 ideas for snacks that i tried, i have some favorites, but i would go for any of these instead of junk food! And they are all under 100 calories!

-Apple slices and peanut butter. Great if you feel like munching on something. One apple is enough.

-Fruit and yogurt:fat free yogurt, berries or sliced peaches or any other fruit you like, and a sprinkle of granola. Yumminess!

-Air popped popcorn. Need i say more? (no butter and no salt).

-Bread and jam. The classic: whole grain slice of bread and some natural non sugar added jam.

-Wraps: a slice of turkey, ham, beef or chicken, add some spinach and mustard and it’s a wrap!

-Hummus dip. With sliced carrots, cucumbers or celery. Delicious.

-Dates, almonds and nuts. Always works for me!

What about you? What do you snack on?

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Monday question

Desktop97I received a lot of emails asking if it is easy to start eating differently, more healthy. If it doesn’t become boring and bland after a while. I personally love to eat good food, and find that there is no reason that healthy has to equal bland and boring!

Vegetables, fish, legumes and fruits are all delicious and nutritious at the same time; add spices and herbs to the mix, don’t be afraid to try new recipes, and don’t give up if you feel stuck. The web is full of recipes from the easiest to the most difficult, you will always find something! I find it easy to cook healthy, and always enter my kitchen as if entering a lab! I always end up inventing something new!

What would you answer these ladies, is it easy for you to eat healthy? And how do you go about it?

 

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Friday recipe: Provencal summer potato gratin

Since i posted two days ago about the beauty of Provence , i’m sharing a delicious summer dish from that lovely area….

2ba8c7d00d2ab3c10b95ca4e9abcb5faProvence is the Mediterranean jewel of France in my opinion. The sights, smells and food are incomparable…The food in this part of France is so good, you will have visit more than once!

Provencal summer potato gratin:

2 cloves garlic-extra virgin olive oil-2 1/4 pounds medium tomatoes, peeled-2 pounds gold potatoes, scrubbed and sliced about 1/4 inch thick-salt and freshly ground pepper-2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)-2 medium onions, sliced about 1/4 inch thick-1 bay leaf-1 1/2 cups boiling water- 12 imported black olives, pitted.

-Heat the oven to 375F. Cut 1 of the garlic cloves in half and rub a gratin or baking dish with the cut sides. Mince the remaining garlic and set aside. Oil the gratin dish with olive oil.

-Slice 2 of the tomatoes into thin rounds and peel and chop the rest. Arrange half of the potato slices in the dish, slightly overlapping, and season generously with salt and pepper. Sprinkle half of the thyme. Top with half of the onions. Season the onions and lay the bay leaf on top. Toss the chopped tomatoes and minced garlic together with salt and pepper to taste, and spoon over the onions. Repeat the layers and top with the sliced tomatoes. Be sure to season each layer generously.

-Season the boiling water with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and pour over the vegetables. Dot the top with olives and cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 30 mn, until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the gratin is lightly browned around the edges.

(You can add 1/2 a cup of grated Gruyere over the gratin 1 hour after baking).

Enjoy!

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Mediterranean dream

Today we are going to dream. Why dream alone when we can share the dream, right? Who doesn’t dream of going to the south of France, sweet smelling Provence, beautiful Italy, or the breathtaking views of Greece? Let’s take the magical Mediterranean tour, and maybe, just maybe it will encourage you to take the leap and actually go there!

The beaitiful Amalfi coast in Italy

The beautiful Amalfi coast in Italy

Another Amalfi breathtaking view

Another Amalfi breathtaking view

The history of Turkey

The history of Turkey

Oh this is where supper is going to be! Provence.

Oh this is where supper is going to be! Provence.

The unforgetable smell of Provence...

The unforgettable smell of Provence…

That water....in Greece!

That water….in Greece!

This just screams vacation time!!!

This just screams vacation time!!!

Do you need more encouragement?! Where have you visited around the Mediterranean and what was your favorite place?

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Monday question

Desktop97Hello there! Hope you had a relaxing, sunny and fun weekend!

Today’s question is about advice (we usually always get free advice!). About health advices to be precise. So what was the best health advice you have been given, and did you follow through? And who was it from?

I usually always get advice from my mom about this subject (she’s my private health guru!), and i always follow through. Yep, she’s that good.

Waiting for your answers!

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