I love the gentle, yet complex taste of leeks. In omelets, in curries, stews, and soup, leeks make for a more complex set of flavors that boost every dish. I was introduced to this leek and potato soup years ago as a teenager in Europe. I have never been able to reproduce that “je ne … Continue reading

This is a fairly robust and flavorful soup. The key is to roast the vegetables so they caramelize and add that smoky, roasted flavor to the soup.  Fresh herbs add a lot of flavors. Use locally available herbs and substitute dry herbs if you must. It can be made dairy free and completely vegan or … Continue reading

It’s mid-July again and gardeners know what happens. There comes a day when the tomatoes all begin to ripen together. After what seems like months of waiting and peeking at them eagerly every day, they all decide it’s time to change color. Reds, orange, yellow and rust brown, the plants are covered with ripening fruit.  Neighbours … Continue reading

Cipollini Onions Shallots and Italian Parsley

I love experimenting with soups.  This is a delicious and light soup that takes very little time to make and adds a touch of class to any meal.  I served it the other day with dry multigrain toast as a first course before a penne arrabbiata.  My guest seemed to enjoy it and it didn’t … Continue reading

Many moons ago as a young lad I spend a summer in France; much of it in rural Provence.  Being a vegetarian I initially enjoyed the local ratatouille made with aubergine (eggplant), tomatoes and the delicious local herbs that grew everywhere called , not surprisingly, herbs de Provence.  Within a few days, however, my tastebuds … Continue reading

Readers must know by now that I enjoy both making and eating soups and usually make them with whatever vegetables I have available. I use fresh herbs when available and any combination of spices that I think will work well together. It means that my soups never taste the same and there is some risk of … Continue reading

Winter is for soup.  Who doesn’t feel embraced and cared for when served a steaming mug of soup bursting with flavors. The best soups have some depth and complexity of flavor.  But that doesn’t make them difficult to make. It is all about ingredients and combinations.  Feel free to experiment with what you have available … Continue reading

Ratatouille

Ratatouille Nicoise is one of those dishes that sounds terribly sophesticated but is really a simple peasant dish, a vegetable stew, of the Provencal region of France.  Fresh onions,zucchini, garlic and herbs and olive oil make the characteristic aromas that can make your head swim and tummy rumble.  Serve it hot or cold and with … Continue reading

Here is a simple variation on the traditional aloo mutter paneer that is the staple of most tandoori restaurants the world over. With fresh vegetables and tomatoes it bursts with flavors. The tofu adds protein and removes some fat.  It can be a fairly low fat dish and versatile enough to be served with bread, roti … Continue reading

I have been discovering kale this year and learning to cook with it. Fresh Kale, I found out, is yummy and full of vitamins and antioxidants. There are a great many varieties of kale.  My local grocer carries an organic variety with purple leaves they call russian kale that is quite delicious. Saute it with … Continue reading