With warmer days now, more salads are appearing on our table, like this one with fennel, radishes, pickled red onions, walnuts and blue cheese crumbles. This was inspired by the Fennel Salad with Walnut Dressing I found at Lazy Cat Kitchen, my new fave reading for veggie recipes and celebration!
Coming off the tail-end of winter, and when I was not feeling too good a while ago, this was a comforting bowl of goodness... Japanese soba buckwheat noodles with tofu, mushrooms, and peas in a beef-enriched broth.
Mediterranean inspiration this time, a dish of courgette/zucchini, aubergine/eggplant, large white beans, chili and feta cheese, served with herbed couscous.
Oh, this one was good... a fennel and potato soup, with just a tiny bit of crisp bacon garnish!
A soup inspired by Middle Eastern flavors... chickpeas, spinach, onion, and noodles in a lemon-infused vegetable broth.
I've been playing around and experimenting with making recipes for meat-free spreads for bread, toast, crackers, pita chips, etc. This is a sun dried tomato and Italian herb hummus. Delicious!
And this is a vegetarian pâté! I've used lentils and soaked cashews as the basis this oven baked pâté. I want to play more with different veggie pâtés. This was delicious with our home-baked bread and a glass of red wine...mmm...!!
More Mediterranean flavors! A simple pasta salad packed with chickpeas, feta cheese, olives and veggies--mini plum tomatoes, cucumber--and a little bit of oil-packed tuna, and served over mixed salad greens.
Risotto... it's comforting and elegant at the same time. We made this around Easter time. A crab and asparagus risotto. I used the Crab & Asparagus Risotto by Jamie Oliver as inspiration.
Can't go wrong with a super simple pasta dish with easy fresh tomato and basil sauce with hint of garlic and lots of Parmesan cheese! I'll take some more of this! ;)
As we get into the busy months of summer, it may be that my foodie posts become combined over some weeks/months. And rather than a particular cuisine focus, like we've been doing since the top of the new year, I'll serve up more of what's happening in season, and--hopefully--even from our own garden!
In Friday's post, I mentioned that my laptop was badly affected by a Microsoft update last week. A lot of junk and craziness... What a headache! :/ TJ was able to save it--HOORAY! He is brilliant. :) So I'll be catching up with you all soon. Apologies if I've been slow to reply to email, comments, etc.
Anyway... So what's been cooking in your kitchen?! :)