Raw Asparagus Salad/ Asparagus, Avocado and Goat Cheese Open-Faced Sandwich

Recipes for raw asparagus salad have been catching my eye lately….Raw Asparagus and Quinoa Salad on My Darling Lemon Thyme, Asparagus Mint Slaw on Saveur and sooooo many recipes for raw shaved asparagus with lemon and pecorino.  It turns out the raw asparagus is nutty and delicious, especially right now when you can get it all tender…

Bengal Red Lentil Dal (to defeat seasonal allergies)

It’s spring time!  It’s BBQ time!  It’s allergy time!  Today we will be addressing the third and least glamourous aspect of the current season.  I will not go into the horrific details of my seasonal allergies.  Those of you who share this problem know all to well what it is like.  Last year, I posted…

Andalusian Style Honey Lamb Stew

This is my attempt to recreate the best thing that I ate when I visited Seville.  I travelled to Spain many years ago now and I do not know why it has taken me so long to attempt to figure out how to make this stew.  Seville is in the front of my mind again…

Wilted Collard Green Salad with Peanuts and Black Eyed Peas

This recipe caught my eye because it reminded me of the Palaver recipe that my sister posted long ago.  That is a very good stew, but this salad is easier to carry to work for lunch.  The classic African combination of peanuts, collards and black-eyed peas is so tasty and fortifying.  This recipe makes enough for two…

Home-made cheap thrill sauce- Ajvar (or Ljutenica)

Ajvar (or Ljutenica) is one of my favourite store-bought condiments.  It is a relish made from sweet red peppers, eggplant and tomatoes.  Some brands are spicy and some are not.  It is a beautiful bright orange-red color.  It makes simple, cheap food taste thrillingly gourmet and it is astonishingly inexpensive, which is why I always refer…

Red Remoulade and Some of Its Many Uses

Remoulade is a classic of New Orleans cuisine.  It is used to dress up cold boiled shrimp.  It is served as a dipping sauce for all manner of fried seafood.  It is dolloped on top of fried tomatoes.  It shows up in many different forms, ranging from a mildly savoury sauce based on homemade mayonnaise,…

Shrimp in Aromatic Tomato Sauce

This simple, delicious dish requires curry leaves.  You can find them fresh in Indian grocery stores (buy a bunch and freeze them for later!).  You can also order dry curry leaves here.  I used to have a curry tree and you can find the whole sad story of its demise in the Curried Avacado post.  Once…

Curried Avocado (Indian Guacamole)

We used to have a beautiful potted curry tree in our apartment.  We had grown it from a little baby plant that had come from the curry tree that used to belong to my husband’s Indian grandma.  The leaves had the most wonderful scent and it was so lovely to be able to use fresh…