Month: May 2015

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Pear Clafouti

Clafouti is a classic French dessert traditionally made with black cherries.  Today’s recipe substitutes the cherries for pears.  Specifically Bartlett pears.  I love The Barefoot Contessa, aka Ina Garten and today’s dessert recipe features Ina’s Pear Clafouti.   Ina developed her love of French cuisine while living in France on a four month camping vacation.  I’ve posted a few of her other recipes on my blog.  Don’t you just love her presentation and how she cooks such awesome meals for her husband?  The fresh flowers and rustic arrangements either inside her home or in her garden are beautifully assembled.  Now, I’m no Ina Garten, nor do I own a home in The Hamptons (although I’d dearly love to), but in many ways, I think I am just like Ina when it comes to preparing fresh meals every single day for my husband.

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Vegetarian patties

According to Wikipedia, “A patty, in American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand English is a flattened, usually round serving of ground meat or meat alternatives.”  A Jamaican patty is a pastry that contains various fillings and spices baked inside a flaky shell, often tinted golden yellow with an egg yolk mixture or turmeric. It is made like a turnover but is more savory.  My patty is the Goan version of a pastry filled with a vegetarian or meat mixture cooked in herbs and spices.

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Banana Blueberry Bread

Don’t you just love baking sweet breads when your fruit is looking rather sad in the fruit bowl?  I think there’s no dearth of bread recipes when it comes to a fast, nutritious breakfast or tea break.  This bread definitely clicked all the boxes for me, the bananas were pretty ripe and there were fresh blueberries and applesauce in the refrigerator.  The fact that this recipe called for white wholewheat flour, meant that I could eat an additional slice at each sitting minus the guilt :).  I found this recipe on Skinnytaste.com.  The ingredients on this site are always fresh, low-fat and hearty.

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Broiled vegetables with toasted Israeli couscous

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It’s been a busy few weeks and I was missing in action for sometime.   I’ve missed visiting your blogs and posting some of my own.  I guess this is the time of year when it is so hard to get it all done isn’t it?  I have however, been taking pictures and planning a few dishes that I will be posting over the next couple of weeks, so all is not lost.  Beach trips, hikes, picnics, road trips, planning vacations and getting together with friends spells summer with a capital S!  Summer is here, and with it comes lighter meals barbequed, salads, an array of fruit and vegetables that are available at the market.  Hooray!

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