Category Archives: Fruits and vegetables

Warm beet and pear salad

An easy, elegant appetizer! I first tasted the combination of warm beet and pear in Tuscany decades ago and was instantly smitten. Nutritious, colourful and delicious, this salad remains a favourite to this day and makes a nice change from … Continue reading

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Roasted carrots with balsamic mascarpone and pistachios

An easy yet impressive vegetable dish! Have you ever noticed that vegetables served in good restaurants usually look stunning and taste fantastic? I think that is because many chefs wisely treat their vegetables not just as ‘side dishes’ but instead … Continue reading

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Grilled Mexican-Style Corn (Elotes Mexicanos)

The best way to enjoy farm-fresh corn! I’m prepared to take some heat for this admission. Many of you will be shocked to learn that I had never tasted the marvelous street food that is Mexican grilled corn on the … Continue reading

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Mini Shortbread Apple Tarts with Salted Caramel

Freshly picked apples are one of the delights of autumn. Their beautiful red skins and crisp texture seem a perfect pairing with the changing seasons. These delicious tarts are a great way to showcase apples in a pretty way and … Continue reading

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Pasta with roasted tomatoes, peaches and burrata

This is the dish that just might make you consider becoming a vegetarian. Seriously. I love the way my family looks at me when I tell them we’re having a vegetarian meal. Their facial expressions suggest that they might a) … Continue reading

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Potato and Cheese Pierogis

Until last week, I mistakenly thought pierogis – those pillowy soft, addictively delicious filled Eastern European dumplings – were too fiddly to bother making at home. I changed my mind after looking through a box of kitchen gadgets where I … Continue reading

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Sweet and Spicy Pickled Pears

I love topping a bowl of greens with fruit all year round. Having jars of pickled fruit in the fridge makes it even easier – add some chopped nuts and you’ve got a salad packed with colour, flavour and texture. … Continue reading

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