Spicy Carrot and Green Lentil Salad

Spicy Carrot and Green Lentil Salad

February 22nd, 2013  | Category: Beans and Legumes, Salad, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian


I have been celebrating the New Year's Eve at The Mansion for as long as I can remember. But last year, plans changed and at the very last minute, I found myself in Alaçatı - a small village far away from home. We arrived the day before New Year's Eve and decided to check out a few of the antique shops in the village. As we reached the ...

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Vegan Strawberry Smoothie

Vegan Strawberry Smoothie

July 02nd, 2009  | Category: Drinks, Fruit, Vegan


My father has the strictest morning routine I have ever seen. He wakes up at 6:30 AM, goes for a 45-minute walk, takes a shower, eats his breakfast and he's on his way to work at 8:00 AM sharp. This has been his routine for as long as I can remember. Stricter than his morning routine is the list of things he eats at breakfast. A slice ...

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Peas with Marjoram

Peas with Marjoram

June 18th, 2009  | Category: Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian


Peas with marjoram... Simple, seasonal and delicious. First in a series of dishes Baking Fairy and I cooked together. I must have mentioned her here before. She is one of my closest friends. And the one living the farthest. A few years back, she fell in love with Costa Rica, left her job in California in the blink of an eye, bought a rundown cafe in Montezuma and ...

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How to Make a Flavorful Vegetable Broth

How to Make a Flavorful Vegetable Broth

January 21st, 2009  | Category: Soup, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian


Preparing a well-balanced, flavorful vegetable broth at home is not only easy, but also a great way to salvage leftover vegetables in your fridge. Simmering a handful of vegetables, herbs and spices with water will reward you with nutritious and fragrant soups, risottos, stews, braises and countless other dishes. Just throw them in a pot, and you're done. It is really that easy. I've used this broth ...

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