Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ghost Cupcakes - Happy Halloween!

Here is a batch of delicious chocolate, scary but oh so cute, ghost cupcakes with white chocolate ganache frosting

The culinary trick to Halloween fun is imagination so here is a batch of delicious chocolate, scary but oh so cute, ghost cupcakes with white chocolate ganache frosting. They are rich and moist with a delightful chocolate flavor creating a sweet surprise that this holiday calls for. Serve them as a fun and festive Halloween treat or get creative and tap into your inner child by creating your own scary cupcake!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Ravioli with Hazelnut Herb Butter Sauce - Sweet and Savory

Pumpkin ravioli - the warm scent of toasted hazelnuts with the mingling flavors of rosemary and thyme complement each other in a perfect harmony

Pumpkin ravioli is a new fall favorite of mine - the warm scent of toasted hazelnuts with the mingling flavors of rosemary and thyme complement each other in a perfect harmony. The simple sauce of lightly browned butter and fresh herbs heightens and contrast at the same time the sweetness of the pumpkin. Sweet and savory, hand-in-hand.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lemon Rosemary Scones - Taste of Britain

These lemon rosemary scones are mildly sweet and have a light and tender crumb

Scones are a quintessential part of both British and Irish cooking. They have been popular in these islands for centuries and are as popular today as they always were. These classic English treats are light, moist and tender. They are usually served at tea parties, breakfast or brunch. To brighten the weather and cut through the cold temperatures, I decided to prepare a delightful batch of lemon rosemary scones which paired perfectly with a mug of warm coffee or tea.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Butternut Squash Rotini - Creamy and Versatile

If you are looking for a delicious fall-inspired healthy, vegetarian dish, then butternut squash rotini might be the answer

If you are looking for a delicious fall-inspired healthy, vegetarian dish, then butternut squash rotini might be the answer. The squash sauce is incredibly rich and smooth without any cream. I decided to garnish this dish with crispy fried sage leaves for a hint of earthy, herbal flavor. This comforting main dish is a celebration of all thing autumn. Serve it for quick and simple weeknight dinner or lunch.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Homemade Black Olive Bread - Taste of Greece

he today's rustic Greek olive bread is made using a simple dough and black olives

Freshly baked bread complements any delicious meal. Although there is much time and effort required to prepare, knead and bake, the results are always worth the effort. The today's rustic Greek olive bread is made using a simple dough and black olives. During baking, it develops a beautiful textured interior crumb and a nice crunchy crust. When the aroma of freshly baked olive bread fills your home, you will feel like you were visiting a cafe in Greece.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fried Cheese Polenta with Brussels Sprouts and Aromatic Herb Oil - Rustic and Cozy

Fried cheese polenta served with roasted Brussels sprouts and a drizzle of homemade garlic and sage oil for a hearty, comforting dish

Once a peasant food, polenta has been adopted in all types of cuisines, mainly due to its versatility. This humble, corn meal dish can be transformed into a delicious meal by adding Brie and Parmesan cheese. Cooled until firm, polenta can be then sliced or cut into designs and pan-fried until golden and slightly crisp. Serve it with roasted Brussels sprouts and a drizzle of homemade garlic and sage oil for a hearty, comforting dish, perfect when autumn's chill sets in.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Pan Seared Halibut with French Lemon Dill Sauce - Light and Simple

Pan seared halibut with lemon dill sauce is a simple dish that can be prepared with a few flavorful ingredients

Pan seared halibut with lemon dill sauce is a simple dish that can be prepared with a few flavorful ingredients. This fish has a mild flavor which allows it to be paired with a wide variety of herbs, seasoning and sauces. So, for today's recipe, I decided to use a classic, rich and aromatic sauce prepared with shallots, wine and butter and infused with lemon and dill. Serve the halibut fish fillets over a bed of blanched asparagus and drizzle with warm sauce. This dish can be easily served as weeknight dinner or as an entrée for an elegant dinner party.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Poached Egg Toast with Spinach and Feta - Nutritious Breakfast

The poached egg toast with spinach and feta recipe has all the nutrients your body needs for a healthy morning start

Breakfast gives us the opportunity to start each day with a healthy and nourishing meal. Today's recipe is in my breakfast repertoire for a while now and I must say it's one of my favorite: poached egg toast with spinach and feta. The toast is spread with a little Dijon mustard then a bed of fresh spinach is added, a few feta crumbles are sprinkled on top and at the end, the star of the dish, the delicious poached egg, brings everything together.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cauliflower Cream Soup with Blue Cheese and Walnut Crostini - Warmth and Comfort

The humble cauliflower becomes something extraordinary when transformed in a delicious autumn soup

The cool air of fall is returning slowly with clouded skies and crisp morning breeze making me long for a warm, comforting dish such as a rich, creamy and healthy cauliflower soup. The garlic, thyme, Parmesan cheese and a pinch of nutmeg elevates this simple soup adding extra-layers of flavor. The sharp and nutty aroma of the blue cheese and walnut crostini, balances the cauliflower beautifully. With a velvety texture, this soup it's a simple yet flavorful option for lunch or as a light supper


Monday, October 6, 2014

Mushroom Risotto with Thyme and Goat Cheese - Simple, Earthy Flavors

In today's recipe, in order to accentuate the risotto's natural creaminess, I added a little bit of pungent goat cheese along with earthy champignon mushrooms and thyme for a burst of flavors

Risotto, a true North Italian specialty, is a very simple, delicious yet versatile dish. It gets its luxurious and rich texture from the starches released when Arborio rice is stirred and cooked. In today's recipe, in order to accentuate the risotto's natural creaminess, I added a little bit of pungent goat cheese along with earthy champignon mushrooms and thyme for a burst of flavors.


Friday, October 3, 2014

Apple and Rosemary Mini Pies - Little Pieces of Autumn

Apple and rosemary mini pies have an unexpectedly subtle herbal flavor that complement the sweetness of the apples beautifully

Apple and rosemary mini pies have an unexpectedly subtle herbal flavor that complements the sweetness of the apples beautifully. The crust is rich and luxurious with a lovely golden color. It has a textural sensation, a slightly sweet taste and bursts with warm flavors such a cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of fresh rosemary. The apples are infused with the earthy aroma of rosemary and the sweet flavor of cinnamon. These little lovely pies are perfect for an autumn picnic or party.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pumpkin Spiced Latte - Autumn in a Coffee Cup

For the first day of October, I am proposing you a delightful recipe that brings fall in a coffee cup: pumpkin spiced latte

For the first day of October, I am proposing you a delightful recipe that brings fall in a coffee cup: pumpkin spiced latte. Prepared from organic pumpkin purée and traditional fall spices such as cinnamon, cloves, star anise, ginger and a pinch of nutmeg, this delicious, flavorful coffee will warm your mornings.