Red leaf and butter salad soup


What happen when the dentist tells you to have only soft or liquid food for 15 days? First thing I think is great….I will loose some weight….it will be extra fun to have smoothies everyday, try all the combinations that I like and create new ones…….and….no didn’t work out the way that I thought

I realized that I could not go for 2 weeks only with smoothies so I decide to make soups as well; and probably will delight you with many more interesting mushy concoctions for the next 15 days…..ok I know I need to stop thinking, saying and writing 15:):)

Let me know what you think about this soup.





Do you love vegetable markets? I do. Unfortunately those are the only few pictures that I could find. I think this one was in Venice. I make it a point to go and visit local markets in every countries we have lived in. I have been trying to find pictures of the vegetable markets in Cambodia and Bangkok but with not much luck. Love to see all this vibrant colors and just wondering how many different recipes could be prepared. Different countries different people but markets will always be there to make you feel home….of course you will find vegetables that maybe are not available in your own country, but this is the perfect opportunity to try something new and fall in love with a new flavor.

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Scallops mommy’s way

Great appetizer that my Mom loves to prepare every time I am home.

Dairy free rustic peach tart

As you can see my kids didn’t even give me the time to take a proper picture of the tart….and guess what there was nothing left in the evening. Homely tart perfect for a snack or breakfast. Dig in and enjoy.

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Cubes of watermelon, crumble goat cheese and marinated red onions

Unexpected flavors in a summery appetizer. The juiciness of watermelon, the tanginess of red onions and complexity of goat cheese feels your palate with an explosion of savors.

Onion Bhajis

Onion Bhajis my comfort food

What is the meaning of comfort food? According to Wikipedia,I am quoting, comfort food is food that provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to someone, and may be characterized by its high caloric nature, high carbohydrate level, or simple preparation. The nostalgia may be specific to an individual, or it may apply to a specific culture.
As you all know my husband is Indian and I cherish every single visit to my in law in Chennai.
Last year we were there for 3 months and I got used to the 5pm snack….more an early dinner than a snack but let’s stick to snack.
Every afternoon Nimmi and I will prepare something different for the kids and all of us.
My list of comfort food could be endless, but that is me, food that brings back good happy memories is always the best to eat.
Onion Bhajis are a superb late afternoon snack that I learn to prepare when I was there and Nimmi shared her recipe with me.
Since we moved to Nairobi I had few occasions to serve Onion Bhajis to entertain friends. Every time I start to make Bhajis I feel happy and good memories of the great time in India are flowing back. I think this is the reason why this snack never fails my expectations…because it is made with love.
Happy Onion Bhajis to you all.
Detail recipe on Appetizers page Appetizers 

Why Not Bruschetta

Sunday in our family is a super chill out day….I am usually in the kitchen trying new flavor combinations and the kids are around hoping for new dessert recipes. This Sunday they were a bit disappointed since I tried combinations that are still not in their taste buds.

Anyway.. do you remember Orange Fennel and Asparagus salad with citrus vinaigrette Orange Fennel and Asparagus salad with citrus vinaigrette

The salad was sitting on the kitchen counter after the photo shoot and this idea popped in my head….Why Not making a Bruschetta with the same ingredients except the asparagus? I toasted few slices of spelt bread add salad, instead of asparagus I crumbled goat cheese drizzle some EVO oil and here you have it Why Not Bruschetta.

Perfect with a cold glass of Chardonnay.


Orange Fennel and Asparagus salad with citrus vinaigrette

As many of you must have realized by now is that I love all vegetables and they are all my favorite ones.

Fennel are so versatile…..try them baked with black olives, tomatoes concasse’ and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese or simply saute’ with EVO oil and butter or breadcrumb and baked…or simply sliced fennel bulb as thin as you can add orange segments and for some extra color and flavor some asparagus tips.

The licorice notes of fennels goes extremely well with the fruity-tartness of oranges and makes the perfect salad for winter time.

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Detail recipe on Salads page

Dairy Free Apples and Almond Cake

Strolling around the vegetable market I realized that I haven’t made a single Apple Cake since we moved to Nairobi.

Apple cake is one of my absolute week-end breakfast favorite. I modified the original recipe to make it healthier for the family and to be able to have an extra guilty free slice…..

Looks like everyone enjoy this new version since there is nothing left for Sunday.

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Detail recipe on Desserts page

Warm Caprese Salad with a twist

Juicy and succulent tomatoes.

Strong, pungent and sweet aroma from basil.

Instead of Mozzarella cheese try warm Paneer and discover a new take in the more classic Caprese Salad.

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