Belgian Foodie® Winter Salad

Belgian Foodie® Winter Salad

What are Winter Salads?
Winter salads bring color, vitamins and fresh tastes to brighten up your plate and keep your palate alive.  In many ways I prefer winter salads to salads at other times of the year because the ingredients are often more crispy and full of flavor.

 
How can you create a Winter Salad?
Blend colors and tastes
The key to making an exceptional winter salad is to blend colors and tastes.  Don’t be afraid to use bitter vegetables, such as Belgian endives, radicchio and escarole, all from the chicory family. You may offset the bitter tastes by adding sweet ingredien…

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Braised Belgian Endives

Braised Belgian Endives

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Why learning how to braise Belgian Endives is so important?

Everyone in Belgium needs to learn how to braise Belgian endives, commonly known as chicons or witlof in Belgium, at some point in their life.  It should almost be a requirement for citizenship. Many people are a bit intimidated by Belgian endives because they are easy to overcook or often fall apart while cooking.  Yet, braising Belgian endives is actually fairly simple.

How to braise Belgian endives

All it takes to braise Belgian endives is a pan, some olive oil or butter, garlic, a to…

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Open Wonton Soup

Open Wonton Soup

How to innovate Wonton Soup?
Sunday is my favorite day to cook.  I usually start Sunday supper in the early afternoon before exercising and then finish it up afterwards.  Last Sunday I was planning to make one of our favorite dishes:  the Tastiest Carnitas North of the Border.  However, since we were all feeling run down with a cold I decided to make wonton soup with homemade dumplings.  At the last minute I changed my mind about the dumplings and chose to use the filling of the dumplings to prepare meatballs and to add egg noodles into the soup to replace the wonton wrappers.  Not having to …

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Vegetarian Enchiladas: Delicious and Healthy

Vegetarian Enchiladas:  Delicious and Healthy

How do you turn Vegetarian Enchiladas into an evening?
Why Vegetarian Enchiladas?
A few days ago I prepared dinner for a friend on her way to Cuba.  Although she will certainly have fabulous and authentic Cuban food while she’s there, I wanted to make a Latin American dish to celebrate her upcoming trip.  I decided to make Vegetarian Enchiladas since they are tasty, healthy and comforting.

As Vegetarian Enchiladas may be prepared in advance, reducing the effort needed when company arrives, they are ideal for a mid-week supper. Weeknight suppers should require less preparation, even if you wor…

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A Caprese Salad with Parma Ham

A Caprese Salad with Parma Ham

Sometimes simple dishes are the best!
Tonight I really did not feel like preparing anything complicated. It’s warm outside and I’ve been moving around all day long sorting through things in my home as I’m doing a major summer cleaning.

 
Preparing a Caprese Salad with Parma Ham
So I prepared a dish with mozzarella, tomatoes, Prosciutto di Parma ham, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a little salt and pepper. This dish always looks nicer when you lay a slice of mozzarella on a slice of tomato and continue in this fashion until you fill your dish (or have enough for your group). T…

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Baba Ganoush Made Quick and Easy: Vegan

Baba Ganoush Made Quick and Easy: Vegan

With So Many Variations of Baba Ganoush, What Makes My Recipe Different?
What’s in a Name?
There are almost as many ways to write baba ganoush (baba ghanoush, baba ghanouj, baba ghannouj or baba gannouj) as there are to make it. This famous dish is also known as Moutabal and Eggplant (or Aubergine) Caviar.

This recipe for baba ganoush has to be among the easiest way to make it.  Yet, it preserves the smoked flavor of the eggplant and all the other qualities we love in our baba ganoush.

 
What Ingredients Make Baba Ganoush?
Baba ganoush comes from the Levantine region yet is reno…

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Yogurt Spread with Radishes and Green Onions

Yogurt Spread with Radishes and Green Onions

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Spring was in the air on my lunch table
A couple days ago I was home for lunch on my own and wanted to make something special yet easy. I had a few eggplants, carrots, red peppers, cucumbers, green onions, and much more.

I was really in the mood to make a typical Belgian spread made principally with fromage blanc, green onions and radishes.  You add a little salt and pepper to these ingredients and you basically have your spread.  I also wanted to make baba ganoush with the eggplants. So what did I do?

I made both! Here I share the recipe for the Yogurt Spread with Rad…

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Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

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Why not make these tasty chicken enchiladas for Cinco de Mayo? Or any other time of the year?
These Chicken Enchiladas will be an instant crowd-pleaser. Ideal for a family supper, a potluck, a welcome gesture for a new neighbor moving in, or any other happy occasion.

 
Preparing Chicken Enchiladas in Belgium
Making Mexican (really Tex-Mex) food when you are living in Belgium is not as easy as it is when you live in the US (or of course in Mexico). In Belgium, you may not even be able to find some ingredients, which is why I have to adapt by substituting some ingred…

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Pasta with Salmon and Avocado

Pasta with Salmon and Avocado

Pasta with Salmon and Avocado is a Perfect Dinner for Two
Fresh Colored Pasta with Salmon, Avocado and Wild Garlic Sauce is a seasonal delight.  It is quick to make, satisfying and not a worry for your waistline.  Ready in minutes, Pasta with Salmon, Avocado and Wild Garlic Sauce is ideal for an impromptu or last-minute supper with a special someone tête-à-tête.  What a dream for a weeknight supper!

While the wild garlic makes this a seasonal dish, you can easily substitute a smaller dose of ordinary garlic or fresh garlic instead.  Wild garlic, also known as ramps, has a more subtle flavo…

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Lentil Tomato Soup: Vegan

Lentil Tomato Soup: Vegan

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A Vegan Lentil Tomato Soup sure to please the whole family!
Lentils are Inexpensive and Nutritious!
Lentils are considered to be one of the healthiest foods available.  They are also one of the least expensive sources of protein and other nutrients vegans need in their diet.  Adding lentils to soup is a simple way to get the nutrition you need.   Preparing this Lentil Tomato Soup will therefore be a tasty way to get the protein you need.

I enjoy all kinds of lentils: brown, green, yellow, and red.   Brown lentils tend to hold their shape better in soups.  Yet, adding a h…

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Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

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Recette Sauce rouge pour enchiladas – fr

Is this the best Red Enchilada Sauce recipe?

You will have to try  this Red Enchilada Sauce to find out!

I’ve tasted many enchilada sauce recipes, including many popular ones on Pinterest.  Personally, I find this Red Enchilada Sauce recipe to be simple and somehow more refined and tasty than others.

How Much Time to Make Red Enchilada Sauce?

You can prepare this Red Enchilada Sauce in less than an hour.

How Many Servings Does this Recipe Make?

There is…

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Leek Quiche with Wild Garlic

Leek Quiche with Wild Garlic

How to turn a basic Leek Quiche recipe into a special Springtime dish
On Easter Monday four generations of my Belgian family gathered at my niece’s house for an afternoon pot-luck spread and egg hunt for the kids.  Everyone brought a dish.  There were cakes, pies, brownies, tartes al Djote (a local specialty pie from Nivelles, Belgium), flammekeuche, chocolate truffles presented in a cake-pop style, a raspberry Charlotte, and other goodies.  I brought a vegetarian Leek Quiche with Wild Garlic, which was easy to make and quite tasty.

When I make a quiche, I follow a basic formula of 3 eggs …

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Matzo Brei: Passover or Anytime

Matzo Brei:  Passover or Anytime

Why not make Matzo Brei for breakfast all year round?
It’s the first morning of Passover so of course I made a simple version of Matzo Brei.  As Matzo Brei is made by mixing eggs with matzo, much in the same way as you mix eggs with bread to make French Toast, it is a simple dish to prepare for breakfast or brunch.

The number of possible additions and variations for this otherwise very straightforward dish is endless.  I opted, however, to start off with a basic recipe with a small addition of wild garlic, which is in season and in abundance in my local area at this time of year.

Feel f…

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