Pickled Ginger: Gari

Pickled Ginger:  Gari

Why is making your own pickled ginger more healthy?
Everyone has seen the thin pink ginger slices at a sushi restaurant. Bright glow-in-the-dark pink? This pickled ginger is called gari in Japanese and is usually eaten after sushi or sashimi to enhance the flavor and cleanse the palette. Ginger generally aids digestion, eases nausea and reduces inflammation.

What makes pickled ginger so pink? Most likely it’s artificial coloring (E124) added to the gari to make it look more attractive. Beet juice is more rarely also used to make the pickled ginger more pink.

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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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Pastry Crust: Pâte Brisée

Pastry Crust: Pâte Brisée

What is Pastry Crust?
As there are many different names to describe the same pastry crust, it can be confusing to most of us when reviewing recipes.  A new baker may think there are actually dozens of different types of pastry or pie dough.  In fact,  however, the ingredients for a flaky pie crust and a mealy pie crust are mostly the same.

It’s the size of  the fat in the dough that will determine if the dough will bake into a flaky or mealy pie crust.  Larger pieces of fat left in the dough will generally cause the baked result to be more flaky.  So if you want to prepare a more flaky cru…

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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?

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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.

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