A Basic Sourdough Starter Guide

A Basic Sourdough Starter Guide

What is Sourdough Starter?
Sourdough starter is a mixture customarily made with flour and water, yet can include other ingredients, such as organic grapes or figs.  It captures the wild yeast present in flour to create a rising agent to be used in baking.  It therefore replaces cake yeast, dry yeast, or other forms of baking yeast.

You may replace sourdough starter for yeast or other rising agents, such as baking powder, in any recipe.  You may need to play a little to find the right amount of sourdough starter needed, as much will depend on your starter’s potency.  The result might not be…

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Restaurants in Los Angeles Enjoyed Over the Holidays

Restaurants in Los Angeles Enjoyed Over the Holidays

What Restaurants in Los Angeles did I Enjoy over New Year’s Holiday?
In the past few years, Los Angeles has become one of the best cities in the United States for enjoying food.  Mexican, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Persian (Iranian), Armenian, Jewish and Californian cuisines are only a few to highlight here.  Of course, traditional Italian and French cuisines can also be found all over the city.

A vibrant food truck culture also permeates the city streets, especially in certain neighborhoods.  These food trucks have been on the front lines of innovation, fusing tastes from different …

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Alpronista Bar

Alpronista Bar

What is an Alpronista Bar?
Yesterday my kids and I went to Antwerp to enjoy a sunny Saturday afternoon and to celebrate my son’s 21st birthday (as well as the 4th of July).

We had a blast walking around the city.  We started on the Meir, Antwerp’s main shopping area, and then headed to the Groenplaats (Green Square), Grote Markt (main square), and the harbour.  Afterwards we returned back towards the city center, ending up at the Bourla Café Restaurant for dinner (see review here).

While my kids were in Forever 21 looking at the sales racks, I stayed outside and was thrilled to discover…

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Kreation Juice Kafe in Venice Beach

Kreation Juice Kafe in Venice Beach

What is all the hype about Kreation Juice Kafe in Venice Beach (Los Angeles)?
Walking around Santa Monica and Venice Beach in Los Angeles County always takes me down memory lane to summer (and school) days with friends. (I won’t mention how many years ago this was.)

A childhood friend and I hung out together in the late afternoon and evening. We strolled along 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, which is always a fun place to watch people. Third Street Promenade has definitely changed from the time I used to come there as a child with my grandmother. Now shops, restaurants, street entert…

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5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day

5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day

Looking for ideas for a vegan breakfast for Mother’s Day?
Here are 5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day that you and/or your kids can make without needing to know how to cook.

These recipes provide a variety of traditional breakfasts with vegans in mind.  Your mom will love any of these breakfasts, and especially the thought that goes into it.

You may adapt each of these recipes to suit the tastes of your mother or wife.  Feel free to be creative and make substitutions (especially of fruit) as you like.

These 5 recipes are not presented in any special order, as all of the…

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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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Italian Bean Soup: Vegan

Italian Bean Soup: Vegan

Short in time?  Looking for new ideas?  Is it the end of the month?
This vegan Italian Bean Soup is the answer!
A big pot of vegan Italian Bean Soup will keep you and your family happy for at least 2 days, depending on the size of your family.

Taking only about 30 minutes to prepare, this Italian Bean Soup soon become one of your family’s favorites.  Not only is it yummy but it is also healthy and inexpensive, suitable for any household’s budget.

This Italian Bean Soup is also ideal when you are trying to lose weight yet need to eat to maintain your energy. You can eat this soup severa…

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