Greek Salad with Hummus Dressing

Greek Salad dressed with Hummus

I adore Greek salad. Loads of crisp vegetables combined with plump olives and creamy Feta cheese all dressed up with an olive oil and vinegar dressing never fails to please. This time around, I was inspired by Joanne's rather unconventional take on this classic and adorned the whole beautiful bowl with a hummus-based dressing. Pleased by the success of my Greek salad with avocado, I made avocado hummus to begin with and then turned it into a thick and creamy dressing for the salad. It's fun to change things up from time to time and this made for one nourishing and satisfying meal, served up with classic buttermilk biscuits.

This is not the first time I have played around with hummus with excellent results. I still crave my homemade hummus pizza. The uses of hummus are as wide and vast as the imagination of the cook

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Lentil-Quinoa Falafel with Coconut-Fenugreek Sauce

Lentil Falafel with Coconut Fenugreek Sauce

Considering how much food I share here on my space, it might come as a surprise to some readers that my appetite is not always the best. I suppose that is one of the reasons I take such care to make good food with a kick to stimulate hunger.

Also, again perhaps because of my petite appetite, I adore little bites, such as falafels which were on the menu again recently. These are not your most traditional falafels as chickpeas don't show up here, but French lentils, quinoa and soft goat cheese surely make for a unique, creamy falafel with a wonderful nutty and peppery flavor. These baked falafels are crisp, though they almost literally melt in your mouth. To make the dinner more filling as I was sharing with friends, I served them up in pita pockets, and with a dill pickle on the side and served with a divine coconut and fenugreek sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, you really don't need anything else except perhaps a side salad.

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Potato Patties Stuffed with Spiced Green Peas (Aloo Matar Tikki)

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stuffed potato patties

One of the most enjoyable aspects of ordering take out or dining in Indian restaurants is the savory appetizers that begin the meal. Samosa, pakoras and bhajis are among my favorites. Because these little delights are somewhat time consuming, I don't often find the time to make them at home, but I assure you, it's well worth the effort, and for the most part, such savories are not difficult to prepare and serve up. There is nothing like reproducing some of India's finest offerings in your own kitchen.

potato patties stuffed with green peas

These mashed potato patties were prepared to accompany an essentially Indian themed meal. A popular snack or introduction to the main course, these little savories are also a fine accompaniment to a meal. Soft on the inside, with a spicy pea filling and a delightfully golden crust to complete the experience, stopping at just one is a challenge indeed. I served them up with urad dal tomato soup and some classic corn bread. As a condiment for the tikka, I made some fresh coriander chutney.

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Cranberry Bean, Barley and Fennel Soup

cranberry bean barley soup

I happened across something the other day at my local grocery store that I'd never seen before … fresh beans in their pods! It's really rather odd that I've only ever cooked with dried beans, since beans form such an important part of my diet, but I'd never been able to find them before at any grocer or market despite the fact that Ontario grows plenty of beans … although apparently mostly white pea beans.

fresh cranberry beans

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