Sep 202019

Heirloom Tomato and Cantaloupe Melon Salad

Heirloom tomato and melon salad with wine bottle and glass

Here’s one last hurrah for summer, juicy melon and tangy tomatoes mixed with basil and walnuts for a light side salad. This heirloom tomato and cantaloupe melon salad with a balsamic reduction is great for appreciating the last few days of summer.

Aug 062019

Sweet Corn and Tomato Gazpacho

CLose up 3 glasses of corn gazpacho

A refreshing corn and tomato gazpacho that requires no cooking (and no bread!) and is perfect for tasty appetizers or a light summer meal.

Jul 162019

Asiatic Chicken Lettuce Wraps

2 plates of chicken lettuce wraps with bowls of tomatoes almonds and basil

Fresh tomatoes and cucumber highlight these chicken lettuce wraps with Asiatic flavours. Perfect for summer appetizers or eat several as a light meal.

Jul 092019

White Nectarine Salsa

Side view salsa in a grey bowl with tortilla chips

A white nectarine salsa with a subtle sweetness, earthy flavours and just a hint of spice. Excellent with fresh tortilla chips or served on chicken or fish.

Jun 292019

Cherry Mascarpone Ice Cream

White bowl of cherry mascarpone ice cream with mint sprig

This cherry mascarpone ice cream has a mild, fresh fruit flavour that balances with the cheese for a sweet, creamy treat.

Jun 082019

Red Wine Rhubarb Syrup

Candied rhubarb, rhubarb wine syrup, syrup on ice cream

A tasty red wine and rhubarb syrup for pouring on ice cream or waffles or to use in drinks. And some crystallized rhubarb for good measure. With spring nearly ending I was intent on making a rhubarb syrup to share. But I wanted something different than my typical fruit and spices or herbs. Well I did just pick up a wine club shipment. And who doesn’t like a red wine reduction? I suggest a fruity red for this rather than something dry. I used one of our California fruit bomb cabernets. And because I had a bit of extra rhubarb,…Continue Reading

Jun 042019

Peach and Snap Pea Salad

Peach and snap peas salad in white bowl

Peaches and fresh garden snap peas combine in a light vinegary dressing with some nutty cheese in a light salad for the cusp of spring and summer. Only in California will peaches and snap peas be in season at the same time. Honestly, I’m not cheating. The peaches came from the farmer’s market last week and the peas came from my garden. As an aside, I’m so pleased I actually managed to have a few snap pea vines producing this year. Every year I try to grow them and only get a couple peas. This year I have lovely sweet…Continue Reading

Apr 232019

Garlic Mint Beets

Top view of beets on plate

A brighter spring take on roasted beets, marinated with mint and garlic and drizzled in yogurt. This post may contain affiliate links. These help me support the blog so I can continue bringing you more recipes. All opinions are my own. H really loves beets. Unfortunately I occasionally run out of interesting ways to incorporate them into a meal. Personally, I get a little bored of steamed, and while roasted with olive oil and pepper is excellent (particularly in a salad), I wanted to try for something lighter and more spring-like.   I pulled the last of the winter beets…Continue Reading