Gluten-free Shortbread (Recipe)

Chocolate and seaweed sounds like a strange combination, but it works famously in this gluten-free, salt-free shortbread. Together, chocolate and seaweed almost taste like molasses. I was on a roll last week and tried my hand at making three different types of shortbread. This particular recipe, which came about on an unexpected whim, turned out being […]

What’s Melegueta Pepper?

Our most-recent culinary discovery is poivre maniguette, a spice in the ginger family that has the same fiery property as pepper. Also known in French as poivre du paradis (Grains of Paradise) or poivre de Guinée (Guinea Pepper), Meleguetta Pepper is grown on the Western coast of Africa and is used in many traditional African dishes. […]

Lentil Salads (Recipes)

It’s picnic time. That means I’m having fun making cold salads with fresh herbs and veggies from the local farmers’ market (or with whatever I have leftover in the fridge). This week, it’s been all about Puy lentils (French green lentils) and here are three tried-and-tested recipes. Why eat lentils? They’re fast and easy to […]

Baked Polenta with Roquefort Cheese (Recipe)

This week’s project was polenta. I hadn’t cooked cornmeal (semoule de maïs in French)in several years and didn’t remember it being so good. Last Tuesday, I bought some at the nearby health-food store and inadvertently made way too much of it. We ended up eating polenta in some form or another for three days straight. Fortunately, […]

Bell Pepper Tabouli (Recipe)

Whenever we have a picnic, I make tabouli salad. Each time it turns out a little different (depending on what ingredients I throw in). This particular recipe (featuring fresh bell peppers) is one of my favorites and probably the one I make the most often. The red and yellow organic bell peppers that I buy […]