Colorful Winter Salad


Summer offers such an array of beautiful colorful vegetables and fruits that it is easy to make your table fun and appetizing. Winter, on the other hand, is limited with its selection. So when I finally find fun vegetables like Belgium endives and radicchio I buy them to add a bit of color to my table and plate.

Belgium endives is a very common vegetable in France. It is served as salad and also as gratin. Whichever you ix it, you will want to add to the recipes something that counterpart the bitterness of the vegetable. And that is why in am using white balsamic vinegar in my recipe today:

Ingredients for 4:

  • 1 head of radicchio
  • 2 medium-sized endives.
  • 2 tbsp of white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of walnut oil
  • 1/8 tsp of salt
  • 1/16 tsp of pepper
  • 1/4 cup of gorgonzola cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup of walnuts broken in small pieces.
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
  2. Chop the salad thinly and add it to the salad. Toss well.
  3. Add the chopped walnuts. and mix again.
  4. Add the cheese and toss, or serve the cheese on the side in case people in your home does not care for blue cheese.
  5. Eat up!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Carrot, Sweet Potato and Cumin Soup

Brrr.. Winter has definitely settled. The cold is here and I will tell you that even though I am enjoying putting on my warm sweaters, I am still finding hard adjusting to those temperatures. I am warm natured so if I get cold, it takes me hours to warm up. So today as I was trying to keep warm, I was dreaming of warm home-made soups. What I really wanted was a leek and potato soup, but since my grocery store were not selling any leeks, I settled for carrots.

Ingredients: 1 lb of carrots, 1 big sweet potato, 2 bundles of green onions cleaned up and chopped thinly, salt, pepper, cumin and 4-5 cups of broth.

In a large pot, melt the butter and when the butter is sizzling, add the chopped onions. Sweat the onions until they become soft and golden. Add the chopped carrots and sweet potatoes and saute them. Add 1 tbsp of cumin and stir to coat the vegetables. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the broth to the pot and bring the mixture to boil. Lower the temperature and cook for 15 minutes. With a mixer, puree the soup and add more broth if you think it needs to be more liquid. Season with salt and pepper and cook for another 10 minutes.

To serve, spoon the soup in individual bowls and add a dollop of sour cream. Sprinkle more cumin over the soup and serve. Et voila!!!

NB: If you want to make your soup creamier, add 1 cup of heavy cream.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Cauliflower au Gratin

I am certain some of you are going to think that cauliflower is not something that you would eat, but it is truly good. In fact it is one of my children’s favorite. It is more of a winter recipe because it is so rich, but the cauliflower looked so good in its display that I could not leave it there;-) Ha ha..Anyway I usually cook it as a meal, but it would be great as a side to a winter meal.

Ingredients: 1 cauliflower head, 2 cups of low fat or even skim milk, 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese, 1 pound of lean ham cut and diced in small squares. 4 tbsp of flour, 2 tbsp of butter.

Cut the florets out of the cauliflower and place them in a large round silicon mold. Place the octogonal on top of the large round mold and microwave for 5 minutes. While the cauliflower is cooking, prepare la sauce Bechamel. In a small saucepan, melt 2 tbsp of butter. When the butter is melting, add the 4 tbsp of flour and mix well to make a roux. When the flour is turning golden, throw in the milk and stir until the sauce is thickening. When the sauce is thicker, but still a bit runny, add 1 cup of cheese and mix well. Season with pepper and salt. Set aside.  Remove the cauliflower from the microwave, and add the diced ham. Mix so that the ham will be all around the cauliflower. Pour in the sauce. Top with the remaining cup of cheddar cheese, and bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Miam

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!