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Chick pea (garbanzo beans) salad.

In the summer I try not to spend too much time in the kitchen and stick to salads. A lot of the street food in India (“Chaat”) has variations of chick peas on their menu. “Chaat” which has a variation of sweet, spicy and savoury sauces poured over garbanzo beans, potatoes served with cilantro, onions and tomatoes and crispy puris. My dream food as a child was “chaat” and always a great excuse to take […]

Kale Chips

Kale Chips

I love making kale chips and do so often. I get the kale from @vanmarkets. Here is a batch about to go into the dehydrator. I usually have the heat settings on the lower side. Kale Chips Recipe: 2 bunches kale 1 C hemp seeds 1 bell pepper 6 sun dried tomatoes (soaked) 3/4 to 1 C water 1/2 C olive oil 1-2 tsp salt to taste 2 tsp Trudy Ann’s Tandoori masala¬† 1/2 C […]

Cilantro- Mint Chutney

My next door neighbour Sean has mint growing wild. He handed me some mint leaves and I made him this chutney from other ingredients I had on hand. This one is a keeper. My chutneys never turn out the same as I often change the spices I use depending on if I want it spicy or not. Cilantro Mint Chutney 1 cups mint leaves & 1 cup cilantro (Chop the edges of the stems off) […]

Black Bean Dip

Sira, my lovely guest from Germany, told me she wanted to make some chili and learn how to use my spices. I thought perhaps I can experiment with both the Chili and also make a black bean dip with some of the black beans. The result was this yummy dip below. I don’t have the chill recipe as yet as I need to perfect it before sharing. I have been on a raw food diet¬†which […]

Cucumber Avocado Shake

  My favourite summer time drink! I am regularly at the Vancouver farmers markets, usually selling my Chai and Spices. At every market, I will trade tea for various produce. Cucumbers being one of them during season. I really love this shake below and it is easy to make and carry especially when I am busy and have no time to stop to eat at the markets. This works really well with my diabetes prevention […]

Raw Pestos

With all the mint, basil and cilantro growing this time if the year, I’ve been making a lot of spreads and adding them to my home made raw crackers! You can also spread them on vegetables. Please note that I often substitute the nuts I used in each recipe for pine nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds. Both make about 1 cup. Nutrition is based on 8 servings. Cilantro Sunflower Seed Pesto 1 bunch cilantro […]

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