Smooth butter bean baguette

Smooth butter bean baguette

Bruschetta 1 baguette 1 large tomato chopped 1 ripe but firm avocado, diced 1/4 cup minced red onion 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 tsp salt Ground pepper Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the...
Soul food from a Southern gal

Soul food from a Southern gal

Bianca Phillips has the passion of generations of Arkansas cooks in her blood. With mama Delores and granny Ruth, she has successfully redefined and re-created the best, and homeliest dishes from her beloved childhood. Now we can all benefit from three generations of...
Creamy lasagne holiday pleaser

Creamy lasagne holiday pleaser

A stack of rich and creamy lasagne is a crowd pleaser and this one is no exception. It’s vegan & gluten-free and doesn’t take long to make the separate sauces. I usually layer either eggplant or zucchini slices in between the tomato and almond sauces, depending on what I have in the refrigerator. Loosely described recipe follows:

Where are those adzuki beans?

Where are those adzuki beans?

After a visit to my produce store some years ago, I came home bursting with the enthusiasm you can only get from black eyed peas, adzuki beans, dark chocolate covered almonds and wild rice. It was the day I had my Pantry Epiphany: It was then that I stopped...
Easy broccoli soup

Easy broccoli soup

White tableware usually leaves me cold. Until it is showcasing a glorious vegetable! If you have virginal white soup bowls its worth making Broccoli Soup just to admire the fashion statement – oh and it’s healthy too. Recipe courtesy of the  Forks Over...
The Great Life Cookbook

The Great Life Cookbook

Authors Priscilla Timberlake and husband Lewis Freedman RD share their story of hosting community macrobiotic dinners since 1995 in one of the most endearing cookbooks you will ever read- THE GREAT LIFE COOKBOOK. More than a collection of recipes, the book serves up a...
Oodles of veggie noodles

Oodles of veggie noodles

Thank goodness for inventive minds! My current favourite kitchen gadget is my award-winning veggie spiralizer Veggie Twister which transforms zucchini and carrots into some pretty convincing pasta shapes.
I’ve been cranking out the noodles and making a fabulous almond carbonara sauce using almond butter and sun dried tomatoes for my “zoodles”.

Pantry basics

Pantry basics

What’s in your Gentle Kitchen pantry? If you are a highly organised, experienced (much admired) cook there may be some exotic spices, or something guaranteed to produce a sure-fire quick-fix dinner or a much-loved recipe preserved from the kitchen garden.

Blossoming vegan inspiration

Blossoming vegan inspiration

Our July date at Cafe Blossom was a birthday celebration – and we weren’t disappointed. On a summer day this pretty New York Upper West Side restaurant gave our party of four foodies a warm welcome. We  toasted the birthday girl with a very nice glass...