French  Fennel Soup

What a classic favourite is the French Onion Soup! In this recipe I am mimicking it but using fennel instead of onions. The taste overcame my expectations. My challenge was to  somehow get grilled cheese and some crust into the soup without using a bread. I have come up with a few options. At first…

Freekah Salad

If you embraced Quinoa years ago, you will love Freekeh/Freekah. It is packed with prebiotics and nutrients, has lots of fibre (about 10%), high protein content for a grain (about 15%). The only thing we need to be aware of is that Freekah is a wheat grain, and it does contain some gluten. Although its…

Brown Lentil Hummus Recipe

I had a few posts on legumes previously, please search ‘legumes’ to access them. Lentils are a high protein, high fibre member of the legume family. Traditional hummus is made of chickpeas, and chickpea hummus is a very smart food. Here is a comparison of the brown lentil and the chickpea for your review: One cup of…

Cannellini Soup Recipe

No wonder this long winter 2015 in Melbourne feels unusually cold. They say it is the coldest winter in 25 years, and I say it is long enough to exhaust all ideas for various soups. If you are one of us who might be feeling a desire for a simple and comforting soup, here I am…

Lazy Lamb Recipe

Feeding Babies There are special people in our lives who we have to feed and we spend a good amount of our time doing this. These are our children who all vary in their appetites. Once I made the following conclusion: the earlier you start to introduce various ingredients into their diet, the easier your life…

Chickpea Stew Recipe.

Famous Hummus, Middle-Eastern dip, is made of Chickpea. Hummus is a smart vegan dish. Like most legumes, Chickpeas are rich in protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins. Chickpeas also stand out for its lipid content; lipid is a better word for fat. There is also Chickpea flour that is called Besan Flour. It is now produced in Australia and…

Black-Eyed Peas Recipe.

Black-Eyed Pea is a legume and it should be called Black-Eyed Bean. That could help with the references to ‘The Black Eyed Pea’ which is an American Hip-Hop Band. It seems Black Eyed Beans are used everywhere, according to Wikkipedia traditionally in Southern America, Brasil, Columbia, West Africa, Carribbean, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, and Portugal. It was…

Red Lentil Soup Recipe.

There is ‘The National Lentil Festival’ in Pullman of Washington where the citizens get together to enjoy and celebrate Lentils every year just before the university term starts. Among all starchy foods legumes are the best option because they have slowly digested or resistant starch. There are no hidden secrets with Lentils. It is a common knowledge that Lentils are…