Monthly Archives: January 2011

Cucumber Relish with Coconut Yogurt and Herbs

Yogurt-based relishes such as Indian raitas provide a refreshing contrast to spicy dishes. This cucumber raita-inspired recipe takes the idea a bit further afield with coconut yogurt and more herbs than are usually called for. Coconut yogurt works beautifully to create a vegan version. Make sure to use crisp, flavorful cucumbers. 

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup

Roasting red bell peppers in the oven gives them a rich, smoky flavor that in turn creates a deeply flavorful soup. This is good served hot or chilled and is a good first course for most any kind of meal.

Israeli Salad

Finely diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and bell peppers are central to this Israeli salad; other vegetables are sometimes added as well. For a homemade Middle Eastern feast, serve this with Hummus and Baked Falafel with Smoky Tahini Dressing. It’s a nice light dish to serve on the side of Vegan Latkes at Hanukkah; and I also really […]

Go Nuts for Goodness Sake!

How often I’ve heard friends respond to my offer of nuts by saying, “Oh, no thank you, they’re too fattening.” In other instances, people who simply cannot stop eating them tell me, “I know nuts are bad for me, but I just love ‘em.” Many people are convinced that nuts are unhealthful because they are high […]

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