Category: Food and Wine

The Musette: Another chickpea salad

This is one of those recipes that I make regularly because it’s bright, fresh, clean, and crunchy……. it really hits a lot of notes. Plus, it’s filled with loads of plant-based protein,  light on fat and heavy on flavour. It can sit in the fridge… Continue Reading “The Musette: Another chickpea salad”

The Musette: Pepper and apricot salad

I like to shop daily, locally and seasonally. This week’s basket of goodies yielded plump apricots and yellow bell peppers. This is what I did with those ingredients. Ingredients (serves 4) pepper salad: 4 yellow bell peppers 4 sprigs fresh sage 1 tbsp extra… Continue Reading “The Musette: Pepper and apricot salad”

The Musette: Padron peppers

A Spanish classic, these blistered little peppers offer an unbridled taste of sunshine on a plate and can be cooked from scratch in an instant. It’s hardly a recipe but it’s certainly one of our favourites once the peppers become available. It’s a dish… Continue Reading “The Musette: Padron peppers”

The Musette: Tabbouleh

There are a lot of variations of tabbouleh out there but, IMHO, this recipe has the perfect parsley to bulgur ratio. It has enough lemon to keep it dressed but not turn it soggy. And it has crispy cucumbers that add a nice contrasting… Continue Reading “The Musette: Tabbouleh”

The Musette: double-choc vegan brownies

The best vegan (or indeed any) brownies are the perfect amount of moist and fudgy—not too much, not too little.  These wonderfully moist vegan brownies boast a delicate, tender crumb with pockets of melted chocolate tucked in between. They bake with the right amount… Continue Reading “The Musette: double-choc vegan brownies”

The Musette: artichoke salad

During the warm summer months, I feast on cold soups and salads. Roasted with lemon, tossed in pesto, these artichokes are the star of this salad. I’ve previously posted about how to prepare fresh artichokes but if you’re pressed for time, use good quality… Continue Reading “The Musette: artichoke salad”

The Musette: Chocolate chip brown butter cookies

Cookies are always a crowd-pleaser but how do you take them to the next level? Read on…….Cookies come in an infinite array of flavours and textures and are sure to put a smile on any guests’ faces. Chocolate chip cookies are a classic drop… Continue Reading “The Musette: Chocolate chip brown butter cookies”

One from the vaults: Surprise, surprise!

As it’s Father’s Day this weekend, I thought I would look back on the last Father’s Day meal my sisters and I enjoyed with him in June 2013. At the time, we didn’t know it would be his and our last. I generally don’t… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Surprise, surprise!”

The Musette: Torta della Nonna

Torta della Nonna is a classic Italian pastry but this is my much simpler, more rustic version. The base pastry is a light but crispy oil shortbread, while the filling is obviously made of custard with almonds (or pine nuts) on top. Feel free… Continue Reading “The Musette: Torta della Nonna”

The Musette: Olive oil sorbet

In this recipe ingredients that you might traditionally view as savoury shine in such a sweet delicious way. This is a really refreshing dessert that just makes me think of warm days on the Mediterranean. The sorbet is gently flavoured with basil and lemon, and… Continue Reading “The Musette: Olive oil sorbet”