French Endive Salad with Brie and Brazil Nuts

In France I ate endives at least once a week. They have such a pleasant bitterness and crunchiness to them which makes them ideal for a light and refreshing meal. I decided to give the traditional endive salad with Roquefort and walnuts a signature twist by using brie and Brazil nuts instead and really liked the combo. Use local products, right? Plus, nuts in Brazil are ridiculously expensive.

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Nutella Fudge Crumble

One of the things most people can agree on is the amazing combination that is chocolate and hazelnut. From Ferrero Rochers to giandua gelato, the classic combination has made many a palate swoon (mine included!).

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Grilled Salmon in a Curry Coconut Sauce

One of the reasons I decided to do this blog is because now more than ever I have the time to expand my cooking horizons and make things that I never would have thought to make a year back. Now is the time to be adventurous and I think I am already starting to improve!

So when I got a salmon fillet at the market last Sunday, I tried it out with a curry coconut sauce  on a bed of sautéed spinach…

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Orange Bran Flax Bread

After reading up on flaxseed and its health benefits, I found that it is a great source of Omega-3 (fatty acids that protect the heart), lignans (natural cancer-preventative phytonutrients), fiber and potassium. Basically, it is really good for you!!

I made this orange bran flax bread not really knowing what to expect. Of course I’ve used bran before but this was only my second time using flaxseed. A couple of weeks ago I added a few tablespoons of flaxseed meal to my chocolate chip pancakes and could not really taste it. The following recipe calls for a cup of flaxseed and you can definitely taste the strong robust nutty flavor of Bob’s Red Mill Flaxseed Meal. The oranges were a great addition but maybe next time I will try adding in a third orange and putting in less milk to get even more citrus flavor.

The recipe also calls for buttermilk, which I didn’t have so I added 1 tbsp of vinegar to 1 cup of milk (found this technique here). I also used melted margarine instead of canola oil.

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