Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Zucchini Soup

I had lots of zucchini and remembered making a zucchini soup a few years ago, so thought it would be fun to make and added some mushrooms. This is simple to make and flavorful. 

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Peach and Mango Lassi

This is a fun summer drink, simply blend mango and peach with Greek yogurt and enjoy. Also if your in North Carolina, I wanted to mention Miss Angels Farm in Mount airy its an amazing farm that grows peaches, plums and apples very friendly owners, pick your own and stunning scenery.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Sausage and Chickpea Stew

I have been making versions of this stew for a few years now, its easy to make and any sausages work, each one adds its own twist to it, this was a garlic sausage. I have also used cannelloni beans and any in season vegetables. 


  • one pack of sausages sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped 
  • 2 carrots diced
  • one small red onion chopped 
  • one stick of celery diced
  • one zucchini chopped
  • one squash chopped
  • one can of chickpeas
  • one can of tomatoes or 4 fresh tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato puree 
  • a handful of spinach chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs
  1. heat a little olive oil and add one small red onion and garlic, sauté for about 5 minutes 
  2. then add the zucchini, spinach, carrots and squash and cook for about 10 minutes until soft, add the herbs, salt and pepper, add the can of tomatoes and a little extra water to get enough sauce, mix in tomato pureed and turn down to a simmer for about 15 minutes 
  3. serve with polenta, pasta, quinoa or cous cous 

This is such a great dish to add into your rotation, let me know what you think. 

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Watermelon and Beetroot Salad

This simple salad is perfect on a hot summers day, I made a simple dressing with a date vinegar I found in an Iraqi store, it is fun picking up new spices and condiments at international stores. 


  • one small lemon cucumber these are fun and I can get from local farmers
  • a few pieces of mozzarella cheese
  • 2 small beetroots sliced (I have recently found this cooked in grocery stores making them an easy attention to salad) 
  • mixed lettuce a handful
  • a few cherry tomatoes 
  • 1/4 of a cup of chopped watermelon 

  1. simply arrange the salad ingredients on a plate and drizzle the dressing over the top.
for the dressing 

a dash of olive oil, 1 tablespoon date vinegar, salt and pepper and a little sugar. 

I thought I would share this picture of the kids getting their Tae Kwon Do black belts, (hubby already has his) despite the pandemic they studied daily and tested. Never give up!

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