Years ago, I discovered this wonderful cognac-based drink with a distinctive French origin. It has only two ingredients, and I have experimented with different brands until I discovered what combination I preferred the most--but do experiment on your own to find out what brands you prefer. It's more of an after-dinner drink to sip and enjoy as you slowly savor every last bit of it. And I really do hope you enjoy it!
Broccoli is loaded with lots of vitamins A and C and several minerals, it is one of the most healthful veggies. This is a spiced up version that is low in fat and not low on flavor. The recipe comes from Williams Sonoma Essentials of Healthful Cooking.
The saltiness of the cheese just complements and brings out the juicy sweetness of the watermelon. This salad is lightly dressed with oil and vinegar. From "The Great British Kitchen" published by the British Food Trust.
Red kidney beans are very nutritious. They are, however, harder to digest than other beans, which is why they're traditionally cooked with seasonings that help break them down, such as ginger. Use spices that are as fresh as possible--their health benefits, let alone their flavors, will be more potent that way. Garam masala is a mixture of warming spices; find it at Indian grocery stores or gourmet groceries. From Sunset. Cooking time does not include the time needed to cook your rice or cook dried beans, if using.
An absolutely spectacular dessert! Recipe found in an old cookbook called More Fun and Flavour With Spices. You can use the crepe recipe I'm including or use your own favourite recipe. The crepes can be made ahead of time and frozen. Simply reheat them in a slow oven (I would wrap them in foil to prevent hardening).
The cooking time does not include the 1 hour stand time for the crepe batter.
An Italian soda is a refreshing combination of flavored syrup and sparkling water mixed in a cup of ice. The addition of half-and-half turns an Italian soda into a cremosa/creamosa or French soda. Don't use milk because it will separate. If you've ever purchased either an Italian or French soda, you know how expensive they can be. Make your own!