Curious about Spätzlesalat (Cold Spätzle Salad)?

Want to surprise guests with a new kind of cold salad? Then try this Spätzle Salad, a special egg noodle, served with fresh veggies, bacon, cheese and a light dressing.

My new food obsession is spätzle (or spaetzel)! I consumed large amounts of it during my summer vacation in Austria and Hungary. What are they? Well they are like a cross between dumplings and soft egg noodles. You will find them in almost every plate served to you in Central European countries. Spätzle means “little sparrow”. Almost all countries have the same spelling, yet in Hungary they are usually called nokedli. After reading this post you will be able to prepare your own delicious cold spätzle salad which will be a hit at your next pot-luck party.

And finally, a bonus at the end of the post with a few pics from my summer vacation! 🙂

Spätzlesalat Cold Spätzle Salad mit basil
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Chicken Bastilla for a North African Afternoon

Chicken Bastilla is a traditional Maghrebian pie filled with chicken, scrambled eggs and a crunchy layer of sweet cinnamon toasted almonds, all wrapped up in buttery phyllo pastry.

Boy are you in for a treat today: eyes and stomach! This chicken bastilla is THE DISH you must make for your next dinner party if you are looking for a guaranteed WOW factor! Even better, make it with your guest as it takes a couple of hours and there are many steps to keep people busy.

Don’t worry it is simple and the directions below are very clear. Open of a bottle of wine and make it with a group of friends. That is what I did with two fellow Montreal food bloggers as we prepared, and of course enjoyed, a 3-course North African meal together.

Chicken Bastilla

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Cornish Bacon Egg Pye, Medieval Cooking Part 1

Let’s get our geek on and learn about history and math on this Pi Day with a special Medieval Cornish Bacon Egg Pye recipe.

Did you know that March 14th is Pi Day? And in 2016 it is also Pi rounded up to exactly 4 decimal points – 3.1416. OK math lesson is over but it is a great excuse to make pie! And our pie will travel back in time as well. I write a lot about recipes from different parts of the world, but today we will try something a little something different and explore another time. History has a lot to offer when it comes to culinary discoveries. This time machine trip will take us to Europe during the Middle Ages where we will explore how people ate, such as this 15th century Cornish Bacon Egg Pye.

Cornish Bacon Egg Pye slice

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Tunisian Brick à l’Oeuf

Tunisian Brick à l’Oeuf is a delicious dish filled with tuna, onions, capers, harissa, parsley and a luscious runny egg yolk, all wrapped up in a delicate pastry.

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose two savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make. This month we are off to beautiful Tunisia where we will snack on Tunisian Brick à l’Oeuf.

Tunisian Brick a l'Oeuf

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Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread

The New Year is a great time to try new ingredients, like healthy and gluten-free coconut flour for this delicious Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread recipe.

#twelveloaves is a great group where we bake a bread with the addition of the monthly theme flavor or ingredient. Since we are in the New Year the theme this month was to make a bread with a New-to-You flour. I knew exactly which flour I was going to pick. I bought it a while back and I had yet to open the bag. My flour is coconut flour and I made a Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread.

Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread

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Sage Egg Biscuit Surprise for #twelveloaves

The Sage Egg Biscuit Surprise is a great breakfast treat and a healthy meal on it’s own. Hidden inside the biscuit is a beautiful soft boiled egg with a still runny yolk.

#twelveloaves is a great group where we bake a bread with the addition of the monthly theme, flavor or ingredient. This month we were asked to explore Thanksgiving Biscuits and Rolls. In Canada, Thanksgiving has come and gone already but who does not love a good biscuit, I had to join in the fun. I fell in love with this Sage Egg Biscuit Surprise recipe and it may be a better Thanksgiving Brunch option for you.

Sage-Egg-Biscuit-Surprise

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Crab Louie Salad, the healthy San Francisco Treat?

Featured in menus of reputable San Francisco & Portland restaurants since the early 1900s, this crab meat salad is a typical example of a locally sourced West Coast salad.

In Canada we are about to embark on our first long weekend of the summer. Monday is called Victoria Day (or National Patriot Day in Quebec). The weather is looking relatively nice and I will do my first trip to the cottage on Sunday. It’s the perfect time to start eating a bit lighter to for the summer and enjoy lovingly prepared fancy salads. I came across this West Coast classic and just had to give it a try, the Crab Louie Salad.

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