Monthly Archives: January 2015

Meat, Vegetable and Lentil Soup

We have truly been blessed with a mild winter, here in Atlanta, this year. We have had a few very cold days, but by and large we have been spoiled. However, in my mind there is still nothing more comforting than a hearty bowl of piping hot soup filled with all sorts of nutritious ingredients. This recipe follows me from South Africa. My mom used to make it with the 4-in-1 soup mix that we used to buy there. She used to make it in a pressure cooker, but somehow it always tasted better on the second day. I have finally found the ingredients of the 4-in-1 soup mix, so I blend them myself, and I have learned that if I cook the soup “slow and low”, it tastes like “second day” soup on the first day. So, Mom, it is with much love and lots of great memories of your delicious cooking that I share another of your wonderful creations. Continue reading

Linguini with a Tomato, Zucchini and Pesto Sauce

I know that I often do recipes that have meat in them, and that makes sense doesn’t it? After all this is the blog of the However, believe it or not, I do love to cook without meat, and I do so quite frequently. This light, but yet really flavorsome pasta dish was quick to prepare and I made it with the vegetables that are easily available right now. I really like the yellow zucchini for something different, and I love the combination of zucchini, baby tomatoes, spinach and a bit of pesto for flavor. When I grow basil on my deck, I often pick handfuls of it and make my own pesto. Continue reading